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.

Beautifully maintained classic cars, a common sight on the streets of Havana. Photo by ToskanaINC/Shutterstock.com

The Cuba strategy

Cuba is already the Caribbean’s second biggest tourism destination, by visitor numbers. As the US government relaxes its decades-old restrictions on travel to Cuba, what happens to tourism in the rest of the region? How are other islands preparing? Erline Andrews finds out.

Upbeat (May/June 2001)

Upbeat (May/June 2001)

New music from the Caribbean.

Caribbean genocide

Caribbean genocide

James Ferguson on A Short Account of the Destruction of the Indies by Bartolomé de Las Casas.

Illustration by Marlon Griffith

Missing Ravi Coltrane

Simon Lee comes to terms with New York.

Actor/musician Ron Reid in Banyan's first television series Callaloo; 1975. Photograph by Bruce Paddington

Caribbean Eye

Georgia Popplewell on the priceless archives of independent TV production house Bayan.

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.

Carlos Lechuga. Photograph courtesy IFF Panamá

Rebel with a camera: Carlos Lechuga

Carlos Lechuga’s debut film Melaza portrays everyday life in Cuba with no trace of sentimentality, and a candour that contradicts both state propaganda and tourist fantasy. As Jonathan Ali explains, it’s also established the young filmmaker at the forefront of a new wave of Cuban cinema talent.

Gros Piton from the summit of Petit Piton. Photograph by Chris Huxley

Peak conditions: taking on the Caribbean’s mountain ranges

The Caribbean is a region of hills and mountains, not just beaches and bays. Maria Sebastian tackles the double challenge of St Lucia’s Pitons, and Janelle Chanona braves the rigours of Belize’s Victoria Peak. Plus vertical adventures in Cuba, Guyana, Dominica, and Trinidad.

Illustration by Rohan Mitchell

Cuba: Revolution time

Sixty years ago, Fidel Castro’s attack on the Moncada Barracks was a failure — but it set the stage for the Cuban Revolution not long after..