31 Random Facts About Caribbean

Whether you are planning to take a trip to these beautiful islands or trying to woo people, random facts about Caribbean will always interest you. These facts throw light on the history and cultural that defines this magnificent place and makes it so riveting to outsiders.

The Caribbean basically consists of the Caribbean Sea, its islands and the surrounding coasts. The place is brimming with natural beauty that has caught the fancy of tourists and filmmakers alike.

There is a lot of interesting information about the islands and they make for a splendid sight in case you were thinking of visiting them.

Get your fill of information about this fabulous place by reading up these random facts about Caribbean.

Random Facts About Caribbean

History

1. The Caribs were an indigenous tribe who inhabited the islands prior to European arrival. The name Caribbean comes from them.

2. According to some, these Caribs were cannibals.

3. Their numbers started dwindling after the arrival of the Spanish people.

4. The Islands of Caribbean sometimes go by the name of West Indies. This is because Christopher Columbus had accidentally confused this place for India during his voyage.

Geography

5. There are more than 700 different Caribbean Islands, islets, reefs and caves.

6. The Caribbean islands consist of island groups Greater Antilles, Lesser Antilles, Leeward Antilles, and the Windward Islands.

7. The famous Bahamas, Cayman Islands, Cuba, Haiti, Dominican Republic, Jamaica, and Puerto Rico are part of the Greater Antilles.

8. The highest point of the Caribbean Island is on one of the British Virgin Island. It is less than 28 feet above sea level.

9. According to geologists, these islands appeared after volcanoes erupted under the sea several billions of years ago.

10. The topography of the Caribbean Islands is diverse. It includes everything from coral reefs, mountains, tropical forests, low-lying plantations, valleys, waterfalls, to volcanoes.

Country Facts

11. The languages spoken in Caribbean are English, French, Spanish, Dutch, Creole, and Papiamento.

12.The population on the island is thin in numbers which makes the place rich in flora and fauna. A lot of its wildlife is yet undiscovered.

13. Caribbean Island has the shortest runway for planes. It is located on Saba.

14. Jamaica has more churches than anywhere else. It has a total of 1600 churches.

15. The sister island of Trinidad became the inspiration for Daniel Defoe’s famous novel Robinson Crusoe.

16. The second hottest chilli in the world, Moruga Scorpion Chilli is grown in Trinidad. The chilli is next in line to Carolina Reaper which is currently the hottest chilli.

17. Sulphur Springs in St. Lucia has a dormant volcano that makes for a great tourist destination as people can drive in through it.

18. If you are interested in riding an Ostrich, then Curacao Ostrich Farm gives you a chance to do that.

19. Tourists can witness the reef life of Aruba in a whole different way. Instead of scuba diving, they can instead trade for a ride in a submarine.

20. St. Maarten is a famous tourist location not just for the beaches but also for being the only place where planes pass just 100 feet above.

21. Trafalga falls is a frequently visited place in the Dominican Republic where twin waterfalls merge together.

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People

22. People inhabit approximately 2% of the islands in the Caribbean.

23. Haiti, Dominican Republic, and Cuba are the most populated islands in the Caribbean.

24. Most of the population on the Caribbean Islands comprises of the descendants of slaves brought over from Africa when the Europeans began to colonize the area.

Economy

25. The Dominican Republic has the most flourishing tourism with around 4.3 million tourists visiting the place annually.

26. Puerto Rico has around 3.7 million visitors annually and next in line is Cuba with 2.7 million tourists. These places also have a flourishing tourism that adds to their economy.

27. Eco-tourism destination in Caribbean also generates a lot of revenue. These places are Bird of Paradise Island, Balenbouche Estate in St. Lucia, and Trinidad’s Asa Wright Nature reserve.

28. The Cayman Island is one of those rare places in this world that hosts more business than people.

Other Random Facts About Caribbean

29. The famous movie Pirates of the Caribbean was shot in the Caribbean Island.

30. The Caribbean Island of Jamaica was the location for the filming of the first James Bond movie called Dr. No.

31. The only foreign place visited by former President George Washington was Barbados. This was to provide a change of surrounding to his ailing brother.

These are some random facts about Caribbean Islands that throw light on how interesting a place it is. Exploring these places would be a thrilling and beautiful experience that one must surely try out. If you happen to have more interesting trivia on the Caribbean, then do share it with us using the comment box below.

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Sai Karthik Reddy Mekala

After completing his M.B.A in 2012, Sai the wizard beyond the blog, The Solo Nomad was never interested to find a day job at the desk but instead set out to explore the world. 5 years later Sai has become one of the top travel bloggers in India and inspired many Indians to get away from desk jobs and become a digital nomad.

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