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What to expect in the Caribbean...? Shimmering beaches framing unbelievably clear waters. Intimate villas.
Wonderful restaurants serving food from all over the world. Colorful
underwater trails and coral reefs. Friendly people with their own unique
cuisine and culture. First class sailing and challenging sport fishing.
Shopping for some of the finest jewelry and designer items in the world.
That's what awaits you in our Caribbean! Now sit back, relax and let us
help you plan the vacation of a lifetime!
More about the Caribbean ... The West Indies archipelago, which includes thousands of tiny islands, forms a massive breakwater 2,000 miles long consisting of islands and reefs, which protects the Caribbean Sea against the Atlantic Ocean. This
barrier provides the Caribbean its much touted calm and clear waters.
The West Indies is known by a variety of names. The earliest name, and the one most frequently used, is West Indies. Christopher Columbus gave the region that name erroneously when he arrived in 1492. He thought that he had circumnavigated the earth and that the islands were off the coast of India. Over time other names came into use.
Spain and France called the islands the Antilles, after the mythological
Atlantic island of Antilia. The larger islands (Cuba, Jamaica, Hispaniola - Haiti, Dominican Republic, and
Puerto Rico) came to be known as the Greater Antilles, while the remaining
smaller islands were called the Lesser Antilles. Today we break the area into
four island chains: The Bahamas, the Greater Antilles, and the eastern and
southern islands of the Lesser Antilles. Together, these islands cover more than
91,000 sq. miles of land area.
The Lesser Antilles are divided into the Windward Islands and Leeward
Islands, names referring to the position of the islands relative to the trade
winds that blow steadily from the northeast. The Windward Islands consist of the
islands close to the northern coast of South America. The Leeward Islands
consist of north eastern group of islands.
- The principal islands of the Windward group are Dominica, Grenada,
Martinique, Saint Lucia, and Saint Vincent, Trinidad & Tobago.
- The main islands of the Leeward group are Antigua, Guadeloupe, Montserrat,
Saint Kitts and Nevis, and the Virgin Islands - St. John, St. Croix, St. Thomas.
The northernmost island chain is The Bahamas. The Bahamas include 29
inhabited islands and nearly 3,000 islets stretching southeastward from Florida.
Most of them are flat islands formed from coral and limestone.
The Greater Antilles is the largest and westernmost chain. It includes Cuba,
Hispaniola, Jamaica, and Puerto Rico. The four main islands comprise nine-tenths
of the entire land area of the West Indies. Cuba alone has almost half this
area. The main island of Cuba covers 105,006 sq km (40,543 sq mi).