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Antigua for adventure

Think of Antigua, and you probably imagine lazy days on the beach, sipping sweet rum cocktails. But thrill-seekers needn’t fear getting bored — Antigua can offer more than a few ways to fill your days with adventure.

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Ponce, Puerto Rico

The Pearl of the South, the City of Lions — Puerto Rico’s second city is an open-air museum, an architectural treasure, and home of the island’s best ice cream.

Quiet Soufrière occupies a gentle valley near the towering Pitons. Photo by Alan Copson/Photographer’s Choice RF/Getty Images

Between the Pitons in St Lucia

The resorts and nightlife of St Lucia’s north may be the biggest draw for most tourists. But the island’s more rugged south, and the spectacular peaks of the twin Pitons, attract a different kind of visitor. Philip Sander explains.

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Layover: Port of Spain, Trinidad

A free day to explore T&T’s capital? A few hours in between business meetings? Our quick guide to getting the most out of Port of Spain when time is tight.

La Soufrière caldera, St Vincent. Photo by Jonathan Palmer/Mustique Airways

Caribbean volcanoes: fire down below

Shaped by subterranean forces, the islands of the Lesser Antilles are an arc of volcanoes — some extinct, some dormant, some still active. And among their dramatic forested peaks, crater lakes, and hot springs, amateur vulcanologists (and ordinary tourists) can find ample evidence of our planet’s restless energy.

It may look like the heart of the Amazon rainforest, but this stretch of wilderness is on the outskirts of Suriname’s capital, Paramaribo. Photo by Ariadne Van Zandbergen

Suriname: one country, four continents

Imagine a country with a palm-fringed Atlantic coast and an interior of Amazon rainforest, where the cultures of West Africa, India, Java, and Europe meet and mingle, where it seems you can experience four continents in as many days. Come to Suriname and see the whole world.

Looking down from the foothills of the Blue Mountains, past New Kingston to the city’s downtown and harbour. Photo by Matthew Henry

Kingston beat

For many visitors to Jamaica, the capital Kingston, at the foot of the Blue Mountains, is just the gateway to the country’s beach resorts. But, as Tanya Batson-Savage explains, Kingston’s bustling cosmopolitan scene and dynamic cultural offerings make it an essential destination. Here’s her list of must-sees and must-dos, from art to music to cuisine.

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Virgin Gorda — “I could easily get used to this”

Restless traveller Ishwar Persad is in love with Virgin Gorda — here’s why.

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Charlotteville, Tobago

At Tobago’s north-eastern tip, Charlotteville remains a rustic retreat, almost the epicentre of the island’s natural beauty.

The Castillo de San Pedro de la Roca once protected the city of Santiago de Cuba from sea invasion. Photo by Shutterstock.com/Corlaffra

Cuba — the enigma of an island

On her first visit to Cuba, Sharon Millar finds both the unexpected — an Egyptian mummy? — and a reassuringly familiar Caribbean vibe.