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Tourist count

Roughly two million tourists visit the Caribbean Islands per year.

World's top cruise destination

The Caribbean accounts for nearly half of the industry's passenger count. Most of the world's major cruise ships winter here.


Tourism drives the economy of most Caribbean islands. And the United States is the chief trading partner in goods and raw materials.

Caribbean compared to the Atlantic

The Caribbean water is significantly warmer, calmer, clearer and less salty. These attributes draw tourists.


The Caribbean Sea is the world's second largest sea. The biggest, the Mediterranean, is only 9% larger.


The Caribbean Sea's deepest point is 7.5 kilometers (4.7 miles) below sea level.

Number of Islands

The Caribbean officially has over 7,000 islands (but that figure includes small cays, reefs, and islets). Only about 150 islands are inhabited.

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