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Caribbean

Land Area in the Caribbean: 239,681 km2 (92,541 sq mi)

Population in the Caribbean: 39,169,962 (2009)

Larges Country in the Caribbean: Cuba

Time Zone: UTC-5 to UTC-4

The Caribbean is the region southeast of the Gulf of Mexico and the North American mainland, east of Central America, and north of South America. The region takes its name from that of the Caribs, an ethnic group present in the Lesser Antilles and parts of adjacent South America at the time of the Spanish conquest. Considered as a sub-region of North America; the Islands of the Caribbean Sea or West Indies consists of the Caribbean Sea, its islands and surrounding coasts. It is situated largely on the Caribbean Plate and comprises of more than 700 islands, islets, reefs, and cays.

Cuba, Dominican Republic, Haiti, Jamaica, Puerto Rico and the Cayman Islands, often grouped as Greater Antilles, are by far the largest countries in the area and the most visited by travellers. In the north is the Lucayan Archipelago, which includes The Bahamas and the Turks and Caicos Islands. The Caribbean also includes the Lesser Antilles, a group of much smaller islands to the east. Further to the west and south, there are various less frequently visited islands that belong to Central and South American countries.

Now revered as a resort vacation destination for honeymooners and retirees; Tourism is one of the economic mainstays of most of the Caribbean nations and the biggest contributors are as Antigua and Barbuda, Bahamas and the Virgin Islands. Overall the Caribbean is blessed with an all-year-round good weather (with the occasional hurricanes); the Caribbean offers something for almost everyone.

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