Historic Ports in the Caribbean

The Caribbean is today one of the most popular holiday destination in the world. However, there was no clue announcing this dramatic change of roles in the colonization period. Two centuries ago, the Caribbean was regarded as one of the most dangerous places in the world. The sea and main ports were raided by pirates, slavery was at its peak and nobody could predict when the next hurricane will struck. Nevertheless, the historic ports in the Caribbean were swarming with life and exotic merchandise. People from all over the world were here to try their fortune and the resulting combination was more diverse and multicultural than one could imagine.
The Caribbean nations have gone through huge changes in the last few decades. However, some Caribbean ports have managed to preserved much of their colonial architecture intact – a stroll in some of their historic districts will often seem like a trip back in time. So let’s take a look at this old Caribbean ports and what their tumultuous history:

Port Royal, Jamaica

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Port Royal in Jamaica debuted in the 17th century as the major commercial port in the Caribbean. However, the port was haunted by misfortunes, as two devastating earthquakes occurring at more than two centuries distance had it almost destroyed. Despite all the notorious pirates and its centuries of agitated history, Port Royal is now a modest village, totally eclipsed by Kingston. Much of Port Royal is now underwater, so divers and archaeologists are the only ones able to explore its mysteries.

Port of Spain, Trinidad

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At a first and very superficial look, Port of Spain will seem like a modern capital with little if no history to display. But appearances might be deceiving: right in the center of the city one can find the historic nucleus that once made the heart of this busy port. You will find yourself wondering among gothic cathedrals, Victorian style buildings and palaces and public squares.

San Juan, Puerto Rico

San Juan is often regarded as the most beautiful historic city in the Caribbean. Even though the old port has now become a flourishing city with lots of facilities and impressive amounts of tourists, its colonial nucleus is perfectly preserved. San Juan is almost 500 years old now and its founder is no one else but the famous Ponce de Leon.

Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic

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There is a picturesque, old side of Santo Domingo just like there’s a modern, buzzing side of it. A historic waterfront which is always crowded with tourists and entire neighborhoods of colonial villas are the face of Old Santo Domingo. One thing you shouldn’t miss here is the Columbus Lighthouse, where the remains of the famous explorer are said to be buried.

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