Officially speaking, the Bahamas can be called the Commonwealth of The Bahamas.
It is an English speaking country consisting of 29 islands and islets.
The Bahamas is north of Cuba and covers 14000 square kilometers.
Although she may have had a finger in the discovery of many Caribbean islands, Columbus had a firm grip on first arrival in the Bahamas by any European explorer. This does not mean that his story begins in 1492, however, that goes back much further than that.
Bahamas: first inhabitants
The Bahamas that Columbus found were inhabited by Lucayans. Colombo had no interest in taking control over the islands and gifts exchanged only with the inhabitants. They may have been waiting for these the next time you paid a visit to Europe, but they were being severely disappointed by Spanish slavers who had little interest in exchanging memories.
The indigenous population were, however, allowed the task to work as slaves in the mines of Spanish gold. This was done so that the Lucayan population was almost finished. The Spanish decided not to colonize the island, although it was they who captured it for their own ends. This changed the face of the islands, which were supposedly very well wooded before the Spaniards arrived. Very few traders consider Slaver Spanish as responsible tenants as forests were never replanted.
The civilization was finally established in the Bahamas, in parallel with the English Civil War. Religious groups Puritans arrived on the island and established a civilization. This explains both the religion and way of speaking in this part of the Caribbean.
Islets and islet all proved to be a great place for pirates and a more perverse profession. The pirates were a big part of the islands to each other and decided in many parts of the Bahamas. It was very complicated to monitor and control, given the scattered nature of the islands.
The islands became a British colony in 1717 and the following year saw law and order finally restored. 1729 was the year that the law and order really took command when the first House of Assembly was installed in the islands. The pirates were arrested under this new rule, and the islands were gradually brought under some form of order.
The Spaniard had one more chance in 1782 during a civil war, this time was American. These attempts were not much to worry about and the British issued land grants to boost the island. The population tripled, as a result, primarily, through the slaves brought to work the plantations. As with many other Caribbean islands, these plantations failed due to the poor condition of the soil.
Race and ethical issues were very relevant during this time and the people have always believed that Europeans were superior citizens. A three-tier system seemed to be in place, lead by Europeans.
Independence of The Bahamas
1964 was the year of independence, during which the Bahamas finally broke away from Europe, while remaining a member of the Commonwealth.
The Bahamas became a strategic base during World War II and remain a loyal member of the Commonwealth.
His story is immensely diverse, despite having come to rest as an English speaking country. This seems to meet the island is now a tourist center.
The official language is English. It also speaks English Creole, French Creole, Greek and Chinese.
Location and Geography
In the western Atlantic are located in the Bahamas, an archipelago that stretches from the shores of Florida to the north of Cuba and Haiti.
More than 22 inhabited islands, 700 without dwelling and about 2,000 islands make up the archipelago of the Bahamas, which spreads from Florida to northeastern Cuba. Within this immense group of islands and islets stress Nueva Providencia, Andros, Grand Bahama, Inagua, Abaco, Long Island, Cat Island, Mayaguana, Cayo Lobos, Eleuthera and San Salvador (it is believed that the latter was the first land discovered by Christopher Colombo). The surface of the islands is generally flat and its main river is the Andros.
Flora and Fauna
The vegetation and animal world of the most important islands lying offshore. The hawksbill turtle, the golondrina, Huita the boa constrictor and the Bahamas are the animals that we contemplate, although some of them are endangered.
It is believed that the first inhabitants were the Arawak Caribbean. Later, and in order to practice their religious beliefs in new lands, began early arrivals Eleutheranos adventurers, coming from Bermuda.
The agriculture was flourishing while the first pirates were scaling these lands. A former privateer, Woodes Rogers was appointed first Royal Governor and the pirates departed the Bahamas. Thereafter, interest on the island from the neighboring country, the United States grew.
Because of the war, many Americans fled to the islands by the pressure existing in their states. In 1964, the Bahamas gets its first constitution without thereby ceasing to be a British protectorate. In 1973 obtained full independence, but now the contact and proximity to the United States is increasing.
Art and Culture
During the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries, the slave trade brought millions of Africans to the Caribbean islands, many of which are now black or mulatto countries, having maintained many cultural elements originating from the continents of which the slaves were brought.
In regard to artistic events, the vast majority of Caribbean islands have preserved the traditional techniques of manual labor. Highlight the work sheet (for that use old pots), the cesteria (mainly with coconut leaves and banana) and the development of hand-painted bowls. Also works are leather, amber and wood.
The most typical of the Bahamas is the Bahamas Snail Das, cooking up a variety of ways: stewed snail, snail salad, snail patties, etc..
The turtle soup is really delicious. For dessert, you can eat guava pudding, sweet pineapple, ice cream pie or soup bitter cocoa. The yellow bird and punch Goobay are two rum cocktails after a great meal.
POPULATION AND CUSTOMS
The population is mostly of African origin, the rest being American, British and Canadian. Tourism and agriculture are the main occupations of these people, along with fishing. In recent years the oil and the chemical and pharmaceutical industry have assumed an important source of income.
The music and dances are fundamental and every day. The rhythms and melodies heard grasp the historical conditions of the Bahamas, introducing different rhythms in a proposal novedosa. The music and African dance reached the Caribbean brings the arrival of African slaves, originating mainly from Ghana, Upper Guinea and the Nigerian Yoruba.
Just as the rest of the Caribbean islands, Carnival is undoubtedly the feast par excellence. All people participating in these festivals and the streets fill with people, parades, costumes, masks, dances, music and rockets.
The preparation of Carnival begins new year, when locals work with patience and skill in clothes and songs that, for a few days, rejoice calm life of this place.
The possibilities that the Bahamas offer are almost endless. Lovers of water sports, especially divers will find an unforgettable landscape. Nightclubs, bars, cafés and nightclubs offering complete entertainment.
The festivals and celebrations of events marked fill with light and color throughout the archipelago. Thus, Junkanoo is the famous national festival emerged from African traditions, is celebrated on December 26 and New Year's Day, while Goombay Summer Festival is a popular festival with three nights in duration.
The July 10, the date of Independence, begins Week of Independence, celebrated with parades and rockets.
The 28th of August is celebrated Emancipation Day and October 12, as in almost the whole continent, the Day of Discovery.
NEW PROVIDENCE - PARADISE ISLAND
This is the most famous island of the Bahamas and tourist center more complete tropic. Over 5 miles of white sand stretches Cable Beach, a beach of white sand and beautiful girl.
Nassau, on New Providence Island (New Providence), is the capital and the commercial and financial center of The Bahamas. This city still retains the charm of the colonial British. The Parliament Square, Avenue Elizabeth, the Governor's House or the Fort Fincastle are a good example of this.
Water Tower (Water Tower) is a 75 meters high, the tallest building in the whole island, where tourists come to enjoy the amazing views offered from the gazebo located in the tallest tower. Queen's Staircase (The ladder of Queen) is one of the places that can not be visited without being, because from above includes stunning views of the entire city and its harbor.
At the end of Elizabeth Avenue lies the Fort Fincastle, a fortress built in 1793 that mimics the shape of the prow of a boat. If you want to stroll through the small streets of Old Nassau, the Rawson Square-Square located between Prince George Dock and Bay Street, will be the best place to exit. And to know more about the gay life of the inhabitants of Nassau, do not let go of the Woodes Rogers Walk, a beautiful promenade situated by the sea.
The most important places to the visitor are the Parliament Square in the city center (this is the seat of government of the islands), the Congress Palace, the former seat of the Colonial Secretary, the Supreme Court and a monument dedicated to Queen Victoria . Very nearby is the National Public Library, former prison. Bay Street is the main street.
Here you can get access to a lot of restaurants and shops. At the Craft Market, you will find everything you need, because it is one of the most important markets in the area.
Prince George Wharf, where abutting a dock and cruises depart with several destinations: Rawson Square, located between Prince George Dock and Bay Street.
Governor's House, interesting mansion, now the governor's residence.
AREA OF NASSAU
A wonderful garden with ponds with fish of different colors and also cactus.
Near Nassau. A fine observatory submarine From the interior and through a windows can peer into the seabed.
Located on West Bay Street. The fort was built in 1788 and has wells, battlements and dungeons.
At the foot of Fort Charlotte find themselves these tropical gardens where you can admire the original pink flamingos.
Fort Montagu. Located on East Bay Street
It was built in 1771 and for some years was an American-owned.
Beneath the bridge Paradis Islands. It has a popular market where you can buy a wide variety of edible items.
Versailles Gardens and French Cloister
Located in Paradis Islands. It is an Augustinian monastery in the fourteenth century, moved from France and rebuilt stone by stone.
BIG ISLAND BAHAMA
This island, located only half an hour away from Miami, you can practice all kinds of water sports. To enjoy the exotic nature of this island, it is best to visit the Rand Memorial Nature Centre, Gardens Of the Groves and caves Lucaya National Park. The Grand Bahama Museum will show you the history and traditions of the Indians lucayanos. Grand Bahama invites tourists to relax and enjoy the depths of its seas.
The sites of greatest interest are:
Freeport / Lucaya
An important administrative and commercial center.
Natural Randt Memorial Centre
A very few minutes away from Freeport, very interesting for its autochthonous woods.
Of the Goves Museum
This is a great museum with a garden cemetery lucayanos of the first settlers of the islands.
National Park Lucayana
An interesting natural treasure caves with stone rubble.
Be sure to visit her.
THE FAMILY ISLANDS
More than 700 islands and islets without much tourist paradise, perfect to leave everything behind.
They form a group of islands along 210 km. From emerald waters. In 1783 the first settlers arrived. The Hope Town of Faro still works with kerosene and is driven by hand.
Near the small town of Green Turtle Cay, very popular by the bright colors of its houses are situated the Pelican Cay National Park and Reserve of Birds at the National Trust, the first being the main attraction for divers and the second for ornithologists.
The most important thing to see:
Port of entry with its own airport. Curiously, it also has the only traffic light on the island.
Faro Town of Hope
With its red and white stripes, is still driven with kerosene.
Green Turtle Cay
It is a very small town, the houses by their colors and shapes, seem to come from a distant time.
Ateleiros where workers build boats following the style of their ancestors 200 years ago.
Beach Treasure Cay
One of the most beautiful beaches of these islands.
Pelican Cay National Park
An underwater park where divers can enjoy the beautiful landscape in the midst of the sea.
Bird reserve of the National Trust
A paradise for birdwatchers.
90 km outside of Nassau, Andros is the least exploited island of the archipelago. It has two tropical forests in which, according to Indian legend, the late legendary Chickcharine, a red-eyed creature with three fingers and three feet. Nichol's Town and Mastic Point are two great places to learn about the local cuisine you can hear live music Goobay.
This is the largest and least touristy islands and a real barrier reef, a lovely dream for divers. The current sweet ocean is full of a wide variety of marine fauna and flora. A true paradise. Andros is known as the island of Espiritu Santo. Its interior has dense forests and address Chickcahrine, Forest Elf according to Indian legend.
Eleuthera is a Greek word which means Freedom. This island was discovered 300 years ago. In Eleuthera can visit the Wind Glass Bridge, a bridge with the Atlantic on one side and the Caribbean Sea on the other.
To the north of the island is Gregory Town, where it manufactures rum pineapple. Spanish Wells, the first European settlement, still has the charm of architectural and artistic centuries ago. The town of Governor's Harbour is another of the oldest islands of the Bahamas. Also underline Harbour Island, with a beautiful sandy beach petite and Ocean Hole, a very deep indoor lagoon connected to the sea through holes.
The Exumas are formed by a chain of 365 islands among which underline Great Exuma and Little Exuma, connected by a bridge. The main attraction of these islands is in the National Marine Park of Exuma Land and, to get there you must go by boat through an area of coral reefs and underwater caves. The capital is George Town.
This is the most extensive fishing area in the world.
The most important are: Blue Marlin Cottage and Museum, where Hemingway lived and sought the inspiration for many of his novels, and the Straw Market in Alice Town.
This island is recommended for its spectacular vegetation. The Caves of Arawak are very interesting poisse can include some pre-Columbian remains.
On this island think is one of the largest colonies of flamingos in the world (nearly 40,000 copies living in Windsor Pond) and Cat Island, you can visit the caves of the Arawak Indians in the vicinity of Port Howe.
Flamingos and the swampy waters of Lake Windsor is the better place.
These islands offer an interesting contrast. A part of the white beaches and the rocky cliffs of another.
San Salvador was, according to the belief-the first island that Christopher Columbus set foot. After five centuries remains, in many respects, the same virgin island these days.
Nightlife in the Bahamas
Nightlife and fun in this tropical paradise, we find a plethora of programs, bars, nightclubs and casinos to be your night unforgettable.
See below some of these locations:
Flo's Conch Bar & Restaurant
Little Harbour, Berry Islands
Most of the islands has a local service to ferry transporting tourists and residents between the neighboring islands and the ports of the main island. There is the opportunity to travel in boats of various types and sizes led by several prominent Bahamians.
Discovery Cruise Lines offers a "Ride Cruise to the Bahamas" which departs daily from Fort Lauderdale bound for Grand Bahama. The ferry part of Fort Lauderdale at 7:25 a.m. in the morning, arriving at 13 hours in Grand Bahama, Grand Bahama part of it at 16.25, arriving at 22 hours in Fort Lauderdale.
The local currency is the dollar of the Bahamas, for security, currency trading should be done preferably on the rare exchange houses.
It is advisable to respect the usual safety advice:
Do not ride at night or in isolated locations
Avoid deserted beaches
Transportation with a copy of passport
Shopping and Craft
One of the best parts of the trip to the Bahamas are tax free purchases.
In Nassau, along the Bay Street shops will find perfumes, cosmetics, liquor and jewelry, duty-free style. Currently the Bahamians maintain the tradition of the ancient Taino and Lucayan Indians production of different arts and crafts that reflect its rich heritage of art and talent.
The Bahamians utilize local sources to create dishes, spices, ceramics, crafts, art and music unique. Local arts and crafts can also be found in various markets straw.
The two main shopping areas on the island are the International Bazaar and Port Lucaya Marketplace.
You may have seen some video with divers around a guide feeding sharks with pieces of flesh and blood. This is one of the highlights in the Bahamas, has usually no danger in this type of tourism, several local operators have this type of output in their tour packages.
The are plenty of places to dive in the Bahamas.
The music of The Bahamas, is a mix of african rhythms and calypso. The nightlife happens in Cable Beach and Paradise Island, where are the hotels with their casinos, such as the Crystal Palace and Atlantis.
If you are in Nassau on December 26 or January 1, will attend the Junkanoo, the Bahamian carnival, which begins at 2 am and go until 8 o'clock in the morning.
The climate is tropical, with average temperatures ranging from 21-27 ° C and constant trade winds.
The region is in the path of hurricanes between June and November is the time of greatest occurrence.
The Caribbean Helena!
Saint Lucia, also known as the “Caribbean Helena of Troy”, already changed of flag and administration between France and England 14 times! Before the Frenchmen arriving in port in “its” new lands, the aboriginals caribes also already had banished arawaks, that already they inhabited the island has 2 a thousand years more than.
Saint Lucia, or “Saint Lútia” - as in the local pronunciation, is a small pertaining island to the Antilhas, in the Caribbean. Its territory possesss 158 kilometers of coast, in a volcanic and mountainous region.
This exchange-exchange made of Saint Lucia a special mixture, adding still in this cultural cauldron the force and the rhythm of the brought Africans to work in the plantations of sugar sugar cane. Although English either the official language, the Patois (“patoá” is read), or “french creole” are said by 95% of the population. In the map of the country geographic cities and landmarks they possess French, sharp names with sotaque English “apatoado”.
The capital and greater city of the island is Castries, followed for Vieux-Fort to the south, where arrives the main international flights. Castries is the seat of government and economic from the country, it receives the flights between Caribbean islands and come boats of other islands. We arrive of ferry-boat, we catch a direct taxi to the airport to rent an car and follow for the south of the island. Already it was late, but we take off the day for displacements. In the way for Soufrière we go up and we go down mountains, we saw the sun if among the trees of the tropical bush and lose pretty seen of the bays of Marigot and Canaries. We would know that the penalty would be valid, tomorrow we wanted to wake up and to be in plus one of these pieces of paradise in the land.
In the way we cross Anse Raye, a fishing village There known by its fairs and livened up parties. The street was closed for cars. Families, young and children circulated livened up, much music and drink packed the a sunday night. We look at in return and we do not find no tourist, no mulato, much less a white. For a moment it seemed that we had in the carried one to Africa.
The island possesss one of the landscapes Caribbean symbol - the Piton Mountains (Gros Piton and Petit Piton), that in 2004 they had been declared Patrimony of the Humanity for the UNESCO, and its entorno if became an Area of Ambient Management.
With crystalline waters, the place is perfect for aquatic sports, as much on waters, how much in the deep one of the sea. There it is possible to rent since jet ski to the boats.
The island is known world-wide as a perfect romantic destination, and this if must, in grante part, for the charmosas and romantic installations of its hotels and resorts. It is also obligator breakpoint for cruises that pass for the Caribbean.
Although most of its inhabitants (of a total of little more than 160,000) to be descending of Africans, what it is seen in the region is a mixture of French and British inheritances, since the island was colonized by these two nations.
Saint Lucia is a destination that is pleasant during all the year, however, in the high season - it enters the December months and May, what it is not pleasant are the prices charged for the hotels and restaurants.
TRINIDAD AND TOBAGO
The Islands of Trinidad and Tobago settles the southern arc of the Antilles and are ahead the Venezuela the 11 kilometers of its shores. Trinidad has an area of 4,828 square kilometers and if uni to Big Delta of the Orinoco River, in addition to Tobago which has a size of 295 square kilometers. THE territory also includes the islands of Little Tobago, we make, uova de cova, Chacachacare and Gasparee.
FLORA AND vegetation of Trinidad
Is very similar to the Venezuelan: plains in parts more dried surrounded by a lush vegetation virgin. There are coconut trees, sugar cane, cocoa, coffee, tobacco as the main crops of the region. Wild life is very rich in fauna, highlighting 622 species of moths and 700 different types of orchids. Tobago account with 19 species of hummingbird and koalas, 7 originating on the island. Among the animals most frequently in their soil we can quote the beetles, the concha sandy, the spiny lobster and polluted, the quail dove, humming "wing saber", the verdilhao (bird) of Monserrat and the wild duck in the Antilles.
The population of approximately 1,276,000 inhabitants, whose ethnic origins are diversified. Most of the villages are located on the west coast of the island of Trinidad, which is rich in fertile land and oil. Christianity is the predominant religion, with 60% of followers, and can find both Roman Catholic and Anglican; follows in proportion the Hindus in 25 % and Muslims in 6 %. We speak english in most villages, but also use the french, the Spanish, the hindu, Chinese and arab.
Art and Culture, the traditional music of this region of the Caribbean is also a mixture of the influences of immigrants from Africa and Europe with their customs rooted the environment of the Antilles. For a long time, the music has been a source of dialog and expression between the peoples and today still retains certain codes understood by motorboats. THE calypso was born on the island of Trinidad and is a mixture of African rhythms, hipânico african and verses in english with structural marks french. The themes that deal with the songs with this pace are daily such as love, sex, politics, etc.
ISLANDS OF TRINIDAD PORT OF SPAIN
Considered as one of the islands most cosmopolitan cities of the world, in Trinidad you will find statements from the ancestral traditions, modes of contemporary life, bazaars, hindu places of worship and festivities without pair. The capital is Port of Spain where develops the main political events and administrative. In the old part are King's Wharf or Independence Square. Other attractions are the Parliament of Trinidad that is found in Red House, a building typical of the renaissance; the Woodford Square, with its beautiful fountain; the Church of Trinidad, with its Gothic towers, consecrated in 1826; the National Museum and Art Gallery, where exhibit show culture pre-colombian, paintings by contemporary artists and exhibitions on the oil.
The Queen's Park, better known as Savannah, in addition to recognizing its particular beauty and a center for meeting for various cultural events. Very close is the Magnificent Seven, which are a series of buildings constructed during the last century. Not far away is the Botanical Garden, a huge tropical park where are the residences of the President and the Prime Minister. During the carnival must not fail to visit the hippodrome, for there they celebrate the invitations of musical bands of calypso music, in addition to the traditional horse racing.
16 km from the capital is Lopinot Complex that is conformed by the population of Siree, La Pastora and Lopinot, where it developed in ancient times the large plantations of coffee and cocoa still preserved with care. Fort George is recognized by its characteristic architectural and its precious panoramas. In northwest part is the small village of Toco and the first capital, St. Joseph, which still preserves its beautiful buildings and the old catholic church of XVI century.
THE BEACHES OF TRINIDAD
Tirico Bay is the favorite of those who practice the surfing, still that Maracas Day stimulates a more pleasant stay in its lagoon of sand. You can also visit Las Cuevas Bay, which is a sandy beach with numerous submerged caves around the coast. To the northwest is Chagville, a beach that is connected to the end of at Chaguaramas.
OTHER ATTRACTIONS OF TRINIDAD
The accumulations of woods and waterfalls can be recognized in the center of Natural Asa Wrigth, hosts more than a hundred different species. Arima for its part, maintains the featues pre-columbian architecture in a city that has come to be the third in importance in the country. Other important points in the region are: Valencia, popular among surfers. Caroni Bird Sanctuary, reserve of birds that we can go by boat.
an hour from the capital is San Fernando, the main industrial area of the region. More ahead this Point Pierre Wild Fowl Trust, a natural reserve that concentrates several wild species in danger of extinction. The small village of fishermen of Erin with its impressive beaches of Puerto Grande and Los Satyrs; and the refuge of the most famous healers in the area of the village of Moruga.
ILHA DE TOBAGO
The capital, Sacarborough, brings together the area of Fort King George, impressive botanical gardens and beautiful views of the entire coast. Very close is Rock Bay, which has the House of Tobago in James Park, and the bridge of Gun Bridge, as architectonic treasures.
In the rest of this island you can find some real beauties such as Mount Saint George, whose acantilado offers a delightful view of the sea; Fort Granby, with a beautiful beach of black sand; the waterfalls of King's Bay whose waters fall in a fresh water swimming pool with excellent beaches around; Charlotte Ville, with its beaches of Man of Bay and Lover's Beach, call thus by its pink sand. Flagstaff Hill, the highest point of the island; the arrecife of Bucoo coral reef; and the beaches of Pigeon Point and Turtle Bay.
THE LITTLE TOBAGO
Is the smaller and you can get it from Speyside. Popularly known as the "paradise of birds" by the multiplicity of birds that focuses on their territories. Gastronomy typical gastronomy if you can find elements very similar to the rest of the Caribbean. Among the main dishes we can highlight: the Callaloo (stew or soup of a herb resembles spinach), the beat of amendment (with flavor of peanut butter), the tumtun (green bananas done pure), coocoon (meatballs of corn bread), the tori (earth packed with meat), cascadou (freshwater fish), the chip chip (seafood), the crabmatete (carangueijo), pastels (cakes of meat), the armadillo (beef) and the de Lappe (rabbit of the islands).
Drinks from the XVI century the rum has been the drink more important of Caribbean islands. Its origin is associated with the legendary stories of pirates and slaves. A great list of houses producing famous liquor of sugar cane, has popularized its consumption not only in any location of the Antilles, but yes, expanded in the whole world. Throughout the region produce delicious tropical fruit juices whose mixture (coco with papaya, strawberry with coconut, banana and strawberry coconut, etc) the origin to the names that were baptized. They can be served with or without alcohol.
Purchasing To bring some remembrance of the journey there are several options. Between the main articles of sale are: the craft of pottery, the copper or the woodcarvings, the bracelets of gold or silver, the straw baskets, the tissues of indian silk and cotton, leather articles.
It is important warn that there are articles protected as the hull of tortoise or the black coral. Probably, the find the sale, but will take their precautions.
Barbados is part of the Lesser Antilles and is located east of the Caribbean Sea.
The name, Barbados, was thought by the Portuguese and means bearded.
Some think beards are actually referred to the long roots of the fig trees that are found in abundance throughout the island, others believe it has more to do with the beards of the Caribbean and other tribes think of foam lying on the reef is what gives this name.
The official language is English, but also speaks English-bajan, Greek and Hindu.
Besides the unmistakable pink sand beaches and surrounded by white coral reefs fixed on one of the most important tourist areas, the Costa de Platino. The capital, Bridgetown, offers lots of activities.
The capital of Barbados offers interesting places such as:
Careenage: Point precious dock where fishing boats and passengers.
Trafalgar Square: It is characterized by the majestic statue of Lord Nelson.
Barbados Museum: Of great interest. A museum visit can be combined with a walk by the capital's public buildings.
FOR THOSE WHO LIKE THE NATURAL
All those who enjoy the contact with nature, the island of Barbados offers a large number of caves and grottos as well as beaches and steep cliffs. The pipes for long walks in the shadow of hundreds of fruit trees, can prevent the walker to make a senior on the way, and enjoy a wonderful picnic.
Welchman Hall Guly
A zone of streams decorated with citrus trees and exotic plants.
One of the most beautiful natural attractions of the island consists of a huge mass of stone more than 100 m in diameter.
CAVE OF HARRISON
It consists of a large stone underground stone rubble. It has a complicated system of crystal stalactites and stalagmites, creeks, lakes and a waterfall.
GARDENS OF ANDROMEDA
It is a precious tropical garden placed in rocky hills of Bathsheba Hills. It has an amazing collection of flowers, plants and tropical trees. These gardens were created by Iris Bannochie, a self-taught horticulturist deserving of many awards in Britain.
For lovers FOR FAUNA
Interestingly organizing guided tours through reservations monkeys, birds and mini zoos.
NIGHT DIVING ATLANTIS
At 6 pm from Atlantis illuminates corals and marine garden, allowing gifts, plunging enjoying all the charm of the sea.
BELIZE, EDEM CARIBBEAN
Anyone traveling to Belize, travel to one of the most amazing Caribbean Sea. It is undoubtedly a paradise for lovers of water sports.
However, Belize is also an important area of reserves of flora and fauna, a place to rest and a place for recreation among the delicate Mayan cities and its lovely beaches.
The climate is sub-tropical so the temperatures are high throughout the year (not counting the humidity). In mountainous areas the temperatures are milder and may even make a little chilly at night. The rainy season runs from June to October.
The official language is English, but Spanish and Creole are spoken throughout the country. In some areas we speak Mayan and Garifuna.
Belize is situated on a coastal strip that forms part of the Yucatán Peninsula, dotted with lakes and surrounded by coral islands. With an area of 22,965 km square, Belize is bordered to the north by Mexico to the west and south by Guatemala, and to the east by the Caribbean Sea. Like the Yucatan Peninsula country is made up of tropical lowlands, a precious barrier arrrecifes (the longest in the western hemisphere and the second in the world after Australia) and the Maya Mountains, the western and southern parts. The country's capital located in the center of it is Belmopan.
We have divided the country into five zones. We will begin the course by Capital then develop the Central Region. Traveling over the areas of the North and South, and finally the area of precious Cayos Belize.
CAPITAL AND CENTER
The birth of Belmopan, the capital of Cayo District, was in 1970, when nine years ago after a hurricane away almost completely with Belize City, decided to draw up a new capital.
THE BORDER WITH MEXICO
The only 4 km from Belmopan, the road Westerm Higbway and westward lies the Park Guanacaste. It is a small reserve that houses an old guanacaste tree and a reduced flora which inhabit some birds. It is worth making a stop and take a walk.
MOUNTAIN PINE RIDGE FOREST RESERVE
It is a precious forest reserve where waterfalls, abundant vegetation, the mountain landscapes and exotic birds are the predominant note. It's the best place to hold trekking, horseback trails or practice rafting in some of its rivers. Among the most popular ways is the Panti Medicinal Way, in honor of an old Mayan healer. The route discourses by beautiful old horses which can identify different medicinal plants. If you like alternative medicine can not fail to realize the way.
NORTH OF BELIZE
This is the country's largest city with a population of approximately 80,000 inhabitants. It is located on a small peninsula, divided by the river Haulover Creek, a tributary of the Belize River. In the city highlight the Bliss Institute, home of the National Arts Council (National Arts Council) which exhibit a few Mayan objects, besides being the venue for various cultural events, the Government Palace of the nineteenth century, the Cathedral of St. John the oldest Anglican church in the country, the Bridge Swing (Swing Bridge) a drawbridge that rises twice a day to give way to large boats, Paslow the building, with a beautiful wooden interior structure, the Lighthouse of Fort George, where we obtain excellent views of the city and the sea, and finally, Memorial Park, the park's most pleasant capital
Leaving Belize City northward by Northem Highway, lies Comunity Baboom Sanctuary (Sanctuary of Community Mandriles). In the country there are Mandriles but has christened this important reserve for large amount of black spider monkeys that inhabit it. The visits take place with guides that explain the customs and habits of the monkeys.
SOUTH OF BELIZE
We begin the journey by coastal town of Dangriga to continue the Southerm Highway toward Punta Gorda, near the border with Guatemala.
Dangriga is the largest city in southern Belize. It can only highlight their environment, much more quiet than Belize City and because here you can visit some Cayos, which develop later.
Continuing on the road to the south can be reached Basim Cockscomb Wildlife Sanctuary, an important reserve of jaguars, ocelots, pumas, tamanduas, armadillos, armadillos, otters, pythons and numerous species of birds and flora.
Placencia, located on a small peninsula, is the area prior to the Cayos. The small village has great areas where you can sunbathe, windsurf or sail boat in some fantastic Cayos.
Ponta Gorda is located at the end of Southerm Highway, in the extreme south of the country and is the starting point to make a visit to Mayan archaeological settlements Lubaantum and Nim Li Puint (without restoration). The first think to one kilometer from Punta Gorda, while Nim Li Punit is 30 kilometers. A visit to these places worth to see the ruins and vegetation between jungle and see the colossal work of restoration processes.
ZONE OF Cayos And ARRECIFES
No doubt this area is one of the reasons why tourists visit Belize. It is a true paradise where, in blue and transparent waters of the Caribbean, arise myriad of Cayos protected by stunning coral reef over 290 kilometers long.
The two most popular are Cayos: Cayo Caulker and Cayo Ambergris, which offer a good tourist infrastructure, as well as being the starting point for excursions to the islands and reefs.
Besides enjoying the paradisiacal beauty of Belize, there are no fees or taxes.
Dominica is famous for its pristine natural beauty and is so called: The Nature Island of the Caribbean.
Dominica The island of volcanic origin, is a paradise burning, tropical and very original. The amount of land volcanic landscapes and geysers make this island a mysterious landscape hard to forget.
The official language is English, but also speaks up Creole, Caribbean and Hindu.
Dominica is located between the French islands of Guadeloupe (north) and Martinique (in the south). Not to be confused with the Dominican Republic!
It is part of the Leeward Islands, with 29 miles (47 km) from north to south and 16 miles (26 km) wide, with an area of 290 miles (780 km2).
Roseau, the capital, is located on the southwest coast.
The mountain range extends from north to south, with an average elevation of 3,000 feet (1,000 m), the largest of which is Morne Diablotin 1447 m, followed by Trois Pitons in 1387 m. Low volcanic activity is evident in several places, including the Valley of Desolation and Boiling Lake, 701 m above sea level, both located in the World Heritage. This lake was formed in the crater of the volcano, and great pressure caused by gas leakage may raise the water level of 1 m or more. The trade winds blow from the Atlantic over the mountains and cause about 762 cm of rainfall annually. The temperature is virtually constant throughout the year, with an average of 30 ° C in summer with high humidity.
ART AND CULTURE
On the island you can find interesting crafts, especially the works created with materials brought by sea, as well as several paintings of spectacular colors.
The influence of French and African is the most striking of the kitchen island. Tropical fruits like tamarind, passion fruit, pomelo and coconut are the tastiest. You can also eat delicious fish meals as Island Fish Soup. We recommend asking the Chicken Mountain, which it really frogs, look also trims yam, potato and turnip.
Dominica will find the leading brands of beverages in the United States and Europe. But the most advisable is to drink without fear or limits, the delicious tropical fruit juices.
Local crafts and Caribbean Indians are the most recommended. You can also find jewelery and semi-precious stones.
GRAINED, IT DAYDREAMS OF THE IMAGINATION
A few of the tropical paradises most caressed by the tourists there are undoubtedly Grenada. A luck of magic combination between the beaches of turquoise waters and the impregnated woods of wild life does to itself to feel that the dream of his existence is a product of the imagination.
This small independent State is formed by a main island escorted by the Caribbean and a few tiny trintas you isolate and caverns, part of the meridians of Natives of Granada. The life here, it is not gone by the tourist majority, yes for, round special groups of people who comes to coexist with the native residents. It will not find casinos nor attractions parks, do nor collapse when they were illuminated with lamps of neon full of people eufórica, when the whole night is passing noises. In Grenada, the amusement is survived in a different way.
Tropical climate seasoned with rains own to the region, short and intense of June to November. Means during the rains period.
One recommends light clothes from cotton, comfortable shoes, capes of rain, glasses of sun, solar protector and repellent against the insects.
The official language is English, also the Englishman tells - Creole to himself.
Tied approximately to 150 kilometers of Trinidad's island, out at sea Caribbean, it is composed this archipelago basically by three islands, which Grenada is the principal, with a territory of 385 square kilometers. The island of Carriacou is aproximdamente to 25 kilometers to the north, with a dimension of 42 square kilometers; followed by Small Martinique, which disposes of 200 hectares of surface.
FLORA AND FAUNA
The part of some rocks to the north, the mountainous territory in his majority, with many woods and with numerous rivers and brooks. The central flowerbed is adapted by many peaks, some of which it contains craters. Some trees exceed 20 meters of height and between the most outstanding we can write down the castanheiras, helechos giants, the red caiobas and the orchids. When the small extensions of territories that adapt the islands were owed, the mammals production is almost non-existent.
Between the most representative animals of the fauna we have the turtle carey, the seal monje of the Caribbean, the forgeador of Semper, the golden singer of Barbados, the milano of Grenada, the aquatic mirlo of Saint Luzia, the loro or imperial parrot, the dove of Grenada, the parrot variopinto and it of Saint Raven.
Cristovão Colombo was the first European to be trodden in Grenada in his third travel in 1498. During the wars of the century XVIII, in many opportunities the territory passed of hand in hand between the Britons and the Frenchmen, till finally it was given up to the United Kingdom in 1783.
ART AND CULTURE
The traditional music of the region of the Caribbean also is a mixture of influences of the immigrants of Africa and Europe, with the deep-rooted traditions of the tropical environment of the West Indies. During much time, the music was a fountain of dialog and expression between the people, today, someone maintain certain codes been meant by the natives.
The calypso was born in Trinidad's island and it is a mixture of rhythms Africans, African-Hispanic and verses in English with structures Frenchwomen. The subjects of which rhythms treat the songs with East are daily like the love, the sex, the politics, etc.
The reggae is originating from the Jamaica and is a quite young production, there is relation to the religious worship rastafari, whose Messiah was the last emperor of Ethiopia, Haile Selassie. The ancient form of music developed this musical rhythm of one folk with African musical elements, however with brought ideas of India and Europe. Also, it has influences been overcome with the rumba, with the limb and with the calypso.
The dance called limb originates in the ancient African tribal rites introduced by the brought immigrants of the cultures Dahomey and the Ashanti. With his establishment in the West Indies they developed the new forms of expression of the body to the rhythm of the music like the rumba, the meringue or the clenda of French-Afro influence.
Capital of Grenada (Saint Georges)
The capital of Grenada calls Saint Georges is a city that is separated by a small rocky tip, which divides the town in two parts: Bay Town (the area of the port) and the district of Carenage (a platform portuária, surrounded with old houses and rigid constructions that date of the century XVIII and XIX).
Here, they detach the visit to the National Museum of Grenada (ancient French prison that accommodates archaeological discoveries of Indians ciboney, arawak and caribe) and the Botanical Garden (with a zoological one in miniature); to cross the Tunnel Sendal (that communicates to two parts of the city); to go through Bay Town in the commercial street of Melville Street and Market Square (market of spices and craftwork), to meet with the beauty of Church Street and Saint Andrew knows the Presbyterian church; to admire the installations of the Fort George's (ancient Fort-Royal and hackle of the local Police officer) and Strong Frederick (1783).
"Considered a melting pot of the Caribbean's main scenario beaches, constant sunshine and of course a lot of reggae."
Jamaica is one of the most famous islands of the Caribbean and part of the Greater Antilles.
It is one of the most populous and largest of the Caribbean islands as well.
Jamaica is an island nation in the Atlantic Ocean, south of Cuba.
Contrary to what many think, the landscape is much more than the beach. Clouds discovers an extremely mountainous, whose outline resembling a manatee, which seeks to woo the sea joining small tropical lagoons soaked cascades that slip from their highest points. The dense vegetation allows paths that can be made on foot, riding or backward in time in canoes bamboo over each of the 120 rivers in the island. An island that is totally adventure.
Travel to Jamaica is more than knowing places, people, natural beauty, sounds and exotic flavors. There you will also enjoy the healthy climate, washed down with plenty of relaxation and reggae.
Besides reggae, Jamaica is also known for the beauty of its coastline where, incidentally, focuses the majority of the population. Nevertheless, this island is mountainous and hilly, covered with forests lush and cut by rivers and waterfalls.
The mountains cover about 80% of the territory Jamaican. The most famous are the Blue Mountains, near Kingston, which is the culmination of the island, with 2250 meters. Anyone who has been there, swears spectacular view compensates all efforts.
Every Monday night happens by one of the most important festivals of the Caribbean, Montego Bay when it hosts Mo Bay Night Out
Visitants - many residents are in the carnival in Gloucester Avenue to enjoy the rhythm of the bands of drummers, as well as reggae and calypso.
It is recommended to bring light clothes. It is not too much to say that Jamaica is a paradise for lovers of any nautical sport.
Jamaica: Beaches and Tours
Doctor's Cave Beach
Located in Montego Bay, the darling of the family has 8 km long and has the placid waters and crystal, perfect for tourists. The beach is complete with locker rooms and bars.
Even usually overcrowded, the beautiful beach of Montego Bay is made of sugar white sands and clear waters and warm. It's a good place to take the family, but it is good to know that there are sellers who do any business, from drugs to jewelery.
Seven Mile Beach
The beautiful beach of 11km is very well made for the east coast in Negril, where thousands of nudists revel in nature and its riches. It is difficult to find limits to this beach.
Famine in South Coast, the beach is good for those who do not like to face crowds, ie, is a haven in paradise.
But beware: the waves are strong and there may be strong currents.
Boston Bay Beach
In Port Antonio, the place is known for the beauty of their shapes, colors and the stalls jerk pork, barbecue done so exclusively Jamaican, with peppers and spices. This beach is the owner of the biggest waves in Jamaica, and you can rent surfboards and take surf lessons.
They say that a bath in the Blue Lagoon is an aphrodisiac. The paradise of crystal clear waters inspired the movie of the same name. The tour is highly recommended.
It is the best river rafting nearby, near the resort of the same name. You sit on the bamboo canoes and relax under the river.
Trinidad and Tobago
Trinidad and Tobago paradise caribenho!
Official name: Republic of Trinidad and Tobago
Capital of Trinidad and Tobago: Port of Spain
Area: 5.128 km ²
Main Cidade: Chaguanas, Port of Spain, San Fernando
Coin: Dollar of Trinidad and Tobago (1 euro 8,6 TT is dollars).
Climate: Tropical climate with temperatures lifted up during the whole year, varying between them 25°C and them 38°C. The dry station goes of January to May, and the station of the rains of June to December
It is a country caribenho situated far off of the coast of Venezuela.
It is constituted by the islands of Trinidad and of Tobago and it borders sea Venezuela, the south and west, and Grenada, to northwest.
His capital, Port of Spain.
In the years of European domination and the immigration of black slaves and Hindu workers they provided several characteristics: before Trinidad was recognized like the most cosmopolitan island of the Caribbean, Tobago guards more roots with the traditional populations.
They are joined by the history, the current political and administrative life and the joy of his residents that the evidence in the times of carnivals, when everything seems to dance to the rhythm of a calipso.
The tones orange and rendered rose-colored of the sunset they do not leave to forget that we are in the Caribbean ones. There is heard the vibrant sound of the reggae that walks on air and composing the resonant band of a few perfect holidays. For the one who likes the tropical heat far from the confusion and the town madness, Tobago is the ideal choice to grow complacent in the paradise.
The back is used for great diversity of nautical sports. The sporting ports abound with complete installations that have facilities to practice the water skiing, the windsurfing, the underwater immersion and the swimming. It is possible to rent also vessels and to go through the main points of attraction.
When the northeast of Trinidad was situated, between the sea of the Caribbean ones and the Atlantic Ocean, the second island of the country is known by his marvelous beaches of white sand and reefs from coral that do the delights of the divers.
The land of the island is varied, with a mountainous center and plains the south and in the western coast, which offers an immense diversity of sports of the nature. Cristóvão Colombo reached Trinidad and Tobago in 1498, taking it for the Spaniards; then it was under the Dutch might; in the century XIX, it became a British colony. At present, it is the country with the second biggest population of English language in the region, after the Jamaica.
Scarborough, the capital of Tobago, is the stage of all the events, in an island that it exchanged of hands more than thirty times in 150 years. The building of the Parliament is one of the best examples caribenhos of the Georgian architecture, while the cannons spread by the bridge remember that in the paradise less calm times were even survived. Though still relatively little explored, Tobago is the center of the tourist development of the country, conjugating the pleasant atmosphere of a fishermen's town with the sophistication of the most modern hotels.
Of idyllic boat walks having dinner romantic to the runaway light of the twilight, Tobago allows a total surrender to dolce fare niente, without forgetting those who look for adventure and for moments of true excitement.
With an immense multicultural wealth, this eclectic country allies the most taken root traditions, like the races of goats, with the exuberance vanguardista of festivities like the Carnival caribenho, mundialmente known.
And equal diversity has been, also, by the colors and tastes of the gastronomy of Tobago, where the lobster is a queen. When there are conjugating the Indian, African, Arab and European legates, the kitchen of the country has a distinctive and unforgettable touch.
Slaves' revolts, battles for the power, Indians' attacks and pirates' pillages, all this, that seems retired of an adventures book, is the history of Tobago. And today, so calm and calm, the island welcomes those who come in peace, and what, such as I, tries to catch each sunset, each face, each moment, as if the whole scenery disappeared in a flash.