Images of Central America and The Caribbean



Central America is a place of many natural paradises. Also, a place of much poverty.

The territory of Central America comprises the continental stretch that binds South America to North America and the Caribbean. The Caribbean Sea is full of islands, reefs and atolls. Many are territories of France, United Kingdom and The Netherlands.


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Cancun, hotel zone. A resort in Yucatan, Mexico.


Most of the Western Bahama Banks, the Tongue of the Ocean (center), and Andros Island (left), as well as north central Cuba (lower left) with its fringing reefs, may be seen in this one view. The green-turquoise water over the banks is less than 9 m deep but the deep blue of the Tongue is 1,200 to 1,800 m deep. All the sediment on the banks, including the material that forms the islands, is calcium carbonate (lime) precipitated from sea water by animals and plants. Image courtesy of NASA.


Beach in Saint Croix, the largest of the Virgin Islands of the United States (200 km²). It was discovered in 1493 by Christopher Columbus.




Reduit Beach, in Rodney Bay, St. Lucia.


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