Top Five Caribbean Capitals

Most Caribbean related travel blogs and publications will usually speak in terms of resorts and cruise ship destinations whenever referring to this popular destination. While it is true that secluded beaches and luxurious resorts represent the two major assets of the Caribbean islands, the urban side of the Caribbean shouldn’t be neglected. Let us not forget that the colonization of the two Americas began right here in the Caribbean so here you will find not only the oldest European settlements on the continent, but also some very interesting cultures. Most Caribbean cities are not only culturally diverse, but also rich in attractions and entertainment facilities of all sorts. So let’s take a look at these top five Caribbean capitals and see what each of them has to offer:

Havana

by jodastephen

Far more than a country capital, Havana is a place of legend. While travel guides continue the present the mythical Havana with its vintage cars and small cafes, the city is changing at a fast rate. The once picturesque decrepit walls are leaving place for beautifully restored historic buildings while in the new Havana you’ll be able to taste all the delights of a modern city.

Roseau

by shayan(usa)

With less than 15 thousand inhabitants, many would look at Roseau as a big village rather than a capital city. On the other sand, many other cities would kill just to benefit from the same beautiful setting and the clean, healthy air of Roseau. With typical Caribbean houses, a historic French quarter and beautiful garden, Roseau is an ideal, miniature capital.

St. George’s

Officially the capital of Grenada, St. George is more likely the Caribbean capital of spices. Industrial quantities of cinnamon, nutmeg and sugar cane depart every day form St. George’s coquette port. In addition to flavors and spices, here you can also admire some interesting colonial forts and well as the curvy shapes of Qua Qua, an old volcano at whose foothills the city is located.

Willemstad

by chika

Those arriving to Willemstad by cruise ship or, in the luckiest case, personal yacht, will often have the illusion that they in fact reached the old Amsterdam. But Willemstad is Dutch in its appearance and quite cosmopolitan in its spirit. You will find tourists and locals from all ethnicities wandering around this buzzing port and even taking their chance in a casino.

Basse-Terre

Even though the town of Basse-Terre has somewhere around 50 thousands inhabitants, its history goes back to the 17th century, and it’s quite a troublesome one. Basse-Terre has witessed several battles and even a volcano eruption, but this doesn’t make it less of a quaint, Caribbean port with a touch of French sophistication.

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