What does the jamaican saying ‘bumboclat’ or ‘bloodclot’ mean?

Blood clot means something completely different in Jamaican English, as opposed to American English. To understand what this phrase means, we must first break down the literal translation of what this phrase means: blood clots are caused when your blood thickens and forms a lump or clump, which can cause serious health issues if you … Read more

Port Royal: the city that sank

Port Royal

Port Royal, in south-eastern Jamaica, is today a sleepy fishing village not far from the capital Kingston. It’s hard to believe that just a few centuries ago it was dubbed the “wickedest city on earth”. A wild and hedonistic place To find out why, let’s go right back to the late 15th century, when the … Read more

The St Kitts Scenic Railway

One of the most popular visitor attractions on the island of St Kitts is its scenic railway. This unusual narrow gauge train, dubbed “the last railway in the West Indies” ambles along, passing through some of the island’s beautiful countryside. The rise of the St Kitts’ sugar industry Sugar cane was introduced in St Kitts … Read more

The story of AIR Montserrat, the island’s legendary recording studios

AIR Montserrat

The forces of nature that shape our planet are extraordinary. Nowhere in the Caribbean is this truer than the events which impacted AIR Montserrat. This iconic recording studio, now a ruin, is located on the island of Montserrat close to Antigua. George Martin, a record producer nicknamed the Fifth Beatle, already owned a successful recording … Read more

The History of Cuba: Communism, Castro, and the Cuban Revolution

cuba mural

The Cuba we know today is a sun-soaked, Spanish-speaking, salsa-dancing independent Caribbean country with colourful streets, classic cars, and a fervent Latino heartbeat. But whilst it’s all sunshine and rainbows on the outside, dig a little deeper and you will discover Cuba has endured one of the darkest and most turbulent political economies in the … Read more

How to Explore the Heritage & History of the Dominican Republic

Cathedral in Santo Domingo

The Dominican Republic earns fame for its white-sand beaches, turquoise waters, and adventurous activities. But when visiting the Dominican Republic, you shouldn’t skip its most historic destinations. The Caribbean nation holds the first European settlements of the New World and has tons of iconic landmarks across its beautiful cities.  From medieval forts to colonial architecture, the … Read more

Fascinating facts about the Dutch Caribbean

Punda boardwalk in Curacao's capital of Willemstad

The islands that make up the Dutch Caribbean are all popular tourist destinations. The southerly trio of Aruba, Bonaire and Curaçao have the advantage of lying off the hurricane belt, and are blessed with dry sunny weather year-round. Further north, the islands of Sint Maarten, Saba and Sint Eustatius form part of the Leeward Islands. … Read more

The huge impact of COVID-19 on the Caribbean way of life

People of the Caribbean are known for their resilience. After all, few other populations have faced a constant risk of life threatening hurricanes the way people of this region have. Yet, COVID-19 has brought threats to the islands unlike any before and these may be impossible to overcome in the short and medium term. Whereas … Read more

The Dominican Republic’s contribution to the history books

Historical church in Santo Domingo

The Dominican Republic is where you’ll find the Caribbean’s highest peak, Pico Duarte, measuring 3175 metres. Mile upon mile of white sand lines its coastline, a fact that hasn’t gone unnoticed by the holidaymakers who fly there to flop beneath its shady palms.  Windsurfers and whale watchers won’t come away disappointed. But there’s far more … Read more