Rat Island, St. Lucia Comes Full-Circle (But Could Still Use a New Name)
Every Caribbean island can't have an alluringly exotic name. Rat Island, though, is more than its unfortunate name makes it out to be.
Fort Charles: Fading Bastion of British Colonial Rule in Jamaica
During its heyday (1600s), Jamaica's Port Royal was the richest and wickedest city in the Caribbean. Chief among its defenses: Fort Charles.
Admiral Rodney Rum HMS Royal Oak – My Mixed Emotions
I'm a big fan of Admiral Rodney Rum. HMS Royal Oak, in particular, is fantastic. Admiral Rodney the man, though, is another story.
Cerveza Hatuey: Back To The Future (Sort of) Sabor de Cuba
The story of Cerveza Hatuey is really the story of 3 beers. It's also the story of a brave man and Cuba's enduring fight against oppression.
St. Martin/St. Maarten
Fort Amsterdam, Sint Maarten – Sadly Decaying 17th Century Stronghold
Like the continued coexistence of the Dutch and French in SXM, the combination of Dutch and Spanish styles in Fort Amsterdam make it unique.
2020 Notting Hill Carnival Born of Fire & Pride Rises Again
For over 50 years Notting Hill Carnival has grown and morphed with the times. Born of fire and pride, it's an institution unlike anything else in the UK.
Fort Shirley Officers’ Quarters: Where Mutiny Begat Emancipation
An 1802 revolt that started at the Fort Shirley Officers' Quarters in Dominica directly led to the emancipation of a most unlikely group of slaves.
The Best Time to Visit Montserrat and The Legend of Cudjoe Head
The best time to visit Montserrat is mid-summer if you love history, are culturally curious, and like to party. The occasion: Cudjoe Head Festival.
Vive la Grenade and Independence from Britain
There's a French undercurrent to everything in formerly British Grenada. Le Tricolour held sway over the island they called La Grenade for 114 years.