The Caribbean - Islands of Eden

The Caribbean - Islands of Eden
75 minutes
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Cooled by the constant trade winds with scents of flowers and spice filling the air, the Caribbean Islands may seem like the islands of Eden. With our eyes dazzled by white beaches, lapis skies and crystal waters, it's easy to forget that the history of these islands is filled with the times of bloody pirates and sugar plantations that created their great wealth from the labor of slaves. We tour these islands, absorbing both the beauty and heritage of this part of the world.

Caribbean beachOn St. Thomas, we see luxury hotels, Blackbeard's Castle and visit old Ft. Christian. We also relax at Magens Bay, one of the classical beaches of the Caribbean, and go shopping in the duty-free city of Charlotte Amalie. We also visit the underwater inhabitants of Coral World.

On St. John, we arrive in Cruise Bay and quickly submerge ourselves in the mangrove forests of Virgin Island National Park to see some of its creatures. On the north side of the island, we "flightsee" over and around the beaches.

On Virgin Gorda, we explore and picnic in the grottoes between the enormous boulders and go parasailing for another bird's-eye view.

We stop at Buck Island to snorkel amid kissingfish, clownfish, globefish, shark, yellow-finned tuna and lobsters in the only underwater park in the U.S. National Park system.

Whim plantationOn St. Croix, we stop at the capital city of Christiansted and explore old Fort Christiansvaern. We also see the mouth of the Salt River where Columbus landed, and go by horseback into the highlands to explore the ruins of an old sugar plantation, and the beautifully preserved Whim Plantation to see how plantation life was lived.

The Island of St. Maarten/San Martine, we meet the people (and goats) on the French side and leave by boat for a tour of the island of St. Barts.

Saba is one of the smallest of the inhabited islands of the Caribbean. We climb its unique road experts called impossible to build.

On St. Kitts, we tour the fort of Brimstone Hill and join the local people for market. We also watch batik-making with the designs of tradition.

flowerOn Martinique, we explore its capital city of Fort-de-France with its huge park and gardens with astonishing displays of flowers and a statue of Josephine, Napoleon's empress.

On Barbados, we're just in time for church on Harvest Sunday. We visit Bridgetown and meet people on the beach. Along the northern coast of Barbados, we tour the caves of the animal flowers. We also take a tramway tour of Harrison's Cave with it's freshwater streams flowing through it, and Sam Lord's Castle, hearing how he lured unwary ships into the cliffs for their bounty. We follow the sugar cane harvest and see how cane sugar is processed.

The island of Grenada is filled with stories of how people live; native fishermen, holiday celebrations spent at the beach, native boat building and a game of cricket played in the jungle. We tour the island, Marketdiscover exotic fruits, attend market and envelope ourselves in a tropical storm. We also see remnants of the thwarted attempt by Russia to invade the island in 1983.

Carnival-time in Trinidad is a hubbub of activity in shops around the capital city of Port-of-Spain. We join in the mask- and costume-making, and immerse ourselves in the fantastic parades of the unbelievable celebration ending our visit.

The islands are not paradise. But they are a place where you can find a little bit of Eden without looking very hard.

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