Caribbean Islands: a closer look at the region
Published on October 21, 2017 by Mitchell Poleon
Caribbean Islands: a closer look at the region
Dream destination is one among many descriptions of this heaven on earth region that showers tourists with love, sunshine, sandy beaches, vast waters and incredible scenery. Visiting the Caribbean is perhaps the best way to escape your life. The region guarantees magnificent landscapes, cultural practices and activities to feast your eyes.
Caribbean islands lie on the Caribbean plate in the Caribbean Sea. The very vast area borders North America, the Gulf of Mexico, South and Central America. With hundreds of islands in the region, the area sub-divides into island arcs that fall into larger geopolitical regions like North America.
Guaranteed, once you visit the Caribbean, you will live to narrate the experience, recommend the region to friends and family and plan another vacation there. The Caribbean is where magic, adventure, thrill, and magnificence meet to chase away exhaustion.
The Caribbean time zone is Coordinated Universal Time (UTC)-5 and UTC-5. Most of the islands fall under these five time zones, the Atlantic Standard Time (ATS), Cuba Daylight Time (CDT), Cuba Standard Time (CST), Eastern Daylight Time (EDT) and Eastern Standard Time (EST).
The Caribbean stretch: who lives in there?
Being a multicultural and diverse region, there is a lot to indulge in once you arrive. When you plan to visit the Caribe, the Caribbean in Spanish, which is one of the most dominant languages in the area, you should learn a little about the various islands.
Caribbean ethnicity is very heterogeneous even though Africans claim a dominance to the region, followed closely by Asians. Many other ethnic groups contribute to the cultural diversity of the Caribbean making it the perfect blend of a little something from every part of the world.
West Indians, Europeans, Lebanese, Jews, Asians and Africans, so many ethnic groups living together in harmony giving the perfect blend of unity and embracing diversity. The harmonious existence of so many ethnicities in the same region is one among the many attractions of the Caribbean. The Caribbean has many other charms like its sandy beaches, stupendous stretch and unbelievably warm weather all year round.
Some islands in the Caribbean, however, fall victim to hurricanes, especially those on the windward side, due to their geography and formation. Most islands originated from the coral formation and volcanic activity. As a result, some of the islands, do not have a lot of farmland due to their hilly nature leaving them to depend mainly on tourism. The hills and plain lands provide the best, most picturesque sceneries you have ever experienced.
Tourism and adventure in the Caribbean
Travel and tourism is the leading and largest industry in the region. If you haven’t been to the Caribbean, you are probably planning your vacation there, or it is on your bucket list and rightfully so since it is the epitome of magnificence. Visiting the Caribbean islands gives you the rare opportunity to get a perfect tan and experience the different cuisines and water activities like snorkeling.
If you do not enjoy the water, it does not mean there is nothing for you in the Caribbean. Caribbean islands are the hub of all adventure. Get into exploring mode and visit the many unique cays that will not only pick your interest but provide the thrill that you are looking for
Language is not a barrier in the Caribbean
Caribbean languages are very many which takes the pressure off of you since you’ll be able to communicate. They include languages that are recognized internationally, which make the tourism industry in the region thrive. Communication is essential to any experience, without verbal contact, it would be hard to enjoy some of the fantastic features of the islands.
Different Caribbean islands speak one or more languages. The most recognized languages are six that are mostly European or creole, a derivative of European languages. Language is a constituent of culture, and that goes to cement the fact that the Caribbean is such a multicultural region.
Indigenous languages in the area are slowly becoming extinct, but some like Creole has gained recognition and is part of the recognized official languages. The six official Caribbean languages include:
- Spanish is the primary language used in these Caribe islands, Cuba, Puerto Rico, part of Trinidad, the Dominican Republic among other islands. Spanish speakers outnumber any other language in the region since most significant isles use Spanish.
- English is a favorite language in the Caribbean. Many of the islanders can speak English either as their first or second language. Most islands that use English fall under the leadership of Europe or North America. English is also known as the tourism language which makes it a language of choice for many islanders to learn.
- French is very popular and the official language of islands like St. Martin, Guadeloupe, Haiti, Martinique, and St. Barthelme
- Haitian Creole is official in Haiti
- Papiamento, a mix of Spanish and Portuguese that is an official language in Aruba, Curacao, and Bonaire.
- Dutch is the language spoken in Caribbean Netherlands and other islands under Dutch sovereignty.
Caribbean Netherlands are three islands located in the Caribbean Sea that fall under the Dutch sovereignty. The name sometimes describes all Dutch isles, but the main recognized islands under the title are Bonaire, Sint Eustatius and Saba commonly known as the BES islands.
BES islands are some of the best tourist destinations due to their yearlong tan friendly sunshine and relaxing breezes by the sandy beaches. Beautiful scenic hills and the burst of culture provide tourists with the best getaway for couples, families, and anyone looking to take a refreshing break from life.
As you sip on fresh juice, coconut water or your poison drink, looking into the horizon as the sun rises, shines or sets over the islands will not only clear your head and relax your body. It is also an incredibly beautiful source of inspiration for many people.
With hundreds of islands gracing the Caribbean plate, you have no limits to the amount of relaxation you can accumulate. Each of the islands showers you with a unique blend of culture, scenic views, and unforgettable experiences. The Caribbean is a perfect place to explore many different cultures and tastes.