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.

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

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

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Marcel Pinas: the art of presence

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

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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.

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Phagwah: Rites of spring

Photographer Evan Chung captures the colours of Phagwah, the Hindu spring festival, as celebrated by Caribbean immigrants in Queens .

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Paramaribo’s oasis of peace

Jonathan Ali on the European Jews who found refuge in Suriname four centuries ago.

Nyan Switi in Suriname

Nyan Switi in Suriname

In the melting-pot of Paramaribo, you’ll find the flavours of the world. Jonathan Ali sampled almost all of them.

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Island Beat (January/February 1998)

Chronicling life round the islands. .

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Island Beat (Autumn 1994)

The adventures of Brian Lara, Caribbean bobsledders at the Olympics, a new suspense movie, new ways to explore Barbados, a new horse-racing track....

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