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Caribbean Countries and Territories

Name the countries, territories, and overseas regions that border the Caribbean Sea.
Includes continental countries
Not including military bases
We consider the Lesser Antilles to be the eastern border of the Caribbean Sea
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Last updated: August 28, 2019
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Sovereign Nations
Antigua and Barbuda
Barbados
Belize
Colombia
Costa Rica
Cuba
Dominica
Dominican Republic
Grenada
Guatemala
Haiti
Sovereign Nations
Honduras
Jamaica
Mexico
Nicaragua
Panama
Saint Kitts and Nevis
Saint Lucia
Saint Vincent
and the Grenadines
Trinidad and Tobago
Venezuela
British Territories
Anguilla
British Virgin Islands
Cayman Islands
Montserrat
 
Dutch Countries
Aruba
Curaçao
Sint Maarten
 
Dutch Municipalities
Bonaire
Saba
Sint Eustatius
U.S. Territories
Puerto Rico
U.S. Virgin Islands
 
French Regions
Guadeloupe
Martinique
 
French Collectives
Saint Barthélemy
Saint Martin
101 Recent Comments
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Level 68
Apr 23, 2015
Great quiz. Maybe allow 'cayman' and 'virgin' and variations on Eustatius like 'eustasias' 'eustasius' 'eustatias'
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Level 37
Oct 5, 2016
Yeah, just go ahead and bastardize the name to accommodate illiterates.
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Level 70
Oct 14, 2019
I thought it was st eustachius. (at least in the local language) but guess I was wrong. A weird varation, not what you expect the word to be looking at similar words in dutch. I guess I had buis van eustachius/eustachian tube in my mind.
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Level 62
Aug 3, 2020
I speak Dutch. I don't see how this word doesn't look Dutch
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Level 76
Sep 9, 2015
French Collectivity, rather than Collective!
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Level 69
Apr 21, 2019
Yeah, it's definitely 'Collectivity'.
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Level 65
Oct 5, 2016
Thank you Beach Boys
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Level 75
Oct 5, 2016
But no Kokomo.
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Level 57
Nov 27, 2019
I also put in Kokomo :D
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Level 44
Jun 18, 2022
Kokomo is in Indiana. I always wondered why the Beach Boys were singing about it . . .
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Level 56
Oct 6, 2016
What the heck happened to the Bahamas, which is a sovereign nation?
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Level 60
Oct 16, 2016
It got hit by Matthew.
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Level 59
Oct 4, 2021
and Dorian
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Level 58
Oct 14, 2019
Not in the Caribbean. The world's oceans and seas are defined by an international body called the International Hydrographic Organization, and the Bahamas is clearly outside their internationally-agreed definition of what constitutes the Caribbean Sea. Look up the Caribbean Sea on Wikipedia, there is a link to the definition.
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Level 44
Jun 18, 2022
According to the IHO (thanks for pointing to the link), Barbados is also outside the caribbean.
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Level 63
Oct 14, 2019
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Caribbean_general_map.png
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Level 25
Apr 25, 2017
Yup. It's not on the CARRIBEAN sea.
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Level 51
Apr 25, 2017
If you accept Colombia and Venezuela surely you will accept Guyana?
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Level 63
Oct 14, 2019
Guyana is too far east. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Caribbean_general_map.png
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Level 51
May 13, 2017
what happened to the turks and caicos
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Level 63
Oct 14, 2019
North of Cuba, which is the northern border of the Carribean. Or at least the border that this quiz uses.
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Level 59
Jun 11, 2017
when you forget Mexico... and you get all of the dutch territories
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Level 37
Jun 26, 2017
That's quite understandable because Mexico (and the gulf of Mexico) is not automatically though of as being part of the Caribbean. And since it is in this quiz, it opens a Pandora's Box, doesn't it? For, if you include Mexico, Guatemala, and Belize how can you exclude the gulf states of the US? (Texas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Texas and Florida?)
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Level 63
Oct 4, 2021
Because all three of Mexico, Guatemala and Belize are (at least somewhat) *south* of the Gulf of Mexico’s coast, which only extends as far as the top of the Yucatán peninsula.

Mexico, however, continues south from this point as far as the border with Belize, and it’s this bit of coast that touches the Caribbean.

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Level 72
Jul 21, 2017
It''s called Caribbean Countries and Territories, and includes things that just border on the Caribbean Sea. Those aren't the same thing. I've never heard Mexico called a Caribbean country, and Guyana, Suriname and French Guyana are often included in cultural definitions, because of the close historical ties between them and the islands.
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Level 37
Jul 28, 2017
Excuse me, but I thought that we were doing a geographical quiz, not a political or cultural one.
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Level 70
Oct 14, 2019
No need to get snappy, it isnt personal is it? He has a point, the title could have been chosen better. And just be "places that border the caribbean". Because mexico, colombia etc are indeed not considered caribbean countries, and that is what the title suggests.

I got what was meant though, the titles on this site are so often wrong if you take them literally. The description in the quiz itself usually is correct though. So I dont let myself be guided by the title, but see what it is really about after I click it.

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Level 27
Feb 9, 2021
Mexico and Colombia are considered Caribbean countries, though.
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Level 51
Dec 4, 2022
They are not.
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Level 72
Apr 14, 2023
They are.
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Level 44
Jul 29, 2017
Map Please
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Level 70
Oct 14, 2019
I agree adding a map would be very nice for this one. A map with just sea (or perhaps the us as an anchorpoint) where the countries/territories show up after you guess them.
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Level 77
Sep 10, 2017
I knew Saba, why didn't I get it?!?!? 36/37
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Level 77
Dec 16, 2017
Why is Barbados included? According to Wikipedia (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Caribbean_Sea) Barbados is not in the Caribbean.
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Level 75
Oct 3, 2019
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Level 70
Oct 14, 2019
Agree on barbados, it is considered to be in the atlantic.
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Level 75
Oct 14, 2019
From the instructions, "We consider the Lesser Antilles to be the eastern border of the Caribbean Sea."
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Level 37
Jan 25, 2018
Thank You! - I am so sick and tired of countries/islands/entities being thrown where they don't belong because of hubris.
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Level 70
Oct 14, 2019
learned a new word! never heard of hubris (which is odd, because it is rather common.. and well documented on this site..)
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Level 85
Oct 14, 2019
You have to type "British Virgin Islands", but only "USVI" to get the US Virgin Islands. (Yes, I know you can get both with "Virgin Islands".)
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Level 68
Dec 2, 2019
I think I got it with just ‘bvi’.... but I’m not sure anymore.
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Level 59
Oct 14, 2019
I am Dutch and I forgot Saba and Sint Eustasius...
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Level 37
Nov 18, 2019
Sint Eustatius.
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Level 59
Feb 3, 2020
oops
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Level 51
Oct 14, 2019
El Salvador also has a overseas territory in the caribbean sea
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Level 57
Nov 27, 2019
El Salvador only has coastline on the Pacific Ocean
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Level 52
Oct 22, 2020
You sure you ain't talking about Honduras? El Salvador doesn't even have territories. And as Quizzer said, it doesn't border the Caribbean.
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Level 57
Nov 27, 2019
There are other territories of the United States that are in the Caribbean Sea but are disputed. Navassa Island, Bajo Nuevo Bank, and Serranilla Bank all fall under this category. Maybe you should add a disclaimer that disputed US claims don't count? Just a suggestion
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Level 76
Apr 30, 2020
Pretty sure the two banks are officially part of Colombia, but I see no reason why Navassa Island is excluded from the list.
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Level 50
Feb 6, 2020
GG missed st barthhelemy and the caymans
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Level 27
May 31, 2020
Shouldn't these following countries and whatnot; Navassa Island, Guantamano Bay, Provindencia, Santa Catalina and San Andrés, Federal Venezuelan Dependencies and the KINGDOM of the Netherlands, be included in the quiz? And also, who currently claims Bajo Nuevo Bank and Serranilla Bank? And, as they are disputed, should these be added to the list of Caribbean things? If someone could bust my additions to the list and answer my questions I'd thank him a lot.
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Level 60
Jun 8, 2020
Just a question but should USA be counted because of Guantanamo Bay?
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Level 82
Jun 19, 2020
Guantanamo Bay is not a U.S. territory. It technically still belongs to Cuba, while the US leases the land.
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Level 78
Jun 24, 2020
Like British Indian Ocean Territory. The UK owns the land, but the UK and US both use it as a military base.
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Level 82
Mar 19, 2021
though... from the perspective of the present-day Cuban government... the 1903 lease of Guantanamo to the US, which has no set expiration date, was signed under duress and is therefore invalid. Though the US government keeps sending the Cuban government checks for the lease of the land as per the agreement, the Cubans have only ever cashed one of those checks since 1974, and the Cubans call this an illegal occupation. In spite of Jack Nicholson's concerns, however, the Cubans lack the military power or political capital to do anything about this.
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Level 85
Jun 19, 2020
If we're not including the US, the Bahamas, or the Turks and Caicos, we shouldn't include Barbados either. It lies a good ways outside the neat boundary drawn by the Lesser Antilles.
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Level 65
Jul 12, 2020
Goddammit, forgot to type Barbados!!!
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Level 67
Oct 1, 2020
Probably helped being Dutch in getting the least known ones. Didn't know most of the British/French bits though.
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Level 75
Dec 23, 2020
This comment section repeats itself every 4 or 5 entries:

Bahamas?

Turks and Caicos?

Spelling for Sint Eustatius?

El Salvador?

[interesting comment]

Bahamas?

Turks and Caicos?

Spelling for Sint Eustasius?

El Salvador?

[interesting comment]

Bahamas?

...

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Level 23
Dec 27, 2020
Colombia is in South America and is not an island in the Caribbean
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Level 82
Oct 4, 2021
Can't argue with that statement. I just have no idea what your point is.
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Level 81
May 26, 2022
Russia is also not an island in the Caribbean
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Level 47
Mar 19, 2024
You are correct, but it does border the Caribbean.
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Level 43
Jan 7, 2021
How about French Guiana?
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Level 62
Feb 21, 2021
The eastern border of the Caribbean is where the lesser antilles and Trinidad and Tobago meet Venezuela. Guyana, Suriname, and French Guyana are east of that so they don't border the Caribbean.
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Level 74
Mar 21, 2021
Why is Barbados included? if the Bahamas and Turks and Caicos islands aren't included, then Barbados should not either. It is not in the Caribbean
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Level 61
Apr 10, 2021
Most possibly because it's part of the Lesser Antilles.

"We consider the Lesser Antilles to be the eastern border of the Caribbean sea"

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Level 61
Apr 10, 2021
And, for clarification, does the Gulf of Mexico count for the Caribbean Sea?
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Level 76
May 19, 2021
No
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Level 69
Oct 4, 2021
Seems odd to count Barbados but not Bahamas.
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Level 58
Oct 4, 2021
Why is cyprus missing it's in the Caribbean it's part of North america
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Level 69
Oct 4, 2021
what
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Level 55
Oct 4, 2021
It's in the Mediterranean.
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Level 60
Jul 28, 2022
Yeah they're joking about the Europe-Asia argument on Cyprus
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Level 35
Oct 4, 2021
bahamas and bermuda?
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Level 53
Oct 4, 2021
i think you are mistaken, bermuda is on the same latitude as north carolina, really far north from the carribean, but yeah idk why bahamas isnt included
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Level 53
Oct 4, 2021
Where's Turks and Caicos islands?
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Level 34
Oct 6, 2021
According to Wikipedia, Turks and Caicos Islands is actually not in the Caribbean Sea. It's in the Atlantic Ocean. It's like Bahamas. The reason why Turks and Caicos is not considered a territory in the Caribbean Sea is because it's southeast of the Bahamas, which the Bahamas is not in the Caribbean Sea but in the Atlantic Ocean. Great question.
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Level 39
Nov 16, 2021
Didn't read the fine print. Thought this was Caribbean as considered by Caribbean people, not just countries that border an arbitrary line. Does anyone know a quiz of Caribbean countries? For some reason I can't find one. (one that excludes continental countries and includes Bahamas). Thanks!
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Level 43
Jan 20, 2022
Why is Bermuda and Turks and Caicos Islands not here? and also why is the Bahamas not here? plus Belize,Colombia,Costa Rica,Guatemala,Honduras,Mexico,Nicaragua,Panama and Venezuela is not in the Caribbean and also there is regions of those countries that are not in the Carribean like Central America, North America and South America plus good quiz!
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Level 53
Dec 6, 2022
Bermuda, Turks and Caicos islands, and the Bahamas are in the atlantic. Colombia + central america all border the caribbean which is what the quiz is about
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Level 48
May 3, 2022
Should the USA be included because of Navassa Island?
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Level 60
Jul 28, 2022
Please gray out Barbados to avoid confusion, since it's not in the boundaries of most maps that don't have Bahamas.
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Level 53
Dec 6, 2022
Barbados doesnt border the caribbean sea
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Level 43
Dec 8, 2022
Dude Barbados is part of the Caribbean
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Level 40
Oct 23, 2023
Yeah, culturally, but if they are excluding Turks and Caicos and the Bahamas because they don't border it, I suppose Barbados should be excluded as well.
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Level 43
Dec 8, 2022
Bahamas?
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Level 66
Apr 14, 2023
Not in the Caribbean.
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Level 46
Jan 12, 2023
i never considered central america to be carribean, only the greater and lesser antilles
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Level 47
Mar 19, 2024
Funny how it borders the Caribbean.
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Level 46
Jan 12, 2023
i didnt read "contains continental countries" 💀
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Level 61
Mar 14, 2023
Both The Bahamas and Turks and Caicos are members of the Caribbean Community, an intergovernmental organization that is a political and economic union of 15 member states, Bahamas as a full member and T&C as an associate. I feel like if they identify themselves as Caribbean they should be included.
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Level 66
Apr 14, 2023
I identify as the owner of JetPunk. Give me the rights NOW!
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Level 47
Mar 19, 2024
Chile is in the Andes but is not part of the Andean Community.
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Level 39
Apr 15, 2023
Only forgot Saint Barthélemy! Almost got everything.
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Level 47
Apr 15, 2023
Turks and Caicos
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Level 76
Apr 30, 2023
The Bahamas and Turks and Caicos are part of the Caribbean.
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Level 71
Jul 29, 2023
I typed “Cayman” and thought to myself “huh I guess Cayman is not in the Caribbean”, and thought the Cayman Islands were not on this quiz. Turns out you have to type “ISLANDS” to get Cayman Islands. Should you please at least consider accepting just “Cayman”? or maybe I’ve been too obsessed with Yakko’s World…
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Level 60
Sep 10, 2023
"Islands" is usually required on JetPunk (Marshall, Solomon, British Virgin don't work).
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Level 58
May 9, 2024
bahamas is a sovereign country!!!
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Level 51
Jul 10, 2024
Kind of weird that Barbados is included but the Bahamas are not... but I guess it sort of makes sense according to the caveats. The Turks & Caicos, Bermuda, Guyana, Suriname, French Guiana, parts of the continental USA, and parts of Brazil could also be considered "culturally Caribbean." Interesting how much influence this region has even outside of its official borders.