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Lesser Antilles

Leeward & Windward Islands

Exotic, tropical, yet firmly Caribbean, each island group has its individual flavor in landscape, culture and also surf. So far, we’ve covered Puerto Rico,  St Martin and St Barthélémy, Guadeloupe and Barbados.  We’re now looking into our options to explore the British Virgin Islands; Antigua and Barbuda, Martinique and maybe Trinidad and Tobago.

With no direct flight from either North America or Europe, we will fly through Puerto Rico (SJU) or St.Martin (SXM). An inter-island flight to Tortola (EIS) should offer fantastic views. Just don’t go looking for the Bomba Shack, it’s gone, but the world-class Cane Garden and Little Apple Bay still offer a buzz. And that’s exactly the reason why we would consider adding BVI on our Caribbean surf trip.

It’s not a secret that the Lesser Antilles are better suited for wind- and kitesurfing. They do have some consistent beach breaks but there are many boat access only breaks, in many ways that’s a good thing. As Cane Garden happens to be located near one of the most popular beaches, it get’s busy. We’re especially keen to score some peeling longboard waves near Josiah’s Bay and in a perfect world experience West End and Loblolly Bay (Anegada Island). As I didn’t find accommodation that charmed me on Tortola Island, I was super excited to find a place to stay at the Anegada Beach Club.

We’ve covered St. Martin/St. Barths in a previous post but I might add that we would consider a few nights at Holland House, the nearby beach break is the most consistent break near Philipsburg and we’ll get to speak some Dutch.  Should we add Zemi Beach House Resort & Spa in Shoal Bay on the list? Anguilla is the most northerly of the Leeward Islands in the Lesser Antilles, lying east of Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands and directly north of Saint Martin.

“The post-Irma recovery has exceeded our expectations. Now, we’re ready to exceed yours.” Read More or watch this video about Anguilla made by the New York Times. Bouncing back from the storms of 2017, the island’s resorts, beaches, restaurants, and people are ready to welcome you.

Ok, up next, Antigua & Barbuda. I have not found many charming places to stay so I’ll take the same approach as we did for St. Martin/St. Barths: Charter a Catamaran & go hunting for spots. Or stay at Jumby Bay Island, next to a golf course and close to Dutchman’s Bay Beach and Kitesurf Antigua. (Video) Some other options: Hermitage BayNonsuch Bay ResortThe Inn at English HarbourAdmiral’s Inn and Gunpowder Suites, and South Point Antigua.

We found a kitesurf enthusiast couple with a catamaran anchored in Green Island, Antigua, one of the greatest kite spots in the Caribbean. The kitesurf beach is just a few feet away, the water has pleasant 26°C (79°F) and the lagoon is huge. They offer one guest room with a queen-sized bed, a private restroom, and an outside shower. There will be no other guests, so we’ll have one hull of the catamaran completely for ourselves. Sounds like a plan! If we get to score Palmetto Point, great!

We do have the ambition to score some long rights at Tomate near Le Prêcheur. And maybe the classic but somewhat more sketchy Anse Couleuvre. But first things first, let’s find out the best way to get to Martinique and a dreamy place to stay.

It looks like Hotel French Coco in La Trinite is by far our favorite pick on the island.

Air France operates 3x’s a week from Miami. So we’ll probably spend one week in Martinique after a city-trip to Miami. We’ll probably book a night at Simon Hotel, maybe one night at the arty La Suite Villa And drive around the island with a rental car. Le Cap Est Lagoon Resort & Spa in Le Francois is another superb location if we shift to kitesurf modus. There’s a reason why we picked Martinique when we had to choose a video for our cover. We might stay a bit longer than expected.

But that’s not to say we’re going to skip the opportunity to surf Mount Irvine in Tobago. I’m just not sure we’ll do that during the same trip. There are weekly flights from Paris to Trinidad (POS) on AirFrance. A surf trip in February will coincide with the famous Trinidad Carnival, 2nd only to Rio in size. Mount Irvine Bay Resort looks like the only decent option to stay near the spot

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