Windward IslandsBahamas & Caribbean
Located in the sultry West Indies, the Windward Islands are home to some of the Caribbean’s most breath-taking destinations. Thick with lush rainforest, every island is encircled by the crystalline water of the luscious Caribbean fringing the unmistakable white island beaches.
Surrounded by 5,000+ land masses, reefs and cays, the Windwards are a glorious section of the vibrant island fragments that make up the Lesser Antilles.
Volcanic rock formations have blessed these majestic islands with rugged and mountainous landscapes, carpeted with thick and lush rainforest and serving as a startling contrast to their pristine and idyllic beaches. Sublime rivers and streams are in abundance, and help keep the soil rich for the thriving agricultural industry which is a mainstay for this quaint archipelago.
Martinique is an overseas territory of France and, as such, is a pristine island marriage between tradition-rich Gallic culture and vibrant Caribbean tradition. Perfect for sun-lovers, foodies and outdoor enthusiasts, Martinique is a heady mixture of sophisticated pleasures and tropical landscapes. Fort-de-France is the island's cultivated capital city offering excellent restaurants and up-scale boutiques. Those craving a more rustic appeal have their pick of exploring the rural fishing villages, miles of provocative, secluded beach or the smouldering Mont Pelée.
The unspoilt gem of the Windwards has to be St.Lucia. Small and lush, this verdant isle is home to magnificent rain forests brimming with orchids, giant ferns and birds of paradise as well as protecting the endangered St.Lucia parrot. Dotted with aging fortresses from the Colonial period, the rich cultural history of St.Lucia blends easily into the islands powerful landscape which is dominated by the Soufriere Volcano and its sublime mud baths. St Lucia is an excellent destination for adventure, whether that be trekking and bird-watching, exploring abandoned sugar plantations or snorkeling in crystal clear waters.
St Vincent and the Grenadines
St Vincent and the Grenadines are a part of the Windward Islands that are typically discussed as a breathtaking set. These islands are composed of starkly contrasting vistas where dramatic mountain peaks meet with black sand beaches. They are home to healthy coral reefs perfect for divers of all levels, dense rainforests irresistible to trekkers and naturalists alike, and numerous secluded coves waiting to be explored from the sea.
For travellers looking an authentic and pure island getaway, one that is guaranteed to resolve all your worries and leave you feeling refreshed and rejuvenated, look no further than Grenada. As the most south western of the Windward Islands, Grenada is part of the island nation that includes Carriacou and Petite Martinique. Touted as the ultimate maritime resort, and enjoying an average yearly temperature of 25°C, the trade winds help ensure that Grenada remains seductively idyllic the whole year round. Originally a spice island, the air in Grenada is thick with the scent of cinnamon and nutmeg, earning this island the name of 'Spice of the Caribbean'. Unbelievable landscapes coupled with warm local hospitality complete this island experience.
With steaming valleys, 365 rivers, lush vegetation and the worlds’ second largest heated lake, Dominica is the ultimate Caribbean destination for outdoor enthusiasts. A UNESCO World Heritage site, this glorious island combines lush mountain peaks rising to 5000 feet with pure blue water, volcanic formations and abundant marine life. This is one of the Caribbean’s premier locales for diving, whale, dolphin and bird-watching, hiking and sun-soaking all in a secluded, purely tropical setting.