Roopnarine Birbal, known to his friends as “Sarge,” cuts sugarcane on lands his family owns. . . . Photo by Andrea De Silva

Heartland album: Andrea de Silva & Alva Viarruel explore the landscape of Indo-Trinidadian culture

For generations, the plains of Caroni in central Trinidad were the agricultual heart of the island. The busy town of Chaguanas and its vendor-lined streets now dominate the area, but across the surrounding countryside still sprawl small farms and villages. Photographer Andrea de Silva and writer Alva Viarruel explore this landscape of Indo-Trinidadian culture.

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Bridgetown, Barbados | Layover

As one of the Caribbean’s most popular tourist destinations, Barbados is also a major hub for international flights to the region. Our guide to exploring the island when time is tight.

Photo by Wilfred Dederer

Port Elizabeth, Bequia | Neighbourhood

The capital of the second-largest of the Grenadine Islands is a haven for yachties — but also for artists and foodies.

Rough dirt roads cross the sparsely 
populated landscape of the Pakaraimas. Photo by Nikhil Ramkarran

Pakaraima bound

The spectacular Pakaraima Mountains, near Guyana’s border with Brazil and Venezuela, are a landscape of dramatic table-top mountains, rolling valleys, and remote villages. It’s not an easy part of the world for outsiders to visit. But the annual Pakaraima Mountain Safari attracts visitors hungry for adventure — like Neil Marks.

The serene bay at the fishing village of Parlatuvier. Photo by PHB.cz (Richard Semik) / shutterstock.com

Tobago therapy

If your Carnival plan involves a quiet getaway from the heat and the action, Tobago might be just the place you’re looking for. Caroline Taylor suggests all the ways Trinidad’s tranquil sister isle can soothe your spirit.

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Layover: St John’s, Antigua

Its location near the northern end of the Leewards makes Antigua an important hub for Caribbean travel. Our guide to exploring the island when time is tight.

Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Photo by T Photography / Shutterstock.com

Carnival planet

The Carnival spirit, celebrated across the Caribbean, isn’t unique to our region. In countries and cities across the world — many of them with a cross-cultural history — the weeks and days before Lent are a season of revelry.

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Roseau, Dominica | Neighbourhood

With its dramatic backdrop of mountains, narrow and picturesque streets, and historic architecture, the capital of the “Nature Isle” has a distinctive French Creole charm.

Photo by Amanda Richards

Layover: Georgetown, Guyana

On a business trip to Guyana’s capital with a few hours to spare? A free day to explore? Our quick guide to getting the most out of Georgetown when time is tight.

B is for The Baths, Virgin Gorda. Blueorange Studio/Shutterstock.com

An alphabet of Caribbean beaches

How many amazing beaches are there in the Caribbean? Far, far too many to list. But here’s a start: a beach for every letter of the alphabet, from Anse La Roche in Carriacou to Zion Hill in Jamaica.