Map of Caribbean Islands
Over 7,000 islands and reefs form the Caribbean, which are organized into thirty territories that include both dependent and independent countries. The islands are divided into several geographic groups: the Lucayan Archipelago, Greater Antilles, and Lesser Antilles. Lesser Antilles is further divided into a few island groupings.
The Bahamas and Turks and Caicos Islands make up the Lucayan Archipelago. Greater Antilles consists of Cuba, Jamaica, Puerto Rico, the Cayman Islands, and Hispaniola island, which is home to Haiti and Dominican Republic. Lesser Antilles is made up of the Virgin Islands, Antigua and Barbuda, Dominica, Grenada, and many more.
The Caribbean islands were historically referred to as the West Indies, and were separated into united groups by the European nation who colonized them, like the British West Indies and Dutch West Indies.
Several American countries that are not islands are situated along the Caribbean Sea, and share many similarities with the Caribbean islands.
The Caribbean is a popular tourist destination for its great weather, warm waters, and pristine beaches.
Last Updated On : January 09, 2013