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Map of the caribbean

You may need a map of the Caribbean if you want to spend your holidays in a special way. Spending holidays in Caribbean is a good choice. With oceans filled with waves and beautiful looking islands, you can enjoy your vacations more than anywhere else. Caribbean is a beautiful place from sunrise to sunset. Gentle waves and vibes make the atmosphere more pleasant. So if you are willing to plan your holidays in islands of Caribbean, you should get map of the Caribbean first.

Choosing the correct island for your vacations might need a little bit research. It is required to take a look at the map of Caribbean for different islands. You can go to library or internet for this purpose. A virtual exploration on the internet will lead you to the right way. Holiday trip makers can suggest you a better option for your holidays on Caribbean. However, you can choose any of the places to visit. Each and every part surrounded with the Caribbean islands is beautiful. So you may simply put your fingers anywhere on map of Caribbean to choose which place you will spend your holidays.

For ideal vacations, you should move your steps towards Virgin Islands. Virgin Islands are made up of three beautiful islands namely St. Thomas, St. Crox and St. John islands. St. Thomas is known for its historical importance. Bluebeard’s Castle, the Seven Arches Museum, and Fort Christian Museum were built in 1672 in St. Thomas. The less crowded but the most beautiful beach of Caribbean is placed in St. Croix. 2/3rd portion of St. John’s island is a national park and it is the smallest of all islands.

If you want more than this, you should find Bahamas on map of the Caribbean. You can find yourself more pleasurable there if you are interested in fishing, boating etc. You can also find casinos and cays for your privacy. Bahamas keep yourself away from the traffic jams and gives a break to your hectic and stressful lifestyle. Sunset points are the most beautiful place to visit for the lovers of natural beauty. There are some more beautiful places like Barbados which you will easily sort out in the map of the Caribbean.

Making your holidays pleasant and wonderful is the wish of every person. You can accomplish this wish by visiting Caribbean islands. Stay away from the stressful life and visit Caribbean to find out extreme joy and beauty.

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January 17, 2008 Posted by | Blogroll, The Caribbean | Leave a comment

The caribbean

The Caribbean is that region of the earth which consists of the Caribbean sea, Islands in that sea and is surrounded by north America in north and north-west and by south America in south. The Caribbean is often referred to as West Indies. But reality is that the Caribbean is a group of islands and the lesser Antilles is called as West Indies. In south the Caribbean is surrounded by countries like Venezuela and Mexico. Each island is different from other in shape and orientation.
As I have stated earlier West Indies is one of its parts; the islands are divided into following groups: the Greater Antilles, Lesser Antilles, and the Bahamas. In October 1492, Christopher Columbus approached to a small island of the Caribbean and called it San Salvador. Columbus was under impression that he had reached the Asia (India). And up till he lived he believed to have discovered the Asian region and Indies but actually he had discovered the Caribbean.
A few thinkers believed that the Bahamas are not the part of the Caribbean but now there is no confusion regarding their belonging to the Caribbean . It is a group of 700 islands located at north coastal region of the Caribbean Sea. Only 30% of the Bahamian Islands are livable. The Greater Antilles; in South of the Bahamas are the largest islands of the Caribbean. The Greater Antilles consists of Cuba, Puerto Rico, Jamaica and Hispaniola. Most of the area of the Greater Antilles is covered by rain forests. Heavy rainfall due to presence in the Ecuadorian region has made the land fertile and lush green.
When the people of the Britain, France and Holland came to know about the new found land of the Caribbean they joined the party with Spanish, already there. The reason of showing such an interest and curiosity was that they wanted to exploit the natural resources of the new found land of the Caribbean. The fact that the culture at the Caribbean is very different from anywhere else in the world holds true because of the arrival of different cultured people from all over the world.
But the Caribbean also faced the evil acts of the newcomers to exploit the land resources and slavery for establishment of sugar plants. People from West Africa were brought to the Caribbean. But as the time traveled the states of the Caribbean are now becoming hot spot for tourism. And people from rest of the world are appreciating and enjoying the Caribbean culture and environment.

January 17, 2008 Posted by | Blogroll, The Caribbean | Leave a comment

Democracy in the caribbean

Democracy is a word that means free will of the people being expressed in the government. A Government governed by Democracy will have the voice of the people heard and the governmental principles will be set by the voice of the majority in a democracy. However, the basic human rights of the minority will also be protected in a government run by democracy. In a democracy, there will be elections in 4 to 5 years where the eligible voters in that country will be able to vote and pick representatives that will represent their interests, ideas, and beliefs. Thus, a country governed by Democracy will have some sort of a Parliament. In addition, a democracy will have an elected official (a Prime Minister or a President depending on the type of the republic/Federation)

There are many countries in the world that are governed by democracy. Some countries as an example would be United States, England, France, Germany, Italy etc.. Although most of the Western countries are governed democratically, Democracy in the Caribbean is not a phrase that we can use easily. Unfortunately, the countries that are governed in the Caribbean have had a military dictatorship for years. Even the ones that are holding elections and electing a Parliament, unfortunately are having problems in their transition to Democracy.

Although almost all the countries in the Caribbean have been the colonies of major western powers like England, France and Spain; unfortunately democracy in the Caribbean has not taken a hold. The Spanish speaking countries like the Dominican Republic and Puerto Rico have made some significant progress, but Cuba has been the anti-thesis of democracy in the Caribbean and in the whole world. In the French speaking region of the Caribbean, Haiti has been the focal point of turmoil in the Caribbean. Especially the military dictatorship that has ruled Haiti for decades have destabilized democracy in the whole Caribbean region. After the active intervention of the United States, Haiti has become much more stable and some semblance of democracy has returned to Haiti.

The Dutch speaking Surinam have also been riddled with a coup-de-tat and has struggled to return to democracy. Perhaps the only two countries that are symbols of democracy in the Caribbean are Jamaica and Puerto Rico. If you consider Puerto Rico as the Territory of the United States, then definitely, only Jamaica can be given as an example of long lived democracy in the Caribbean. However, in general, even with the influence of the United States, the Caribbean Region is far from achieving the level of democracy that Western countries enjoy today.

January 17, 2008 Posted by | Blogroll, The Caribbean | 1 Comment

Best beaches in the caribbean

When you think about Caribbean what readily comes to your mind? No doubt a lot of people would say beaches, endless sand, crystal clear waters and sweet clean sea air. All the islands of the Caribbean boast of pretty beautiful beaches except maybe Saba where the beaches have rocky shores and Dominica Island where few beaches there have black sand that absorbs the heat of the sun. December to May is considered to offer the best beach weather while the month of May might be the best economical time to visit.
A lot of people would probably argue if asked to name the best beaches of the Caribbean as there are a lot of pretty beaches there. Here is a list of the top beaches to look out for.
Shoal Bay is a beach in Anguilla that offers a tempting stretch of silvery sand and that helped put the country in the world-tourism map. Schools of fish continue to attract snorkelers. Close to it is the less famous but also pretty Katouche beach.
Apart from Shoal bay Antiguilla also boast of many other beaches. The locals even claim there is a beach for each day of the year. Unarguable the two of their best beaches would be Dickenson Bay and Half Moon Bay.
Palm Beach is located in the island of Aruba and is also a renowned tourist attraction. Its claim to fame includes white sands and clear waters. Some publications claim it is one of the twelve best beaches in the world. It is crowded at winter.
The gold coast is in Barbados. This country is home to some of the world’s finest beaches. Among these list would include Brandon’s Beach, Paradise Beach, Paynes Beach and Brighton Beach all open to the public. These are also homes of some of the most plus hotels in this parts.
Cane Garden Bay is in Tortola, among the British Virgin Islands. This is famed as one of the most spectacular beach sites in the Caribbean. It has white sand stretching about 2km making it a jogger’s first choice. A more crowded alternative but surprisingly less prettier choice is the neighboring Magens Bay Beach on St. Thomas islands.
Seven mile beach located in the Grand Cayman of the Cayman Islands stretches for about 9km. It has condos and plush resorts along the beach. It also offers a host of water sports activities and the waters are translucent aquamarine in color.
Other equally famous and pretty beaches of the Caribbean would include the beaches in the Dominican Republic, Grand Anse Beach of Grenada, and Seven Mile in Negril, Jamaica, Diamond Beach of Martinique and Luquillo Beach of Puerto Rico. Do not forget to add the Beaches of Tobago, Canouan Beach of the Grenadines and the Beaches of St. Maarten a popular nudist beach.

January 17, 2008 Posted by | Blogroll, The Caribbean | 2 Comments

Christmas in the caribbean

If you want to spend wonderful winter holidays, Christmas in the Caribbean would be the greatest idea of all. You have now the opportunity to enjoy Christmas in the Caribbean as a passenger of a ship, at affordable costs. Imagine that on 23 December you are in Santo Domingo, in the Dominican Republic, ready for Christmas in Caribbean, ready to meet Santa Claus on 24 December in St. Maarten, Philipsburg. In addition, you can make a wish for and Santa’s elves can give it to you in no time. Remember, if you spend your Christmas in the Caribbean, everything is possible. Your wishes can be no more than free time activities, a visit to the gym or sauna, or a delicious meal in a pleasant company.
If you have no idea how Christmas in the Caribbean can be, here is some information about Puerto Rico, an insular country in the North of the Caribbean Sea and which is one of the most stylish holiday destinations. A perfect Christmas in the Caribbean spent in salsa rhythms, among palm trees and luxuriant vegetation of the rain forests can be any romantic person’s dream.
On Christmas in the Caribbean carols will be replaced by parties on the beach, Santa Claus will hide away his costume and warm clothes will be replaced by swimming costumes made of bamboo fiber.
Christmas in the Caribbean can be celebrated with rum instead of champagne and with many opportunities to spend your time. You can as well associate Christmas in the Caribbean with spectacular waves, suitable for surfing, with challenging golf courts or with perfect beaches for a perfect tan.
Puerto Rico offers you for Christmas in Caribbean a large range of opportunities, especially if you are an active person. You can go on a cruise; there is a large range of aquatic sports available. Amazing and thrilling wild animals are awaiting you through tropical jungle safaris and you can live much more other unique experiences. Furthermore, imagine a Christmas night spent at a hotel in Puerto Rico. You can spend your Christmas in the Caribbean with your friends and organize an unforgettable party or go there with your Love and dream of a never ending Christmas night, which is possible only here in the Caribbean.
Therefore if Christmas in Caribbean is what you want, write a letter to Santa Claus in order to make sure he will book in advance a room for you…

January 17, 2008 Posted by | Blogroll, The Caribbean | Leave a comment

Pirates of the caribbean

The “Golden Age of Piracy” was the beginning of colonial era in Caribbean. The great era of Caribbean piracy started in the 1560s and ended in the 1720s. Caribbean Sea which was thousands of miles away from European control was a haven for pirates who used to patrol the seas to steal. The Europeans could not afford to send the naval forces to these waters and hence in order to control the pirates, they issued “letters of marquee” which gave the private ships permission to attach ships that were from rival nations. The captains of these ships were called “privateers” and these legal pirates would turn over a portion of their loot to the government that was sponsoring them.

Piracy was flourishing in the Caribbean because of the British sea ports like Port Royal in Jamaica and the French activity at Tortuga. The Caribbean islands after being colonized became a center of European trade and this gave an incentive to pirates to be more active in the Caribbean Sea. Some of the most famous Caribbean pirates are Blackbeard, Henry Morgan, Edward Low, Bartholomew Roberts, Charles Vane, Stede Bonnet, Anne Bonny and Mary Read. Most of these famous pirates were active during 1640 to 1680 and were feared by the people who traveled the seas. This was also the period when the pirates were more successful.

Buccaneers were pirates who were specific to the Caribbean. They arrived in the 1630s and were very active till the 1730s, which was the effective end of piracy. The decline of piracy in the 1730s was because of the increased activity of the naval forces in the Caribbean Sea. The British Royal Navy had a major hand to play in bringing the piracy era to an end. But there was one pirate who made his presence felt in the 20th Century. John Boysie Singh who was also known as “the Rajah” was a successful gangster and gambler. He then turned to murder and piracy and from 1947 to 1956 used to terrorize the waters that were between Venezuela and Trinidad.

Starting from the Early Seventeenth Century and through the golden Age of Piracy, pirates were one of the most feared people in and around the Caribbean. It took some cohesive naval force from the European countries to bring the era of piracy to an end. Pirates who had once controlled the waterways of the Caribbean have made a name for themselves in the History of the Caribbean.

January 16, 2008 Posted by | Blogroll, The Caribbean | Leave a comment