Most people think of the Caribbean as a playground
for the rich - luxury resorts, cocktails on the beach,
glamorous yachts - and indeed it is, but if you take
a dive under the surface you'll find there's a lot
more going on besides.
The Eastern Caribbean is made up of a 600-mile long
sweep of islands known as the Lesser Antilles.
Collectively, they're a mixture of African, European
and East Indian influences and it's possible to island
hop between the cultural extremes. It's a mecca for
diving, tropical hikes with steamy craters and epic
waterfalls and rich in colonial history. The area
is home to many thriving and vibrant cities
and cultures - Trinidad being the motherland of the
powerful Carnival tradition. It has been shaped
by centuries of history and is the birthplace of numerous
powerful and distinct cultures, languages and music.
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