Let's identify the Leeward Islands which are the Northern Lesser
Antilles that form an arch starting East of Puerto Rico and the Virgin
Islands and ending next to Guadeloupe Island. The Windward Islands are
the ones on the South continuing the arch from Martinique all the way to
the coasts of South America.
The Lesser Antilles are the sisters of the Greater Antilles formed by Cuba, Hispaniola, Jamaica and Puerto Rico. My experience on the islands will be the tool I use to guide you on this "virtual tour"
Shoal Beach is the best beach on Anguilla Island
A Melting Pot of English, French and Dutch Islands
The northern Lesser Antilles are the The Leeward Islands which are divided into English, French and Dutch speaking islands. We have complete explanation and details of each of the islands.
US Virgin Islands – The sisters of St Thomas , St Croix Island and St John are united as the United States Virgin Islands, commonly called “The American Paradise”
British Virgin Islands – This group of islands is made of Virgin Gorda , Tortola , Anegada , Jost Van Dyke and many small uninhabited cays and little islands.
Anguilla Island – A small island part of the British Territories . The beaches are spectacular and many Luxury Resorts and Villas abound on those beaches.
St Martin – This is the French part of the island shared with St Maarten . It is part of the French Caribbean Islands with its central government in Guadeloupe.
St Maarten – This is the Dutch part of the island shared with French St Martin . Together with the islands of Curacao , Bonaire, Saba Island and Statia form the Netherlands Antilles, together with the islands of Curacao , Bonaire
St Barth – This French islands is a heaven for tourist looking for elegance and gourmet cuisine.
Saba – The smallest of the Leeward Islands is practically a big rock emerging from the Ocean with approximately 5 square miles .
Statia – Another of the Netherlands Antilles has a rich history since the American War of Independence.
St Kitts – Known also as St Christopher is part of the nation of St Kitts Nevis. This is a lovely island with beautiful beaches.
Nevis - Is called “The Queen of Caribees”. It is world recognized for its beaches of white sands and crystal clear waters.
Spectacular gray beach in Guadeloupe Island
Antigua – This is the northernmost island of the Caribbean where the Caribbean meets the Atlantic Ocean.
Together with Barbuda form the nation Antigua and Barbuda. It is known for having 365 beaches around the islands, one for every day of the year.
Barbuda - The other half of Antigua and Barbuda is a small and laid back island with spectacular beaches.Montserrat
This is an island battered by a recently erupted Soufriere Volcano, that almost destroyed it and made part of the population to flee to other areas or to neighboring islands.
Dickenson Bay is one of Antigua's 365 beaches
Guadeloupe – This is the center of the Overseas French Department. It is from here that the islands are governed. They are St Barth, St Martin, Martinique, Marie Galante, Iles des Saintes and La Desirade.
Iles des Saintes – Also called Les Saintes it is located about 15 KM from Guadeloupe. There are a few more uninhabited island forming part of the municipality of Les Saintes.
Marie Galante – This is a round island near Guadeloupe and accessed by ferry.
It features spectacular beaches and turquoise lagoons as well as picturesque villages adorning the beautiful green hills. It is the real Caribbean of your dreams.
Dominica – This island features several hot springs and the second largest boiling lake in the world.
It is still underdeveloped making it very attractive to tourist practicing Caribbean Ecotourism.
It is difficult to decide which of the Leeward Islands on the
Lesser Antilles is the most beautiful. I leave it up to you. I love them
Image Credits for the Leeward Islands:
guadeloupe by dethieubert
All courtesy of Wikimedia Commons
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