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The British Overseas Territory of Anguilla is made up of a small main island and many offshore islets in the Eastern Caribbean. Its beaches range from extensive stretches of sand, such as Rendezvous Bay, which overlooks the neighboring island of Saint Martin, to quiet coves only accessible by boat, such as Little Bay.
Antigua and Barbuda is a Commonwealth country made up of two main islands and several smaller islands. It’s famed for reef-lined beaches, rainforests, and resorts because it’s located where the Atlantic and Caribbean meet.
Aruba is a Caribbean island country located in the mid-south, roughly 29 kilometers north of Venezuela’s Paraguaná peninsula and 80 kilometers northwest of Curaçao.
Oranjestad is the capital of the Caribbean island of Aruba, which is owned by the Netherlands. The Historical Museum is located near the marina and is housed in the 18th-century Fort Zoutman and the Willem III Tower, which was once a lighthouse.
Indigenous relics reaching back to 2500 B.C. are on display at the Archaeological Museum. L.G. Smith Boulevard, which runs along the waterfront, is lined with boutiques and shopping centers.
The Bahamas, formally known as the Commonwealth of The Bahamas, is a sovereign republic located in the Atlantic Ocean, within the Lucayan Archipelago of the West Indies.
Nassau is the Bahamas’ capital city. It is located on the island of New Providence, with Nassau Harbor bridges connecting it to Paradise Island. The city, which has a hilly landscape and is known for beaches as well as offshore coral reefs that are famous for diving and snorkeling, is a popular cruise ship stop.
Many of the pastel-colored British colonial structures, such as the pink-hued Government House, have been preserved.
Barbados is an island in the eastern Caribbean and a member of the British Commonwealth. The capital, Bridgetown, is a cruise-ship harbor featuring colonial structures and the Nidhe Israel Synagogue, which was founded in 1654.
Beaches, floral gardens, the Harrison’s Cave formation, and 17th-century plantation mansions like St. Nicholas Abbey may all be found on the island. Afternoon tea and cricket, the national sport, are two local traditions.
Three islands in the western Caribbean Sea make up the Cayman Islands, a British Overseas Territory. The main island, Grand Cayman, is noted for its beach resorts and diverse scuba diving and snorkeling locations.
The island of Cayman Brac is a popular starting place for deep-sea fishing trips. The smallest island, Little Cayman, is home to a rich range of wildlife, including endangered iguanas and seabirds like red-footed boobies.
Cuba, officially the Republic of Cuba, is a country comprising the island of Cuba, as well as Isla de la Juventud and several minor archipelagos.
Havana is Cuba’s capital city. Spanish colonial architecture in its 16th-century Old Havana core includes the Castillo de la Real Fuerza, a fort and maritime museum. The National Capitol Building is an iconic 1920s landmark. Also in Old Havana is the baroque Cathedral de San Cristóbal and Plaza Vieja, whose buildings reflect the city’s vibrant architectural mix.
Dominica is a Caribbean island nation with rugged terrain, natural hot springs, and tropical rainforests. The volcanically heated, steam-covered Boiling Lake can be found in Morne Trois Pitons National Park. Sulphur vents, the 65-meter-high Trafalgar Falls, and the tight Titou Gorge are also part of the park. Dominica’s capital, Roseau, is to the west, with colorful timber buildings and botanic gardens.
Dominica’s capital is Roseau. It’s located on the southwest coast and is notable for its Creole architecture from the 18th century. The Old Market, which was once a slave sale location, now sells crafts and produce. It’s just next door to the Dominica Museum, which features exhibits on the island’s natural and cultural past.
Tropical vegetation and native Sisserou parrots are on display at the Dominica Botanic Gardens.
The Dominican Republic is a Caribbean country that borders Haiti to the west on the island of Hispaniola. It is well-known for its beaches, resorts, and golfing opportunities. Its landscape includes rainforest, savannah, and highlands, including the Caribbean’s tallest summit, Pico Duarte.
Grenada is a Caribbean country with a main island, Grenada, as well as smaller surrounding islands. The steep main island, dubbed “Spice Isle,” is home to several nutmeg farms.
Saint Georges is the capital of Grenada. It overlooks Carenage Harbour with its colorful residences, Georgian architecture, and early-18th-century Fort George. Grand Anse Beach, with resorts and bars, is to the south.
Guadeloupe is a French overseas territory that consists of a series of islands in the southern Caribbean Sea. The Salée River separates the two main islands, which resemble a butterfly. Long beaches and sugarcane plantations may be seen on the hilly Grande-Terre Island.
Haiti is a Caribbean republic that borders the Dominican Republic to the east on the island of Hispaniola. Despite the fact that Haiti is still recuperating from a 2010 earthquake, many of the country’s early 19th century attractions are still standing.
Citadelle la Ferrière, a mountainside stronghold, and the neighboring ruins of Sans-Souci Palace, King Henry I’s baroque former royal residence, are among them.
Haiti’s capital, Port-au-Prince, is located on the Gulf of Gonâve. The Musée du Panthéon National Hatien pays tribute to the country’s founding fathers and history. Produce and artisan merchants can be found in the Iron Market, a vast covered bazaar built in 1891.
The massive Notre Dame de l’Assomption Cathedral, which was destroyed by an earthquake in 2010, sits nearby. The city is dotted with colorful gingerbread-style houses from the turn of the century.
Jamaica, a Caribbean island nation with mountains, rainforests, and beaches flanked with coral reefs, has a luxuriant terrain. Many of the island’s all-inclusive resorts are concentrated around Montego Bay, which is famed for its British-colonial architecture, and Negril, which is known for its diving and snorkeling.
Martinique, part of the Lesser Antilles, is a mountainous Caribbean island. It is a French overseas territory whose culture is a unique blend of French and West Indian elements.
Fort-de-France, the country’s main town, has steep slopes, tiny alleys, and La Savane, a garden ringed by stores and cafes. A statue of Joséphine de Beauharnais, Napoleon Bonaparte’s first wife, is in the park.
Montserrat is a hilly Caribbean island that is a British Overseas Territory and part of the Lesser Antilles series. In the 1990s, the island’s Soufrière Hills volcano erupted, inflicting severe damage to the south of the island and prompting the establishment of an exclusion zone.
Black-sand beaches, coral reefs, cliffs, and coastal caves can be found in the north of the island, which is largely undisturbed.
Plymouth is a ghost town and the de jure capital of the island of Montserrat.
Saint Kitts and Nevis is a twin-island republic sandwiched between the Atlantic and Caribbean oceans. It is well-known for its cloud-covered mountains and sandy beaches. Many of the country’s former sugar estates have been converted into inns or evocative ruins.
The dormant Mount Liamuiga volcano, which is home to a crater lake, green vervet monkeys, and rainforest crisscrossed with hiking trails, dominates the bigger of the two islands, Saint Kitts.
Basseterre is the capital of Saint Kitts and Nevis, a Caribbean island federation. It serves as a gateway to prominent beaches on Saint Kitts, such as South Friars Bay. Independence Square, in the city’s core, features an Italian-inspired fountain.
The National Museum is located just off the Circus traffic circle, with its Victorian Berkeley Memorial Clock Tower. It explores the islands’ colonial past in the majestic Old Treasury Building.
Saint Lucia is an island republic in the Eastern Caribbean with the Pitons, a pair of steeply tapered mountains on its west coast. Volcanic beaches, reef diving sites, luxury resorts, and fishing towns line the coast. Trails in the interior rainforest lead to waterfalls like the Toraille, a 15-meter-high cascade that cascades over a cliff into a garden.
Castries, the capital, is known for Vigie Beach, which is bordered with palm trees, and as a cruise ship port of call, featuring duty-free shopping near the harbor. By the lush Derek Walcott Square park, the Cathedral Basilica of the Immaculate Conception, with its vivid murals, sits. The bustling Castries Market is close by. Morne Fortune Hill, to the south, gives panoramic views of the city.
St. Vincent and the Grenadines is made up of a large island, St. Vincent, and a chain of smaller islands in the southern Caribbean. It’s known for its major sailing locations, such as reef-lined Bequia Island near Admiralty Bay, bordered by white-sand beaches like Princess Margaret, with yacht-filled harbors, stylish private isles, and volcanic vistas.
The capital, Kingstown, is located on the main island. The port city is known for its Botanical Gardens, founded in 1765 and home to tropical plants and aviaries. On a ridge above the bay, the 1806 Fort Charlotte offers panoramic views of the archipelago.
Puerto Rico is a Caribbean island and unincorporated US territory featuring a mountainous environment, waterfalls, and the tropical rainforest of El Yunque.
The Isla Verde district of San Juan, the capital and largest city, is noted for its hotel strip, beach bars, and casinos. Its Old San Juan area is home to gorgeous Spanish colonial structures as well as the towering, centuries-old fortifications El Morro and La Fortaleza.
Trinidad and Tobago is a Caribbean country with two islands that is close to Venezuela and has distinct Creole traditions and cuisines.
Tobago is noted for its beaches as well as the Tobago Main Ridge Forest Reserve, which is home to hummingbirds.
The Turks and Caicos Islands are a British Overseas Territory southeast of the Bahamas, consisting of 40 low-lying coral islands in the Atlantic Ocean.
Grace Bay Beach, on the gateway island of Providenciales, often known as Provo, is home to luxury resorts, boutiques, and restaurants. A 14-mile barrier reef on Provo’s north side and a stunning underwater wall near Grand Turk island are popular scuba diving spots.
Grand Turk Island is home to Cockburn Town, the Turks and Caicos Islands’ capital. Duke and Front streets are lined with old Bermudian-style buildings along the shore. The cells and exercise yard of the colonial-era Her Majesty’s Prison have been preserved. The Turks and Caicos National Museum‘s island history exhibits contain artifacts from a 16th-century shipwreck. The sandy Cockburn Town Beach is broken up by seawalls and jetties.