The Caribbean is the region that consists of over 100 islands and islets. We take a look at only some of them in hope to encourage you to explore this magical place.
Martinique was nicknamed ‘The Flower Island’ by its first dwellers. And rightly so – this exceptional place is well-known for its beautiful gardens and equatorial forests. However, the tropical fauna is only the tip of the iceberg of what the island has to offer. It has something for everybody – the enthusiasts of both active and passive recreation. It is a real paradise for beach lovers, hikers, cyclists, water sports buffs and even golf fans. Dancing to the sounds of live Caribbean music is an unforgettable experience that cannot be compared with anything else. Or you can just take a walk and enjoy the exotic Creole culture.
If you appreciate places with a unique atmosphere, you will surely fall in love with Fort-de-France, the heart of Martinique – a lively town with a small centre, which you can explore entirely on foot. In the shopping district you will be drawn in by the amazing smells of unusual spices and the alluring colours of handicraft. Among all the monuments – the impressive fortress, the magnificent Colonial architecture and the houses with beautiful wrought iron balustrades – you will feel the spirit of history. To fully explore Martinique, you will surely need more time that you had expected. Get ready to be impressed – it’s a really mesmerizing place!
One of the Windward Islands of the Lesser Antilles, with an exceptionally well-developed coastline, along which you can explore many towns, villages, resorts and the rainforest. The island is well-recognisable thanks to its two volcanic rocks , descending towards the sea, depicted on the island flag. The capital of the island is Castries. A guided trip to The National Rainforest Park might also be worth considering.
ANTIGUA AND BARBUDA
This insular country lying within the Lesser Antilles archipelago consists of 3 islands – Antigua, Barbuda and significantly smaller Redonda. The islands were discovered by Christopher Columbus and colonized by the British in the 17th century. Their culture and language still bear an imprint of history by showing strong British and Spanish influences. The islands have become a very popular tourist destination, not only thanks to the astonishing landscapes and beaches, but also to the beautiful architecture and other impressive attractions awaiting the guests – a big choice of water sports, exciting nightlife and entertaining cultural events – to name a few.
A country located on an island of the same name. It is a part of the Windward Islands in the Lesser Antilles archipelago of the Caribbean Sea, between Guadeloupe and Martinique. Dominica is a mountainous, volcanic island with a gloriously rich array of plants and animals. The greatest natural attractions of the island are the mineral spring and Boiling Lake – the second largest hot lake in the world. The water in the lake is heated by superheated gases escaping from molten lava via a crack below the lake. You can also take a trip in a cable railway through the tropical forest and get a chance to admire the numerous species of exotic birds, most of all parrots. On a different note, you must also try the Kubali beer, which in 2002 received a gold medal in the Monde Selection Award competition, organized by Belgian brewers. Dominica is inhabited by the Caribbean’s only remaining population of about 500 pre-Columbian Carib Indians, properly known as the Kalinago, whose lives and traditions are worth taking a look at. And not to forget – the island also has a beautiful, picturesque coastline just waiting to be explored.
SAINT VINCENT AND THE DRENADINES
An insular country in the Caribbean Sea, within the Lesser Antilles archipelago. It consists of Saint Vincent Island and the northern part of the Grenadines – a chain of smaller islands (their southern part belongs to Grenada). It is a part of British Commonwealth of Nations. The islands attract tourists with the uniqueness of their fauna and flora and the hospitality of their inhabitants. The Grenadines archipelago is a paradise for the enthusiasts of sunbathing and water sports.
ST. KITTS AND NAVIS
Islands in the Caribbean Sea, of volcanic origin. Saint Kitts (also known as Saint Christopher) is 168 km2 in size and Nevis – 93 km2. They are a part of British Commonwealth of Nations. The whole area is mostly mountainous. Humid equatorial climate is tempered somewhat by north-east trade winds. From May to November there’s a storm and cyclone season. St. Kitts and Nevis are called a ‘secret of the Caribbean’ because most of the area is uninhabited and and untouched by humans. They aren’t that popular with tourists. The coastline is formed by a variety of natural features including fabulous, wild beaches, cliffs and coral reefs, which will satisfy even the most demanding divers. Nevis especially is an oasis of peace and beauty – a perfect place to relax and forget about your troubles. Worth seeing are also Basseterre, the capital (Saint Kitts) and one of the oldest cities in the Caribbean and Charleston (Nevis), an important cultural, economical and political centre. A period that is particularly interesting on St. Kitts is Christmas, when many colourful festivals and carnival parties take place.
THE BRITISH VIRGIN ISLANDS (BVI)
A British colony in Central America, in the Caribbean Sea. It consists of 36 islands (11 uninhabited). It is a part of a larger Virgin Islands archipelago. The islands are one of the most popular tax haven among the rich and famous. In 2004, 550 000 so-called off-shore companies were registered in BVI, which constituted about 40% of all the companies of that type in the entire world. The income from this activity exceeds the income gained from the tourist industry. To get to know the place a little bit better it’s a good idea to go on a cruise among the islands. This way you’ll be able to admire the ever-changing colours of water, tropical plants and animals or try diving in search of beautiful coral reefs and underwater caves. Don’t forget to visit the Treasure Island, where the caves supposedly hide wealth you can’t even imagine!