9 Famous Landmarks in the Caribbean That Capture the Heart of the Islands

Port Royal s Underwater City, Jamaica

Port Royal, Jamaica s once notorious pirate haven, sank into the sea during a 1692 earthquake, leaving a submerged city with historic ruins and shipwrecks now accessible through special diving expeditions.

Great Blue Hole, Belize

The Great Blue Hole is a massive marine sinkhole in Belize s Lighthouse Reef, measuring 407 feet deep and 70,650 square meters in surface area, containing ancient stalactites that hint at its prehistoric past.

The Pitons, St. Lucia

St. Lucia s Pitons, consisting of Gros Piton (798 meters) and Petit Piton (743 meters), are volcanic peaks that rise dramatically above the island, forming a UNESCO World Heritage Site and a popular hiking destination.

Castillo San Felipe del Morro, Puerto Rico

Castillo San Felipe del Morro, a 16th-century fortress in Old San Juan, Puerto Rico, stands 43 meters tall and is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, renowned for its historical significance and cinematic appearances.

Old Town Square (Plaza Vieja), Cuba

Constructed in 1559, Havana s Plaza Vieja is a historic square featuring stunning baroque and art nouveau architecture, once a site for various public events and now a vibrant spot for cultural activities.

Brimstone Hill Fortress National Park, St Kitts and Nevis

Brimstone Hill Fortress, a UNESCO World Heritage Site in St. Kitts and Nevis, was built by the British between the 17th and 18th centuries and offers insights into Caribbean military history and European expansion.

St. Nicholas Abbey, Barbados

Built in 1658, St. Nicholas Abbey in Barbados is one of three authentic Jacobean mansions in the Western Hemisphere, renowned for its historical architecture and functioning rum distillery.

The Hermitage, Bahamas

The Hermitage on Cat Island, Bahamas, is a stone monastery built by Father Jerome in 1939 atop Mount Alvernia, the highest point in the Bahamas, offering panoramic views and intricate hand-carved details.

Christiansted National Historic Site, U.S. Virgin 

Christiansted National Historic Site in St. Croix, U.S. Virgin Islands, covers seven acres and includes 18th and 19th-century structures like Fort Christiansværn, reflecting the town s role as the capital of the Danish West Indies.

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