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Sports and culture on Carribean Islands

Sports is a part of social and cultural phenomenon on Caribbean Islands. Any visitor comes here then feel clearly combination in lifestyle and practice sport in the daily lives. Almost the inhabitants prefer to play sport as well tend to go to the stadium or watch television to cheer up live matches of cricket, basketball, horse race, track running or and field, including both regional and international sport events.

As sharing of the local, sport plays an important role to bring people closer and closer. It also offers sense of unity, emotion and health. So, all people are interested in playing sports.

To understand clearly about connection between sports and culture, you can follow sharing in our article.

Cricket and culture

In general, cricket is the most popular sport on Caribbean Islands. Although it is an imported sport from the foreign, it becomes popular and domesticated with the local recently.

By some special way, people among the British Caribbean connected and played in a cricket match. They worn the same uniform and played together as a Caribbean unification.

Another story, the West Indies has dominated cricket in this island when they have already founded many stadiums around Antigua, Grenada, Guyana, St. Lucia, St. Vincent and Trinidad and Tobago. This islands also hosted the Cricket World Cup in 2007 which is the biggest cricket festival in 4 years.

Baseball and culture

Baseball is usually played and organized international competitions among nations such as Cuba, Puerto Rico, Mexico or Venezuela. The Curacao Little League is the most famous league for baseball. It is a good way to exchange and co-operate like friends.

Besides it, people usually follow the Major Leagues which attracts various players from Dutch Caribbean island and near area. All baseball in Caribbean Islands express international level professionally.

Caribbean IslanDs That Offer Online Sportsbook Licenses

Costa Rica

Costa Rica is a stable island in a notoriously unstable region, becoming a similarly stable home for online sportsbooks.

As a US protectorate, Costa Rica is known for its progressive environmental policies and is the highest-ranked country in Latin America on the Human Development Index. Considered by many people as the world-class in establishing and managing the efficacy of clean energy sources, Costa Rica is also a successful example of how to become a host of online sportbooks.

How Does Costa Rica Regulate Its Sportsbooks? Actually, They Don’t Really

The Free Trade Zone (FTZ) that Costa Rica allows is exceptionally attractive for many multinational companies and foreign investors, as well as sportsbooks operators.

Costa Rica’s regulatory policies are fairly laissez-faire despite lacking of laws that govern any kind of gambling, given the fact that it was founded in 1821. There is still no governing body to monitor online sportsbooks, so these industry is operating without specific regulations.

Those who set up casinos in Costa Rica capitalize on the nation’s economic philosophy which enables extreme tolerance and against any form of managerial oversight.

While There’s No Regulatory Body, Sportsbooks Can Still Get Licenses

Eventually, the Costa Rican government launched an internet gaming license for online sportsbooks, despite the absence of a regulatory body for online sportsbooks.

While not mandatory for sportsbooks to get permit, many applied and got it regardless. This definitely assure customers with a peace of mind, knowing that they bet with a reliable sportsbook registering with the government.

Sportsbooks operating in Costa Rica are still free from regulation than in any other nations around the world.

Relaxed Standards for International Sportsbooks Doesn’t Means Relax for Its Citizens

Despite relax enforcement of sportsbooks’ practice, it is highly illegal for Costa Rica’s residents to participate in betting activities outside of a casino.

Any and all gambling on games determined as illegal activity, even within the bounds of casinos. Costa Rican law stated that the physical location of an online sportsbook’s server is not the place where bets technically take place.

Subsequently, it is within the bounds of the law for sportsbooks to operate within Costa Rica as long as they don’t attract the business of Costa Ricans.

The Jewels of Caribbean Archipelago That Provide Online Sportsbook Licenses (Part 1)

Many of the longest and strongest reputations sportsbooks house themselves outside of the United States, in the Caribbean islands such as Antigua, Costa Rica, and Curacao. Each of which offers online sportsbook licenses and cooperates with regulatory bodies to ensure legitimacy, safety, and highest satisfaction for bettors.If you are interested in knowing more about the nuances of each of these licensing regions and how they coordinate with sportsbooks to enable the best sports betting experiences for clients all over the globe, keep reading!

Antigua
A small island and former British colony situated in the West Indies, Antigua is a famous location of operations for many online sportsbooks.
Antigua is popular both regionally and internationally for its unique ports that are geographically suitable for natural protection and shelter from extreme weather conditions. Just as Antigua is a safe haven for stranded sailors in need of shelters to avoid extreme weather, it similarly enables protection and a secure venue of operation for numerous sportsbooks.

Antigua Was the Pioneer in Offering Online Sportsbooks Licenses
Antigua was one of the first nations to legalize online sportsbooks, publishing its first license to an online sportsbook since 1994. By 1996, the nation organized 15 online sportsbooks. At its the highest period, Antigua’s online gaming industry recruited over 5,000 people, which was a significant proportion of the country’s workforce. Generating over $3.5 billion in annual revenue, the online sports betting industry focus on call center operations, marketing, and the Information Technology sector.

This small island nation has created a model for other nations on how countries can successfully integrate online sportsbooks to benefit their economy. The relationship between sportsbooks and the national employment and GDP rates has become mutually beneficial. Most, if not all, countries that permit licenses to online sportsbooks have built themselves after Antigua.

Sailing Routes in Jamaica

Jamaica is one of the most beautiful islands you’ll ever come across, based on Caribbean standards. Its tropical landscape featuring rainbow, and exotic wildlife. Everything you imagine about the Caribbean can be found on Jamaica. Stop along the island’s 360 miles of coastline you’ll find all kinds of adventures, from waterfall or rainforest hikes to snorkelling adventures exploring a whole world underneath the turquoise waves. It’s truly a paradise. 

Any good trip to Jamaica starts and finishes in the capital of Kingston where all the urban action occurs. In the east, Port Morant features stunning scenery, free dockage where visitors can explore the area for as long as they’d like.

Heading to the tip of the island, visit Port Antonio and the world-renowned Errol Flynn Marina which is famous for being one of the best sailing spots on Jamaica where enthusiasts from all around the world gather every year.

You’ll find the most authentic Jamaica at Orcabessa, featuring excellent fish sanctuary and turtle-hatching programme.

St Ann’s Bay and Discovery Bay are venues of cruise ships dock, with lots of fun activities.

Treasure Beach is a calm and peaceful place to spend some time relaxing.

Visit the Errol Flynn Marina which is famous being one of the best sailing spots on the island. Situated in Port Antonio, sailors from all around the world gather here.

In Falmouth, you’ll witness some incredible architecture in the Falmouth Historic District.

Montego Bay is where the Montego Bay Yacht Club founded, another must-visit along the coast featuring stunning beaches. 

On the west part of Jamaica, visit the beautiful and protected Negril which is famous as one of the most wonderful coastal areas in the world featuring stunning Seven Mile Beach.

Last but not least, a tour up the Black River is one of the most unique sailing experiences in Jamaica.

The number one sport of Barbados – Cricket!

With its year-round beautiful climate and abundant tropical vistas, Caribbean is well-known for sports tourism, Barbados is an ideal destination to many sports enthusiasts. Besides, Barbadians are avid sportsmen who adore a wide variety of sports, including horse racing, road tennis, golf, polo, water sports, track and field, and especially cricket.

This love of sport has led to the establishment of plenty of world-class facilities throughout the island, and has attracted many overseas sportsmen from Europe, America and around the world coming to Barbados for international tournaments or to practice to improve their skills with a good match against local teams.

Cricket started its appearance in Barbados in 1892. Ever since, it created a glorious history with many Barbadians have contributed greatly to international and local cricket. The island is filled with many cricket grounds and the most famous one is Kensington Oval which is situated in Bridgetown. 

Cricket in Barbados is a passion with the Bajans eat, drink, sleep and inhale with cricket. And if people don’t play it, they watch it or talk about it with the most enthusiastic insight that would attract even people with no special interest in the game. 

Brought to the islands by British, cricket has quickly become national sport. At any given time of the year, people are likely to find an elite international test match being hosted at Kensington Oval, an exciting local club match or a friendly competition organized on open fields or along the beaches. 

Many Barbadian players have become internationally famous for their talents on the pitch, especially players of the West Indies team. Among the greatest all-rounder, Sir Garfield Sobers dominated the sport during his career as one of only 10 Barbados National Heroes. He even become the first batsman to ever score six sixes in a single which was an accomplishment that only one other batsman has since accomplished. In 1975 Queen Elizabeth II knighted Garfield Sobers for his services to cricket and his great honor to his country.

Best places to gamble in the CARIBBEAN islands

Whether you love poker, the slots or the roulette wheel, you’ll find a winning gaming getaway in the tropical islands of Caribbean. In this post, you will find some of the best bets in the Caribbean.

The Bahamas    

No matter you rely on skill or luck, there’s endless of opportunity in Nassau and Paradise Island. Known as the Caribbean’s largest and newest casino, Baha Mar Casino comes in at 100,000 square feet of 126 table games of blackjack, poker, roulette, baccarat and craps, other sports betting games, restaurants and bars throughout the casino floor. Glamorous decorated with island-inspired design complemented by natural daylight, pool and ocean views, butler service and many other, the Baha Mar Sports Book is a high-limit betting salons, open for wagers on football, basketball, baseball, hockey, soccer games, etc.

Bridging the sky-scraping resort towers and spanning across a huge lagoon, the 50,000-square-foot Atlantis Casino at the gargantuan Atlantis Paradise Island Resort has an intelligent player-tracking system that allows guests to put their room key into a slot machine or show it at a table for a chance to win big prizes. Decorated with eye-catching sculptures made by glass artist Dale Chihuly, the casino features 85 tables dealing baccarat, poker, craps, roulette and blackjack, 725 slot machines and many racing and sports book. Our gaming experience includes elite Salon Privé caters to the casino customer, high-limit slot machines and ultra-private gaming rooms which is open 24/7 for slots and from 9 a.m. – 4 a. m., Sunday to Thursday, and to 9 a.m – 6 a.m. on weekends. For players looking to level up their game, free lessons are offered and, for those who book in advance, the $75K St. Patrick’s Slot Tournament is on the calendar from March 17 and $50K Blackjack Tournament on March 24.

Brief History of Cockfighting in Puerto Rico

Cockfighting is legal in Puerto Rico with over one million people attend the fights, generate over one hundred million dollars in bets, admission tickets, food consumption and other expenses. Some well known galleras such as La Muda in San Juan, the Club Gallístico de Puerto Rico in Carolina, La Gallera De Cerro Gordo in Bayamón, and the Gallera Los Cocos in Quebradillas is where the cock fights take place.

Cock fighting is a popular sport in Puerto Rico, although it has been banned in many other countries. People said that cock fighting has been introduced to the country under the time of Spanish rule and remains popular til today. This is a controversial tradition.

Breeders of the fighting birds raise and train the roosters, by supplying them with vitamins, all the best food, and sparring, in order to develop the best fighters. The gamecocks wear plastic spurs attached each other in a pit using the back of their claws in order to injure the other bird. During the fight, spectators place bets and the fight ends only when one bird can’t continue fighting, retreats, or dies. A tie is announced if both roosters can’t keep fighting after 15 minutes. Afterwards the surviving bird(s) are taken care of by feeding the bird with medication.

While many people love cockfighting and the Puerto Rican government declared the sport as an integral part of the island’s folklore and patrimony in 2010, there are many people who oppose it, especially animal rights activists who don’t accept the cock fighting as a sport but it animal abuse.
Though undoubtedly controversial, cockfighting has become the island’s culture that many artesanos, craftsmen and women, who create pieces inspired by or depicting elements of cockfighting.

Do you have this sport in your country? Share with us if you do.

Fishing in caribbean region

No matter you like fishing as a sport or not, there are plenty of Caribbean fishing tours to suit you as the Caribbean is one of the world’s most popular fishing locations with some of the best deep sea fishing one can find. There are big chances for you to find whales and pods of dolphins during fishing trip; however do bear in mind that big game fish should be released for preservation reasons.

The variety of the waters – shallow shores, deep water, reefs, lagoons and rivers are what makes fishing adventures popular in Caribbean and Central America. In the shallow shores, there are so many bonefish that they can be caught from the shore or from a small boat.

There are variety of options for you to fish from joining a group on a deep sea fishing charter to opting for a full day custom-made private charter on boat or on a luxury yacht for deep sea or bottom fishing.

Some of the best Caribbean spots to catch bonefish are the Bahamas (Grand Bahama, Abaco, Eleuthera, Andros), the Cayman Islands (Little Cayman), Puerto Rico (Vieques), the US Virgin Islands (St Croix), the British Virgin Islands (Anegada), the Turks and Caicos Islands (Providenciales). In the northern and eastern sides of Aruba (January-April) such as the Dominican Republic, you may caught blue marlin and white marlin while go to the southern side of Aruba such as Costa Rica, you will find sailfish (September-November is best). It’s one of the best tarpon fishing spots – you might caught a monster.

Meanwhile, Puerto Rico (Mayaguez, Fajardo), St Lucia (Soufriere), the Virgin Islands (St Thomas, Tortola) are the best spot for sport fishing. 

In addition to that, there are many sponsored fishing tournaments year-round in the Cayman Islands organized by the Cayman Islands Angling Club and Rotary Club.

GREAT HIKING TRAILS TO TAKE IN THE CARIBBEAN (Part 2)

The Pitons, St. Lucia

The island of Saint Lucia is home to the twin peaks of Gros Piton (2,579 feet in height) and Petit Piton (even taller yet easier) both of which are accessible by foot to the adventurous traveler in roughly 4-5 hours. The trail cross through rainforests and scramb over large rocks along the way to the spectacular view on top, making it worth your wait in line to snap that all-important selfie.

Nevis Peak (Nevis)

It’s a truly challenging hike at 3,232 feet in height. Although the mountain isn’t particularly high nor is altitude a major concern, the fact that the hike begins near sea level, and ends some three hours later at the summit make it amongst the toughest excursions in the entire region. 

The way to the top leads hikers scrambling over rocks and tree roots which requires the occasional ascent using ropes to reach the breathtaking view from the summit and a sense of true satisfaction at what you’ve accomplished.

Virgin Islands National Park, St. John

More than two-thirds of the island of St. John is actually designated as part of the Virgin Islands National Park with stellar natural beauty and rich history, including civilizations that date back more than 1000 years ago. The park features more than twenty trails, spreading out across the island in a variety of different directions allowing visitors to explore entirely on foot.

Those routes wander through thick rainforests, past pristine beaches, and up and down rolling hills, allowing hikers to discover long-abandoned plantations and mills, hidden cabins, and small shacks that once served as slave quarters. A hike here will make hikers feel a bit like walking through history, with some sharp reminders of the past.

Is that tempting enough? What more to think about? Just get some trainers and get moving.

Great HikIng trails to Take in the Caribbean

Travelers visit the Caribbean might find a beautiful beach to lounge on for the bulk of their stay or might be a bit more active by joining a hiking tour. Here are the best hiking trails that will help you stretch your legs, take in some fantastic scenery, and explore a side of the Caribbean that you might not have even known existed. 

The Waitukubuli National Trail, Dominica

The Waitukubuli National Trail is the best long-distance hike in the entire Caribbean with the length of nearly 115 miles across the island of Dominica being sectioned off into 14 different segments. Each segment has a distinct starting and ending point, allows hikers to enjoy either individual parts or take on the the entire trail if they are adventurous enough. Hikers take this trail will pass through a wide variety of environments and terrains, including rural farmland, rainforests, and mountainous regions with the route meandering in and out of local villages from time to time. Where there are breathtaking waterfalls, hot springs, caves, and other natural wonders.

Guanapo Gorge, Trinidad

The Guanapo Gorge on the island of Trinidad is a hike with a wonderful walk through an enchanted setting which hikers can enjoy in only a couple of hours. First, hikers take a stroll through the rainforest before entering a steeply walled canyon that was carved out of solid rock over the passing centuries by the Guanapo River, then walking and sometimes swimming through a series of pools and streams as heading up the valley. The cool, refreshing waters provide welcome relief for hikers from the often steamy conditions. Although this is a challenging hike, it is most definitely worth the effort for those who adventurous enough to undertake. However, remember to wear a swimsuit and water shoes, because you’re definitely going to need them.