is the northernmost of the Windward Caribbean Islands. Christopher Columbus called it “the most beautiful country in the land,” when he discovered it and named it in honor of St. Martin. With a perfect climate of consistently warm weather and approximately twelve hours of sunshine each day, yachting in Martinique is a year round pleasure. The driest season is between December – May, although yachting conditions are still ideal even with the rain showers. Easterly trade winds blow year round, creating excellent sailing conditions. Martinique is rockier than the other Leeward group of islands, and has beaches made of fine white, black or peppered black sand. The countryside is dotted with banana, palm, sugar and pineapple plantations. Martinique makes a very convenient and logical choice to base a Caribbean vacation, due to its central location. You can sail the northern route to the islands of Dominica, Guadeloupe, Antigua, St. Martin, St. Barts, Anguilla, St. Kitts and Nevis. Or, you can head south to St. Vincent, Bequia, Mystique, Cannouan, Tobago and Grenada. With beautiful and sheltered anchorages, palm trees, crystal clear waters and charming local people, Martinique is unforgettable tropical paradise.