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Saint Vincent and the Grenadines
Trinidad and Tobago
Turks and Caicos Islands
Virgin Islands (British)
Virgin Islands (US)
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The Caribbean Islands are the stuff of dreams - restful, zestful, a wide variety of experiences under blue skies and tropical breezes. Christopher Columbus may have beat you to the Caymans, but travellers have followed his lead ever since. The culture is West Indian: the tropical landscape and coral reefs, the colourful clothing of natives and visitors, and the sheer grace of money on holiday make it highly attractive. Resorts and condos boast the latest mod-cons. The sunny Bahamas southeast of Florida consist of more than 700 islands and 2500 cays, many quite unspoiled. The islands' hospitality as well as its waters are warm and welcoming, with world-class accommodations and leisure facilities, and unsurpassable beaches. In Cuba, pay a visit to Santiago, the second largest city, distinctively Caribbean with 19th century French and Haitian immigrants and architecture. Castle fortresses guard this harbour and Havana's. Baracoa in the east is Cuba's oldest European settlement, a slow-moving and timeless jewel of palm trees and blue water. Fish for marlin and sailfish, and see marine turtles, dolphins, whale sharks, flocks of migratory and tropical birds. Playa Larga and Playa Giron are the best relatively secluded beaches. On the Virgin Islands, explore underwater to see spectacular beauties-coral mini-ecosystems with millions of fish and reefs everywhere for undersea exploration. And check this: the shops sell weather-proof booklets so you can identify the underwater life! Snorkel at Buck Island, and look for elkhorn coral. Grenada is unlike its fellow Caribbean countries, a rolling, mountainous island of rainforests, gorges and waterfalls. Its deeply indented coastline protects residents and boats; its capital, St George's, has one of the prettiest harbours in the Caribbean. What's more, tourists haven't really discovered it! Hike in the interior as well as basking on the beach.
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