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The Caribbean

Touristic attractions of The Caribbean
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Your vacations in the caribbean

The Caribbean is a region consisting of the Caribbean Sea, its islands (most of which enclose the sea), and the surrounding coasts. The region is 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 he landed there in 1492, Christopher Columbus 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.

Geographically and politically, the West Indies are usually reckoned as a sub-region of North America and are organized into 27 territories, including sovereign states, overseas departments, and dependencies. At one time, there was a short-lived country called “the Federation of the West Indies” that was composed of ten English-speaking Caribbean territories, all of which were then dependencies of the United Kingdom.

Official language

Spanish, English, French, and Dutch are the predominant official languages of various countries in the region; however, a handful of unique creole languages or dialects can also be found from one country to the next.

Currency

Largely accepted is the US dollar, but each island may also have their own currency.

Electricity

A power adapter in some islands is needed.