The Caribbean ... Paradise on Earth

Reaching the Caribbean was our first exotic destination goal on Nine of Cups. We chartered a few times first, but sailing here on our own boat was a whole new experience. Each new island and each new country was an adventure unto itself and the more we more we traveled, the more we knew this was the life for us. 

Some Caribbean Trivia ...

  • Area: ~ 1,063,000 sq miles (2,754,000 sq km).
  • Population: ~43.5 million
  • There are at least 28 island nations and more than 7,000 individual islands in the Caribbean.
  • The Caribbean's greatest depth is called the Cayman Trench, between Cuba and Jamaica and  is about 25,216' (1,686 M) below sea level.
  • Pico Duarte in the Dominican Republic is the highest peak in the Caribbean ... and we climbed it!!
  • Indians were the first inhabitants here. In 1492, when Christopher Columbus began his exploration of these islands, he became the first European to venture into the area.
  • After reportedly landing in San Salvador Island, Bahamas, Columbus named these islands the Indies, because he thought he had finally reached Asia (and the East Indies). Hence the name Indians for its inhabitants.
  • Good reading ... Caribbean by James Michener

Come with us and explore the Caribbean by clicking on a thumbnail below. Please note that while we make the transition to our new website, you may be directed to the old Nine of Cups website. Check back frequently to view new destinations and see our progress.

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Discover Caribbean Islands, 1st Edition Nov 2014 by Lonely Planet