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Caribbean Travel Guide
The culture found throughout the Caribbean is as rich and colourful as the landscape. Contrary to popular assumption, the history of the region long predates the endeavours of Christopher Columbus and is brimming with ancient traditions, arts and heritage.
There is no shortage of unique culture and traditions throughout the region from the ancient temples of Belize to the Dominican Republic’s vibrant Carnival celebrations to Jamaica’s deep-rooted love for reggae and beyond. Regardless of the island, you opt to visit, you’re sure to be met with a unique culture and locals who are happy to share it with you.
Fortunately, many Caribbean nations have clung to their indigenous roots over the centuries and still practice ancient customs from folklore to herbal remedies and farming methods.
Things to do
When it comes to things to do in the Caribbean, the options are limitless. It’s the best of the best for foodies, adventure seekers, culture vultures and those who prefer to just lounge the day away under a palm tree.
Fancy a vacation centred around food? From Martinique’s eclectic variety of cuisines to Trinidad’s epic street food to Puerto Rico’s iconic lechon asado (spit-roasted pig), you’re covered. Or maybe you’re looking for a vacation filled with adventure and heart-pounding experiences like hiking trails, scuba diving and rainforest exploration? There are plenty of options on that front, too. Just head to El Yunque in Puerto Rico for some of the best hiking trails complete with jaw-dropping views and ancient Taino petroglyphs.
If you’re looking to really dive in and experience the local culture of an island, you can’t go wrong. From Cuba’s rich and fascinating history; Bermuda’s St. George which doubles as a UNESCO site and the oldest English town in the New World and Curaçao’s unique blend of Caribbean and Dutch culture, there are plenty of options to explore.
Food & Drink
From Puerto Rico all the way down to Trinidad and Tobago, each island’s food scene is more vibrant and delicious than the last. The region’s long and often troublesome history with colonisation has lent it one of the world’s most unique and multicultural cuisines. You’ll find huge influences from African, Creole, European, Latin American cultures, and so much more. It’s of course, impossible to describe the entirety of Caribbean cuisine in a single dish but the most iconic ones include Jamaican jerk chicken, Puerto Rico’s lechón asado (spit-roasted pig) and Barbados’ flying fish and cou cou.
Then, of course, there’s the rum. Rum is synonymous with much of the Caribbean, especially in Cuba, Grand Cayman, Barbados and Jamaica. It’s a huge part of Caribbean culture and nightlife. After all, pretty much all iconic Caribbean drinks are made with the magic elixir such as mojitos, pina coladas and coco locos.