Photograph courtesy St Kitts Tourism Authority

Caribbean datebook (May/June 2015)

Events around the Caribbean in May and June — from the St Kitts Music Festival to the Tobago Legends football tournament.

Photograph courtesy Camille Wardrop Alleyne

Another giant leap: Camille Wardrop-Alleyne

When a three-year-old Camille Wardrop Alleyne watched the 1969 Moon landing on TV, she couldn’t have imagined she’d one day be part of the exploration of outer space. As a NASA scientist, she now helps run the International Space Station. And her second passion, as Erline Andrews discovers, is the campaign to get more young people — especially girls — into the fields of science, technology, engineering, and math.

Photograph by Stephen R Smith – www.photodynamicsinc.com

Holetown, Barbados

The oldest settlement in Barbados, founded in 1627, Holetown has history, a prime beachside location, and some of the island’s best dining and shopping.

Photograph by Eric Cheng

Sea to sea: the Bahamas’ Glass Window Bridge

On the Bahamas’ Eleuthera Island, the Atlantic Ocean and the Caribbean Sea are separated by whisper-thin Glass Window Bridge.

Illustration by Rohan Mitchell

Out of many: Martin Luther King Jr and Jamaica

Martin Luther King, Jr, visited Jamaica in 1965, at the height of his fame. He roused audiences there with his soaring speeches, James Ferguson explains, but the newly independent nation inspired the Civil Rights hero just as indelibly.

Photograph by Paul Crask

Word of mouth (May/June 2015)

Tropical beauty at Dominica’s annual flower show, and going the distance at the Rainbow Cup Triathlon.

Bright and risqué suits from the “Print Me Crazy” collection by Suga Apple Swim. Photography by Stephanie Kelly

Bajan beauties: designers Shayla Cox and Kimberley Angoy

Designers Shayla Cox and Kimberley Angoy are ready for beach season.

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The transparency challenge

What the new Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative means for Trinidad and Tobago’s economy.

Caribbean Bookshelf (May/June 2015)

Caribbean Bookshelf (May/June 2015)

This month’s reading picks, from poetry to art to cricket.

Photograph by iStock.com/cdwheatley

The magic mountain

St John, smallest of the three main US Virgin Islands, is best known today as a vacation stomping ground for the rich and famous — “the Beverly Hills of the Caribbean.” But for David Knight, Jr, who grew up on its forested slopes, St John is a place of childhood mystery and family history, whose fragrant bay trees supported a once-famous industry long before the first tourists arrived.