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Windwardside, Saba

From its vantage high on the slopes of Saba, the village of Windwardside boasts amazing views, and unbeatable picturesque charm.

In a wayang performance, the dalang sits behind a white screen, hidden from the audience, who see only the shadow silhouettes of the backlit puppets. Photography by Charles Chang

Sapto Sopawiro: man of shadows

The ancient shadow-puppet theatre of Java, known as wayang, was brought to Suriname in the nineteenth century — and survives thanks to the efforts of dalang Sapto Sopawiro. Chandra van Binnendijk meets the master.

Market day

Market day

Across the Caribbean, the freshest produce, best bargains, and often the friendliest advice can still be found at traditional markets. Here are six worth exploring, ranging from Dominica to Curaçao to French Guiana.

Photograph by Gedwardsphotography.com

Caribbean Datebook (September/October 2014)

Events around the Caribbean (and further afield) in September and October — from music festivals to sports tournaments.

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.

Castillo San Felipe del Morro. Photograph by  Colin D. Young/Shutterstock.com

Back and fort

The Caribbean’s history of wars and colonisation has left an extraordinary legacy of military architecture, some of it nearly five centuries old. Recognised today as historic sites, these forts and naval bases are a reminder of the often bloody past that shaped our present.

Photograph by Bill Mortley

Caribbean Datebook (May/June 2014)

Your guide to Caribbean events in May and June — from Vincy Mas to a comic book convention in Puerto Rico.

Photograph by Isabelle Kuehn/Shutterstock.com

Keys to the coral kingdom: protecting Caribbean reefs

The Caribbean’s coral reefs are ecological treaures and economic assets — but they’re also in danger. Nazma Muller learns about a project in Bonaire aimed at restoring these underwater wonders.

Photograph by Ingrid Moesan

Big Bang: Owru Yari (Old Year) celebrations in Suriname

End the year with a bang at Paramaribo’s Owru Yari celebrations.

The cannons of Fort Oranje once saluted the ships arriving in Statia’s port. Photograph by Wyatt Gallery

The stones of Statia

St Eustatius has more historic ruins per square mile than any other Caribbean island. Walter Hellebrand remembers how it went from boom town to bust.

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