The Caribbean Sea, part of the Atlantic Ocean, is located in the tropics of the western hemisphere, and is one of the largest salt water seas, with an area of 2,754,000 square kms. Since the opening of the Panama Canal in 1914, it has been a busy and important shipping route. The Caribbean enjoys a tropical climate, with dry warm winters. The rainfall varies from place to place depending upon the warm, moist trade winds. The waters of the Caribbean is home to a variety of fish and turtles, and has one of the most amazing coral reef formations. Following are some of the most unspoiled, exotic Caribbean islands.
The Cayman Islands
The Cayman Islands are located in the waters of the western Caribbean, and belong to British overseas territory. The islands are famous for their calm, turquoise waters, teeming with aquatic life and sun-kissed beaches. The Cayman Islands consist of three islands―Grand Cayman, Cayman Brac, and Little Cayman, and is located just 480 miles south of Miami.
Grenada is a sovereign island nation located in the southeastern Caribbean Sea. Its coastline is dotted with many beautiful beaches, like the Grand Anse Beach in St George's, considered to be one of the world's top 10 beaches. Most of the island's tourism is centered in the southwest areas around St. George's, Grand Anse, Lance Aux Epines, and Point Salines. Grenada consists of six small islands, all known for their exquisiteness.
British Virgin Islands
The British Virgin Islands is a famous dive destination, thanks to its crystal clear blue waters and breathtaking scenery. The scene is just not limited to its white sand beaches, but in its water's depth too, that holds century-old shipwrecks and the prettiest fish ever seen. The British Virgin Islands comprise four main islands―Tortola, Virgin Gorda, Anegada, and Jost Van Dyke, besides fifty other smaller islands.
Saba is the smallest island of the Netherlands Antilles, and is seeped in history. This tiny island is known for its colorful coral life. For preserving the corals and other marine life, and protecting it from the onslaught of tourism, the government, in 1987, designated waters around the island as part of the Saba National Marine Park.
St. Martin is known for its vibrant nightlife and pristine beaches. It is the smallest island in the world, which is shared by the French, who call their side Saint-Martin, and the Dutch, who call their side St. Maarten. Each side has something remarkable to offer. The French offer the rich French cuisine, wine, beaches, and designer clothes, while the Dutch offer a vibrant nightlife with discos, casinos, and exotic drinks.
Guadeloupe is an archipelago consisting of a cluster of islands, located in the eastern Caribbean Sea. It is a territory of the Republic of France. Like all things French, it is known for its exquisite cuisine and wine. Its also called the Butterfly Island, owing to the shape of its two main islands that look like butterfly wings, joined together by a mangrove swamp.
The islands of Anguilla are located in the Caribbean waters of British West Indies. Anguilla has over 30 white sand beaches with clear waters. These islands, unlike other islands, have no mountains, with the flat terrain offering lots of sunshine and very little rain.
Besides the above, there are many more islands in the Caribbean Sea, each offering something unique, either through their geological positions, or culture.