Current Issue: Issue 128
(July/August 2014)

In this Issue:

Arrive

Andromeda Gardens, Bathsheba, Barbados. Photograph by John Webster

Earthy delights

The Caribbean’s public gardens are places to enjoy the pleasures of nature — and centres for research and conservation as well

For centuries, the vast plaza known as the Zócalo has been the heart of Mexico City. Photograph by Papa Bravo/shutterstock.com

Finding the centre in Mexico City

Nicholas Laughlin arrives in Mexico City, and realises his whole notion of geography is wrong. The Aztecs thought this was the centre of the universe — maybe they were right

Looking over Port-au-Prince from L’Observatoire du Boutilliers. Photograph by Danielle Dreis

The other side of Haiti

In the aftermath of Haiti’s January 2010 earthquake, reconstruction is still a work in progress. Even so, writes Shannon J. Effinger, the country’s rich culture makes Haiti a life-changing destination for the right kind of traveller

Photograph by Elspeth Duncan

Buccoo tales

Not all travels require you to stray far from home, Elspeth Duncan discovers. Sometimes, with open eyes and the right company, the pleasures of wandering are right under your nose. Plus a concise guide to some of Tobago’s best adventures

Embark

Alive

Caribbean Playlist (July/August 2014)

New releases to get you in the groove

Coolie Woman

Caribbean Bookshelf (July/August 2014)

This month’s fiction and poetry reading picks

Kensington Oval, Barbados. Photograph © Argalis/stock.com

Take twenty: cricket, that is

Garry Steckles previews the 2014 Caribbean Premier League Twenty20 cricket tournament, which starts sports lovers’ pulses racing in July

Silver long-leaf-cell earrings and bangle. Photography by Michele Jorsling

Clean lines: Trinidadian jewellery designer Janice Derrick

Trinidadian designer Janice Derrick creates elegant jewellery with clean lines

Photograph ©isitsharp/iStock.com

Caribbean Datebook (July/August 2014)

Events around the Caribbean in July and August

Illustration by Darren Cheewah

Word of mouth (July/August 2014)

Dispatches from our correspondents around the Caribbean and further afield

West Indies Beer Company founder Mark Heath. Photograph courtesy True Blue Boutique Resort

Beer essentials: what’s brewing at Grenada’s West Indies Beer Company

As the international craft beer trend spreads to the Caribbean, the popular ales made by Grenada’s fledgling West Indies Beer Company are brewing up a quiet storm. David Katz finds out more

Engage

Photograph by Arun Madisetti/Images Dominica

Close encounter: whale-watching in Dominica

Only a handful of divers are lucky enough to see eye to eye with Dominica’s amazing whales

Illustration by Rohan Mitchell

On the home front: World War I and the Caribbean

A century after the outbreak of World War One, James Ferguson looks back at the global conflict’s impact on the Caribbean’s political and social landscape

Sharks and other large predatory fish are vital to the marine ecosystem. Photograph by frantisekhojdysz/shutterstock.com

Save our sharks

Bake and shark is an essential Trinidadian delicacy, but the appetites of seafood lovers take a heavy toll on marine ecosystems. Nazma Muller investigates. Plus a handy guide to sustainable Caribbean seafood

A-dZiko Simba Gegele, winner of the 2014 Burt Award. Photograph by Marlon James

Ready, set, read

In the quest to encourage reading habits in the Caribbean, books aimed at young adults have been in short supply. As Erline Andrews finds out, the new Burt Award for Caribbean Literature aims to change that

Immerse

Loretta Collins Klobah. Photograph courtesy Bocas Lit Fest/Savant Media

What he brought for me

A poem by Puerto Rican writer Loretta Collins Klobah, inspired by Notting Hill Carnival

Artist La Vaughn Belle. Photograph QStudio LLC. www.qstudiovi.com

La Vaughn Belle: big art from a small place

For artist La Vaughn Belle, coming from a “small place” — St Croix — doesn’t restrict her imagination or her ambitions. David Knight, Jr, investigates the social impact of Belle’s questioning artistic practice

Lord Superior. Photograph by Richard Mark Rawlins, Courtesy Geoffrey Dunn

Diamonds are forever

Sixty years ago, as a young calypsonian named Andrew Marcano made his tent debut, no one could know he would become calypso’s living conscience. Geoffrey Dunn recounts the life and times of the inimitable Lord Superior

“Surfing is for  everyone,” says Icah Wilmot. Photography by Marlon James

Icah Wilmot: star of the surf

For Icah Wilmot, Jamaica’s only pro surfer, his championship career is both a family enterprise and a vehicle for moving his sport ahead. Michael Robinson visits Jamaica’s first family of surfing at their Jamnesia headquarters in Bull Bay

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