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Acapulco Antigua Aruba Barbados Belize Bermuda Cabo San Lucas Costa Maya Cozumel Curacao Dominica Grand Cayman Great Stirrup Cay Grenada Key West Mazatlan Miami Nassau Ocho Rios Panama Canal Puerto Vallarta Roatan St. Lucia St. Maarten St. Martin St. Thomas Tortola
- Called as West Indies - Consist of Caribbean Sea and different island, also surrounding coast. - Located at the Southeast Gulf of Mexico. - In 1492, Christopher Columbus discovered West Indies. It is also the sub region of America. Some parts of the Caribbean are owned by Spain, Holland, Netherlands, and France. - Ethnic groups are Africans, Asians, Indians, Chinese and etc. - Demonym: West Indians, Caribbeans, Americans. - Language: Spanish, English, French, Dutch [because Caribbean was colonized by the Netherlands] and other Creole language. - Religion: Christian - Molé- [Moh-lay] - National food in Mexico - It is a mixture of chocolate and chili peppers - It is naturally a sauce for chicken but you can actually enjoy it with many delicacies.
PORTS OF CALL I. Acapulco Mexico’s oldest and well known beach resort. Very popular for its night life The name “Acapulco” comes from the Nahuatl language that means “place of big reeds” or “place of broken reeds.” The climate is tropical Currency: Mexican peso Language: Spanish Religion: Christian
Places of Interests: 1. 2. 3. 4. II. Nuestra Senora de la Soledad Cathedral A Byzantine church built in 1930 The cathedral overlooks the main plaza name “Zocalo” There is a near market called “Municipal Market” that offers exotic foods and souvenirs La Quebrada Cliff A suicidal cliff famous on cliff divers World famous cliff also iconic It symbolizes the city of Acapulco Papagayo Park A 52 acre urban wonderland that has skateboarding facilities Inside is a nature theme park The place has a Piñata Fountain Laguna de Coyuca [Coyuca lagoon] Center for water sports It was used for the film “The African Queen” and “Rambo (First blood)”
Cabo San Lucas It is a high end destination Language: Spanish Religion: Catholic Popularly known as Los Cabos but it is called Cabo meaning “cape” in the United States.
Places of Interests: 1. El Arco de Cabo San Lucas (Los Arcos) - Is a distinctive rock formation at the southern tip of Cabo San Lucas, which is itself the extreme southern end of Mexico's Baja California Peninsula. - “The rock” 2. Cabo Wabo - is the name of three nightclubs and restaurants
3. Playa El Medano (Medano beach) - Best people watching spot in Cabo San Lucas III. Cozumel - A premiere destination for scuba diving and snorkeling. - San Miguel de Cozumel is the largest town on the island municipality of Cozumel. - Festival of El Cedral –A festival initiated by Casimiro Cardenas 150 years ago and is celebrated every month of April. Legend has it that Cárdenas vowed to start an annual festival wherever he settled, to honor the religious power of this crucifix. Today, the original Holy Cross Festival forms part of the wider Festival of El Cedral, which includes fairs, traditional feasts, rodeos, bullfights, music and competitions. The celebrations last about 5 days in all and are held every year at the end of April or beginning of May.
Places of Interests: 1. Palancar reef - A scuba diving spot - Divided by depth (50-150 ft.) 2. Chankanaab Nature Park -Archeological park that features: salt water lagoon, botanical garden, wild sanctuary, facility where visitors can swim with dolphins. 3. El Cedral - An old Mayan ruin - The only remaining ruin in Cozumel - It used to be a jail in 1800’s IV. Antigua - Located in the Leeward Islands - Largest English speaking island on Leeward Island - It has the twin island of Antigua and Barbuda - Famous on their beaches, historic sites and coral reefs. - Currency: Eastern Caribbean Dollar - Language: English - Capital: St. John
Places of Interests: 1. 2. Cathedral of St. John The Divine 1681 (built) - wooden structure 1745 (rebuilt) - stone structure 1843 destroyed by an earthquake 1845 (reconstructed)- stone Nelson’s Dockyard Testament of the “nautical life” in the 18th century One of the favorite attractions of tourists. A part of it is a National Park
Build in honor of Lord Admiral Horatio Nelson (a British Naval Commander who lead the British horses in Antigua) - It has the replica of the galleon ship. 3. Museum of Antigua and Barbuda - Located at St. John’s court house  - It shows the life cycle of Antigua - Portrays the colonization of Britain and political independence of Antigua. V. Aruba - Dutch style - Climate: daytime highs average of 83 degrees Fahrenheit - Currency: Aruban Florin - Language: Dutch, Papiamento, English and some Spanish. - Capital: Oranjestad
Places of Interests: 1. Palm and eagle beaches - has resort hotels, white sand shores, and casino - is a city northwest of Oranjestad, capital of Aruba, and is home to the high rise hotels and a new shopping district that would be finished in 2009. Since the boom in the tourism industry several five-star hotels have opened in the area and some upscale malls and shopping centers have been developed as well with at least two being scheduled for opening in late 2009 or early 2010. 2. Arikok National Park - Covers 20% of Aruba - It has the historic Arawark petroglyphic in Fontein cave. - Holds the remains of Dutch settlements at Maduri - The highest point if Mount Jamanota where Venezuela can be seen. 3. Museo Arubano - Located in Oranjestad - 18th century Fort Zoutman - Dutch colonial style/ duty free boutiques VI. Barbados - Home of the Bajans (native people of Barbados) - It was 1625 when the first English ships came. - Colonized by the British Naval Forces. - Currency: Barbados dollar - Language: English - Capital: Bridgetown
Places of Interests: 1. National Heroes Square - Landmark of the capital - This is the place where statue of Lord Admiral Horatio Nelson can be found.
2. Barbados Museum - It was originally a military prison - Located at Garrison - Built in 1853 - Act of Parliament (1933) - made it a museum and Historical Society 3. Jewish Synagogue - It was in 1600’s where 300 Jews lived in Barbados. 4. Queen’s Park - Known as King’s house in succession of Queen Victoria - The place where the oldest and largest tree can be found, the Baobab which is said to be 1,000 years old. 5. Harrison’s Cave - Top destination for spelunkers (one who makes a hobby of exploring and studying caves) - Has large chambers - The only cave in the world where running water is found along with color crystal like formations. 6. Farley Hill National Park - Built by Sir Graham Briggs as a mansion - Used in the movie “Island in the sun” VII. Bermuda (Atlantic Ocean) - 600 nautical mile from Carolina - Colonized by Britain - Climate: 70-85 degrees Fahrenheit - Currency: Bermuda Dollar - Language: English - Capital: Hamilton ]
Places of Interest: 1. Astwood Park - Best beach in Bermuda - Popular for its pink sand 2. Bermuda Maritime Museum - 500 yrs old - Displayed in Military buildings of 10 acre keel. 3. Front street (Hamilton’s Waterfront) - Place where pastel Victorian buildings can be seen. VIII. Curacao - Largest of the ABC islands (Aruba, Bonaire, and Curacao) - Dutch Heritage - Currency: Netherland Antillean Florin/ Netherland Antillean Guilder (ANG) - Language: Dutch, Papiamento, English, and Spanish - Capital: Willemstad
Places of Interests: 1. Bridges: Queen Juliana –built in 1974, located at St. Anna Bay Queen Emma Bridge- connects Punta and Ontrabanda Queen Wilhelmina 2. Curacao Sea Aquarium - Dolphin Academy 3. Floating Market (Punta Side, Wihemstad) 4. Mikve Israel- Emanuel Synagogue IX. Dominica - An island nation in the Caribbean Sea. - Nicknamed “Natural Isle of the Caribbean” - Still being formed by geothermal volcanic activity - Features lush mountainous rainforest, home of many rare plant, animal and bird species. - Currency: Eastern Caribbean Dollar (XCD) - Language: English, French Creole (French Patois) - Capital: Rousseau - Motto: “Apres’ Bondie C’est La Terre” (“After God, it is the Land”)
Places of Interests: 1. Cabrits National Park Located on a scenic peninsula (north of Portsmouth) Known as the site of Fort Shirley There are fine views of Prince Rupert Bay from the ruins of the Officer’s Quarters. Encompasses the peninsula, the surrounding coast and coral reefs, and the island’s largest swamp. 2. Morne Trois Pitons National Park - A world heritage containing many attractions such as the Boiling Lake, Boeri Lake and Middleham Falls. 3. Boiling Lake - A 12 mile round trip hike (8 hours), very steep mostly on steps and switch backs. - The trail (marked trail) indistinct in the Valley of Desolation but picks up again where vegetation begins. X. Grand Cayman - An island home to 550 major international banks, 325 insurance companies and 29,000 registered companies. - Popular activities are scuba diving and shopping. - The largest of the three Cayman Islands- Cayman Brac, Little Cayman and Grand Cayman. - Currency: Cayman Islands Dollar - Language: English - Capital: George Town
Places of Interests: 1. Seven Mile Beach (SMB) - World renowned for its beauty, recently receiving the honor of “The Caribbean’s Best Beach” from Caribbean Travel and Life Magazine - The most developed area of Grand Cayman and home to the majority of island’s luxury resorts and hotels. - Hurricane Ivan- damaged Grand Cayman in September 2004. 2. Stingray City - One of the most popular diving and snorkeling sites in Grand Cayman - The Most photographed underwater sites in the world. - Visitors can feed pet, and interact with the animals. 3. Queen Elizabeth II Botanic Park - Royal Majesty Queen Elizabeth II opened Grand Cayman’s only botanical park in 1994 (only woodland trail is complete) - Known as world class facility today. PIRATES WEEK- Celebrated every year in October to commemorate their swashbuckling heritage with costume parties, treasure hunts and street fair. XI. Grenada - The Spice Island - Mountainous - Major producer of nutmeg, cloves, ginger, cinnamon, cocoa and other. - Currency: Eastern Caribbean Dollar - Language: English, French Patois - Capital: St. George’s - Demonym: Grenadian, Greenz, Greens - Cosists of three islands: Grenada, Carriacou, and Petite Martinique. - Colonized first by the French, second by the British. - An island nation in the southeastern Caribbean Sea including the southern Grenadines - The second smallest independent country in the Western Hemisphere.
Places of interests: 1. 2. XII. Grand Etang Lake and National Park Most popular area in Grenada for hiking and trekking (central part of the island) There are several hot springs and plantations where they meander through hills. Levera National Park 450 acres of Grenada’s coastal area. Has picturesque beach, a lagoon home too many bird species and coral reefs
Key West - Southernmost point of the US
“Conch Republic” of Florida Richest town in North America in 1840’s The “American Capital of Caribbean”
Places of Interests: 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. Papa Hemingway’s Home (1931) Earnest Hemingway wrote one of his book “For whom the bells tolls” A Spanish colonial house before and now a museum. First home in Key West which has running water. 2 story Spanish Colonia house. Wreck Museum One of the notable sites in Key West Evident of the wrecking business in 1800’s Harry S. Truman White House Museum Used to be a winter house of Harry S. Truman during his administration Quoted # 1 attraction in Key West The Key West Butterfly and Nature Conservatory (2004-2007) quoted as # 1 attraction in Key West by the People’s choice award Tropical paradise Enclose in a glass habitat Mallory Square Offers best sunset view in the world Former location of town’s pier
XIII. Bahamas Island - Capital: Nassau - Atlantis Hotel- known in the world, paradise like, in the middle of the island. - Currency: Bahaman Dollar XIV. Jamaica - Capital: Ocho Rios “Eight Rivers” - Currency: Jamaican Dollar - Dunn’s River Falls (Zigzag Falls) XV. St. Lucas- Castries XVI. St. Maarten/St. Martin - Capital: Philipsburg - Currency: Netherland Antillean Florin/Netherland Antillean Guilder (ANG) XVII. St. Thomas - Capital: Charlotte Amalie - In the US Virgin Island - Best beaches- Megan’s beach
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