The two continents which make up this part of the world were largely unknown to the outside world until the 15th century when Christopher Columbus accidentally discovered North America. Although the Norse explorer Leif Erikson had already sailed to this part of the planet before the Spanish, he did not colonize the land and left it just as he had found it. Mass emigration from Europe to these ‘exotic’ lands resulted in large indigenous populations being wiped out from diseases and enslavement, leading to a huge loss of history and culture. However, today, the legacy of colonization has ensured that both the Americas share many common traits, common Indo-European languages, and a dominant religion, Christianity, which accounts for 86% of the population. The English influence on Anglo America which includes Canada and the United States is quite apparent when compared to Latin America which had a larger Spanish and Portuguese presence.
Given the extent of land that the Americas cover, from north to south, the diversity of the landscape and climate is vast. Kaffeklubben Island, the northernmost point on the earth lies in this region, while the southernmost point of the Americas extends to Antarctica. Running along the west coast is the American Cordillera which comprises the Andes in South America and the Rocky Mountains and other ranges in North America. The eastern side which is much flatter is characterized by large river basins such as the Mississippi and the Amazon. Today, travelers to the Americas are as ‘wowed’ by the New World as were the explorers. The blend of the old with the new, the gleaming metropolises such as Chicago, New York, Rio de Janeiro, and Miami to name a few, with some of the most advanced technology in the world, the rugged Wild West, and the lost worlds of South America, draw thousands of travelers to this part of the world.

Top 12 Things To Do In Santo Domingo

Top 12 Things To Do In Santo Domingo

The capital and largest city in the Dominican Republic, Santo Domingo holds the distinction of being the oldest continuously inhabited European settlement in the Americas. Founded by Bartholomew Columbus, the brother of the famous explorer, the city was named in honor of Saint Dominic in 1495 and became the ‘Gateway to the Caribbean‘. The city…

Top 12 Things To Do In Saint Kitts And Nevis

Top 12 Things To Do In Saint Kitts And Nevis

This beautiful two-island nation in the West Indies also referred to as the Federation of Saint Christopher and Nevis is the smallest sovereign state in the Western Hemisphere. Despite its size, Saint Kitts and Nevis have a rich history. These islands were among the first islands in the Caribbean where the Europeans decided to set…

Top 12 Things To Do In Martinique

Top 12 Things To Do In Martinique

Martinique is an overseas department of France, located in the Caribbean Sea, directly north of St. Lucia. The island which has a rather interesting history is a heady combination of tropical gardens, beautiful beaches and mountains. While many visitors to the island prefer to relax on the beautiful beaches and feast on Creole and French…

Top Things To Do in Saint Lucia

Top 12 Things To Do In Saint Lucia

Undoubtedly one of the most beautiful places in the Caribbean, Saint Lucia is a small island located between Martinique and St. Vincent. Touted as one of the best honeymoon destinations in the world, the island is much more than that as it offers stunning mountain views, secret waterfalls, pristine beaches, and a wide variety of…

Top 10 Things To Do In U.S Virgin Islands

Top 10 Things To Do In U.S Virgin Islands

Synonymous with glorious white sand beaches and a salubrious subtropical climate, the U.S Virgin Islands are the pinnacle of Caribbean splendor. A collection of approximately 90 beautiful islands and cays located in the Eastern Caribbean, the U.S Virgin Islands are just 1,100 miles from the shore of Miami meaning they are the perfect place for…

Top 10 Things To Do In Curacao

Top 10 Things To Do In Curacao

Situated just 48 km (30 miles) from the shore of Venezuela, Curaçao is one of the Dutch islands, part of the kingdom of the Netherlands in the South Caribbean Sea, just outside of the hurricane belt, which makes it a great spot to visit year-round. From astounding scuba diving experiences to breathtaking nature parks. With…

Top 8 Things To Do In The Turks and Caicos

Top 8 Things To Do In Turks and Caicos

The Turks and Caicos Islands, a British overseas territory near the Bahamas in the Caribbean, consisting of 40 islands and cays, 8 of which are inhabited. It is arguably an excellent destination for divers and snorkelers and one of the most beautiful places in the world with over 370 km (230 miles) of nearly abandoned…

Top 8 Things To Do In Cayman Islands

Top 8 Things To Do In Cayman Islands

The Cayman Islands are an overseas British territory located on the Western Caribbean Sea, 145 km (90 miles) south of Cuba. The country is made up of 3 islands namely; Cayman Brac, Little Cayman, and Grand Cayman. It became famous in the 1980s for its rich offshore banking system and nowadays it is the world’s 5th largest financial center, only…

Top 10 Things To Do In Bermuda

Top 10 Things To Do In Bermuda

Bermuda is a semi-tropical paradise made up of 181 coral covered lava based islands, just a two-hour flight from most East Coast U.S. cities. World’s most beautiful pink sandy beaches (yes, they really are pink), crystal clear turquoise ocean waters with breathtaking marine life, crisp colonial architecture, warm weather, and a fascinating sea-faring history combined with authentic British charm.…

Top 9 Things To Do In British Virgin Islands

Top 9 Things To Do In British Virgin Islands

The British Virgin Islands (BVI), a British overseas territory, is an archipelago comprising 50 islands. It lies east of Puerto Rico and immediately northwest of the am (USVI), its culturally dominant neighbor. The main islands – Tortola, Anegada, Virgin Gorda and Jost Van Dyke are popular with sailors, fishermen, sun worshippers, and other independent travelers who…

Top 9 Things To Do In The Bahamas

Top 9 Things To Do In The Bahamas

Nestled in the Caribbean Sea and encompassing a chain of 700 islands and more than 2000 small cays. The Bahamas is well known worldwide as one of the greatest travel destinations, mainly because of its world-class resorts, pristine beaches and natural wonders. Join us on a journey in true paradise with the Top 9 Things…

Top 9 Things To Do In Saint Barthelemy

Top 9 Things To Do In Saint Barthelemy

St. Barthelemy, casually known as St. Barts, was discovered by Christopher Columbus in 1493, and he later named it in honor of his brother, Bartolomeo. In the mid-1600s, the French arrived and built a small settlement. Nowadays, Saint BarthĂŠlemy is a pearl of the Antilles in the Caribbean Sea, it is possibly the chicest island in the Caribbean…

Top 6 Things To Do In Trinidad And Tobago

Top 6 Things To Do In Trinidad And Tobago

Just off the northeastern coast of Venezuela, Trinidad and Tobago are two unique islands joined as one nation with different characters. Check out our Top 6 Things To Do In Trinidad And Tobago. 1 Caroni Bird Sanctuary, Trinidad – This is the home of Trinidad’s national bird, the Scarlet Ibis – a beautiful sight as they flock to Caroni’s…

Top 10 Things To Do In Jamaica

Top 10 Things To Do In Jamaica

Jamaica, the birthplace of reggae and one of the more popular Caribbean destinations, boasts a treasure trove of natural jewels and a colorful African vibe. It is rich with lush mountains, hiking trails, huge green rainforests, waterfalls, lagoons, wonderful beaches and reef lines. Visit Jamaica and enjoy our list of the Top 10 Things To Do In Jamaica. 1 Strawberry…

Top 9 Things To Do In St. Martin and St. Maarten

Top 9 Things To Do In St. Martin / St. Maarten

Saint Martin (French: Saint-Martin; Dutch: Sint Maarten) is an island in the northeast Caribbean, divided into a Dutch and French side and very popular with cruise ships and vacationers that come for relaxing, sunbathing, shopping, dining, sailing and other water sports. The French and Dutch have lived side by side on St. Maarten/St. Martin for…

Top 10 Things To Do In Aruba

Top 10 Things To Do In Aruba

North of Venezuela, the island of Aruba is a little pearl in the Caribbean. Aruba is a diverse island, known for its white-sand beaches, crystal clear water, stark desert views, and sharp volcanic rock formations. It has attractive locations for scuba diving and tons of flora and fauna along with ritzy resorts and many casinos.…

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Top 9 Things To Do In Barbados

First settled by the British in 1625, Barbados is and an island country that belongs to the Lesser Antilles, and an attractive tourist destination with white sand beaches and glimmering blue waters. Steeped in history, architecture, wildlife, sporting events, renowned restaurants. This beautiful little island offers a broad range of intriguing attractions, makes it the perfect Caribbean vacation.…

Top 10 Places You Must Visit In Dominican Republic

Top 10 Places You Must Visit In Dominican Republic

The Dominican Republic is a Caribbean nation that shares the island of Hispaniola with Haiti to the west. Nearly 5 million tourists flock to the Dominican Republic every year, making it the most-visited destination in the Caribbean with its world-class resorts, crystal-clear waters, white-sand beaches, a bevy of water sports and spectacular golf. The possibilities for…

Top Things To Do In Havana

Top 10 Things To Do In Havana

Havana it’s not just the capital of Cuba but also the capital salsa of the world. Havana has given us one of most refreshing and popular drinks “Mojitos”, the most popular Latin artist of all times known as “Queen Celia Cruz”, the best dancers, musicians, the best doctors in all of Latin America come from…

Top 10 Things To Do In Puerto Rico

Top 7 Things To Do In Puerto Rico

World renowned celebrities such as Ricky Martin, Jennifer Lopez or Benicio Del Toro call Puerto Rico home but hundreds of thousands of tourists call Puerto Rico one of the best and most beautiful islands in the Caribbean. It is known as “La Isla del Encanto”, Spanish for “the charming island”. Beautiful tropical weather all year round, welcoming…