Best Museums in the Caribbean

Best Museums in the Caribbean

The simple mentioning of the name Caribbean makes you dream about sun, beaches and crazy parties. But there is much more to the Caribbean than carnivals, beaches and all-inclusive resorts. The Caribbean region is one of the most culturally diverse in the world, and its history and culture are truly fascinating. A lifetime might not be enough to get to know the Caribbean culture in all its glorious complexity. Luckily, in our days, there are 'shortcuts' to learning: we call them museums. S... [ read more ]

The lost cities of the Caribbean

The lost cities of the Caribbean

Tourists have always regarded the Caribbean as the paradise on Earth, however life on these tropical islands is far from pinkish. Not only are the Caribbean islands hit by hurricanes each year, but wars, pirate raids, earthquakes and volcano eruptions have often hit these apparently blessed islands, wiping out entire cities. It's sometimes hard to imagine that the calm, turquoise waters hide hundreds of shipwrecks and sometimes even entire cities, and that ports that were once thriving are n... [ read more ]

Famous Filming Locations in the Caribbean

Famous Filming Locations in the Caribbean

With their picture perfect beaches and sunny weather, the Caribbean islands make an ideal movie setting. There is no need for special effects or expensive settings: the strong light at the Tropics and the lush vegetation are enough. I'm sure that some particularly beautiful sunset or beach scene from some movie is somewhere in the depths of your memory and you'd like to know where it was filmed. Well, now you have the chance to visit some of these amazing places and take your own picture... [ read more ]

Famous People from the Caribbean

Famous People from the Caribbean

The Caribbean region is home not only to some of the world’s most famous and beautiful beaches and beach resorts, but also to a great diversity of ethnicities and countries. Although many people today regard the Caribbean as a much sought-for vacation destination, the Caribbean has offered much more to the world. Sugar cane, rum, exotic fruit and spices, cocktail recipes, pirate stories, calypso, reggae are just a small part of the Caribbean people’s gifts to the world. Also, there are m... [ read more ]

Unusual Buildings in the Caribbean

Unusual Buildings in the Caribbean

Not very often associated with awkward attractions or architectural masterpieces, the Caribbean can still offer a lot of surprises in terms of architecture and design. While you shouldn’t expect to find the Empire State Building or the Notre Damme cathedral tucked among the palm trees, there are still some very interesting constructions to admire in the Caribbean. For those with an eye for exceptional architecture and less conventional design, today I have selected four of the most unusual... [ read more ]

Music Legends of The Caribbean: Calypso

Music Legends of The Caribbean: Calypso

As you might know already from my previous post, I have decided to dedicate some articles to the wonderful music of the Caribbean. This time i will concentrate on the more danceable side of Caribbean music and try to talk a little bit about the calypso music, probably the second most popular music genre after reggae - Caribbean people might contradict me on this though, as reggae is has become quite an international genre, while calypso is still deeply rooted into the tradition of the Caribb... [ read more ]

Music Legends of the Caribbean: Reggae

Music Legends of the Caribbean: Reggae

It can be quite difficult, if not impossible, to decide whether you should consider the beaches, the sun or the great music as the biggest asset of the Caribbean.  As for myself, I would definitely go with the music, which is why I have decided to dedicate a whole series of posts to the musical culture of the Caribbean. Today, the first on my list of music legends of the Caribbean:  reggae (which I assume comes as no surprise). Originating in Jamaica as part of the African culture, regg... [ read more ]

A Short Guide to Caribbean Customs and Traditions

A Short Guide to Caribbean Customs and Traditions

Any person traveling to the Caribbean will be amazed by the diversity of people and customs which are to be found in these exotic islands. Spanish, French, Anglo-Saxon and African cultures have all contributed to the incredibly rich and diverse Caribbean culture. Variety is the spice of life affirms an old proverb, and the Caribbean seems to be the very impersonation of it. The mix of ethnicities and cultures of the island was responsible for many great inventions that we today take for gran... [ read more ]

Popular Caribbean Pirate Legends

Popular Caribbean Pirate Legends

The Caribbean wouldn’t be the magnificent destination it is today without its pirate stories and tales. Although most people’s idea of Caribbean pirates is reduced to the characters in the successful Hollywood sequel 'Pirates of the Caribbean', there were in fact lots of pirates sailing the tempting Caribbean Sea in colonial times. Many of these people were is search of fortune and hidden treasures, while others were just looking to escape the law. But no matter what their reasons to bec... [ read more ]

An Introduction to Creole Culture

An Introduction to Creole Culture

The mix of languages and ethnicities have transformed the Caribbean into one of the most culturally diverse regions in the world. While intense tourism makes English the most commonly spoken language, this is not the language that the actual inhabitants of the Caribbean islands speak. The culture of the Caribbean is basically creole (meaning that it’s rather a mix of several cultures). If you what to find out more about this top rated holiday destination, check out my brief introduction to... [ read more ]