QUICK CARIBBEAN FACTS
There are approx 7,000 islands that make you the Caribbeans, most of which are uninhabited.
There are 28 Caribbean nations– 13 sovereign countries and 12 dependent territories.
Over 60% of Caribbean inhabitants actually speak Spanish as their first language. Although most people can speak different levels of English, especially in the touristy areas.
The Caribbean boasts both pink and black sand beaches. Pink sand comes from tiny broken pieces of coral and shells and black sand is formed from volcanic activity.
The Juancho E. Yrausquin Airport (on the island of Saba), is home to the shortest commercial runway in the world. The airport’s runway is only 400 metres, long.
The Caribbean has two seasons, the wet (rainy) or the dry season. The dry season is from mid-December through to mid-April, and the wet season is from mid-April through to mid-December.
There are 22 UNESCO World Heritage Sites located in the Caribbeans.
Cuba is responsible for the production of 11 different brands of rum, the most brans of rum than any other Caribbean nation.
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Anguilla is considered to be more of a genuine Caribbean experience. There’s an embargo on large cruise ships, casinos and high-rise hotels, so you’re able to enjoy smaller hotels and crystal clear waters, unpopulated by too many tourists. Meads Bay is more of a central location, where a lot of people tend to base themselves.
Aruba’s perfect warm climate makes it a great Caribbean spot. Palm beach is where most tourists head to due to the local nightlife and family friend vibes.
Bermuda is most famous for it’s pink sand beaches, made up of pulverized coral and shells. Elbow Beach and Horseshoe Bay are the 2 more popular pink sand beaches. It’s also known as the shipwreck capital, with over 300 shipwrecks to explore, making it perfect for divers.
New Providence and Paradise Island are the 2 most popular places to visit in the Bahamas. These 2 destinations make up the perfect spots for tourists due to the nightlife, foodie spots, family friendly activities and great spot for couples.
Much like the most of the Caribbean, Barbados is known to have some of the best beaches in the world. The warm year round climate and chilled out atmosphere is what attracts tourists…. and let’s not forget the rum distilleries.
Havana is the more visited place in Cuba for tourist, next to Varadero, which is a seaside beach resort town. Cuba is generally known for beautiful beaches, mojito cocktails and cigars.
The third largest island in the Caribbean; Jamaica is known as the birthplace of reggae legend Bob Marley, Jamaican rum and Jerk chicken. Montego Bay is a tourist hub with great food, budget friend hotels and a perfect base to explore Jamaica.
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The Caribbean is home to thirteen sovereign island nations: Antigua and Barbuda, Bahamas, Barbados, Cuba, Dominica, Dominican Republic, Grenada, Haiti, Jamaica, Saint Kitts and Nevis, St Lucia, St Vincent, St Barts and the Grenadines, and Trinidad and Tobago (on the continental shelf of South America). As well as Bermuda, a British island territory lying further to the north in the North Atlantic Ocean.