The Caribbean seas — one of the most majestic corners of the tropical world. Seriously — we aren’t even trying to hype this place up, it is a place full of breathtaking views. Made for romance, love, and a stress-free good time away from your everyday life.
But you already knew that, didn’t you? Here are seven epic facts about the Caribbean (with two B’s, not carribean!)
1. It was accidentally’d by Christopher Columbus.
You’ve heard the old tale, “In 1492 Columbus sailed the ocean blue…” But did you know that he wasn’t really looking for America? He was trying to find the Indies! That’s history-language jargon for India/Asia. He found land, what is today called the West Indies, but thought it was Asia. Go figure.
2. The cuisine is a spicy mix of African, Asian, and Spanish
Because of the colonial conquests and trade around the world, Caribbean cuisine is based on African, Spanish, East Indian, and Chinese cuisine. You’ll find a lot of spices, peppers, and seasoning used — typical of most meals in Africa, India, and China.
For example, Roti, a popular dish in the Carribeans is made with curries and spices just like its East Indian “ancestry” (food doesn’t really have an ancestor, but you know what we mean).
3. The Festivals are Epic
The Caribbeans have their fair share of festivities and fun. I mean, it’s a tropical vacation paradise, of course the people are going to enjoy life! The biggest festival that most of the isles participate in is Carnival. During Carnival, the people of Antigua, Barbados, St. Kitts and Nevis, Jamaica, and Dominican Republic party hard. With lots of costumes, colors, music, and dancing, the carnival party is the biggest party in the Caribbean seas! It takes place just before the sacred Lent season begins.
Other festivals include Tumba Festival and St. Patrick’s Day — and no, they’re not undercover Irish.
4. Only 2% of the islands are populated by humans.
Wow! This one catches a lot of people off guard. That’s right — all these beautiful vacation destinations PLUS all the native residences altogether barely make up 2% of the total land in the Caribbean islands! That means for every beautiful beach you can relax on, there are another 98 that nobody is inhabiting.
Sounds like a lot of adventures to be had.
5. Don’t be Haiti’ng on Voodoo — it’s a big thing here!
You’ve heard of voodoo right? Probably from a movie or something? Well it’s everywhere in Haiti — and I mean that in the sense that many of the locals take it very seriously.
Why? A lot of the African slaves brought over to the islands came from places in Africa where witchcraft and voodoo was popular and accepted. Today it’s still respected and honored.
6. More than just sands and palm trees.
Most people imagine the Caribbean islands as beautiful sandy beaches with lots of tall palm trees. Nothing about that image is untrue. But it’s not the whole picture.
Many of the islands in the Caribbean sea are known for having abundant natural resources like bauxite, oil, asphalt, nickel, and iron ore. These are mined all over the world because they’re used to create energy and build cities.
Tropical fruits are also a huge export of the area — include cocoa, bananas, and coffee. Jamaica is known for their great bananas. Next time you’re there, make sure to ask for a banana milk smoothie. Mmm.. yummy.
9. Number one destination for Tourism
Surprise surprise! The Caribbeans is world-famous for its sands, beaches, and tropical lifestyle. It’s no wonder that it is one of the most popular destinations for all inclusive vacations in the world. Americans from the midwest, including Chicago, Milwaukee, St. Louis, Detroit, and more, all love escaping to this tropical destination.
The Caribbeans are a favorite of global vacationers for a reason. If you haven’t been there, what are you waiting for?
P.S. As all inclusive resort experts, we recommend Caribbean packages to our customers every day! Our sales are almost always cheaper than what you’ll find elsewhere online, so give us a call 888-463-7603 and we’ll help plan your escape 🙂