| The Caribbean region is known worldwide for its near-perfect sailing conditions--the water is always warm and there are plenty of beautiful islands to visit. Many people travel via yacht each year to the Caribbean to take part in annual races or simply enjoy the winter sailing season.
Caribbean waters are steeped in legend: This area is the famed Spanish Main, and has been home to more than its fair share of pirates. From Sir Francis Drake and Sir Walter Raleigh to John Paul Jones and Henry Morgan, there are many treasure-seeking seafarers who long ago cut a swath through the island waters.
|The modern Caribbean has a unique cultural identity shaped by the influential traditions of European settlers, African slaves, and native Indian tribesmen such as the peaceful Arawaks and warrior Caribs. This rich and varied history is set against a backdrop of dazzling beaches, mountains, rainforests, and bustling city streets.
The distinctive culture and customs of the Caribbean nations have lovingly been preserved by native voices--artists, farmers, and merchants who are the oral historians preserving the cultural traditions of this incomparable region.