The Caribbean, which is located southeast of North America’s mainland, north of South America, and east of Central America, encompasses more than 700 islands, islets and cays, and the Caribbean Sea. The Caribbean islands are made up of sovereign states, overseas dependencies, and overseas departments. The Caribbean was named after the people who inhabited the islands prior to European arrival – the Caribs. Once the Spanish arrived the population of the Caribs began to decrease. Today the islands in the Caribbean are owned by several countries including Britain (or the U.K), the United States, France, and the Netherlands.
The Caribbean is home to many beautiful islands are surrounded by rich blue waters of the Atlantic Ocean on one side and humble turquoise waters of the Caribbean Sea on the other side. The culture of the inhabitants of the Caribbean is perhaps one of careless and relaxed in the world. Perhaps the white sandy beaches and crystal white waters are the reason for carefree spirit of Caribbean fishermen. Read these interesting facts and see what makes them so interesting.
One of the most interesting facts about the Caribbean is that almost all the residents are descendants of African slaves. They were bought and brought here to work in the sugar factories open in this region, and when slavery was abolished they went to live in these heavenly conditions.
Much of the food is Caribbean-based African, Hispanic, Chinese and East cuisine, often with impurities and mixing cuisines from the rest of the world. Their kitchen offers a truly unique blend of flavors where spices, different types of herbs and hot peppers have great application.
Only 2 percent of the numerous Caribbean islands are inhabited.
Some of the common languages spoken in the Caribbean include English, French, Spanish, Dutch, Creole, and Papiamento.
The island of Antigua, which belongs to the Lesser Antilles has 365 beaches, one for every day.
The largest coral reef in the Western Hemisphere is located off the coast of Belize and extends about 300 km in length.
Grenada, known as the island of spices, there are more spices per square kilometer than anywhere else in the world.
The very first James Bond film titled Dr. No was filmed in the Caribbean Island of Jamaica.
Jamaica has more Olympic gold medals than Portugal, Taiwan, Saudi Arabia, Iceland, Singapore and Kuwait combined. Jamaica participated in the Olympic Games 16 times