Caribbean – Ultimate Destination

Caribbean is a region that consists of the Caribbean Sea, its islands (some surrounded by the Caribbean Sea and some bordering both the Caribbean Sea and the North Atlantic Ocean), and the surrounding coasts. The region is southeast of the Gulf of Mexico and the North American mainland, east of Central America, and north of South America.Turks & Caicos Islands in the Caribbean.source

IslandsSt Thomas, Caribbean by Chris Taylor on 500px

Sugar Beach, St. Lucia Sugar Beach, St. Lucia

Saint Lucia almost SurrealSaint Lucia almost Surreal

Saint LuciaSaint Lucia

Saint Lucia 2 Saint Lucia

Saint Lucia 3 Saint Lucia

Saint Lucia  Saint Lucia

Geopolitically, the Caribbean islands are usually regarded as a subregion of  North America and are organized into 30 territories includingsovereign states, overseas departments, and dependencies. From January 3, 1958, to May 31, 1962, there was a short-lived country called the Federation of the West Indies composed of ten English-speaking Caribbean territories, all of which were then British dependencies. The West Indies cricket team continues to represent many of those nations.

A Flamingo walking on the beach named after them on Renaissance Island - in front of the Aruba coast line at the side of the AirportFlamingo Beach – A Flamingo walking on the beach named after them on Renaissance Island – in front of the Aruba coast line at the side of the Airport  – photo  by Jurgen Lison

Punta CanaPunta Cana

Saint Barthélemy or St. BartsSaint Barthélemy or St. Barts

Trinidad and Tobago, Englishman's BayTrinidad and Tobago, Englishman’s Bay by Jason Caldwell

Atlantis BahamasAtlantis Bahamas

BarbadosBarbados

Corn Islands, NicaraguaCorn Islands, Nicaragua

Dominican RepublicDominican Republic

Suspended Beach Bed, JamaicaSuspended Beach Bed, Jamaica

Sunset, Punta Cana, Dominican RepublicSunset, Punta Cana, Dominican Republic

The Caribbean islands are remarkable for the diversity of their animals, fungi and plants, and have been classified as one of Conservation International‘s biodiversity hotspots because of their exceptionally diverse terrestrial and marine ecosystems, ranging from montane cloud forests to cactus scrublands. The region also contains about 8% (by surface area) of the world’s coral reefs along with extensive seagrass meadows, both of which are frequently found in the shallow marine waters bordering island and continental coasts off the region.

BelizeBelize

Bottom Bay by Simon Hart - flickrBottom Bay by Simon Hart on flickr

Cinnamon Bay, St. John,  Virgin IslandsCinnamon Bay, St. John,  Virgin Islands

Ladder Bay, Saba Dutch CaribbeanLadder Bay, Saba Dutch Caribbean

Dominicana, Boiling LakeDominicana, Boiling Lake

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