The Caribbean (Caribbean Islands)

Caribbean Islands

The Caribbean, or Caribbean Islands, is the conventional name for the island region located between North and South America to the southeast of the Gulf of Mexico and washed by the Caribbean Sea and the Atlantic Ocean.
Historically, the Caribbean includes the island grouping of the West Indies, which includes the Greater Antilles, the Lesser Antilles (about 50), and the Lucayan Archipelago, which includes the Turks and Caicos and the Bahamas. All of these islands were once, and some still are today, European colonies. Some are dependencies or overseas territories.

The climate of the Caribbean Islands

The climate of the Caribbean is fairly flat. The tropical and subtropical climatic belts run through the Caribbean islands. Warm and humid trade winds blow from the east. Sunny weather prevails in the region, with the dry season in the second half of the year changing to humid. From August to October there are hurricanes, but from November it is the most pleasant and calm season of the year, optimal for sailing.
The water temperature ranges from +22C to +31C, the air temperature from +25C to 36C.
In contrast to the coral reefs of the Bahamas, all the Antilles are considerably elevated. 

Yachting and sailing at the Caribbean Islands

The choice of yachting routes here is vast and astonishingly diverse. The variety of countries with their cultural, linguistic and historical backgrounds, the grandeur of the natural beauty, the variety of water activities, the proximity of the islands to one another, the comfortable sunny climate – all this creates the conditions to consider yachting in the Caribbean one of the best in the world.

The high yachting season in the Caribbean coincides with the low season in the Mediterranean, making the region even more attractive to European yachtsmen.

The most popular charter destinations are the American Virgin Islands (St. Thomas), British Virgin Islands (Anegada, Tortola), Leeward Islands of the Lesser Antilles (St. Martin, Montserrat, Dominica), Leeward Islands of the Lesser Antilles (St. Lucia, Martinique, Grenada, Trinidad and Tabago), Bahamas (Inagua) and the largest islands of the region – Cuba, Haiti, Jamaica, Puerto Rico and Juventud.

When going to Caribbean yachting, consider the abundance of reefs and significant tidal variations. The region abounds with anchorages, many with paid buoys. When planning your itineraries, carefully consider the availability of marinas with fuel, water, and food resupply options.

Getting to the Caribbean Islands is not difficult – there are international airports in all countries of the region. The main flights come from London and the U.S., but there are also direct connections to other nations.

Find out the visa requirements of your particular sailing country. While most independent countries do not require a visa, others will require a U.S. or UK visa, or a Schengen visa issued specifically by the Netherlands or France.

Best sailing destinations at the Caribbean Islands

Marinas of the Caribbean Islands on the map

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Yacht marinas

Marina de Samaná

Cruz Bay Ferry Dock

Carriacou Marina

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