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Facts About Caribbean

Time Zone: America/Thule

Latitude: 15.0

Longitude: -75.0

The Caribbean, a string of islands in the North American Caribbean Sea, simultaneously represents sunshine and stormy weather. From Barbados to Puerto Rico to the Cayman Islands, the Caribbean islands have been recognized by the science community as an important area that sustains a vast array of wildlife and plants, including many threatened species.

Though historically an area of seasonal and political chaos, the Caribbean islands remain a popular destination for honeymooning couples, family travelers and groups of college students looking for fun. Just avoid visiting during hurricane season (late summer/early fall) and you’ll be fine!

Plan to spend plenty of time outdoors—hiking, boating, kayaking, horseback riding and volcano exploration are among the most popular activities on many islands. Groove to the beat of local sounds performed on steel drums while sipping on a mixed drink made with local rum from sugar-cane juice. Then soothe that hole burning in your pockets by spending time with a beach vendor, getting pampered at a spa or trying your luck at a 24-hour hotel casino.

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Articles About Caribbean

Essential Caribbean Packing List

Learn what to pack and what to leave behind for an easy, breezy Caribbean getaway.

10 Tips for Island Hopping in the Caribbean

Our expert has visited more than 100 Caribbean islands. Here are his travel tips for planning your Caribbean vacation.

Virgin Gorda—Nature’s Little Secret

Find the best resorts, attractions and restaurants on the third largest of the British Virgin Islands.

Finding the Right Cruise Destination

Not every cruise itinerary fits every type of traveler. Read our cruise expert’s recommendations for how to find your ideal cruise and season to travel.

A Successful First-Time Family Cruise

Learn from the author's first family cruise to the Caribbean how to make your cruise vacation a success.

Top Shore Excursions

Want to know what to do in port? Take our expert’s advice and don’t miss these key attractions for cruise ports around the world.

Fun Wedding Destinations With Kids

Walk down the aisle and bring the kids, too, at these fun island and United States wedding destinations.

Destination Wedding Do’s and Don’ts

Tie the knot in paradise without getting tangled in nuptial red tape by following these six expert wedding planning tips.

16 Tips to Make Any Trip a Romantic Getaway

Take your vacation beyond champagne and flowers with these tips for spicing up your travels, even on a business trip or family vacation.

Beach Access

How and where to plan an accessible family beach vacation.

Cruise Deals: Alaska, Europe and the Caribbean

Cruise lines welcome children aboard for free, reward families with a gift card and free airfare, and offer reduced prices.

Travel Deals to Delight Mom

Celebrate Mother’s Day by whisking the mom in your life to a balmy island and a relaxing spa treatment. Here are a few deals to make her smile.

Family Deals: From Italy to the Caribbean

Read about our latest weekly deals for family getaways from Disney, Royal Caribbean and Nickelodeon, Beaches Resorts and Great Wolf Lodge.