Fun Facts About the Caribbean

The Caribbean is one of the most visited holiday destinations in the world, with so many different places to see and things to do. When you’re there it’s easy to get lost in the relaxing island mentality and let it all wash over you, but there are some things you don’t see – and some things about the Caribbean that you may not believe.

We’ve collected together 15 fun facts about the Caribbean and its islands so that when you decide to visit Cuba or Barbados this year, you’ll do so with some knowledge at hand to wow your friends abroad.

Did you know...

1. The Caribbean region is what’s called an archipelago, made up of around 700 islands, islets, reefs and caves.

2. Only around 2% of the islands in the Caribbean are actually inhabited by people.

3. Parts of all four of the Pirates of the Caribbean were indeed shot in the Caribbean, as the titles suggest.

4. It’s not just pirates. The Caribbean’s history in film is strong, with the first James Bond film ‘Dr No’ having been filmed in the Caribbean islands too.

5. The Caribbean island of Saba is the home of the shortest runway in the world, measuring in at just 1,300 feet. Yikes!