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Interesting Caribbean Facts

A Few Facts About the Caribbean

The Caribbean is unlike any other place in the world. It is home to some of the most beautiful islands and waters you will find anywhere. You will see white sandy beaches and crystal blue waters filled with some amazing marine life. The cultures that you will encounter are among the most carefree and relaxing in the world. There is truly no thing like visiting this area. There are many interesting things that you probably didn’t know about these territories.

Let’s take a look at some of the interesting facts about this region:

1. One of the most amazing Caribbean facts is that most of the residents are descendants of African slaves. They were brought there to work and once slavery ended, they remained in the paradise like conditions. There is not a central culture to all of the different islands. Much of the
culture descended from the European countries that founded the islands. For example, the islands of: Haiti, Martinique, and Guadeloupe have a very rich French heritage. Many of them speak French or with that accent and observe many of that nations customs.

2. On the same note a strange arrangement has been going on in St. Martin for hundreds of
years. The Dutch and French have shared the island for over 350 years now. This becomes even more amazing when you come to realize that it is only 37 square miles in land mass. It makes it the smallest shared area in the world. While it is tiny, the two countries have coexisted nicely over the years with minimal problems.

3. The islands have been host to some of the most famous people the world has ever known. For
example, Barbados was the only place outside of the United States that George Washington ever visited. The island of Grenada was also the first country to issue an Elvis Presley postage stamp. Nearly every celebrity has graced some Caribbean islands at some point in their history.

4. While mentioning Barbados, you should know that they have the oldest representative legislature in the Caribbean. They have been governing the island since 1639 and show no signs of slowing down. This is quite an accomplishment for any authority.

5. One of the most mind blowing facts that you’ll ever hear is that only about 2% of the islands
are inhabited. Think about all of the islands that you have heard of. There is quite a list and all of these are inhabited. Now consider that that figure only represents 2% of the total islands that are down there. That is pretty amazing in itself.

6. The culture and economy of the majority of these nations is tied heavily to the United States. All
of the trade with these islands is conducted only with the USA. This country is linked directly with their current culture and economy.

Overall, the Caribbean islands are an amazing place to visit or live. If you have never been there, you should check them out immediately. There is a good chance that you will never see another place as beautiful in your life.

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A to Z Caribbean : Antigua

A Caribbean Island called Antigua

The country of Antigua & Barbuda, with a population of 83,000, is made up of 3 main islands; Antigua is just 108 square miles in size (14 miles long by 11 wide), however it is still the largest of the English speaking Leeward Islands. Barbuda is 30 miles to the north and just 68 square miles of coral island. Redonda is essentially just a large high rock uninhabited by humans, but with sea birds and wild goats in residence.

The main island of Antigua is mostly flat with the highest peak being Boggy Peak at 1320ft. The island is surrounded by beautiful beaches and there are many offlaying coral reefs that offer fantastic snorkelling and diving. The original inhabitants, the Amerindians, named it ‘Wadadli’ which means ‘our own’. It was named ‘Antigua’ (meaning ‘ancient’) by Columbus after a church in Spain.

Tourism is the main economy of Antigua, with employment being mostly in tourism and government services. Agriculture is limited due to an insufficient supply of water on the island, with most of what is grown being consumed locally.

Antigua also have a large international airport that is used as a hub for many of the other islands of the Caribbean. VC Bird International Airport has over 1 million passengers passing through it’s terminal each year. There are also two medical schools located on the island.

The reputed 365 white sand beaches are the foremost attraction for visitors to Antigua. Many hotels and all inclusive resorts offering sports and activities or just relaxation, line the shores. The myriad restaurants are varied in foods and cuisines.

During May / June each year, Antigua Sailing Week brings many world class professional and amateur sailors to the island. English Harbour and Falmouth Harbour are the centre of yachting in Antigua for provisioning, docking and anchoring. English Harbour is also home to Nelson’s Dockyard. Built in 1725, this was a maintenance dockyard for the British Royal Naval Warships as they protected their reign over the valuable sugar islands of the Caribbean. Remnants of the dockyard are still visible, including the boat house & sail loft, which has been roofless since a hurricane in 1871.

The beauty of Antigua has attracted many notable people to purchase a residence there including:

Oprah Winfrey
Richard Branson
Eric Clapton
Giorgio Armani
Silvio Berlosconi
Larry Flynt
Timothy Dalton

Antigua has direct airline access to Europe, US and Canada. It is a lovely spot to explore and discover whether you too could own a residence on this land of 365 beaches.

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French West Indies is in Europe

The French West Indies as a Part of Europe

Martinique, Guadeloupe and half of the island of St Martin are all classified as overseas départements of France, and hence part of Europe. This is good news for holders of European passports, as these islands are simply an extension of mainland France from an immigration point of view.

Martinique has an official language of French, uses the Euro as currency, and the local population are full citizens of France with full legal and political rights including holding a French passport. This is also the same for the local populations in both Guadeloupe and St Martin.

St Maarten/St Martin is an island that is half Dutch and half French, hence the two names. The French part is a part of Europe, whereas the Dutch part, Sint Maarten, is a part of the Netherlands Kingdom, but not classified as a part of Europe; this is the same for the other parts of the Netherlands Antilles, including Curacao, Aruba, Saba and Bonaire.

EU citizens can live and work in the 3 islands belonging to the French West Indies, as if they were in any part of Europe. Taxes will need to be paid and contributions towards social care.

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Bay of Islands, Honduras

Honduras and the Bay of Islands

Located just over 1000 miles south west of Miami, the country of Honduras is an undiscovered gem on the Caribbean Sea. With the Pacific Ocean on one side, and the Caribbean Sea on the other, it is home to the Mesoamerican Barrier Reef, the world’s second largest coral reef. 630 different types of orchids grow in its diverse tropical climates along with more than 700 different bird species. 80% of the interior is mountainous and has rainforests with scarlet macaws, tapirs, sloths and many other animals in residence.

Just 60 minutes on the high speed ferry, to the north of the Honduras mainland, is the region known as Bay of Islands. Roatan, Utila and Guanaja are the three main but very different islands that make up the Bay of Islands. Most people visit these islands to dive the reef.
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When is a Frog a Chicken?

Believe it or not Mountain Chicken is a frog

Believe it or not Mountain Chicken is a frog. Frogs to some are an epicurean delight and to others, should remain happily croaking in ponds. As you may know, the French are well renowned for eating frogs legs. Here in Dominica, Crapuad – local name (Krah-poh) – is the indigenous frog used in many local dishes.

The appearance of this species of frog cannot be mistaken for an ordinary frog. The Crapuad, has large legs about the size of chicken wings; it has unmistakable markings: brown spots on it’s back that are coloured yellow-green and on it’s belly and sides, a hue of bright pink. Continue reading

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