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“We must go beyond textbooks, go out into the bypaths and untrodden depths of the wilderness and travel and explore and tell the world the glories of our journey.”

-John Hope Franklin

Feel the hypnotic rhythm, savor the explosive flavors and experience the rich cultural heritage of the Caribbean and Atlantic Ocean islands. The Caribbean and Atlantic Ocean region is known for inviting sandy beaches, crystal blue water, tropical flavors, amazing seafood, unique spices and a perfect blend of cultures. All of these things combine to make a wonderful holiday vacation in popular Caribbean islands. However, the Caribbean and Atlantic region is also tied to cultural and historical connections to slavery and European colonization.

Explore the history of the popular Caribbean islands and each island’s respective cultural heritage that was shaped by indigenous groups like the Amerindians, Kalinago people, Garafuna tribe, Carib and Arawaks. Learn how the influx of Asians and Europeans influenced architecture, gastronomy and traditions.The following Island countries make up the Caribbean region. Each of these islands also holds thousands of smaller islands within their domain.

Caribbean islands include: Anguilla, Aruba, Antigua and Barbuda, Bahamas, Barbados, Belize, British Virgin Islands, Caribbean Netherlands, Cayman Islands, Cuba, Curacao, Dominica, Dominican Republic, Grenada, Guadeloupe, Haiti, Honduras, Jamaica, Martinique, Montserrat, Nicaragua, Puerto Rico, Saint Barthélemy, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Saint Lucia, Saint Martin, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Sint Maarten, Trinidad and Tobago, Turks and Caicos Islands, United States Virgin Islands. Some continental countries like Colombia, Mexico, Costa Rica, Panama and Venezuela also have islands in the Caribbean.

Cockpit Country in Jamaica.

A Message of Harmony at the End of a Jamaican Dirt Road

By George Miller

I’m walking along a dirt lane in the Jamaican bush when I meet Franklin. We’re beyond the end of the paved road, miles from the closest phone or electricity.   Read more

Caribbean and Atlantic Off the Beaten Path
Trinidad Memorial Lighthouse

TODAY IN HISTORY: Columbus sights Trinidad (July 31, 1498)

As legend goes, explorer Christopher Columbus vowed to name the first land he saw on his third voyage for the Holy Trinity.  That land he saw was Trinidad and he thought it wasn’t fortuitous that he spotted three peaks rising over the horizon, supposedly Trinidad’s Trinity Hills. Though this was … Read more   Read more

Caribbean and Atlantic History
swimming pigs

Five Bahamian Experiences Off-the-Beaten-Path

By Gregory Hogan (GB)

For many people around the world, the Bahamas are emblematic of the Caribbean’s charms. When we think of these islands we generally picture pristine beaches, crystal-clear waters, and lush green forests.   Read more

Caribbean and Atlantic Off the Beaten Path
Aerial view of Old San Juan Fort

Puerto Rico Strives to Rebuild 6 Months After the Hurricanes

Six months after the devastation wrought by hurricanes Irma and Maria, how is the tropical paradise of Puerto Rico faring? According to a recent account by The New York Times’ Jada Yuan, in an article titled, “The Suffering and Spirit of San Juan,” the island is trying to show the … Read more   Read more

Caribbean and Atlantic
Havana, Cuba's famous Malecon.

By the Malecon: Havana Nights in Search of the Real Cuba

By Jennifer Richardson

A block from Havana’s famous Malecon, I found myself standing on a curb, sharing a bottle of rum with my good friend and traveling companion Sandra, and three strangers. We’d all met earlier at a nearby salsa club tucked in an alleyway between the Centro and Old Havana neighborhoods, a … Read more   Read more

Caribbean and Atlantic Off the Beaten Path Architecture
Fishermen on St. Vincent. Photo: Tonya Fitzpatrick

The Caribbean: This Season’s Top Destination for the Conscientious Traveler

By Breana Johnson

The Caribbean was recently hit hard by hurricanes Irma, Jose, and Maria. Organizations and individuals from the around the world have been pouring resources into rescue and rebuilding efforts. But it’s going to take more than disaster relief to get Caribbean communities back on their feet. It’s going to take … Read more   Read more

Caribbean and Atlantic Volunteer Travel
Rafting on the Martha Brae River

Six unique Jamaican experiences that are off the beaten path

By Richard Edwards

The island of Jamaica is a popular travel destination, in large part because of the abundant all-inclusive resorts on the island—a hospitality concept that Jamaica is credited with.    Read more

Caribbean and Atlantic Off the Beaten Path History
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Eco-tourism in Barbados

By R. Hoyal

Life in the modern world is often a high stress and fast paced wild ride and sometimes, we all just want to get away from it all and go to some tropical island and get there fast and take it slow. When that need takes hold of you, there is … Read more   Read more

Caribbean and Atlantic Eco-tourism Sustainability
Aruba beach

Aruba: One Happy Island

By Tonya Fitzpatrick

Located some nineteen miles north of Venezuela, the small island of Aruba surprises the imagination and tantalizes the senses of the most intrepid traveler.    Read more

Caribbean and Atlantic Luxury Travel Food & Drink
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Barbados, Gem of the Caribbean Sea

By Jackie Jones

White sand beaches, sunny days, and clear blue waters come to mind when one thinks of Barbados. But there is so much more to see and do on this Caribbean island! While the island is not known for its museums, history buffs can get a real kick of the many … Read more   Read more

Caribbean and Atlantic Experiences
Helping hands in Haiti

Volunteer travel opportunities in Haiti

By Breana Johnson

As Haiti once again sizes up the massive post-disaster cleanup ahead of them, many of us who missed Hurricane Matthew are anxious to learn how we can help.   Read more

Caribbean and Atlantic Volunteer Travel Social Responsibility
Fort Charlotte overlooking Kingstown, St. Vincent.  Photo:  Tonya Fitzpatrick

Exploring St. Vincent’s Historical Attractions

By Tonya Fitzpatrick

The small island of Saint Vincent can be easily overlooked from the grand scene of world travel, surrounded by the endless ocean and other more glittering destinations.   Read more

Caribbean and Atlantic History
Martinique - Running through history. Photo: Tonya Fitzpatrick

Magical Martinique: The Island of Flowers

Golden Mic award Imagine paradise where your senses explode with a banquet of color, oscents and flavors exicte, or where you experience exotic tranquility.  That is Martinique and those things, along with the islands rich history, are what makes this French Caribbean island so magical. We enjoyed some planteur punch … Read more   Read more

Caribbean and Atlantic Family Travel Food & Drink History
Palm Island and Transport to Tobago Cays. Photo: Tonya Fitzpatrick

Exploring Palm Island and Tobago Cays Marine Park

Golden Mic award On today’s World Footprints we’re traveling through the southern Grenadines and will share the beauty and magic of this special part of the world. Our show originates from the beautiful Palm Island at the Palm Island Resort.  Palm Island is a private tropical paradise comprising only 135 … Read more   Read more

Caribbean and Atlantic Luxury Travel Preservation
View from our room at Hotel Bequia. PHoto: Tonya Fitzpatrick

Resorts of St. Vincent and the Grenadines

Buccament Bay on St. Vincent.  Photo:  Tonya Fitzpatrick World Footprints will give you a taste of paradise as we journey to St. Vincent and the Grenadines (SVG)—a multi-island country of 32 enchanting islands and cays.  Of those islands only nine are inhabited and each offers unique accommodations.  We’ll introduce you … Read more   Read more

Caribbean and Atlantic Experiences Social Responsibility