The Caribbean Islands are located southeast of the Gulf of Mexico and Northern America, east of Central America, and to the north of South America.
Situated largely on the Caribbean Plate, the region comprises more than 7,000 islands, islets, reefs, and cays. These islands, called the West Indies, generally form island arcs that delineate the eastern and northern edges of the Caribbean Sea. These islands are called the West Indies because when Christopher Columbus landed here in 1492 he believed that he had reached the Indies in Asia.
The region consists of the Antilles, divided into the larger Greater Antilles which bound the sea on the north and the Lesser Antilles on the south and east (including the Leeward Antilles), and the Bahamas and the Turks and Caicos Islands, which are in fact in the Atlantic Ocean north of Cuba, not in the Caribbean Sea.
The Caribbean is a paradise destination with warm temperatures year round, sugar-soft white sandy beaches, turquoise seas and gently swaying palms. It provides the perfect getaway during our cold winter months at home and is one of the world’s best-loved holiday destinations. With so many beautiful and diverse islands from Barbados & Antigua to St. Lucia & Mayreau, a wealth of hidden treasures including historic harbours, lush tropical forests and characterful towns await.
Famous for their laid-back life style, the locals are as special as the Caribbean islands themselves. Always welcoming, their leisurely outlook on life will soon help you unwind, especially with a little help from a freshly prepared cocktail or two. Ashore, choose between bustling local markets, or escape it all on a seemingly endless, deserted beach. Onboard your cruise ship, tropical themed party nights are not to be missed & will bring you dancing under the stars as you cruise to your next port of call.