THE LEEWARD ISLANDS
THE LEEWARD ISLANDS
ANTIGUA & BARBUDA
With warm, steady winds, a complex coastline of safe harbors, and a protective, nearly unbroken wall of coral reef, Antigua would make a perfect place to hide a fleet. And so in 1784 the legendary Admiral Horatio Nelson sailed to Antigua and established Great Britain's most important Caribbean base. Little did he know that over 200 years later the same unique characteristics that attracted the Royal Navy would transform Antigua and Barbuda into one of the Caribbean's premier tourist destinations.
The expansive, winding coastline that made Antigua difficult for outsiders to navigate is where today's trekkers encounter a tremendous wealth of secluded, powdery soft beaches. The coral reefs, once the bane of marauding enemy ships, now attract snorkelers and scuba divers from all over the world. And the fascinating little island of Barbuda -- once a scavenger's paradise because so many ships wrecked on its reefs - is now home to one of the region's most significant bird sanctuaries.
ST KITTS & NEVIS
This pair of laid-back tropical islands in the northern Leewards of the Caribbean, provide all the staples you need for an unforgettable holiday in the Caribbean, from beautiful relaxed beaches and clear warm waters for swimming, to lush rainforest, magnificent plantation houses, delectable cuisine and just about everything in between.
St Kitts and Nevis experiences balmy temperatures year-round with average highs around 28 Celsius and a low chance of precipitation during any given month, which means the best time to go depends on the type of experience you’re looking for. During the holidays, rates are at their highest and so are the crowds, but it’s a happening time to be here with the island in full swing. This is when Carnival is celebrated, with events beginning in late November and ending with the Grand Parade in January, featuring plenty of pageants, parades and calypso shows.
ANGUILLA & ST BARTS
Two jewels in the Caribbean, although Anguilla and St. Barts are similarly renowned for their laidback tempo and luxurious way of life, there is also a slight difference in the level of action to be found in the two areas. While Anguilla offers more of a complete immersion in idyllic peace and calm, St. Barts provides a few more opportunities to mingle with other people and is known as an island where the rich and famous congregate among its beautiful beachside surroundings or in its quaint seaside capital of Gustavia. This island prioritizes the highest quality of life possible in all aspects, from accommodation and shopping opportunities to drinking and dining in the fine establishments on offer. Although Anguilla also provides an affluent retreat, the idea of a refined lifestyle is truly at the heart of St. Barts’ character.