Shivanee Ramlochan. Photo by Marlon James

Shivanee Ramlochan: “The poems must have decided on me” | Own Words

Poet Shivanee Ramlochan on her debut book Everyone Knows I Am a Haunting, and why she’s so powerfully drawn to difficult subjects — as told to Nicholas Laughlin.

Just outside Oistins, Miami Beach shows why the sandy shores of Barbados’s south coast are so popular with bathers: warm turquoise water, gentle waves breaking on white sand, and a skyline of pine trees swaying in the breeze. Photo by Andre Donawa

Clockwise Barbados | Destination

You can explore your way entirely around the island of Barbados in a single day, enjoying extraordinary beaches, historic architecture, and landscapes varying from gently rolling to dramatically rugged — as in our “clockwise” itinerary.

Twisting Rhodes | On this day

Twisting Rhodes | On this day

It’s an irony of history that the legacy of arch-imperialist Cecil Rhodes includes the education of many Caribbean intellectuals — like Jamaican Rex Nettleford, who arrived in Oxford sixty years ago, writes James Ferguson.

In the hills above Ocho Rios, the Blue Hole — also sometimes called Secret Falls — are a turquoise oasis set among a profusion of trees and flowers. Photo by Ivan Kokoulin/Shutterstock.com

Jamaica, land we love | Escape

Jamaica’s beaches are as famous as its reggae and dancehall. But turn from the coast into the lush, hilly interior and you discover why the island’s name means “land of wood and water.” And there’s no better way to experience that wild beauty than to hike up Blue Mountain Peak, as Nazma Muller did.

Photo courtesy Zahra Airall

The Antigua Dance Academy: it starts with the drum | Backstory

As the Antigua Dance Academy celebrates its twenty-fifth anniversary, it can boast of keeping traditional Afro-Caribbean dance and music alive, writes Joanne C. Hillhouse.

Photo courtesy Arif Bulkan

Arif Bulkan: standing up for rights | Inspire

In the field of Caribbean human rights law, few have done more on behalf of the vulnerable than Guyanese Arif Bulkan. Raymond Ramcharitar learns about his work in indigenous and LGBT rights.

Photo by Sarita Rampersad

Word of mouth (July/August 2017)

The charms of “August holidays” by the beach, a new film from Trinidad & Tobago ("The Cutlass") goes international, and Grenada’s Spicemas keeps the spirit of the Jab Jab alive.

Jazz musician Etienne Charles. Photo by Maria Nunes

Etienne Charles: a head for jazz and a creole soul | Closeup

From his jaunty fedora to his bespoke suits, Trinidadian Etienne Charles looks like a jazzman — and he has the musical chops to back it up. A phenomenal talent with the trumpet, he’s also earned a reputation as a composer with a gift for merging traditional Caribbean genres with jazz, Nigel Campbell reports.

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Nassau, The Bahamas | Layover

On a business trip to the capital of the Bahamas with a few hours to spare? Overnighting before you board your cruise ship? You can catch the essential flavour of Nassau even on a brief visit.

The white sand and blue waters of Pinney’s Beach, home of Sunshine’s. Photo by Peter Phipp/Travelshots.com

Llewellyn Caines: “Sunshine” in paradise | Nevis

How did tiny Nevis come to have one of the Caribbean’s most famous beach bars? Garry Steckles meets Llewellyn “Sunshine” Caines and hears the story behind his Pinney’s Beach establishment, its celebrity clientele — and the lethally delicious Killer Bee rum cocktail. Plus: why a new geothermal project could soon make the island one of the world’s greenest destinations, and an exporter of energy to its neighbours.