Jazz time on Pigeon Island, St Lucia. Photograph by Chris Huxley

Island Beat (May/June 2001)

Coming events around the islands.

Depositing bottles at Carib Glassworks. Photograph by Mark Wilson

Not just any old trash: recycling in the Caribbean

Not only does recycling have a positive impact on the environment, it can become a profitable business venture. Mark Wilson looks at some Caribbean businesses seeking to do both.

Illustration by Marlon Griffith

Missing Ravi Coltrane

Simon Lee comes to terms with New York.

Courtesy Jan Barwick

Time to thaw out in the sun

Coming events around the islands.

Sandra Foster, Miss Jamaica 1992, won standing ovations for this "princess" gown, a grand extravaganza of hand-painted tulle with pink and gold bodice by Louise Hamlyn Wright

White Weddings with a Caribbean Tan

Caribbean weddings and honeymoons are the way to tie the knot these days. Some dramatic outfits from the recent display at Harrods in London.

Discover the French Caribbean

The Caribbean on the web.

New music from the Caribbean

New music from the Caribbean

A roundup of new tunes in the Caribbean.

The Pitons from Anse Chastenet. Photograph by Sean Drakes/Blue Mango

Bel Sent Lisi: discovering St Lucia

St. Lucia may well be the ultimate island paradise: those glorious Pitons rising out of the sea, the Jazz Festival and Bill Fishing Tournament, beautiful beaches and flora, and now a Heritage Programme that lets you into the "real" St Lucia. Simon Lee is your guide.

Photograph by Mark Lyndersay

Word of mouth (September/October 2014)

Celebrating Divali in Trinidad, St Lucia’s creole heritage, and the legacy of Jamaica’s Miss Lou.

The view from Pigeon Island across the causeway to Becune Point — current home of Nobel laureate Derek Walcott. Photograph ©ARGALIS/ISTOCK.COM

St. Lucia: an island made of words

The natural beauty of St Lucia won the island its old nickname, “Helen of the West Indies” — and has inspired generations of poets and artists, including Derek Walcott, Nobel laureate and St Lucia’s most famous son. Walcott’s poetry lives in the landscape, writes Vladimir Lucien, and vice versa, offering visitors a lyrical portrait of praise.