Just whispering the word ‘Caribbean’ conjures images of swaying palm trees backing onto soft beaches, sparkling blue waters and the taste of delicious rum punches. With a colourful mosaic of culture, cuisine and language courtesy of the different colonial powers that have laid claim to various parts of the West Indies, every island has a character and charm that is totally unique.
A haven for waterborne travellers, coral reefs team with fish, and isolated rocky coves are ideal for all manner of watersports. With a balmy climate, steady easterly trade winds and an abundance of secluded anchorages, the Virgin Islands entice sailors, big-game fishermen and divers. Further south, the Leeward Islands are ideal for island hopping from tiny deserted bays to fashionable harbours. From the sophisticated French island of St Barths to the unpretentious, old-world charm of Antigua, the Leeward Islands are an exotic concoction of modern chic and laid-back charm. The Windward Islands are strewn down the eastern Caribbean, stretching from Martinique in the north to Grenada in the south, with the Grenadines archipelago lying in between. The islands are superbly undeveloped, supremely unspoilt and sufficiently inaccessible to stay that way.
Airport suggestion: Bridgetown Grantley Adams Intl
Private jet recommendation: Falcon 7X