The new Gran Courland resort on the west coast of Tobago. Photograph by Gran Courland

Island Beat (Autumn 1995)

Events and people in the news around the islands .

Trinidad Carnival. Photograph by Brian Weltman

Trinidad Mas: Carnival of the World

More than a hundred cities and countries around the world now stage Trinidad-style Carnivals.

Laramania: players form a triumphal arch after Brian Lara's record breaking Antigua innings. Photograph by Allan Aflak

Island Beat (Autumn 1994)

The adventures of Brian Lara, Caribbean bobsledders at the Olympics, a new suspense movie, new ways to explore Barbados, a new horse-racing track....

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Island Beat (Summer 1994)

Carnival in Antigua, art in St. Lucia, diving in Grenada, folk traditions in Tobago, jewellery in Trinidad, chess in Barbados, and much more.

Illustration by Russel Halfhide

Do or Die: West Indies Host England

Can England's cricketers win a series in the Caribbean for the first time in quarter of a century?.

Annalee Davis: Betrayal (1993, acrylic, emulsion and watercolour, 131 x 100 cm). Photograph by Ron Griffith

Island Beat (Winter 1993)

A new transatlantic race for sailors, a new visitor attraction in Barbados, world championship golf in Jamaica, and Barbados artists shine at Carib Art.

Crop Over. Photograph by Eleanor Chandler

Pick of the Crop: Barbados’ Crop Over

Once the feast that marked the end of the sugar harvest, the Carnival-like Crop Over festival is now the biggest event in Barbados' calendar.

Sunsplash star Ninja Man. Photograph by Dreamy Riley

Sunsplash: Reggae to Go

Jamaica's annual Sunsplash festival has become one of the world's great musical events and the nerve centre of reggae music .

The masquerade: the best thing to do is shed all the inhibitions and throw yourself into the crowd

Trinidad Carnival for Beginners

Is Trinidad and Tobago's carnival as good as everyone says? Can visitors join in easily? How do you wine? Garry Steckles guides you through the crowd.

Red and pink ginger lilies. Photograph by Barbara Martin

Caribbean Flowers for Sale

Exotic Caribbean flowers are turning out to be a thriving export business.