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Caribbean Countries
A Mix of Many Cultures


There are many Caribbean Countries that are islands and just a few in the Continent with shores on the Caribbean Sea. Some islands are important countries like Cuba, Jamaica, Hispaniola and Puerto Rico; some of them are small independent countries with some links to their original colonizers and a few are still totally dependent of the European countries that discovered them in the first place.

Here I am mentioning the different countries in an alphabetical order, their capitals and a brief description. I will also redirect you to more information on each one on this site or our sister and oldest website about the Caribbean Islands.

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Oranjestad the picturesque Capital of Aruba

Oranjestad the picturesque Capital of Aruba


Anguilla

Capital The Valley. Anguilla is a small British Overseas Territory located on the northeastern end of the Caribbean Sea near St Martin and the British Virgin Islands.

Anguilla is a small British Overseas Territory located on the northeastern end of the Caribbean Sea

Antigua and Barbuda

Capital St John’s. This is an independent nation of British heritage composed of two islands. They are located on the northeast of the Caribbean.

Aruba

Capital Oranjestad. Is an independent country with ties to the Kingdom of the Netherlands. It is located on the southern Caribbean close to the shores of South America.

Bahamas

Capital Nassau. This is a 700 islands archipelago with forms the nation of the Bahamas. It is an important country near the coast of Florida, United States.




Aerial View of Bridgetown the Capital of the Island of Barbados

Aerial View of Bridgetown the Capital of the Island of Barbados


Barbados

Capital Bridgetown. This “Gem of the Caribbean Sea” lies outside the chain of islands that run north to south in the southern Caribbean. It is practically in the Atlantic Ocean.

Bonaire

Capital Kralendijk. This is a small island part of the Dutch Antilles reporting directly to the Kingdom of the Netherlands. It has a great marine life at its coast.

British Virgin Islands

Capital Road Town, Tortola. This is a group of breathtaking islands northeast of Puerto Rico. It is a heaven for sailing, snorkeling and scuba diving.

Cayman Islands

Capital Georgetown. This is British Territory located south of the Island of Cuba. They are three island, Grand Cayman, Little Cayman and Cayman Brac. 


Caribbean Countries

Paseo del Prado and the Capitol in Havana the Capital of Cuba

Paseo del Prado and the Capitol in Havana the Capital of Cuba


Cuba

Capital Havana, is the largest of all the Antilles occupying a large space from the Yucatan Peninsula in Mexico under the Florida straits to the neighboring island of Hispaniola.

Curacao

Capital Willemstad. Located on the southern Caribbean it is one of the Dutch Antilles, together with Bonaire, St Maarten, Saba and Statia.

Dominica

Capital Roseau. This is an independent island located between Guadeloupe and Martinique. It is world known for its Ecotoursim.


Los Tres Ojos National Park in the Dominican Republic

Los Tres Ojos National Park in the Dominican Republic


Dominican Republic

Capital Santo Domingo. This is an important Latin American country with many industries, being one of the most important the Tourism Industry

Grenada

Capital St George’s. Grenada together with the little islands of Carriacou and Petite Martinique form this small southern Caribbean nation.

Guadeloupe

Capital Basse Terre. This is the main center for the French Caribbean Islands. It is an Overseas Department of France.

Haiti

Capital Port Au Prince.   It occupies one third of the island of Hispaniola together with the Dominican Republic. It is the poorest country in the Americas.

 

Doctor's Cave Beach in Jamaica

Doctor's Cave Beach in Jamaica


Jamaica

Capital Kingston. This is one of the most important touristic spots in the Caribbean. The best Caribbean Beaches near Montego Bay, Negril and Ocho Rios.

Martinique

Capital Fort de France. It is part of the French Caribbean Islands together with Guadeloupe, St Barth and St Martin. It features lush green vegetation.

Montserrat

Capital Plymouth. This Island has been hit by the eruption of a volcano a few years ago, that almost devastated it.


El Morro Castle at the entrance to San Juan the Capital of Puerto Rico

El Morro Castle at the entrance to San Juan the Capital of Puerto Rico


Puerto Rico

Capital San Juan. Is a Commonwealth of the United States. Its residents are US Citizens. This is the most cosmopolitan of all Caribbean Islands, featuring great beaches and an amazing nightlife. A few islands are part of Puerto Rico, Vieques, Culebra and Mona.

Saba

Capital The Bottom. Is part of the Dutch Antilles. It is a tiny island of volcanic origin, not far from St Maarten. You can reach it by plane or by boat from the nearby islands.

Saint Barthélemy

Capital Gustavia. This is a tiny high-class island of the French Caribbean. You may find here celebrities from all over the world.

St Eustatius

Capital Oranjestad. Like neighboring Saba this is a Dutch island belonging to the Kingdom of the Netherlands.

Saint Martin

Capital Marigot. This is the French side of the island shared with its Dutch neighbor. This island is the center of Gastronomy in the Caribbean.


Great Bay Beach on the Dutch island of Sint Maarten

Great Bay Beach on the Dutch island of Sint Maarten


Sint Maarten

Capital Phillipsburg. This is the Dutch sector of the island shared with French St Martin. It is part of the Kingdom of the Netherlands.

St Kitts and Nevis

Capital Basseterre. This is a tiny ex British Colony composed of two islands. They have some of the best beaches in the Caribbean, especially thr island of Nevis.

St Lucia

Capital Castries. The land of the Pitons is a beautiful green island south of Martinique. It has great beaches of white, grey and black sands.

St Vincent and the Grenadines

Capital Kingstown. It is made of the big island of St Vincent and many more little islands forming a beautiful necklace all the way to the other nation of Grenada.

 

Trinidad National Museum in Port of Spain Capital of Trinidad and Tobago

Trinidad National Museum in Port of Spain Capital of Trinidad and Tobago


Trinidad and Tobago

Capital Port of Spain. Located near the northern shores of South America, this is one of the most important Caribbean Countries with lots of industry and business.

Turks and Caicos Islands

Capital Cockburn Town in Grand Turk. This is a British Overseas territory located on the north of the Island of Hispaniola.

United States Virgin Islands

Capital Charlotte Amalie. The three islands of St Thomas, St Croix and St John are the USVI an American Territory east of Puerto Rico.

 

Cozumel is a small island offshore of the Mayan Riviera

Cozumel is a small island offshore of the Mayan Riviera


Small Caribbean Islands

There are several islands near the coasts of the Caribbean Countries worth mentioning:

  • Cozumel and Isla Mujeres – These are Islands of the Mexican Caribbean
  • Ambergris Caye – Called La Isla Bonita is an island belonging to Belize
  • Isla de la Juventud – Formerly called Isla de Pinos is part of the Republic of Cuba.
  • Roatan, Guanaja and Utila – These are the Bay Islands belonging to Honduras
  • San Andres Island – Although near Nicaragua, these paradisiacal islands belong to Colombia
  • Isla Margarita – A small Free Port Island belonging to Venezuela.


Cartagena de Indias in the Colombian Caribbean

Cartagena de Indias in the Colombian Caribbean


Caribbean Countries on the mainland

The following are Caribbean Countries that have shores on the Caribbean Sea while being part of the continent. There have a few Islands mentioned above, that are important vacation spots. These countries are:

  • Belize
  • Colombia
  • Costa Rica
  • Guatemala
  • Honduras
  • Mexico
  • Nicaragua
  • Panama
  • Venezuela


Political Map of the Caribbean

Political Map of the Caribbean



For more information visit the Caribbean Official Website




images credits for Caribbean countries

Aruba n/a
cuba by krestavislis
doinican republic by svatigsood
Jamaica by ezhiki
Puerto rico by mtmdfan
sint marten by clavius66
Trinidad by daisy
Cozumel by ken Thomas
Cartagena by norma Gomez

All courtesy of Wikimedia commons



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