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.

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.

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 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.

Suriname’s Javanese heritage makes it unique in the Caribbean. Photograph by Hedwig De La Fuente

Paramaribo for pleasure

This August, Suriname’s capital will host Carifesta XI, the Caribbean’s biggest arts festival. Good excuse for a visit, writes Philip Sander.

Filmmaker Juan Francisco Pardo. Photograph by Miquel Galofré

Juan Francisco Pardo: Stories for the eye

Filmmaker Juan Francisco Pardo tackles tough topics in nuanced style. Melanie Archer discovers where his passion for visual storytelling comes from.

Kibi Wi Koni (2009), version created for an exhibition in Amsterdam. Installation, 300 x 800 x 500 cm. Photograph courtesy Marcel Pinas/Readytex Art Gallery

Marcel Pinas: the art of presence

Surinamese artist Marcel Pinas has won an international reputation for his works incorporating elements of traditional Maroon culture .

Gold earrings with semi-precious stone and BECKlettes. Photograph by Anna Gunselman

All that glitters: Curaçaoan designer Rebecca Paz

Curaçaoan designer Rebecca Paz makes jewellery that demands to be worn.