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Yacht Charter Caribbean – The Charm of the Colonies
It’s time to forget all the legends about rum, pirates and colonies when it comes to the Caribbean Sea, because today it’s one of the most thriving touristic places in this part of the world, especially when it comes to yachting tourism, since the place is nothing more than a body of water bordered by a barrier of islands.
In all, there are 7000 Caribbean islands which form a huge curving line amassing a length of 4000km. The arc of islands starts to the north of the Central American region, between the North American peninsula of Florida and the northeast coast of south Venezuela. All in all, the total surface of the islands is smaller than that of Germany.
The main divisions of the Caribbean region are the Greater Antilles (Cuba, Jamaica, Puerto Rico, Hispaniola) and the Lesser Antilles which, in turn, are divided into the Leeward Islands in the north and the Leeward Islands in the south. These are also the main yacht charter holiday destinations.
Making an informed decision as to what island is best suited to your travel needs often means the difference between a good holiday and a disastrous one. You should be aware of the fact that is islands with the highest altitude from the group are Cuba, Dominica, Jamaica, Montserrat, Puerto Rico, Saint Lucia, Tortola
, Grenada, Guadeloupe and Martinique, while some of the lowest in altitude include Barbados, Bahamas and Antigua.
Geographically speaking, the islands are divided into an outer ring of coral-based islands which have low shores with white sand beaches, and then a second ring made up of volcanic-based islands which are characterized by black sand beaches and ash soil which is extremely fertile and thus covered in lush plantations. The last ring is the one closest to South America which have the geology of an alluvial plane.
The local flora and fauna on the islands can still be described as diverse, despite the fact that for 500 years since the Europeans colonized the region, most of the indigenous species were wiped out. Today, outside the plantations, most of the original landscape survives, especially in places where the terrain is too rugged for agriculture, and which, incidentally makes up the most interesting tourist spots.
The local climate is affected by the cooling easterly trade winds which create lovely temperatures throughout the year, a fact which has determined some specialists to refer to the local climatic setting as “perpetual spring”.
Rainfall depends very much on altitude and the general topography of the region in the sense that eastern shores usually get more rain. However, it’s not always pretty in the Caribbean, because between the months of October and July there is a hurricane season. Even if you will encounter such a hurricane, most of them are small in force and usually predictable.
A former colonial empire fought over by the great naval powers of Europe, the Caribbean islands were first discovered by Christopher Columbus in 1492 and they immediately became important points of trade and agriculture.
Ironically, it was this very fight over the islands that changed their appearance forever, since the more powerful Europeans subdued and in most cases wiped out the local population. They were immediately replaced with Africans, Indians and Far Easterners, which turned most of the islands into a mélange of cultures. This is one of the main reasons why people choose to visit the yacht charter Caribbean
. The other is the natural beauty of the region.
For those who have been here, the lasting memories are those of feasts, clothes, cuisine and general architecture of the towns. Apart from presenting special interest to visitors, this has also helped some of the impoverished island-countries in the region to establish thriving economies based on tourism.
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