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shutterstock_141248143BAHAMAS

  • Made up of 700 islands, but only 30 are inhabited
  • Flamingos out number people 61:1 on Great Inagua

Mount-Gay-Rum-Black-Barrel-3BARBADOS

  • Mount Gay is the world’s oldest rum brand – 1703
  • 50 – number of years since the British granted the island independence
  • article-2249969-16914936000005DC-204_634x316US$22 million – the cost of Rihanna’s Sandy Lane abode

traffic-lightsBRITISH VIRGIN ISLANDS (BVI)

  • BVI received their first traffic light in 2001
  • 3 people have lived on Salt Island since 1980. Annual rent is a bag of salt sent to the Queen

diveCAYMAN ISLANDS

  • 365 dive sites on Grand Cayman; visit one every day of the year
  • 0 – number of casinos on island

JFK-cigarCUBA

  • At 42,800 sq mi Cuba is the largest island in the Caribbean
  • Has one of the highest literacy rates in the world: 99.8%
  • Hours before signing the embargo, JFK bought 1,200 Cuban cigars

churchJAMAICA

  • With over 1,600 churches, Jamaica boasts more churches per square mile than any other countrycoffee
  • Japan accounts for 80% of all Blue Mountain Coffee annual exports

dicPUERTO RICO

  • 5 – the number of times Puerto Rico has won the Miss Universe title
  • 3.6 million – the population of Puerto Rico, making it one of the most densely populated islands in the world

 

saba-runwaySABA

  • Has the world’s shortest runway – 1,300 feet long

tumblr_n1pqrsccff1qced37o1_1280William-Arthur-LewisST LUCIA

  • 2 – the number of Nobel Prize winners born here: Derek Walcott (literature, 1992) and Sir Arthur Lewis (economics, 1979)

st-m-signST MARTIN / ST MAARTEN

  • 1 island/2 nations – St. Martin (French) and St. Maarten (Dutch)
  • 37 – number of square miles and beaches that make up the island

conchTURKS & CAICOS

  • Has the 3rd largest barrier reef system in the world
  • Home to the world’s only conch farm

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAUS VIRGIN ISLANDS

  • $25 million, the amount the US paid to Denmark in 1916 for what are now known as the US Virgin Islands

 


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