All Caribbean Countries, Islands and Territories – Lists, Flags, Maps

A Caribbean beach vacation

If you are new about the Caribbean travel, it can be frustrating to understand, what are the countries in the Caribbean, what are the islands, what are the West Indies, how Mexico is related to the Caribbean, how some islands belong to other countries and so on. All answers are on this page. Feel free to ask your questions in comments. Sorry, for no photos or pictures, because I want to make the page easy to read. All the beautiful photographs are on other pages, describing the islands in details. www.travelrows.com

Why to understand? It really helps, when you have just 1 vacation a year and can not decide what island to visit or which cruise to pick. As a travel agent I always help my clients with the right choice. This article will help anybody else who is just visiting my website and researching.

If you search for the Caribbean on google maps, it will look like this and does not help much:

If you go to Wikipedia, you will get different lists of countries and islands sorted by different types. But what is the best for a tourist? For a traveler it is more important to be able to understand countries ( every country has its visiting rules), to understand all islands (to make sure they exploring them all), to understand cruise ship itineraries and so on.

What makes it more complicated, the Caribbean is also divided into: the Western Caribbean, the Eastern Caribbean, the Southern Caribbean, the Greater Antilles, the Lesser Antilles, the Netherlands Antilles, the Windward Islands, the Leeward Islands, the French West Indies, the British West Indies, the Mexican Caribbean. Those are often used for cruise itineraries. Omg! How to know it all? Take a deep breath and go on reading 🙂



All the Countries of the Caribbean

Let’s say you want to visit all the countries in the Caribbean. Or, you have been to most of them and want to find out what else left. Or…add your own reason. Here they are:

Thirteen (13) INDEPENDENT countries of the Caribbean with flags:

1. Antigua and Barbuda

Antigua and Barbuda Flag

2. Bahamas, The

The Bahamas Flag

3. Barbados

Barbados Flag

4. Cuba

Cuba Flag

5. Dominica

Dominica Flag

6. Dominican Republic

Dominican Republic Flag

7. Grenada

Grenada Flag

8. Haiti

Haiti Flag

9. Jamaica

Jamaica Flag

10. Saint Kitts and Nevis

Saint Kitts and Nevis Flag

11. Saint Lucia

Saint Lucia Flag

12. Saint Vincent and the Grenadines

Saint Vincent and the Grenadines Flag

13. Trinidad and Tobago

Trinidad and Tobago Flag

Territories and other statuses:

  1. Anguilla (British overseas territory)
  2. Aruba (Constituent kingdom, Netherlands)
  3. Bonaire (Special municipality, Netherlands)
  4. British Virgin Islands (British overseas territory)
  5. Cayman Islands (British overseas territory)
  6. Curaçao (Constituent kingdom, Netherlands)
  7. Federal Dependencies of Venezuela (Territories, Venezuela)
  8. Guadeloupe (Overseas department, France)
  9. Martinique (Overseas department, France)
  10. Montserrat (British overseas territory)
  11. Navassa Island (Uninhabited territory, United States)
  12. Nueva Esparta (State, Venezuela)
  13. Puerto Rico (Commonwealth, United States)
  14. Saba (Special municipality, Netherlands)
  15. San Andrés and Providencia (Department, Colombia)
  16. Saint Barthélemy (Overseas collectivity, France)
  17. Saint Martin (Overseas collectivity, France)
  18. Sint Eustatius (Special municipality, Netherlands)
  19. Sint Maarten (Constituent kingdom, Netherlands)
  20. Turks and Caicos Islands (British overseas territory)
  21. United States Virgin Islands (Territory, United States)



All the Caribbean locations

Useful to know, that not all the Caribbean countries and territories are islands. And some of them are located quite far from the Caribbean sea but still technically considered to be a part of the Caribbean. There is another way that is used to name locations, when it comes to traveling and cruising in the Caribbean.

LIST BY LOCATION ON THE MAP:

The Caribbean can be divided into Eastern, Western and Southern. Countries, islands and territories are sharing parts in the following way:

The Eastern Caribbean includes:

  • Anguilla
  • Antigua and Barbuda
  • Barbados
  • Dominica
  • Grenada
  • Guadeloupe
  • Montserrat
  • Martinique
  • Puerto Rico
  • St. Barts
  • St. Kitts and Nevis
  • Saint Martin/Sint Maarten
  • St. Lucia
  • St. Vincent and the Grenadines
  • Trinidad and Tobago

The Western Caribbean includes:

  • Belize
  • Cayman Islands
  • Cuba
  • Haiti
  • Honduras
  • Jamaica
  • Mexico

The Southern Caribbean includes:

  • Aruba
  • Bonaire
  • Colombia
  • Costa Rica
  • Curacao
  • Nicaragua
  • Panama
  • Venezuela

The Mexican Caribbean destinations include:

  • Cancun
  • Playacar
  • Riviera Maya
  • Playa del Carmen
  • Cozumel
  • Playa Mujeres
  • Isla Mujeres

Technically not in the Caribbean, but considered to be:

  • Bermuda
  • The Bahamas
  • Turks and Caicos Islands
  • Guyana
  • Suriname
  • Frech Guiana

BY ANTILLES: 

( Just for your info, Antilles – is another way to recognize Caribbean islands on the map and is an archipelago bordered by the Caribbean Sea to the south and west, the Gulf of Mexico to the northwest, and the Atlantic Ocean to the north and east – as stated on Wikipedia)

The Greater Antilles includes:

  • Cayman Islands
  • Cuba
  • Dominican Republic
  • Haiti
  • Jamaica
  • Puerto Rico

The Lesser Antilles includes:

  • Aruba
  • Anguilla
  • Antigua and Barbuda
  • Barbados
  • British Virgin Islands
  • Bonaire
  • Curaçao
  • Dominica
  • Federal Dependencies of Venezuela
  • Grenada
  • Guadeloupe
  • Martinique
  • Montserrat
  • Nueva Esparta
  • Saba
  • Saint Barthélemy
  • Sint Eustatius
  • Saint Kitts and Nevis
  • St. Lucia
  • Saint-Martin
  • Sint Maarten
  • Trinidad and Tobago
  • Saint Vincent and the Grenadines
  • United States Virgin Islands

The Netherlands Antilles includes:

  • Aruba
  • Bonaire
  • Curacao
  • Saba
  • St. Eustatius (Statia)
  • St. Maarten

The French Antilles or The French West Indies include:

  • French Guyana
  • Guadeloupe
  • Martinique
  • St. Martin
  • St. Barts

BY BRITISH TERRITORIES

British West Indies (BWI) includes:

  • Anguilla
  • British Virgin Islands
  • Cayman Islands
  • Monserrat
  • Turks and Caicos

BY OTHER HISTORICAL EVENTS:

The Windward Islands include:

  • Dominica
  • Grenada
  • Martinique
  • St. Lucia
  • Saint Vincent and the Grenadines
  • Trinidad and Tobago

The Leeward Islands include:

  • Puerto Rican Virgin Islands
  • U.S. Virgin Islands
  • British Virgin Islands
  • Anguilla
  • Saint Martin/Sint Maarten
  • Saint-Barthélemy
  • Saba
  • Sint Eustatius
  • Saint Kitts
  • Nevis
  • Barbuda
  • Antigua
  • Redonda
  • Montserrat
  • Guadeloupe
  • La Désirade
  • Îles des Saintes
  • Marie-Galante

The most popular Caribbean islands and destinations for beach vacations

Not every destination of the Caribbean is tourist friendly. Before traveling, remember to check this page: https://travel.state.gov/content/travel/en/traveladvisories/traveladvisories.html/

Unfortunately, even the most popular and cool destinations may not be safe now or later. But if you stay on the resort and stick to travel groups on excursions, you will be fine. Currently the most popular Caribbean beach destination list is:

  • Aruba
  • Bahamas
  • Barbados
  • Bermuda
  • British Virgin Islands
  • Cayman Islands
  • Costa Rica
  • Dominican Republic
  • Jamaica
  • Puerto Rico
  • Turks and Caicos Islands
  • U.S. Virgin Islands

In Conclusion

After all the above, you can imagine, how big the Caribbean is and how little information is shared with travelers. It’s all about hotels, resorts, spas, beaches. Though, there is much more to see and to do in each country or territory. In my next articles I compare those countries, territories and islands, share photos and travel guides. Let me know, if you have any questions or need help with booking a vacation in the Caribbean. Just a small reminder, I am a travel agent 🙂

27 thoughts on “All Caribbean Countries, Islands and Territories – Lists, Flags, Maps”

    • Hi Lady! Thank you for the question. It would be useful to update the list for 2020. The safest Caribbean Islands and countries for now are considered to be Cayman Islands, Turks and Caicos, St Martin, Barbados, St Vincent and the Grenadines, The British Virgin Islands, The U.S. Virgin Islands, Antigua and Barbuda, Anguilla, Montserrat. Let me know, if you have any other questions, thank you!

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        • We do not know how safe it will be to travel to the Caribbean Countries in 2021 now, but I would recommend to purchase a good travel protection plan so you can get your money back in case of cancellation. Also, cruises around the Caribbean Islands are considered to be safer that tours.

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  1. Hello,
    Is there any reason why Guyana is not listed as part of the Caribbean countries?
    It was a former British colony and is the only English speaking country in South America with historical and economic links to the Caribbean. It could be included in your list of the Southern Caribbean, along with Colombia and Venezuela which like Guyana are also located on the northern coast of South America.

    Note: Suriname and French Guiana, also located on the northern cost of South America can be added to your Southern Caribbean List too as they are historically included in Netherlands Antilles and French Antilles Groups respectively. Suriname being the only Dutch Speaking county in South America while French Guiana is the only French Speaking.

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    • Hi Claudine! Thank you for your comment! I have checked the information again and looks like geographically Guyana, Suriname and French Guiana belong to South America. Though the countries culturally do belong to the Caribbean. I added them to the list under “Technically not in the Caribbean, but considered to be” . Unfortunately, I can not add them to the list of independent Caribbean countries and territories with other statuses because officially there are 13 independent Caribbean countries.

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  2. I’d love to have your input about which island would be good for my 18 year-old grandson to visit after he graduates in June of 2021. He wants to see the turquoise water in person that he has seen in pictures. He likes outdoor activities and I think an all inclusive might be the way to go. How about Jamaica, St. Lucia or Turks & Caicos?
    Mary

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    • Hi Mary! The best option in your case would be Turks and Caicos. It has the turquoise water, amazing sand beaches and it is safe. Turks and Caicos may sound not that fun for activities as other Caribbean islands but I would recommend to pick a safe country for an 18 year old to travel. Let me know if you have any other questions. Thank you.

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    • Hi Anene! Unfortunately, I do not have any information about education on the Caribbean Islands but may be readers of our blog will be able to answer your question.

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    • Hi Guyanese! I appreciate you input about information about the Caribbean islands, countries and culture. Unfortunately I had to remove your comment due to a lot of offensive words and being rude in general. If you want to share your opinion please write it in a respectful and calm way so it helps people to understand the Caribbean. Then your comment will be approved. By the way, if you have a lot to say, you can write an article with resources used and I will publish it on our website under your name. Thank you.

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  3. Knowledge is power l get to see new things,never knew that the caribbean is divided that way e.g.independent countries and islands and the fact that there is South carinbeans,windward antilles,greater antilles and even French antilles e.t.c thats something worth to know hey.l have travelled to Barbados,St kitts,st Lucia,st marteens,B.V.islands,US V islands,costa rica,panama and Aruba but l still miss a lot am really scared of going to Jamaica but l wish to be there one day because am much interested of the concious and dancehall type of music,hope to get much information as possible from you.

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    • Hi Kupa! Officially there are 13 independent countries. It depends on what you want to count in. Countries, islands, territories, “considered to be” or all that in total. I bet everyone is pretty confused about it. If you need information for your studies, it is better to use the information provided by school, to get a good grade 😉

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  4. Very helpful information. We are wondering when is the best time, weather-wise, to visit Tobago or Barbados and which of the two you would recommend? We will have a 21 year old travelling with us.

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