About the Caribbean – Getting to Know the Caribbean in a nutshell

Last Updated on January 1, 2022

Here you can read about general information about the Caribbean, including information about the history, attractions, sights, islands, reasons to visit, countries. Everyone should go to one of the islands at least once in their life, purely for the experience of living on a Tropical Island for a week or two!

Truly life-affirming, the sun, sea and culture of the different Caribbean islands are forces to be reckoned with. However, if you fancy a holiday then it would be very foolish to fight these forces – embrace them! The Caribbean is rich in history and the islands you can visit today are modern representations of their former selves. Important, historical and influential, the Caribbean is a lot more than a haven for sun seekers.


General Info about the Caribbean

The Caribbean compromises more than 700 islands, reefs and caves. The islands themselves are divided into different groups: The Lucayan Archipelego (the Bahamas), the Greater Antilles (Cuba), the Lesser Antilles and Leeward Antillies (Aruba), the Leeward Islands (Antigua) and the Windward Islands (Grenada).

Did you know that there are more churches per square mile in Jamaica (1,600) than any other country in the world? Jamaica is mainly Christian, Protestant and Roman Catholic.

You probably know that the Caribbean is also known as the West Indies (or the Windies!) but do you know why? Well, when Columbus set out to find Asia, he sailed west, and discovered these islands. He thought he had found the East Indies. When his mistake was discovered the islands were thus renamed the West Indies.

Geologists believe that the Caribbean evolved from a gigantic arc of volcanoes that erupted beneath the ocean billions of years ago.

Lots of travelers come to the Caribbean every year for the islands’ eco-tourism. The islands host some rare indigenous species and it’s exciting to see this animals in their natural habitats. The major sight-seeing spots for nature lovers are the Asa Wright Nature Centre in Trinidad, the Reef Resort in the Cayman Islands and the Balenbouche Estate in St. Lucia.

The Caribbean beaches are excellent and are on offer who are in search of sun, sea and relaxation, and any beach in the Caribbean can be considered as paradise.

Antigua has 365 beaches – that’s one for each day of the year!

St Lucia has the world’s only ‘walk through’ volcano. You’ll find lots of fantastic places to see in St. Lucia.

The statue of Lord Nelson that was put up in the Bridgetown’s Trafalgar Square in Barbados on 22 March 1813 is actually older than both the statue and the square of the same fame in London.

The reefs in the Caribbean are 10-15 million years old. These might seem old but the Caribbean reefs are in fact relatively young in comparison to other reefs in the world. For example, those in the Pacific Ocean are 60-70 years old.


What are the largest Caribbean countries?

The Caribbean is a larger by population. Countries include;

  • Cuba – 11,087,330
  • Dominican Republic – 9,956,648
  • Haiti – 9,719,932
  • Jamaica – 2,868,380
  • Trinidad & Tobago – 1,227,505
  • Bahamas – 346,000
  • Barbados – 257,000
  • St. Lucia – 161,557
  • Grenada – 108,419
  • St. Vincent & the Grenadines – 103,869

Caribbean food?

The best thing about Caribbean cuisine are the seasonings. Many visitors to the Caribbean are not aware of the many different types of seasonings used or the processes. The most famous seasoning is, of course, jerk.

Jerk Chicken, Cuba
Jerk Chicken, Cuba

But there’s more to jerk chicken than meets the eye. A Caribbean trick is to wash the meat a few times using vinegar or lemon. Then the meat is marinated for up to 24 hours.