Caribbean Travel Information

The Caribbean is an area to the South of North America, East of Central America, and to the North of South America. It is made up of more than 7000 islands consisting of 28 separate territories made up of independent countries and dependent states. The Caribbean islands are an island chain 4,020 kilometres (2,500 miles) long and no more than 257 kilometres (160 miles) wide at any given point. The islands enclose the Caribbean Sea.

The population of the Caribbean is estimated to have been around 750,000 immediately before European contact. After contact, war and disease led to a decline in the Native American population. From 1500 to 1800 the population rose as slaves arrived from West Africa and immigrants from Britain, France, Spain, the Netherlands, and Denmark. The population is estimated to have reached 2.2 million by 1800. Immigrants from India, China, and other countries arrived in the 19th century. After the ending of the Atlantic slave trade the population continued to increase naturally, and was estimated at 37.5 million by 2000.

The climate mainly ranges from sub-tropical to tropical. The geography and climate in the Caribbean region varies from one place to another. Some islands in the region have relatively flat terrain with non-volcanic areas including Aruba, Bahamas, Turks and Caicos Islands, Barbados, Bonaire, the Cayman Islands or Antigua. Other Islands have rugged mountain-ranges like the islands of Cuba, Dominica, Hispaniola, Jamaica, Montserrat, Puerto Rico, Saba, Saint Kitts, Saint Lucia, Grenada, Saint Vincent, Guadeloupe, and Trinidad & Tobago.

A person from the Caribbean is usually referred to as a "West Indian", although the phrase "Caribbean Person" is sometimes used. The Caribbean Islands are considered to be a conservation hotspot because they support such a wide range of ecosystems, which have a number of threatened species living in the region.

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Anguilla

Anguilla is a small island nation consisting of the main island Anguilla and other smaller islands that are without permanent inhabitants. Anguilla is a dependency of the United Kingdom and is located in the Caribbean, east of Puerto Rico near the N . . . more about Anguilla

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Antigua and Barbuda

Antigua and Barbuda are two small islands that form one nation in the Caribbean near the Atlantic Ocean. The tiny uninhabited island of Redonda is also politically part of this nation. . . . more about Antigua and Barbuda

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Aruba

Aruba is a small island nation located in the Caribbean. Aruba is one of the few Caribbean islands that lie outside of the Hurricane Belt and has a drier climate than most of the surrounding islands. . . . more about Aruba

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Bahamas

The Bahamas is an island nation made up of over 2,500 cays and 700 islands. The Bahamas are located in the Carribean and belong to North America. . . . more about Bahamas

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Barbados

Barbados is a small independant island nation in the Caribbean Sea in the West Atlantic Ocean. Barbados is sometimes referred to as the 'Little England' of the Caribbean because of it's long association with the United Kingdom. . . . more about Barbados

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British Virgin Islands

You will find the British Virgin Islands within the Caribbean surrounded by the Caribbean Sea and the North Atlantic Ocean. Surrounded by the Virgin Islands, Anguilla, St Thomas, St John, Saint Kitts and Nevis and Puerto Rico. . . . more about British Virgin Islands

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Cayman Islands

The Cayman Islands consist of three small islands; the Grand Cayman, Cayman Brac and Little Catman. The Cayman Islands are located in the Caribbean and are a British dependancy. . . . more about Cayman Islands

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Cuba

Cuba is an island nation found in the Caribbean that is comprised of the main island Cuba, the Isla de la Juventud and many small islands. Cuba is the largest island in the Caribbean and has a population of over 11,000,000 people. . . . more about Cuba

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Dominica

Dominica is an island nation located in the Caribbean that belongs to the Central American continent. Dominica means 'Sunday' in Latin and was named this by Christopher Columbus after he found the country on a Sunday. . . . more about Dominica

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Dominican Republic

The Dominican Republic is an island nation located in the Caribbean which was founded by Christopher Columbus in 1492. The Dominican Republic takes up the eastern two thirds of the Hispaniola island and shares the island with it's neighbouring count . . . more about Dominican Republic

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Grenada

Grenada is located in the Caribbean and consists of three main islands; Grenada, Carriacou and Petit Martinique as well as many other tiny islands. Grenada has an estimated population of 90,000 people and is the western hemisphere's second-smallest . . . more about Grenada

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Guadeloupe

Guadeloupe is a nation made up of a group of islands in the Caribbean and is an overseas department of France. The islands of Guadeloupe have a tolerably hot, humid climate and are prone to Hurricanes. . . . more about Guadeloupe

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Haiti

Haiti is located in the Caribbean and takes up one-third of the island of Hispaniola which it shares with the Dominican Republic. To Haiti's north is the North Atlantic Sea, to it's south the Caribbean sea and to it's east the Dominican Republic. . . . more about Haiti

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Jamaica

Jamaica is the third largest island in the Caribbean and is located in the Caribbean sea, west of the island of Hispaniola. The indigenous people of Jamaica named the island Xaymaca meaning either "Land of Springs" or "Land of Wood and Water". . . . more about Jamaica

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Martinique

Martinique lies to the north of Trinidad and Tobago and is an island in the east of the Caribbean which is an overseas department of France. Before Christopher Columbus founded Martinique in 1493 is was occupied by the Arawak and Carib Indians who h . . . more about Martinique

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Montserrat

Montserrat is a tiny island and overseas British territory located in the Caribbean. Christopher Columbus named Montserrat in 1493 after Montserrat Mountain in Spain. . . . more about Montserrat

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Netherlands Antilles

The Netherlands Antilles are five islands located in the Caribbean Sea that are dependencies of the Kingdom Of The Netherlands. The Netherlands Antilles are split into two groups of islands, the Leeward Islands consisting of Sint Maarten, Saba, and . . . more about Netherlands Antilles

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Puerto Rico

Puerto Rico is a self governing commonwealth of the United States of America and is located in the Caribbean Sea. Puerto Rico is an archipelago which consists of the main island Puerto Rico and small islands such as Mona, Vieques and Culebra, as wel . . . more about Puerto Rico

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Saint Kitts and Nevis

Saint Kitts and Nevis is an island nation in the Leeward Islands, located in the Caribbean that gained independence from the United Kingdom in 1983. Saint Kitts and Nevis consists of three islands; The two main islands Saint Kitts and Nevis and the . . . more about Saint Kitts and Nevis

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Saint Lucia

Saint Lucia is an island nation located in the Caribbean on the boundary of the North Atlantic Ocean. Saint Lucia is a British Commonwealth country that gained it's independence in 1979. . . . more about Saint Lucia

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Saint Martin

Saint Martin is the northern part of a small island in the Caribbean. Saint Martin or the Collectivité de Saint-Martin is an overseas collectivity of France. . . . more about Saint Martin

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Saint Vincent and the Grenadines

Saint Vincent and the Grenadines is a small nation located in the Caribbean that consists of the main island of Saint Vincent and the northern two-thirds of the Grenadines. The independent island Grenada is part of the same island group as the Grena . . . more about Saint Vincent and the Grenadines

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Trinidad and Tobago

Trinidad and Tobago is an island nation located in the Caribbean that consists of the two main islands Trinidad and Tobago as well as 21 much smaller islands. Trinidad and Tobago has a population of over 1 million people with Trinidad, the larger is . . . more about Trinidad and Tobago

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Turks and Caicos

The Turks and Caicos Islands are two groups of tropical islands that are British Overseas Territories. The Turks and Caicos Islands are located in the Caribbean southeast of the Bahamas and north of Haiti. . . . more about Turks and Caicos


Virgin Islands

The Virgin Islands are a group of about 100 islands in the Caribbean that are divided into two parts, the British Virgin Islands and the U. S. . . . more about Virgin Islands

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