The Caribbean is a region 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 comprises more than 700 islands, islets, reefs, and cays.
Geopolitically, the Caribbean islands are usually regarded as a subregion of North America and are organized into 30 territories including sovereign states, overseas departments, and dependencies. From January 3, 1958, to May 31, 1962, there was a short-lived country called the Federation of the West Indies composed of ten English-speaking Caribbean territories, all of which were then United Kingdom dependencies. The West Indies cricket team continues to represent many of those nations.
Located on the eastern two-thirds of the second largest island in the region, “Hispaniola” is located in the Antilles archipelago and is the perfect paradise on which to vacation in the Caribbean. The Dominican Republic occupies two thirds of the island of Hispaniola, which it shares with Haiti.
Spectacular land and seascapes set the scene for any visit to Jamaica, where the capital city of Kingston is built around the seventh-largest natural harbor in the world. A little exploration will unveil spots of extraordinary beauty that serve as a magnet for nature lovers, hikers, divers and addicted vacationers, who return repeatedly to this magnificent Caribbean island.
Caribbean cuisine is filled with the sunshine and colours that we associate with the beautiful islands that lie in the sparkling blue waters of the Caribbean. Dishes are vibrant and packed full of flavour using fresh produce and the wonderful selection of spices that are so readily available here.
Traditional drinks of the Caribbean reflect the flavours of the produce that are grown in the sunshine of these beautiful Islands, from the sugar which makes the delicious selection of Rum produced here to the lemons, limes and fruits which form the fruit juices and syrups to flavour the cocktails.