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The Lesser Antilles are an archipelago in the southeastern Caribbean, forming a barrier between the Caribbean Sea and the Atlantic Ocean.

These islands were the first part of the New World to be settled and colonised by Europeans. While some islands are independent nations (and among the world's smallest by land area and population), others are associated with European or American countries, usually through choice in referendum and some are completely integrated with their mainland as integral parts.


Map of Lesser Antilles

Leeward Islands[edit]

The Leeward Islands are a vestige of the colonial era. Only Antigua and Barbuda and Saint Kitts and Nevis are sovereign nations; the other islands being dependencies of other countries. Their collective name was given as they are less exposed to the trade winds.

Do not confuse with Leeward Antilles in the southern Caribbean.

Windward Islands[edit]

The Windward Islands got their name as they are more exposed to the trade winds from the east. Except French department Martinique, the islands are sovereign nations.


  • 1 Basse-TerreGuadeloupe's largest island and the department's capital
  • 2 Bridgetown – Barbados' capital and its only city
  • 3 Castries – Saint Lucia's capital
  • 4 Gustavia – the capital of Saint-Barthélemy, centred around a colourful rectangular harbour
  • 5 Kingstown – Saint Vincent and the Grenadines' capital city
  • 6 Philipsburg – the Dutch capital of Sint Maarten
  • 7 Port-of-Spain - the capital of Trinidad & Tobago
  • 8 Saint John's – the capital of Antigua & Barbuda
  • 9 Saint Thomas – the most populous of the USVI

Other destinations[edit]


Get in[edit]

Most islands are served by flights from the United States and their (former) suzerain country.

They are also served by cruise ships.

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