Map of the Caribbean

Multiple islands and countries in South America

The Caribbean is a region of the Americas that comprises the Caribbean Sea, its surrounding coasts, and its islands (some of which lie within the Caribbean Sea and some of which lie on the edge where it borders the North Atlantic Ocean). The region lies southeast of the Gulf of Mexico and of the North American mainland, east of Central America, and north of South America.

The region, situated largely on the Caribbean Plate, has more than 700 islands, islets, reefs and cays. Three island arcs delineate the eastern and northern edges of the Caribbean Sea: The Greater Antilles to the north, and the Lesser Antilles and Leeward Antilles to the south and east. Together with the nearby Lucayan Archipelago, these island arcs make up the West Indies. The Bahamas and the Turks and Caicos Islands are sometimes considered to be a part of the Caribbean, even though they are neither within the Caribbean Sea nor on its border. However, the Bahamas is a full member state of the Caribbean Community and the Turks and Caicos Islands are an associate member.

  • Population: 43,163,817
  • Area: 275,400 km2 (106,300 sq mi)
  • Calling code: Multiple
  • Largest Cities: Caracas, Santo Domingo, Port-au-Prince, Maracaibo, Barranquilla, San Juan
  • Languages: English, Spanish, French, Dutch, French Creoles, English Creoles, Dutch Creoles, Spanish Creoles, Papiamenu, Papiamento, Caribbean Hindustani, Chinese, among others


  • Tourism
  • Fish (shrimp)
  • Timber
  • Fuel
  • Mining Products
  • Notably petroleum gas and oils
  • Bananas
  • Sugar
  • Rum
  • Minerals (notably gold, corundum, aluminium oxide and hydroxide)
  • Iron ore products
  • Fertilizers


  • Boats
  • Ships
  • Cars
  • Construction Vehicles and Engine Parts
  • Phone Equipment
  • Processed Food Products
  • Milk and Cream
  • Spirit Drinks

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The Export Canvas system is now also availlable in Papiamentu, the local language spoken in Curaçao.

Multiple Caribbean Flags

Export Canvas Papiamentu

Good news, the Export Canvas is now available in Papiamentu!

Tremendo Notisia, awor e “Export Canvas” ta disponibel na Papiamentu tambe!

Bo seshon di “brainstorm” ku bo coach den bo mes idioma semper ta funshoná mihó.

How cool is this: starting today there is also an Export Canvas in Papiamentu. Why? Brainstorming with a coach works best in your own language. In a time when almost everything is in English, we opt for a different approach. And thanks to Nelida Cathalina of the Export Canvas Hub Caribbean in Curaçao, the entire canvas is now also in Papiamentu.