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The Ultimate Caribbean Bucket List Beyond the Beach from Caribbean Content Creators (Part 1)

Updated: Jul 1, 2021


Check back for Part 2 of this Post featuring Haiti to U.S.Virgin Islands

Did you know that June is National Caribbean-American Heritage Month? Although not as well-known as Black History Month, we have a whole month to celebrate the contributions of Caribbean Americans to the diversity of American culture. We've been making contributions to this country since its founding with the first Secretary of Treasury, Alexander Hamilton, who stems from Nevis. Our contributions have continued with civil rights activist W.E.B. Du Bois, whose grandfather was born in Long Cay, Bahamas and his father was born in Haiti -- the history no one tells you. Did you know that the first Black woman to run as a candidate for President of the United States is from Guyanese and Bajan descent? If we fast forward to the present day, we also have Secretary of State Colin Powell (with roots from Jamaica); Cicely Tyson (with roots from St. Kitts and Nevis); and Sidney Poitier (with roots in Bahamas). Our most famous Caribbean American is currently our Vice President - Kamala Harris, making history as the first woman, the first Black, AND the first Asian Vice President. YASSS!

Clearly as Caribbean Americans, we are killing it right now! As a Haitian American, I am proud of my Caribbean roots. I am still honored that I was part of the inaugural National 30 under 30 Caribbean American Emerging Leaders & Changemakers by the Institute of Caribbean Studies, who helped pioneer this month.

Caribbeans are a vibrant part of the American melting pot. Take June to celebrate the heritage, history, and cultural diversity of Caribbean Americans. Take time to explore the traditions Caribbean-Americans carry with them.

Did you know there is some debate on which countries are considered part of the Caribbean? That also depends on whether we are referring to geography or culture. For example, Bermuda and Bahamas are not geographically in the Caribbean, but are very much so culturally. Below is a map to give you a frame of reference.


The Institute of Caribbean Studies’ (ICS) effort to establish National Caribbean American Heritage Month (NCAHM) began in 1999 with outreach to President Bill Clinton asking for the recognition of August as National Caribbean American Heritage Month. This resulted in the first White House Caribbean American Community Briefing being held at the Clinton White House in 1999. In 2000, ICS began leading activities in celebration of June as Caribbean American Heritage Month in Washington DC, building on those efforts from the year before. However, the official campaign for a National Caribbean American Heritage Month began in 2004 when a legislative bill was tabled in Congress by Congresswoman Barbara Lee. The Bill was reintroduced and passed the House in June 2005 and the Senate in February 2006. A Proclamation making the resolution official was signed by President George W. Bush on June 5, 2006.

Since the declaration, the White House has issued an annual proclamation recognizing June as Caribbean-American Heritage Month. 2021 year marks the thirteenth anniversary of June being declared as National Caribbean American Heritage Month.


As of June 2018, the Caribbean-American population of the United States was almost 13.2 million (Note that these populations are not mutually exclusive, as people may be of more than one ancestry or ethnic group). Some of the largest Caribbean ancestry groups in the U.S. include:

  • 5.8 million Puerto Ricans

  • 2.4 million Cubans

  • 2.0 million Dominicans

  • 1.1 million Jamaicans

  • 1 million Haitians

  • 208,000 Trinidadians and Tobagonians

  • 68,000 Bajans

  • 63,000 Belizeans

  • 54,000 Bahamians

  • 19,000 U.S. Virgin Islanders


Observe it similarly to how you would observe Black History Month:

  1. Share your experiences and knowledge during National Caribbean-American Heritage month.

  2. Learn the history of immigration from the Caribbean by visiting museums and exhibits.

  3. Talk with friends and family members and learn about their experiences and culture.

  4. Support Caribbean businesses -- eat food from Caribbean owned restaurants; spend your money at Caribbean-owned businesses

  5. Visit the Caribbean & support locals -- go beyond the resorts! Take a tour from a local Caribbean guide.

  6. Follow, like, and engage with the content by Caribbean creators.

  7. Use #CaribbeanAmericanHeritageMonth to share on social media.

One way I plan to celebrate National Caribbean American Heritage Month is by amplifying the voices of Caribbean people from as many islands as possible through a special series of blog posts.

This year's theme is Our Shared History, Our Shared Future. The commemoration of Caribbean American Heritage Month aims to remind Americans that our greatness lies in our diversity. I hope to display this diversity by featuring recommendations by dope content creators stemming from the Caribbean in this blog post!

Table of Contents:

1. Anguilla1. Anguilla 
2. Antigua and Barbuda2. Antigua and Barbuda 
3. Aruba3. Aruba 
4. The Bahamas4. The Bahamas 
5. Barbados5. Barbados 
6. Belize6. Belize 
7.. Bonaire 
8.. British Virgin Islands 
9.. Cayman Islands 
10. Cuba10. Cuba 
11. Curaçao11. Curaçao 
12. Dominica12. Dominica 
13. Dominican Republic13. Dominican Republic 
14. Grenada14. Grenada 
15. Guadeloupe15. Guadeloupe 
16. Guyana16. Guyana 


Anguilla: Eat lunch at Scilly Cay

Recommended by Khara of @thebrunchbelle

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Why: One of my absolute favorite experiences on Anguilla, and one that I highly recommend to anyone visiting the island, is lunch at Scilly Cay. Scilly Cay is an islet just off the coast of Island Harbour, Anguilla with a restaurant that serves up the best lobster and crayfish. It’s essentially a restaurant in the middle of the ocean, and is what I imagine comes to mind when people think of the word “paradise.” There’s panoramic water views, beach life, delicious food, $5 rum punches, live old time string band music, and all around good vibes!


Antigua & Barbuda: Visit Shirley Heights Lookout

Recommended by Aaliyah of @astoldbyali

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Why: If you google Antigua, you’d probably see a picture of this infamous location -, Shirley Heights Lookout! I’d say visit this historical landmark for the most breathtaking views - you can hike (not difficult) or drive in. Bonus: on Sundays, they have a sunset party with good food, music & Caribbean vibes!


Aruba: Visit Arikok National Park

Recommended by Glendeline of @glendelinexo

Why: It is located in the heart of Aruba (the city of Santa Cruz). I would highly recommend a sunrise hike. It is absolutely breathtaking. It will lead you to the North coast of the island. Watching the sunrise over the hills with a beautiful morning glow over the beaches is a must-do. Aruba has such a beautiful and natural landscape.


The Bahamas: Climb up the highest point in Cat Island

Recommended by Ian of @thebahamiantraveler

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Why: This would depend on which island you visit as each island typically has an attraction/activity that it is known for. New Providence (Nassau), amongst other things, has captivating food tours which are a good way to immerse yourself in local cuisine. In Exuma, there is the world-famous swimming with the pigs. In Cat Island, you can climb up the Hermitage to the highest point in The Bahamas. In Long Island, you can swim in Dean’s Blue Hole which is the world’s second deepest blue hole. Each island has something to offer, and I’d recommend doing some quick research before visiting.


Barbados: Look at view from Cherry Tree Hill

Recommended by Sancia of @sincerely.sancia

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Why: This is the most breathtaking view of the east coast coastline especially during a sunny day. One thing you must do on the island is have a freshly cut coconut and taste the flavorful jelly from its shell. However, you must visit the island during the crop over season. In addition, The colorful costumes with feathers on Grand Kadooment Day, when revelers jam down to the spring garden with their bands, is a sight to see. You must add this particular event to your bucket list!


Belize: Snorkeling and Diving in

Hol Chan Marine Reserve & Blue Hole

Recommended by Cinnamon from @ontheroadwithcinn

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Why: Belize is home to the largest reef system in the Northern Hemisphere and the second largest in the world, making it a scuba diver's paradise. Therefore, any trip to Belize should include a snorkeling or diving trip! One of the most popular spots to see an abundance of marine life and bright coral is the Hol Chan Marine Reserve. However, the most unique experience of all is to see the Blue Hole. The world's largest sinkhole is a bucket list dive experience, but just as special from above! You can book flights or helicopter rides to admire the beauty from the sky.


Bonaire: Explore the salt pans in the

southern part of the island

Recommended by Miri of @ms_miri_bella

Why: This is where you can experience the island at its purest and see the beautiful flamingos in their natural habitat. While here, immerse yourself with the history of the 'katibunan', or slaves who have endured hardship during the Dutch colonial time by working long days under the sun in the salt pans in order to provide for their families who mostly lived in Rincón. Hope this inspires you!


British Virgin Islands: Visit The Baths -- National Park

Recommended by Niqua of @travelingwithniqua

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Why: A must do is a visit to our famous National Park - The Baths on Virgin Gorda. It showcases our natural scenery, which are our boulders that were made from volcanic activity. The boulders are all incorporated with these beaches. You also must try a Painkiller drink at any of our local restaurants.


Cayman Islands: Interact with Stingrays in Stingray City