Jardines de la Reina, Cuba. Photo by Jannik D. Pedersen

Secret islands: the “undiscovered” Caribbean

There are seven thousand islands in the Caribbean, and though none of them is truly “undiscovered,” some come pretty close.

Seed pods of the castor plant. Photograph by Nuttapong Wongcheronkit/Shutterstock.com

Castor oil, please

Nasty-tasting castor oil was once the bane of Caribbean childhoods. But now an innovative line of beauty products from Haiti is putting castor beans to a different use — and helping make Haiti’s hills green again, Nazma Muller reports.

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Word of mouth (November/December 2015)

The fourth Ghetto Biennale opens in Haiti, Trinidad Carnival prep moves into high gear, and a family tradition puts wanderlust into Christmas.

Photograph © Ronan Liétar  www.imazone.net

Cayenne, French Guiana

Perched on the edge of South America, redolent with history, this outpost of French culture has a uniquely jaunty charm.

Photograph by Leah Gordon

Eugene Andre: “You have to gather all the broken pieces”

Eugene Andre, Haitian sculptor and founder of Atis Rezistans, on how art has changed his life and community — as told to Marielle Barrow.

The landmark Iron Market in Port-au-Prince. © Tropicalpixsingapore/iStock

Word of mouth (July/August 2015)

Haiti hosts the Caribbean’s biggest arts festival, and a London exhibition celebrates the legacy of John La Rose.

Illustration by Rohan Mitchell

Faustin Wirkus: for king and country?

How did a young man from Pennsylvania become “king” of Haiti’s La Gonave? The unlikely story, says James Ferguson, started a century ago.

Illustration by Wendy Nanan

Cricket 101: What on earth are they talking about?

Can you tell a fine leg from a silly mid-off? Maybe BC Pires can help. Or maybe not.

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.

Upbeat (May/June 2001)

Upbeat (May/June 2001)

New music from the Caribbean.