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Sports and Culture in the Caribbean

Sports are well-received social and cultural phenomenon in the Caribbean which proven the importance of sports in the daily lives of the majority of the local inhabitants. Thousands people attend or watch TV broadcasts of cricket, basketball, football, boxing, horse racing, track and field, as well as other regional and international sporting events.

In the islands of Caribbean, sports are force that connect people and give them a sense of unity, pride and identification by supporting the athletes representing them at the international level. Through sports, nationalism is reinforced; politics and culture are also connected to sport.
Sports also give an additional reason to get out of the house, be friends with hundreds of others share a common goal in a passionate atmosphere.

Many sports are played in the Caribbean and even compete in the Summer Olympic Games, but the following two are the most popular.

Polo
Although the sport of polo does not have as much fans as cricket or horse racing, but it is still very popular in Barbados. The Barbados Polo Club organizes events open to the public in Holders, St. James, and other places on the island. Jamaica and the Dominican Republic also have their own teams. The most popular polo field is the Casa de Campo Hotel in the Dominican Republic with three polo fields that organize an annual polo tournament.

Cockfighting
Although animal rights activists advocates to oppose it, cockfighting is a part of Caribbean culture, especially in Puerto Rico, where the sport is extremely famous and hundreds of millions of dollars are betting each year on the fights. Cockfighting is also famous in the Dominican Republic, where more than 2,500 cockfighting events are registered, as well as in Cuba and Haiti.

Many people in the Caribbean are sports lovers and could not imagine a Sunday without a sport event such as a baseball game, a boxing match, or not having a basketball or volleyball game at the local court to see, or not supporting their favorite national teams in the Olympics, Pan-American or Central American Games. Through these teams, sports are a part of local national pride in these nations that have lived for centuries under colonialism. For a brief moment, they can compete on an equal position with the nations that colonized them or nations that are simply bigger and have greater financial resources.

Goat and Crab Racing in Buccoo, Tobago

In Tobago, the breakfast usually comes with the best news — Easter weekend on Tobago – which is unofficially a holiday on the island. The island is not only famous for one of the Caribbean’s biggest music festivals, Tobago Jazz Experience, which is right around the corner, but also another kind of festival which is about to happen in the seaside village of Buccoo.

Buccoo is famous for its weekly Sunday party, which last ’til the sun comes up (and participants literally did dance ’til the sun came up every time). But on the Tuesday after Easter, a different type of traditional fest takes over, attracting both tourists as well as locals from across the water in Trinidad to the village.

Goat Races

This event was began in 1925 by a local resident named Barbadian Samuel Callender, as entertainment form for the lower classes. Why on Tuesday? So the event would not to coincide with the horse racing event of Easter Monday, which reserved for local gentry. Today, the races, now hosted by the Buccoo Goat Race Festival Committee, are a staple. No joking around, the jockeys – young men who chase along with the goats, urging them running toward to the finish line – train along with their charges for up to three months before the actual event. Jockeys must be as fit as their animals – the goat – to be qualified for outrunning their jockey.

Crab Races

‘Crab and Dumpling’ is Tobago’s famous traditional food but nowadays those tasty blue crabs are serving another purpose. Crabs are tied to string held by the jockeys and urged to run toward the finish line with thin bamboo rods. Some races features a straight course. In others, a large circle is made around jockeys and their race crabs. First crab out wins with their owner walking away with the prize while the losing crabs getting curried down, being placed on a bed of dumplings. So Yum!

And when the sun comes down, visitors will join feting in Buccoo all night. So if you have time visit in Tobago, check out our rules before you hit the fete.

Top Caribbean Sailing Routes (Part 3)

St Lucia

Little St Lucia is located at the heart of the Eastern Caribbean chain overseeing beautiful palm-fringed beaches, untouched rainforests as well as the iconic Piton mountains. St Lucia is famous for is golden sunsets and clear blue skies, making it the ideal destination for a romantic couples holiday. On a trip along its coast, visitors will find waterfalls and luxury marinas, mineral baths and seaside art coffee shops. Something new and unexpected situated around every corner. Visitors are sure also to discover that the locals are incredibly hospitality and that they will be well taken care of wherever on the island you choose to stay.

At the north side of St Lucia, visitors will find Pigeon Island featuring two beautiful beaches and old military ruins. The most wonderful views is all the way up to the old naval fort. 

The best sailing route is Rodney Bay where the nightlife is vibrant, lively and the food is extremely fresh. And while being there, visitors must make a visit to the golden sands of Reduit Beach.

Walk by the spectacular vista of Choc Bay and have a swim in the still waters. If keep walking south from here, visitors will get to shore and a must visit place is the nearby town of Castries.

The hurricane hole of Marigot Bay is not only a venue of natural marvel but also the filming place of the original Dr Doolittle film! This is an excellent overnight destination and the nearby Marina Village is excellent for shopping and restaurants.

Visit and have a bite at Bennie’s Restaurant where the boat will be taken care of as you discover the surrounding area and marine park.

Anse Cochon is one of the best beaches to be included in your itinerary, with amazing snorkelling and breathtaking surroundings for a picnic.

It is booming with culture and makes a great place for inland explorations. From here visitors can hike the majestic Pitons and visit volcano at Sulphur Springs.

Lost in Cuba, a colorful jewel in the Caribbean

Ancient, magnificent, casual but attractive, Cuba is a country of colors with a harmonious combination of natural and artificial beauty, classic and modern.

Havana Old Town

Possessing architectural “pearls” that lasted for 5 centuries, the ancient city of Havana Vieja captivates visitors by the beautiful leading urban buildings in America. Stroll the cobbled streets, admire the colorful, long-lasting baroque-style houses, visitors easily imagine life in Cuba 200 years ago.

Varadero

Varadero, one of the most beautiful beaches in the Caribbean, is a famous Cuban tourist destination. Here, about 50 large and small hotels with convenient and modern services, spread along the green palm trees.

The clear blue sea and the gentle waves of fine white sand have created a romantic, poetic scene that attracts tourists from all over the world. Coming here, you can also participate in many interesting activities such as diving, sea fishing, golf, skydiving.

Trinidad

Trinidad journey is like a journey back in time. Visitors will think it is like returning to Cuba in the 17th, 18th and 18th centuries The buildings in the town are restored with vibrant colors.

The cobblestone streets in the city center are designed in the prevailing architecture of centuries ago, when Trinidad developed a prosperous trade of sugar and slavery.

Guardalavaca

Surrounded by sparkling beaches, far from the city center than Varadero, Guardalavaca, Holguin province, owns a quiet, quiet space. This destination is a place for tourists to swim, sunbathe and relax, avoid noise and bustle.

For diving enthusiasts, Guardalavaca is also the ideal place to admire the beautiful corals and explore the diverse world of marine life.

Cayo Largo del Sur

Cayo Largo del Sur Island is an attractive destination to find relaxing moments in the sun. It is famous for a chain of luxury hotels and resorts.

Located on the island of Cayo Largo del Sur, Playa Paraiso is one of the beaches to visit in Cuba. The clear blue sea embraces the smooth white sand to create a pristine and seductive beauty.

Zapata Peninsula

A paradise for nature lovers, Zapata Peninsula is located in a remote area, sparsely populated. However, it has diverse landscapes, arguably one of the largest wetlands in the Caribbean.

Zapata Wetlands is a UNESCO biosphere reserve. About 150 different species of birds live here, prominent as water birds, parrots, herons. In addition, crocodiles also reside a lot under the lagoon.

TOP 9 ATTRACTIVE WATER SPORT IN CARIBBEAN ISLAND (PART 3)

Ray – Belize Alley Shark

If you’ve ever wanted a encounter with sharks and rays, then don’t miss Shark Ray Alley off the coast of Ambergris Cay in Belize. Belize is famous for scuba diving, and going out to the Blue Hole is an unforgettable experience, but swimming with nurse sharks and rays is one of the most uplifting and thrilling experiences we’ve ever had in life.

The nurse sharks seem to enjoy human interaction and the rays welcome the divers as they swim towards them to touch their incredible wingspan. Attracted for years by fishermen cleaning up their catches, Shark Ray Alley has lots of sharks and rays that are still rushing towards the boats looking for scrap.

Coral reefs are filled with not only sharks and rays, but also colorful fish from Barracuda to clownfish – all in balance and harmony in the sea.

As our guide told us, today, don’t think about fish burgers, instead meet all my friends and shark photos and fish in a new way. When we look at the fish in the sea, we see that they all have a littler personality. They seem playful and full of joy and that’s exactly how we feel.

Scuba diving – Honduras

When we sign up for a master’s degree in diving in Honduras, we simply choose the location because the price is right. Accommodation on Utilla is very cheap and dive shops offer affordable prices. Little is known that it also offers some of the best diving in the world.

We saw everything in the waters of Honduras from sharks to starfish and sea horses to turtles. But it was here that we swam with a group of wild bottlenose dolphins and encountered the first whale sharks. Everything we ever wanted to see in the ocean was witnessed by our own eyes on the islands of Honduras. The sea is warm, clear and full of marine life.

Top 9 attractive water sport in Caribbean Island (part 1)

A Caribbean vacation is not a vacation until we get wet in the Caribbean Sea. The sapphire blue waters of the islands are so beautiful and fascinating, it would be a pity to miss a toe in the salty sea.

Although we enjoy luxury escapades, we also want to make sure we have great adventures. To help you get the most out of the water, we’ve put together our top 8 Caribbean water sports, which will make a great addition to your winter vacation.

While flying over the West Indies and the South Caribbean, we marvel at the ever-changing, beautiful blue water. From above, you can watch the colors change from light and dark as the depth of the ocean changes before us.

It took us two days to sail to the far southern islands and as soon as we arrived at the port, we began a roaring underwater adventure with The Sailors Riders at La Romana Dominican. It’s just one of the best Caribbean water sports we’ve tried, check out the rest below!

Swim with whale sharks – Mexico

Nothing is more magical than plunging into the deep blue waters off the coast of Cancun and facing the largest fish in the sea. They may be large but whale sharks are gentle giants that eat plankton. Their mouth is very large, but they cannot swallow you if they try.

Whale sharks seem to be moving at a slow pace, but keeping up with them is another story. Whale sharks really swim very fast so be prepared to swim so hard to keep up the pace. Check out our swimming experience with whale sharks in Mexico.

Snorkelling Thunderball Grotto – Bahamas

That’s where the Thunderball of the James Bond series was filmed. Into the Blue was also filmed here! It is not uncommon for Hollywood to flock to Exuma Cays to film blockbusters at Thunderball Grotto. It is not just heaven, it is adventure!

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.

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.