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Quick Facts

Population: 43,601,839
Countries: 13 sovereign states
Dependencies: 17 dependent territories
Time zones: UTC−5 to UTC−4
Languages: Spanish, English, French, Dutch, French Creoles, English Creoles, Caribbean Hindustani, among others

Caribbean Overview

The Caribbean now culturally speaking most of these places are very similar like they all celebrate their own version of Carnival y’all love seafood and play their variation of reggae, Sokka and Calypso music.

They all have like the sexiest black people or Creole black people on the planet.

On the technical side, the Caribbean is made up of thousands of islands islets and reefs divided into 34 island entities 13 of which are fully sovereign nation-states and the rest are overseas regions territories dependencies and Commonwealth’s or autonomous constituencies that belong to the UK, France, Netherlands, the USA, Venezuela, and Colombia.

Generally, if it had to be categorically placed the Caribbean is considered part of North America.

 

Caribbean Island Map

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Caribbean Island Map

 

Antigua and Barbuda

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Antigua-and-Barbuda-island

Antigua and Barbuda one of the four twin Island countries.  It’s kind of like the quieter rich getaway Island area

famous for their black Apple frigate bird sanctuary.

They have 365 beaches one for every day of the year most of the 90,000 people live on Antigua Island and only about 2,000 live on Barbuda the flat marshy island.

They also legally owned Redonda island which has nothing but birds and a small unnamed gecko species on it.

 

Saint Lucia Island

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Saint-Lucia-Sulpher-springs

Saint Lucia is known as the Helen of the West Indies. Like Helen of Troy in the Odyssey the island was fought over between the British and French 14 times it’s like a weird English French mixed Island.

Like even though the British got indefinite control in the 19th century they still retain some of the French influence everyone speaks both English and Lucian French Creole.

Otherwise, Saint Lucia is another volcanic island and Sulfur spring is the world’s only dive in the volcano.

In Food they love Green Figs and Saltfish for a small nation.

They post to Nobel laureates saint vincent and the grenadines like Saint Lucia these islands were also fought relentlessly between the french and English finally.

Bahamas

The Bahamas – Named after the Spanish word Baha Mar meaning shallow sea. This was the first place Christopher Columbus discovered on his voyage to the New World.

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pink-sand-beaches-in-bahamas

Because of its location, it’s kind of like the Hawaii of the East Coast.

This is pretty much where Americans anywhere east of the Mississippi like to go on vacation when they want a tropical island experience.

There are so many cruise ships that go here too many tourist sites like

  • Underwater Caves,
  • Pink Sand beaches,
  • Fortresses,
  • Native Taino sites.

There’s even an island with swimming pigs that come up to you and ask for food.

Barbados

Barbados is basically the oddball of the Caribbean. For one it’s not even located on the trench line and for some reason, it sits about 100 miles east of their neighbors which means they are outside of the hurricane zone and they rarely get affected.

It was also the only Island to have been briefly colonized by the Portuguese but then they just kind of abandoned it.

Known as the bay John people they are one of the richest nations in the Caribbean known for their month-long crop/festival.

They love eating flying fish and cuckoo washed down with mountain gay rum.

Cuba

Cuba the largest and most populous of the Caribbean nations but not the most populous island that belongs to Hispaniola the name of the island shared with Haiti and the Dominican Republic.

Cuba is, of course, a Spanish-speaking Caribbean nation considered part of Latin America.

We all know about the revolution the Che Guevara stuff and how the Marxist Leninist Communist Party has ruled since the 60s which led to detention during the Cuban Missile Crisis.

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Cuba sticks out much in that they were pretty much isolated for a long time and kind of kept things to themselves.

There was a lot of tension against the US although awkwardly  U.S. still kind of kept Guantanamo Bay aside from all that though they have lots of resources and culture.

You can still find the Santeria rituals being performed boxing and baseball are huge out here.

 

Dominica

Known as the youngest sister of the CaribbeanDominica is probably the most well-kept island in the Caribbean nature wise. The government deliberately discourages mass tourism to maintain beauty.

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boiling-lake-in-dominica

Lots of rare animal species found here including the national animal the Sisserou Parrot of Dominica found on the flag known for their purple feathers.

This is a volcanic island and it is still growing through the geothermal activity.

Dominica Island has the second-largest hot spring in the world boiling lake and they have the Champagne beach with bubbles coming out of the ground.

Dominica also has one of the highest centenarian populations per capita on the planet. Many say it’s because of the healthy diet and the happy carefree atmosphere.

Dominic Republic

Dominicans have quite a reputation. First off they share the island with Haiti and together the island as a whole has over 20 million people about twice that of Cuba.

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dominic-republic-sports

The Dominican Republic is, of course, a Spanish-speaking Latin American country. Yet for a long time, there was a lot of tension between them and the French and Haiti.

Dominicans are definitely known for being some of the best baseball players in the world.

They along with Chile are the fastest talkers in the Spanish-speaking world.

There’s always like this weird rivalry they have with Puerto Rico and like everything Food, Dance, Sports who has the best celebrities hola.

For what it’s worth though the majority of the people in the Dominic Republic are either black or mixed with black making it the blackest of all the Latin-American countries.

Saint Vincent and the grenadines

Like Saint Lucia, these islands were also fought relentlessly between the french and English finally

The nation is basically one big island where the majority of people live st. Vincent which has an active volcano and 32 smaller islets and keys many of which are private islands owned by either companies or people.

Like Mystique Island.

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It has some weird names of places on it like Gingerbread, Buttercup opium, and Macaroni beach is one of the few Caribbean countries with petroglyphs recording ancestry that can be found in these towns.

Trinidad and Tobago

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The last of the twin-island countries is Trinidad and Tobago Island. This island nation has switched between the hands of different European colonizers more than any other island nation in the Caribbean.

Started out Spanish then it became French, British, Dutch, and then yes even Kor lander which is like a fancy ancient term for Lithuanian. Lithuania once under the Polish Lithuanian Commonwealth took over Tobago for a short period of time

Compared to the other states Trinidad has a very industrialized economy rooted in Manufacturing and petroleum. They have oil and gas reserves they even have a few skyscrapers built in their downtown area district.

Very diverse population-wise about 2/3 are black or mixed with black and the majority of the rest are Indian like from India which makes about a fifth of population Hindu which plays a strong role in the national festivals and holidays.

 

Caribbean Countries List and Capitals

Following are the list of Caribbean Countries and their Capitals. You can also download the flags of that particular Caribbean country.

FlagsCountryCapital
AnguillaThe Valley
Antigua and BarbudaSt. John’s
ArubaOranjestad
The BahamasNassau
BarbadosBridgetown
BonaireKralendijk
British Virgin IslandsRoad Town
Cayman IslandsGeorge Town
CubaHavana
CuraçaoWillemstad
DominicaRoseau
Dominican RepublicSanto Domingo
Federal Dependencies of VenezuelaGran Roque
GrenadaSt. George’s
GuadeloupeBasse-Terre
HaitiPort-au-Prince
JamaicaKingston
MartiniqueFort-de-France
MontserratPlymouth (Brades)
Navassa Island
Nueva EspartaLa Asunción
Puerto RicoSan Juan
SabaThe Bottom
San Andrés and ProvidenciaSan Andrés
Saint BarthélemyGustavia
Saint Kitts and NevisBasseterre
Saint LuciaCastries
Saint MartinMarigot
Saint Vincent and the GrenadinesKingstown
Sint EustatiusOranjestad
Sint MaartenPhilipsburg
Trinidad and TobagoPort of Spain
Turks and Caicos IslandsCockburn Town
United States Virgin IslandsCharlotte Amalie

Ecotourism in the Caribbean