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10 Facts about the Caribbean

The Caribbean is full of fascinating islands. Cruising the seas in the Caribbean is a unique multicultural experience. From Cuba to Caicos and beyond, the Caribbean is brimming with good eats, secret islands, and beautiful sights. Impress your friends and family by knowing these Caribbean facts?

What are your Caribbean facts? Share in the comments below! 

  1. Saba Island has the shortest runway in the world, measuring in at less than 1300 feet long.
  2. Pitch Lake, in Trinidad, is the largest of the world’s three natural asphalt lakes. The surface of the lake is semi-solid and can be walked on.
  3. You can visit Tracks & Records, Usain Bolt’s sports bar, restaurant, and entertainment complex in New Kingston. The expansive menu features traditional favorites like jerk chicken, curried mutton, and janga soup, all of it, no doubt, served FAST.
  4. In Havana, Cuba, the Coppelia ice cream parlor has been named the “busiest in the world.” The establishment can hold up to 1000 guests. That’s a lot of ice cream headaches.
  5. Sandy Spit Island in the British Virgin Islands is also referred to as Corona Island because some of their commercials were filmed there. The only way to access this island is by boat.

    Sandy Spit Island aka Corona Island

  6. You can drive THROUGH a volcano in Saint Lucia. Sulphur Springs is the hottest and most active geothermal area in the Lesser Antilles.
  7. There are more churches per square mile in Jamaica than anywhere in the world, with 1600 churches in total in the country.
  8. Only about 2% of the islands are inhabited. Private islands, anyone?
  9. The three most populous island territories are Cuba, the Dominican Republic, and Haiti. About 30 million people altogether occupy these countries, which is about 75 percent of the Caribbean population.
  10. Yikes! There are 500 species of reptiles in the islands, some of which are inhabited by some endemic species such as rock iguanas and American crocodile.

That’s all folks! What are your Caribbean facts?