In the Caribbean area of the Antilles there are a lot of islands where you can enjoy a good vacation. A few of those islands belong to France and are known as the French West Indies. They are an ideal destination for a relaxing vacation enjoying the good weather and the beach and combining it with the adventure of water activities such as diving or snorkeling.
It is also a good option to rent a boat to be able to navigate between the different islands and be able to enjoy a spectacular and paradisiacal natural landscape, like almost all the ones you find in the Caribbean. Take note of the main islands of the French Antilles :
– Guadeloupe : It is a small archipelago that has several islands (Basse-Terre, La Desirade, Grande-Terre, Petite Terre, Les Saintes and Marie-Galante. Many of them are almost virgin and there are not many constructions, so they are perfect for rest and to get away from the madding crowd.
– Martinique : It is one of the best known and belongs to the group of the so-called Windward Islands. It is a very mountainous island with volcanic origin, so you can appreciate an incomparable landscape if you like to enjoy the mountains.
– Saint Martin : Before it belonged to the territory of Guadeloupe but in 2007 it became a separate department. It is north of one of the Netherlands Antilles and it bears the same name.
– San Bartolomé : It is popularly known as St. Barth (abbreviation in both English and French). It has an area of 21 square kilometers and is one of the most populated with more than 8,000 inhabitants. Here you find a more lively nightlife and entertainment than almost all the others, with many bars, shops and restaurants.