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Gently swaying palm trees, deserted sandy beaches, turquoise waters, rum punch  and the soft rhythms of a steel band. All these images summarize one word: "Caribbean". 

If these Islands could talk, they would tell you a story of wars, wars for occupation and  for domination; the Arawak Indians defeated by the Carib Indians, in their turn defeated by the Europeans, in particular the Spanish, the British, the Dutch and the French, in their turn tormented by each other and piracy.  All islands are scarred by the slave trade and show a " mélange of cultures". No wonder when you start island-hopping, there's a big chance you'll hear several languages.

Each of them though, displays its own character and heritage, which makes them so inviting to spend your next vacation... 

 


                           

 
 


 
 

 

Anguilla Cuba  Martinique St. Maarten / St. Martin 
Antigua & Barbuda       Curaçao Montserrat   St. Vincent /  Grenadines
Aruba         Dominica      Trinidad & Tobago 
Bahamas  Dominican Republic Puerto Rico      Turks & Caicos Islands
Barbados Grenada Saba US Virgin Islands
Bermuda Guadeloupe St. Barthélemy  Isla Margarita  (Venuzuela)  
Bonaire    St. Eustatius Roatan  (Honduras)     
British Virgin Islands  Haiti    St. Kitts & Nevis     
Cayman Islands Jamaica St. Lucia Cruises in  the Caribbean
 
 

Caribbean Weddings & Honeymoons

 

 

Cuba

Cuban policy makers are promoting the tourism industry in an attempt to aid the island's struggling economy. While tourism expenditures generated significant amounts of foreign exchange, the associated development and increased number of visitors in certain regions has threatened Cuba's environment. Coastal areas are of particular environmental concern, since new beach front hotels are being constructed in prime habitats for a variety of rare species.  An easement on the travel ban from the US to the Island has been approved by the House as of  07/23/02. Final signature of this bill, will open the floodgates for US- tourists to explore this beautiful island. .

  • Republic of Cuba 

  • Languages: Spanish

  • Location:  80 miles South of Florida

  • Size: 110,860 sq. km.

  • Capital: Havana

  • Population: 11,500,000

  • Air connections: direct service from Europe & Mexico.

 

     

Dominica

Dominica is an English-speaking developing island nation. The tourism industry is not highly developed and first-class tourist facilities are limited. However, with 365 rivers (one for each day), many geological attractions (Boiling Lake), unique flora & fauna (primeval rainforest, Imperial Parrot) and an overwhelming beauty, this unspoiled Island is the absolute undiscovered gem of the Caribbean, well worth a visit!

  • Independent Republic.

  • Languages:  English and French Patois

  • Location:  Middle of the Windward Islands, in between Guadeloupe & Martinique.

  • Size: 305 sq. miles.

  • Capital: Roseau

  • Population: 72,000

  • Air connections: inter-island service from Antigua, St.Thomas, Guadeloupe, Martinique, St.Lucia, St Maarten & Barbados. Ferries from Martinique & Guadeloupe.

 

     

 Guadeloupe

This island with tropical rain forests and a volcano, beautiful beaches on turquoise blue, soothing warm waters and palm trees bending in soft trade winds, fits  all the definition of the Caribbean. Guadeloupe is also a department of France with the language, culture, and cuisine of the continent. Guadeloupe is home to Pointe- a- Pitre, its capital, and the twin islands of Basse Terre and Grande Terre, offering two very different experiences. 

  • Department and region of France.

  • Languages: French and Creole

  • Location:  Windward Islands between Dominica & Montserrat

  • Size: 530 sq. miles.

  • Capital: Basse-Terre

  • Population: 410,000

  • Air connections: direct service from the US&Europe.

 

     

Haiti

One of the poorest countries in the Western Hemisphere, Haiti has been plagued by political violence for most of its history. Since before Columbus, Haiti has appealed to the adventurous explorer in all of us. It is therefore no wonder that certain unique kinds of environmental, cultural, adventure and historical tourism have begun to develop in Haiti. To support this, Island systems will list sites and programs that are respectful of the environment and at the same time benefit the local economy, while giving visitors a truly unique experience.

  • Republic

  • Languages:  French, Creole

  • Location:  Western part of the Island of Hispaniola.

  • Size: 27.750 sq. km

  • Capital: Port-au-Prince

  • Population: 7,000,000

  • Air connections: direct service from the US & Europe.


       

Martinique

It seems like the little island is sliced in two halves :  the northern part with the volcano "Mont Pelée"), the "pitons du Carbet"  and the "Morne Jacob" offers you lush tropical foliage with rivers running through, and beaches with volcanic black sand,  the south is rather flat, almost always sunny and has many  white sand beaches. Being part of French West Indies, Fort de France and the 32 other villages display a French Creole atmosphere.

  • Department and Region of France.

  • Languages: French & Creole.

  • Location:  Windward Islands, between Dominica & St.Vincent

  • Size: 425 sq. miles.

  • Capital: Fort-de-France

  • Population: 392,000

  • Air connections: direct service from the US&Europe.

 

Montserrat

What once was the posh retreat for the rich and the famous got hit by several natural disasters. Montserrat had just recovered from Hurricane Hugo when the Souffriere Hill Volcano erupted for more than five years. During this ordeal the population shrank from 11 000 to about 4 000.  2/3's of its area is declared exclusion zone, to which access is strictly prohibited. The northern part of the island remained untouched by the fury of the volcano and the mountains are still covered with lush vegetation. A visit  will be a rewarding experience. You can spend a day on a beach, almost by yourself and swim in crystal clear water of the Caribbean Sea or you may explore the tropical rain forest in the center hills. A constant display is the volcano and from Garibaldi Hill  you can look down to Plymouth, the old capital, which had the bad fortune to be in the way of major lava flows.

  • United Kingdom Overseas Territory.

  • Languages:  English 

  • Location:  Eastern chain, 27 miles SW of Antigua

  • Size: 39 sq. miles & growing.

  • Capital: Plymouth (pending)

  • Population: 5,000 (pending)

  • Air connections: Inter-island from Antigua and St. Kitts  Ferry service from Antigua.

 

Saba

Ideal for the traveler looking for a secluded haven, in peaceful and friendly surroundings. Rising steeply from the azure sea, the tiny island in the Caribbean is a magical place for scuba diving, hiking, admiring the nature or honeymooning!  Four small villages are as quaint and charming as the gentle, friendly manner of the Saban people, descended from hardy 17th century pioneers. Visitors feel they have stepped back in history, yet many modern luxuries are here to be enjoyed. Saba is a monument to nature's best above and below the ocean's surface. The famous Saba Marine Park is second to none.

  • Autonomous member of the Kingdom of the Netherlands.

  • Languages: Dutch, English and Papiamento.

  • Location:  Windward Islands

  • Size: 5 sq. miles.

  • Capital: The Bottom

  • Population: 1,500

  • Air connections: inter-island to Statia, St Maarten & St. Kitts.  Ferry Service

 

St. Eustatius

Travel to a Caribbean island where time stands still ... Color it with green hills, blue seas and golden sunshine. Uncover a truly peaceful and unhurried atmosphere where casual and simple lifestyles prevail, where urban hustle and bustle is unheard of and where welcome smiles and greetings contain genuine warmth and sincerity. Imagine an island unchanged by centuries, unmatched in tranquility, rich in history and just waiting to be re-discovered. The island is named Sint Eustatius ... but you can call it Statia ..

  • Autonomous member of the Kingdom of the Netherlands.

  • Languages: Dutch,  English and Papiamento.

  • Location: Windward Islands, 20 miles NW of St. Kitts

  • Size: 11.8 sq. miles.

  • Capital: Oranjestad

  • Population: 2,100

  • Air connections: inter-island service from St. Maarten, Saba & St. Kitts

 

       

St Vincent and the Grenadines

An unspoiled necklace of 32 islands and cays in the Eastern 
Caribbean, offers spectacular landscapes, beautiful beaches and turquoise blue waters. The largest, St Vincent, is a lush volcanic island, 18 miles by 11 miles wide, its windward coast is lined with cliffs and rocky shores pounded by the Atlantic ocean. The leeward coast has spectacular slopes and valleys running down to beaches lapped by the tranquil Caribbean Sea. The Capital, Kingstown, combines reminders of its colonial past, with the bright and bustling life of a modern market town. 
Continue your leisurely way from island to island using the scheduled ferry boat or travel by air, and discover the beauty of the Grenadines: Bequia, Union Island, Mustique, Palm Island, Petit St Vincent, Tobago Cays, Mayreau and Canouan.

  • Independent member of the British Commonwealth.

  • Languages: English 

  • Location: Windward Islands between St. Lucia - Tobago.

  • Size: 150 sq. miles.

  • Capital: Kingstown

  • Population: 112,000

  • Air connections: Inter-island service from Barbados, Puerto Rico, Martinique, Grenada, St Lucia & Trinidad. Ferries and small planes to the Grenadines.

       

Trinidad & Tobago

The term "Opposites attract"  fits these sister Islands. Trinidad is  a cosmopolitan mix, grown into modern development, Tobago is a sleepy idyllic island, reminiscing the South Pacific.  Both offer a wealth of flora and fauna and unique wildlife, making them a top destination for eco-tourism. Trinidad is the home of Carnival and birthplace of Calypso, Limbo and the Steel Band music. Tobago has the myth being the Island where Robinson Crusoe landed and boasts lush tropical rainforest, white sand beaches and the Buccoo Reef right off shore. A true romantic spot for weddings or honeymoons. 

  • Republic within the  British Commonwealth.

  • Languages: English 

  • Location:  7 miles of the Coast of Venuzuela.

  • Size: 1,864 sq. miles (Trinidad), 116 sq. miles (Tobago)

  • Capital: Port of Spain (Trinidad), Scarborough (Tobago)

  • Population: 1,300,000

  • Air connections: direct service from the US & Europe & South America. Inter-island service & Car- ferries between Tobago & Trinidad


 

       

Isla Margarita - Venuzuela

Isla Margarita (Margarita Island) Venezuela is a mountainous tropical Caribbean island paradise, blessed with an average of over 320 days a year of sun, beautiful tropical beaches with palm trees like Playa el Agua or Playa Parguito and a temperature that is never too hot or too cold. 

  • Island property of Venuzuela.

  • Languages: Spanish

  • Location:  Of the  North Coast of Venuzuela

  • Air connections: direct service from the US&Europe.

       

Roatan - Honduras

The beautiful Caribbean island of Roatan offers some of the world's best scuba diving. The island is surrounded by the world's second largest coral reef, hugging most of the shore. This provides calm, clear beaches for swimming and snorkeling, and many varieties of sea life. Almost every vacation rental, resort, and other lodging is close enough to walk to beaches, and Roatan's many dive operators assure convenient access.

  • Bay Island property of Honduras.

  • Languages: Spanish, English.

  • Location:  Bay Islands of the coast of Honduras

  • Air connections: direct service from the US & Europe.