Quick Facts about the Caribbean
Perhaps most famous for a certain set of movies about pirates, the Caribbean Islands have some phenomenal little nuggets of information that make it that much more appealing to visit.
- St. Lucia has a drive-in volcano
Sulphur Springs, located at Soufrière Volcano in St. Lucia, is considered to be the only “drive-in volcano” in the world. The roads run up to and through the crater of a volcano, which emits steam and sulfur with boiling mud and water bubbling below. It’s called Sulphur Springs for a reason though, so be prepared for the smell of rotten eggs. You can also enjoy a dip in the hot springs and mud baths not too far from the stream running through the crater.
- Robinson Crusoe was inspired by Tobago
A pristine paradise, Tobago served as inspiration to Daniel Defoe’s Robinson Crusoe. It was also the setting for the movie Swiss Family Robinson and responsible for Robert Louis Stevenson’s Treasure Island. Since it is the muse for so many of these island-themed narratives, you can only imagine how pretty it is! Tobago is the second island of the Caribbean republic and is smaller and more low key than its sister, Trinidad.
- Trinidad’s chillies are hot, hot, hot!
The Trinidad Moruga Scorpion chilli has been identified as the hottest chilli in the world, with a mean heat of more than 1.2 million Scoville heat units (an actual measurement of spicy heat). As a point of reference, a Jalapeño chilli pepper varies up to ten thousand Scoville heat units. That’s right, a Moruga Scorpion is one hundred and twenty times hotter than a Jalapeño!
- Scuba diving, step aside… there’s a submarine reef tour in Aruba
Cruises are great, and so is snorkelling and scuba diving, but when you want to go all-out… try one of the world’s few submarine reef tours! Take in the sights of the Barcadera Reef and different shipwrecks all while wearing comfortable clothing and not having to worry about cumbersome gear or missing out on what’s going on below.
- There are more than 700 different Caribbean islands, islets, reefs and caves
With so many islands to begin with, it’s not hard to believe that only 2% of the Caribbean islands are inhabited by people. The main island groups are broken down into the Lucayan Archipelago, the Greater Antilles and the Lesser Antilles, and encompass famous destinations such as the Bahamas, Cuba, the Cayman Islands, Jamaica and more.
- Culture a-plenty (for your tastebuds too)
English, French, Spanish, Dutch, Creole and Papiamento are some of the languages spoken across the islands of the Caribbean. You can be sure that these cultures are reflected too, with so many delicious dishes to choose from and cuisines to enjoy, even your tastebuds will enjoy a tour of all the wonderful cultures on offer.
- A big-budget filming hot-spot
Not only were parts in all five of the Pirates of the Caribbean film series filmed on islands in the Caribbean, but the very first James Bond film, Dr. No, was filmed in Jamaica. Add that to the fact about books that were inspired by the islands and it’s no wonder that it’s considered to be one of the most beautiful places in the world given the amount of inspiration it serves up.
These are just some amazing facts about this gorgeous group of islands. Once you’ve arrived to your destination, with amazing tours to enjoy and adventures to unfold, you’ll surely be treated to more amazing insights into whichever part of the Caribbean you’ve decided to visit. If this inspired you, why not look at some of our Caribbean Cruise deals?