Most Americans think of the islands of the West Indies simply as the Caribbean Islands.  However, many of them are not in the actual Caribbean Sea—some are not even close. 


For convenience in web-viewing the West Indies is divided into five areas:



Greater Antilles:  Cuba, Dominican Republic, Haiti, Jamaica, Puerto Rico, and the Virgin Islands



Leeward Islands:  Anguilla, Antigua, Barbuda, Dominica, Guadeloupe, Montserrat, Nevis, Saba, St. Barthélemy

(St. Barts), St. Eustatius (Statia), St. Kitts, and St. Martin



Windward Islands:  Barbados, Grenada, Martinique, St. Lucia, St. Vincent & the Grenadines



Southern Antilles:  Aruba, Bonaire, Curacao, Isla de Margarita, and Trinidad & Tobago



Outliers:  Bahamas, Bay Islands, Bermuda, Bocas del Toro Archipelago, Cayman Islands, Cozumel Island, Fernando de Noronha Islands, Florida Keys, San Andres & Providencia Islands, San Blas Archipelago, and the Turks & Caicos Islands




Copyright 2007 by Patrick J. Tyson     www.climates.com

Last edited in January of 2010