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Santiago de Cuba | Neighbourhood

Cuba’s onetime capital, sheltered by the Sierra Maestra, is a living history museum and a cultural epicentre, especially during the July Carnival.

Jamaican Marlon Samuels joins the St Lucia Stars for CPL 2017. Photo by Mark Nolan IDI/IDI via Getty Images

Don’t stop the cricket: Caribbean Premier League T20 2017 | The Game

As the 2017 Caribbean Premier League T20 cricket tournament opens, Garry Steckles reports on some interesting moves by star players.

Shades of Life

Playlist (July/August 2017) | Music Reviews

This month’s listening picks.

Sharing Stella

Screenshots (July/August 2017) | Film Reviews

This month’s film-watching picks.

Often dismissed as a weed, purslane is rich in vitamin E. Photo by Wasanajai/Shutterstock.com

The truth about superfoods — Caribbean ones | Cookup

Nutritionists dismiss the ”superfood” trend, promoting obscure ingredients as dietary wonders. Nonetheless, there are Caribbean plants packed with nutrients which ought to be better known. Franka Philip learns about a few of them.

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.

Fields of spiky Aloe vera in Hato, Aruba. Photo by Jimmyvillalta/iStock.com

Aloe vera: the thorny balm

The spiky Aloe vera plant is a favourite of Caribbean gardens, its bitter gel used as a moisturiser, stomach remedy, and ingredient in healthy tonics. You might imagine you could build a whole industry around this handy plant — and Aruba has done just that. Shelly-Ann Inniss visits the island’s biggest aloe farm, and learns how this wonder of the kitchen and medicine cabinet is an economic wonder, too.

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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.

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Gros Islet, St Lucia | Neighbourhood

No longer a sleepy fishing village, this community near St Lucia’s northern tip has become the island’s tourism centre, thanks to its proximity to Rodney Bay.