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Top Ten US Virgin Islands Attractions

Top Ten US Virgin Islands Attractions

       The US Virgin Islands  are a group of islands in the Caribbean that are an insular area of the US. The islands are geographically part of the Virgin Islands archipelago and are located in the Leeward Islands of the Lesser Antilles. The US Virgin Islands consist of the main islands of Saint Croix, Saint John and Saint Thomas, along with the much smaller but historically distinct Water Island, and many other surrounding minor islands. The total land area of the territory is 133.73 square mi miles (346.4 square km). The population was 108,612 (2006), mostly composed by those of Afro-Caribbean descent. Tourism is the primary economic activity, although there is a significant manufacturing sector. Formerly the Danish West Indies, they were sold to the US by Denmark in the Treaty of the Danish West Indies of 1916. They are classified by the UN as a Non-Self-Governing Territory, and are currently an organized, unincorporated US territory. The US Virgin Islands are organized under the Revised Organic Act of 1954, and have since held five constitutional conventions. The last and only proposed Constitution adopted by the Fifth Constitutional Convention in 2009 was rejected by the US Congress in 2010, which urged the convention to reconvene to address the concerns Congress has had with the proposed document.

  1. Saint Thomas

    Saint Thomas is an island in the Caribbean Sea and with the islands of Saint John, Saint Croix and Water Island a county and constituent district of the US Virgin Islands. Located on the island is the territorial capital and port of Charlotte Amalie. As of the 2010 census, the population of Saint Thomas was 51,634 about 48.5% of the US Virgin Islands total. The district has a land area of 31.24 square mi (80.9 square km).
    Links: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Saint_Thomas,_U.S._Virgin_Islands,
  2. Saint Croix

    Saint Croix is an island in the Caribbean Sea, and a county and constituent district of the US Virgin Islands. Formerly the Danish West Indies, they were sold to the US by Denmark in the Treaty of the Danish West Indies of 1916, in exchange for a sum of US $25,000,000 in gold. St. Croix is the largest of the US Virgin Islands, being 28 by 7 miles (45 by 11 km).
    Links: Top 100 Maps, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Saint_Croix,_U.S._Virgin_Islands,
  3. Links: Top Ten Islands, Top Ten North American Islands, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/U.S._Virgin_Islands,

Top Ten Turks and Caicos Islands Attractions

Top Ten Turks and Caicos Islands Attractions

       The Turks and Caicos Islands are a British Overseas Territory consisting of two groups of tropical islands in the Caribbean, the larger Caicos Islands and the smaller Turks Islands, known for tourism and as an offshore financial center. The Turks and Caicos Islands lie southeast of Mayaguana in the Bahamas island chain and north of the island of Hispaniola. Cockburn Town, the capital since 1766, is situated on Grand Turk Island about 1,042 km (647 mi) east-southeast of Miami in the US. The islands have a total land area of 430 square km (170 square mi). The islands are geographically contiguous to the Bahamas, but are politically a separate entity. The total population is about 45,000, of whom approximately 22,500 live on Providenciales in the Caicos Islands. In August 2009, the UK suspended the Turks and Caicos’ self-government after allegations of ministerial corruption. The prerogative of the ministerial government and the House of Assembly are vested in the islands’ incumbent governor, Ric Todd, for a period of up to two years.

  1. Cockburn Town

    Cockburn Town is the capital city of the Turks and Caicos Islands.
    Links: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cockburn_Town,
  2. Grand Turk Beach

    Description:
    Links: Top 100 Beaches,
  3. Links: Islands, Top Ten North American Islands, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Turks_and_Caicos_Islands,

Top Ten Trinidad and Tobago Attractions

Top Ten Trinidad and Tobago Attractions

       Trinidad and Tobago is an archipelagic state in the southern Caribbean, lying just off the coast of northeastern Venezuela and south of Grenada in the Lesser Antilles. It shares maritime boundaries with other nations including Barbados to the northeast, Guyana to the southeast, and Venezuela to the south and west. The country covers an area 5,128 square km (1,980 square mi) and consists of two main islands, Trinidad and Tobago, and numerous smaller landforms. Trinidad is the larger and more populous of the main islands, comprising about 94% of the total area and 96% of the total population of the country. The nation lies outside the hurricane belt. The island of Trinidad was a Spanish colony from the arrival of Christopher Columbus in 1498 to the capitulation of the Spanish Governor, Don José Maria Chacón, on the arrival of a British fleet of 18 warships on February 18, 1797. During the same period, the island of Tobago changed hands between Spanish, British, French, Dutch and Courlander colonizers. Trinidad and Tobago was ceded to Britain in 1802 under the Treaty of Amiens. The country obtained independence in 1962, becoming a republic in 1976. Unlike most of the English-speaking Caribbean, Trinidad and Tobago’s economy is primarily industrial, with an emphasis on petroleum and petrochemicals. Trinidad and Tobago is known for its Carnival and is the birthplace of steelpan, calypso, soca, Carnival, chutney and limbo.

  1. Port of Spain

    Port of Spain, also written as Port-of-Spain, is the capital of the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago and the country’s 3rd largest municipality, after San Fernando and Chaguanas. The city has a municipal population of 49,031 (2000), a metropolitan population of 128,026 (1990) and a transient daily population of 250,000. It is located on the Gulf of Paria, on the northwest coast of the island of Trinidad and is part of a larger conurbation stretching from Chaguaramas in the west to Arima in the east with an estimated population of 600,000. Port of Spain is Trinidad and Tobago’s most developed city. The city serves primarily as a retail and administrative center and it has been the capital of the island since 1757. It is also an important financial services center for the Caribbean and is home to two of the largest banks in the region. The city is also home to the largest container port on the island and is one of several shipping hubs of the Caribbean, exporting both agricultural products and manufactured goods. Bauxite from the Guianas and iron ore from Venezuela are trans-shipped via facilities at Chaguaramas, about five miles (8 km) west of the city. The pre-lenten Carnival is the city’s main annual cultural festival and tourist attraction. Today, Port of Spain is emerging as a leading city in the Caribbean region.
    Links: Top Ten Ports, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Port_of_Spain,
  2. Parlatuvier Bay, Tobago

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    Links: Top Ten Bays, Top Ten North American Bays,
  3. Pigeon Point, Tobago

    Pigeon Point is a Heritage Park (PPHP), which is often considered Tobago’s most beautiful beach and is home to the famous thatch-roofed jetty that has become an internationally recognized signature of Tobago. The resort includes a long stretch of white sand beach with warm aquamarine waters. There are excellent beach facilities such as bathrooms, showers and beach-chair rentals as well as bars and a restaurant. Tourist amenities include souvenir and water-sports shops. Unfortunately, the peninsula has been the subject of major controversy over recent years after the property was bought by Dr. Anthony Sabga, founder and chairman of the Trinidad-based Ansa McAl conglomerate. In early 2005 the government promised to purchase the property; by compulsory purchase order if necessary. A deal was struck and the peninsula became the property of the Tobago House of Assembly (THA) in late 2005 at a cost of $106 million TT dollars. The controversy that surrounded PPHP was the establishment of an entry fee for usage of the facility. This remains even after the considerable expense to purchase the property and return it to Government control. The entry fee to PPHP is set at TT$18 (US$3/£2) per person (children aged 6–12 half-price and children under 6 free).
    Links: Top 100 Beaches, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pigeon_Point,_Tobago,
  4. Mayaro Beach

    Mayaro is a town in Mayaro County on the island of Trinidad in Trinidad and Tobago. The Rio Claro-Mayaro Regional Corporation is headquartered in Mayaro.
    Links: Top 100 Beaches, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mayaro,_Trinidad,
  5. Marabella

    Marabella is a former town in southern Trinidad, between San Fernando (to the south) and Pointe-à-Pierre (to the north). Originally a separate town, it was incorporated into the City of San Fernando in the 1990’s. Marabella is home to the Manny Ramjohn Stadium, one of the four major stadia in Trinidad and Tobago. Nicknamed “The City That Never Sleeps,” the city is always active as its nightlife of food vending and bars goes almost 24/7. Marabella provides a melting pot for the wide ethnic groups to “lime” and “ole talk.” Marabella’s location near the Solomon Hochoy highway and Southern Main Road makes accessibility to all parts of Trinidad easy. This accessibility cuts down commuting time and thus many people choose to live in the area. Marabella is home to several hot spots such as Amin Roti shop, Belair store, the Southern Marines Pan-Yard, Morris Chang Grocery, Trinpad, Riverside Road, Hobosco Theater (Now Pegasus Members Club), Glasses Rum Shop and the green house in marabella since the St. Romain family have been painting it green since the 1980’s. The most popular place is The Classic Seamen Hotel (formerly Villa Capri Hotel). Marabella, like many other areas in Trinidad, has a large population living below the poverty line in areas such as Bay Road and The Line. Marabella is also known for its highly skilled street footballers.
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  6. Tunapuna

    Tunapuna is a town in the East-West Corridor of Trinidad and Tobago. For over 100 years, Tunapuna has been a Carnival venue. Each year this regional carnival, which is a showcase for traditional and conventional mas, steel band and stick fighting, is organized by the Tunapuna Carnival Committee.
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  7. Links: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Trinidad_and_Tobago,

Top Ten Sint Maarten Attractions

Top Ten Sint Maarten Attractions

  

       Sint Maarten is a constituent country of the Kingdom of the Netherlands. It encompasses the southern half of the Caribbean island of Saint Martin, while the northern half of the island constitutes the French overseas collectivity of Saint-Martin. Its capital is Philipsburg. Before October 10, 2010, Sint Maarten was known as the Island Territory of Sint Maarten, and was one of five island territories (Eilandgebieden) that constituted the Netherlands Antilles.

  1. Philipsburg

    Philipsburg is the main town and capital of the country of Sint Maarten, on a narrow stretch of land between Great Bay and the Great Salt Pond. It functions as the commercial center of Saint Martin island, whereof Sint Maarten encompasses the southern half. As of 2006, it has 1,338 inhabitants. It was discovered by Christopher Columbus on November 11, 1493 but there was already an Arawak settlement there before he made the discovery. Philipsburg was founded in 1763 by John Philips, a Scottish captain in the Dutch navy, and soon became a bustling centre of international trade. Two historic forts bear witness to Philipsburg’s strategic importance in St. Maarten’s history: Fort Amsterdam and Fort Willem. The main shopping district, Front Street, is in the heart of the city. Philipsburg has a port that is home to many cruise liners, ships like Celebrity Solstice, Crown Princess, Disney Magic and Oasis of the Seas.
    Links: Top Ten Cruises, Top Ten Cruiseliners, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Philipsburg,_Sint_Maarten,
  2. Links: Islands, Top Ten North American Islands, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sint_Maarten,

Top Ten Saint Vincent and the Grenadines Attractions

Top Ten Saint Vincent and the Grenadines Attractions

       Saint Vincent and the Grenadines is an island country in the Lesser Antilles chain, namely in the southern portion of the Windward Islands, which lie at the southern end of the eastern border of the Caribbean Sea where the latter meets the Atlantic Ocean. Its 389 square km (150 square mi) territory consists of the main island of Saint Vincent and the northern two-thirds of the Grenadines, which are a chain of smaller islands stretching south from Saint Vincent Island to Grenada. To the north of Saint Vincent lies Saint Lucia, to the east Barbados. Saint Vincent and the Grenadines is densely populated (over 300 inhabitants/square km) with its 120,000 people. Its capital is Kingstown, also its main port. The country has a French and British colonial history.

  1. Mustique

    Mustique is a small private island in the West Indies. The island is one of a group of islands called the Grenadines, most of which form part of the country of St. Vincent and the Grenadines. The island covers 1,400 acres (5.7 km² or 2.2 square mi) and it has several coral reefs. The land fauna includes tortoises, herons and many other species. Its year-round population of about 500 mostly live in the villages of Lovell, Britannia Bay and Dover. The island of Mustique is owned by the Mustique Company, which in turn is owned by the island’s home owners. The island has approximately 100 private villas, many of which are rented out through the Mustique Company. In addition there is one hotel called the Cotton House, owned by the Mustique Company, and one privately-owned four bedroom hotel called Firefly, which is owned by Stan and Liz Clayton. The island is located in the Grenadines Parish administrative area of St. Vincent and the Grenadines.
    Links: Top Ten Islands, Top Ten North American Islands, Top 100 Beaches,
  2. Kingstown

    Kingstown is the chief port of Saint Vincent, and the capital of Saint Vincent and the Grenadines. With a population of 25,418 (2005) Kingstown is the largest town in Saint Vincent and the Grenadines and is the center for the island’s agricultural industry and a port of entry for tourists. The city lies within the parish of Saint George in the south-west corner of Saint Vincent. Exports include bananas which are shipped mainly to the UK, coconuts and arrowroot. The city contains numerous shops, eating places and markets. It is built partially on reclaimed land and is the location of many important buildings including the Financial Complex which was built in 1991 and accommodates the Office of the Prime Minister and Deputy Prime Minister as well as those of other departments of government, a Court Office of the Eastern Caribbean Supreme Court and almost all of the Government Ministries
    Links: Top Ten Cathedrals, Churches, Top Ten North America Churches, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kingstown,
  3. Bequia

    Bequia is the largest island in the Grenadines. It is part of the country of Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, and is approximately 15 km from the nation’s capital, Kingstown.
    Links: Top 100 Maps, Top Ten Whales, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bequia,
  4. Links: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Saint_Vincent_and_the_Grenadines,

Top Ten Saint Pierre and Miquelon Attractions

Top Ten Saint Pierre and Miquelon Attractions

 

       Saint Pierre and Miquelon is a self-governing territorial overseas collectivity of France, situated in the northwestern Atlantic Ocean near Canada. It is the only remnant of the former North American colonial empire of New France that remains under French control. The islands are situated at the entrance of Fortune Bay, which extends into the southern coast of Newfoundland, near the Grand Banks. They are 6,470 km from Brest, the nearest point in Metropolitan France, but just 20 km off the Burin Peninsula of Newfoundland.

  1. Saint-Pierre

    Saint-Pierre is the capital of the French overseas collectivity of Saint Pierre and Miquelon, off the coast of Newfoundland in Canada. Saint-Pierre is the more populated of the two communes (municipalities) making up Saint Pierre and Miquelon.
    Links: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Saint-Pierre,_Saint_Pierre_and_Miquelon,
  2. Miquelon

    Miquelon-Langlade is the less populated of the two communes (municipalities) making up the French overseas collectivity of Saint Pierre and Miquelon, in North America. They are located to the south of Newfoundland in the Atlantic Ocean. The communal seat is the settlement of Miquelon in the north of Miquelon Island.
    Links: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Miquelon-Langlade,
  3. Links: Top Ten French Attractions, Islands, Top Ten North American Islands, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Saint_Pierre_and_Miquelon,

Top Ten Saint Martin Attractions

Top Ten Saint Martin Attractions

        Saint Martin is an island in the northeast Caribbean, approximately 300 km (190 mi) east of Puerto Rico. The 87 square km island is divided roughly 60/40 between France (53 square km) and the Kingdom of the Netherlands (34 square km); however, the Dutch side has the larger population. It is one of the smallest sea islands divided between two nations, a division dating to 1648. The southern Dutch part comprises Sint Maarten and is one of four constituent countries that form the Kingdom of the Netherlands. The northern French part comprises the Collectivité de Saint-Martin (Collectivity of St. Martin) and is an overseas collectivity of France. On January 1, 2007 the population of the entire island was 74,852 inhabitants, with 38,927 living on the Dutch side, and 35,925 on the French side. Collectively, the two territories are known as “St-Martin / St Maarten.” Sometimes SXM, the IATA identifier for Princess Juliana International Airport (the island’s main airport), is used to refer to the island.

  1. Marigot

    Marigot is the main town and capital on the French side of the Caribbean island of Saint Martin.
    Links: Top Ten French Attractions, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Marigot,_Saint_Martin,
  2. Simpson Bay

    Philipsburg is the main town and capital of the country of Sint Maarten, on a narrow stretch of land between Great Bay and the Great Salt Pond. It functions as the commercial center of Saint Martin Island, whereof Sint Maarten encompasses the southern half. As of 2006, it has 1,338 inhabitants. It was discovered by Christopher Columbus on November 11, 1493 but there was already an Arawak settlement there before he made the discovery. Philipsburg was founded in 1763 by John Philips, a Scottish captain in the Dutch navy, and soon became a bustling center of international trade. Two historic forts bear witness to Philipsburg’s strategic importance in St. Maarten’s history: Fort Amsterdam and Fort Willem. The main shopping district, Front Street, is in the heart of the city. Philipsburg has a port that is home to many cruise liners, ships like Celebrity Solstice, Crown Princess, Disney Magic and Oasis of the Seas.
    Links: Top Ten Dutch Attractions, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Philipsburg,_Netherlands_Antilles,
  3. Links: Top Ten Islands, Top Ten North American Islands, Top Ten Caribbean Islands, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Saint_Martin,

Top Ten Saint Lucia Attractions

Top Ten Saint Lucia Attractions

       Saint Luciais an island country in the eastern Caribbean Sea on the boundary with the Atlantic Ocean. Part of the Lesser Antilles, it is located north/northeast of the island of Saint Vincent, northwest of Barbados and south of Martinique. It covers a land area of 620 square km (238 square mi) and has an estimated population of 173,765 (2009). Its capital is Castries. The island nation has been the home of two Nobel laureates, Arthur Lewis and Derek Walcott. It is the nation with the 2nd most such honorees per capita after the Faroe Islands. One of the Windward Islands, it was named after Saint Lucy of Syracuse by the French, the first European colonizers. They signed a treaty with the native Carib peoples in 1660. England took control of the island from 1663 to 1667; in ensuing years, it was at war with France 14 times and rule of the island changed frequently (7 times French and British each). In 1814, the British took definitive control of the island. Because it switched so often between British and French control, Saint Lucia was also known as the “Helen of the West Indies.” Saint Lucia has a legal system based on British common law. The judiciary is independent and conducts generally fair public trials. The financial sector has weathered the global financial crisis, but the recession has hurt tourism. Representative government came about in 1924 (with universal suffrage from 1953). From 1958 to 1962 the island was a member of the Federation of the West Indies. Finally, on February 22, 1979,Saint Lucia became an independent state of the Commonwealth of Nations.

  1. Soufrière

    Soufrière is a town on the West Coast of Saint Lucia. The town and the surrounding district have a population of 7,935. Originally founded by the French it was the original capital of the island. There were large estates run by plantation owners of French origin and their descendants still live in the area. The French Revolution of 1789 resulted in many Royalists being executed and the slaves freed. However, Napoleon reintroduced slavery when he came to power. The British invaded St. Lucia shortly after, but the slaves and French deserters fought them in a guerrilla campaign until 1803 when they were defeated and St. Lucia became a British colony. Also, during that time, Castries became the capital of St. Lucia. Soufrière has some famous inhabitants, the future Empress of France Joséphine de Beauharnais spent much of her childhood in the area, as well as George Charles, the first Premier of St Lucia. When Queen Elizabeth II visited St Lucia in 1966, she landed at Soufrière rather than Castries. Today, Soufrière is more dependent on tourism rather than agriculture. The Pitons are just south of the town and there are several attractions in the area. Many of the old estates are still there such as Soufrière Estate, Fond Doux Estate and Rabot Estate.
    Links: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Soufri%C3%A8re,_Saint_Lucia,
  2. Castries

    Castries is the capital city of Saint Lucia, a country in the Caribbean. The district with the same name had a population of 61,341 (2001), and stretches over an area of 30.5 square miles (79 square km). Castries is located in a flood gut and is actually built on reclaimed land. It houses the seat of government and the head offices of many of the businesses both foreign and local. The city’s design is in a grid pattern similar to a metropolitan city like New York but on a much smaller scale. It has a sheltered harbor which receives cargo vessels and ferry boats as well as cruise ships. It contains duty free shopping facilities such as Point Seraphine and La Place Carinage; many restaurants which offer varied menus from local to Chinese; supermarkets and many other shopping facilities. The city is well serviced by a bus system and taxi service.
    Links: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Castries,
  3. Pitons Management Area

    The Pitons are two volcanic plugs in Saint Lucia. The Gros Piton is 771 m, and the Petit Piton is 743 m high; they are linked by the Piton Mitan ridge.
    Links: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pitons,
  4. Links: Islands, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Saint_Lucia,

Top Ten Saint Kitts and Nevis Attractions

Top Ten Saint Kitts and Nevis Attractions

       The Federation of Saint Kitts and Nevis located in the Leeward Islands, is a federal two-island nation in the West Indies. It is the smallest sovereign state in the Americas, in both area and population. The capital city and headquarters of government for the federated state is Basseterreon the larger island of Saint Kitts. The smaller state of Nevis lies about 2 miles (3 km) southeast of Saint Kitts, across a shallow channel called “The Narrows.” Historically, the British dependency of Anguilla was also a part of this union, which was then known collectively as Saint Christopher-Nevis-Anguilla. Saint Kitts and Nevis are geographically part of the Leeward Islands. To the north-northwest lie the islands of Sint Eustatius, Saba, Saint Barthélemy, Saint-Martin/Sint Maarten and Anguila. To the east and northeast are Antigua and Barbuda, and to the southeast is the small uninhabited island of Redonda, and the island of Montserrat, which currently has an active volcano. Saint Kitts and Nevis were among the first islands in the Caribbean to be settled by Europeans. Saint Kitts was home to the first British and French colonies in the Caribbean.

  1. Brimstone Hill Fortress National Park

    Brimstone Hill Fortress National Park is a UNESCO World Heritage Site on the island of St. Kitts in the Federation of St. Christopher (St. Kitts) and Nevis in the Eastern Caribbean. It was designed by British military engineers and built and maintained by African slaves. It is one of the best preserved historical fortifications in the Americas.
    Links: National Parks, Top Ten North American National Parks,
  2. Links: Top Ten Islands, Top Ten Beaches, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Saint_Kitts_and_Nevis,