Theme Week Caribbean

Monday, 23 January 2023 - 12:00 pm (CET/MEZ) Berlin | Author/Destination:
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Parliament building in Nassau, Bahamas © Crm18

Parliament building in Nassau, Bahamas © Crm18

The Caribbean is a region of the Americas that consists of the Caribbean Sea, its islands (some surrounded by the Caribbean Sea and some bordering both the Caribbean Sea and the North Atlantic Ocean) and the surrounding coasts. The region is southeast of the Gulf of Mexico and the North American mainland, east of Central America, and north of South America.

Situated largely on the Caribbean Plate, the region has more than 700 islands, islets, reefs and cays (list of Caribbean islands). Island arcs delineate the eastern and northern edges of the Caribbean Sea: The Greater Antilles and the Lucayan Archipelago on the north and the Lesser Antilles and the on the south and east (which includes the Leeward Antilles). They form the West Indies with the nearby Lucayan Archipelago (the Bahamas and Turks and Caicos Islands), which are considered to be part of the Caribbean despite not bordering the Caribbean Sea. On the mainland, Belize, Cozumel, the Yucatán Peninsula, Margarita Island, and the Guianas (Guyana, Suriname, French Guiana, Guayana Region, and Amapá in Brazil) are often included due to their political and cultural ties with the region.

Geopolitically, the islands of the Caribbean (the West Indies) are often regarded as a region of North America, though sometimes they are included in Central America or left as a region of their own and are organized into 30 territories including sovereign states, overseas departments, and dependencies. From December 15, 1954, to October 10, 2010, there was a country known as the Netherlands Antilles composed of five states, all of which were Dutch dependencies. From January 3, 1958, to May 31, 1962, there was also a short-lived political union called the West Indies Federation composed of ten English-speaking Caribbean territories, all of which were then British dependencies. The West Indies cricket team continues to represent many of those nations.

El Capitolio in Havana, Cuba © Nigel Pacquette/cc-by-sa-3.0 Great Blue Hole near Belize © U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) Les Anses-dArlet, Martinique © Pascalou petit/cc-by-sa-3.0 Windwardside, Saba © Carl Pruneau/cc-by-sa-3.0 Paramaribo seen from Suriname river, Suriname © Mark Ahsmann/cc-by-sa-3.0 National Museum and Art Gallery of Trinidad in Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago © Daisy/cc-by-sa-3.0 Divi Beach, Aruba © Jörg Lößl/cc-by-sa-3.0-de Parliament building in Nassau, Bahamas © Crm18
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National Museum and Art Gallery of Trinidad in Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago © Daisy/cc-by-sa-3.0
Countries and territories of the Caribbean today

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Read more on Culture of the Caribbean, History of the Caribbean, Politics of the Caribbean, Foreign relations of the Caribbean, Caribbean cuisine, Wikitravel Caribbean, Wikivoyage Caribbean and Wikipedia Caribbean. Learn more about the use of photos. To inform you about latest news most of the city, town or tourism websites offer a newsletter service and/or operate Facebook pages/Twitter accounts. In addition more and more destinations, tourist organizations and cultural institutions offer Apps for your Smart Phone or Tablet, to provide you with a mobile tourist guide (Smart Traveler App by U.S. Department of State - Weather report by weather.com - Global Passport Power Rank - Travel Risk Map - Democracy Index - GDP according to IMF, UN, and World Bank - Global Competitiveness Report - Corruption Perceptions Index - Press Freedom Index - World Justice Project - Rule of Law Index - UN Human Development Index - Global Peace Index - Travel & Tourism Competitiveness Index). If you have a suggestion, critique, review or comment to this blog entry, we are looking forward to receive your e-mail at comment@wingsch.net. Please name the headline of the blog post to which your e-mail refers to in the subject line.




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