Windward Islands Travel Guide
Lying to the north of South America|South America’s Venezuela, the Windward Islands consist of seven independent islands, with Grenada one of the best known. The name of the islands was taken from the fact that the islands lie ‘windward’ to sailing ships.
Dominica, with its unspoiled natural beauty and stunning beaches, is one of the most popular. The volcanic islands of Saint Vincent and the Grenadines are well known for their volcanic eruptions as recently as 1979 and are a popular site with those wishing to visit the location of these happenings. St Lucia’s popularity is due in large to its curious drive-in volcano, the only one of its kind in the world.
Throughout the islands, visitors will notice a distinctly French feel, with cuisine and local traditions showcasing this strong European ambiance. Having said this, the inhabitants of the islands, hold on to that unmistakeable Caribbean way of life, where reggae rhythms, rum and a charmingly laid back atmosphere provide visitors with a welcome retreat from the hustle and bustle of the western world.
The landscapes on all of the Windward Islands provide mountainous vistas, forests, streams and lakes – all common features of the islands’ interiors - while pristine beaches and crystal oceans stretching as far as the eye can see are the perfect settings for long days of beach lounging. Hot climates and endless sunshine provide the perfect weather conditions for sun kissed sojourns, while sporadic bursts of rainfall help cool you down.
With over 30 dive sites, the Windward Islands offer excellent scuba diving conditions for beginners and seasoned divers alike. Stunning coral reefs and fascinating wrecks from a number of centuries provide the perfect dive settings close to all of the islands.
Sailing courses are another popular activity while holidaying on the Windward Islands, while affording splendid opportunities to explore these tropical islands. Water sports in general are a mainstay on the Windward list of things to do, with windsurfing, sea kayaking and much more readily available.
Take a hike through the wild interior forests and mountains for an energetic and eye opening activity. For those interested in the plethora of flora and fauna under water around the islands, qualified marine biologists are on hand to offer you an insight into all things natural.