To really get to know an island you need to sail around it. Yacht charter and islands go together like sand and sea, or rum punch and a hammock – if you want to do as islanders do! Pirates had a point when they set up base in the Carribean. It´s a fantastic place to stay. The best things about any of the islands are the secret beaches, sheltered coves, and tiny beach bars from which to watch exquisite sunsets.
Many of the most special places are only known to sailors. They are often unreachable other than by boat. For example; The Soggy Dollar Bar in the British Virgin Islands is hard to beat. It´s well named, you have to bring a tender in closer in than a yacht can get to, and then swim the last 20 metres to shore. It is possibly the most relaxing bar in the world.
Sailors of all levels of expertise can discover their “favourite” holiday island. Most people return year after year to the same place because they´ve enjoyed their holiday on the water so much. Protected anchorages and full-service marinas pander to a charterer´s every whim.
The jade coloured seas lap the shores of blissful white sands on most of the islands. The lush vegetation provides sweet local fruit and plump vegetables. The sea offers every type of fish, both to eat or to look at through a snorkel.
The waters of the Caribbean host large schools of fish, turtles, and coral reefs. The Puerto Rico Trench sits on the edge of the Atlantic Ocean and the Caribbean Sea. Surprisingly, the Trench, which is north of Puerto Rico is the deepest point in the whole Atlantic Ocean.
The Caribbean is a vast region consisting of the Caribbean Sea and its many islands. Some Islands border both the Caribbean Sea and the North Atlantic Ocean. The region lies southeast of the Gulf of Mexico. North and South America are the closest mainland areas. Some of the Carribean islands sit in the middle of several major shipping routes. The Panama Canal connects the Caribbean Sea with the Pacific Ocean.
The Caribbean islands comprise the Greater Antilles and the Lesser Antilles. The Greater Antilles islands are Cuba, The Cayman Islands, Jamaica, Haiti, the Dominican Republic, and Puerto Rico. Often also included in this group are the Virgin Islands and the Bahamas. The Lesser Antilles include both the Leeward and the Windward island groups.
Mostly, the modern Carribean associates with North America. Many of the regions are English speaking, and will often use the US dollar as their sole or secondary currency.
The Caribbean or not the Caribbean?
The West Indies, the Bahamas, Turks and Caicos and Bermuda, are also sometimes considered part of the Caribbean. However, not one of these islands lies in the Caribbean Sea. Also, the countries, of Belize, part of Colombia, Cozumel, the Yucatán Peninsula, Margarita Island, the Guyanas some of Venezuela and part of Brazil have political and cultural ties with the Carribean region.
The name”The Caribbean” originates from the Carib people. The Caribs were great adventurers and navigators who populated America and the Antilles. It was the Spanish, however, who discovered most of this region during their conquest of America. Over the centuries, several other European nations including France and the UK fought for ownership of the various islands.
The sun shines practically every day of the year. The temperature stays warm almost 365 days, depending on which island you are visiting. Hurricane season can be from June to November, but mostly they can hit during September and October. Hurricanes that occasionally batter the region generally strike northwards of Grenada and west of Barbados.
Water temperatures only vary from around 22 °C to 31°C all year. The air temperature is warm, often in the high 20s or 30s in the Windward and Leeward islands. The northern isles, like Cuba, Puerto Rico and the Dominican Republic, can be experience colder temperatures in winter.