The islands of the Lesser Antilles are the most dramatically beautiful of all the Caribbean. Most rise dramatically out of the sea and are fringed with palms that sway in the cooling Northeast Trade Winds. The waters surrounding these islands are crystal clear and kiss the shores of each island with either a soft embrace, or on their windward side with pounding surf. Culturally they represent a matrix that includes the descendants of African slaves, British, French and Dutch colonists, giving each its own unique identity. The islands form an arc that stretches from Puerto Rico in the northwest all the way to the edge of Venezuela on the southeast. Such fabled names as Martinique, Saint Lucia, Barbados and Grenada are among the many islands making up the Lesser Antilles.
Island hopping can be quite expensive, as air services between each country is limited. Ferryboat or hydrofoil service exists in a few area. So the most practical way to visit more than one island is by means of a cruise ship. Long cruises do ply between Florida and Barbados, and shorter cruises between San Juan, Puerto Rico and Barbados. These are the three major ports for beginning or ending an Eastern Caribbean cruise. After visiting several islands on a cruise, you can then decide which you would like to return to visit for an extended vacation. There is a certain magic to the Eastern Caribbean that must be experienced to be fully appreciated.
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I would also invite you to join me in 2015 and 2016 during the summer months, as I will be cruising the Baltic Sea with Silversea Cruises.
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