A visit to the Caribbean, for many, is about becoming immersed in paradise. For a lot of tourists and travelers it’s about relaxing on the white sandy beaches, dipping their feet in the blue seas and sipping the finest Piña coladas that places like Puerto Rico has to offer. However, there is a whole lot more to the Caribbean islands than just this: there are historical sites that give an insight into the long and rich pasts of the islands and make sure that their history is never forgotten. And here are some of them that you shouldn’t forget to visit when planning a trip to the Caribbean.
La Fortaleza and San Juan National Historic Site, Puerto Rico
Yes, Puerto Rico is not just home to the Piña colada: it is also home the La Fortaleza and San Juan National Historic Site. Built between the 15th and 19th centuries, this site originally played the part of protecting the San Juan Bay and has stood the test of time ever since. Today, you can visit the site as see such features as the Castillo San Cristóbal, which is a fort; and the City Walls of Old San Juan. So, if you like military history, this is the place for you.
Brimstone Hill, St. Kitts and Nevis
The Brimstone Hill Fortress National Park, that is oozing with history in regards to the slave trade, is a place for all those that want a real insight into the Caribbean’s past, and all the turmoils it has seen, to visit. As well as the fortress, there is 17th and 18th century architecture on display so that the past can be further explored in this beautiful national park. If you are interested in learning further about this great fortress on Brimstone Hill that is the embodiment of colonial construction, then read more on thecrazytourist.com. And if you are in fact interested in visiting it, then make sure to pack your walking boots as the site offers its visitors the chance to walk across the great palisades and to watch the reenactment of historical pieces of turmoils and battles as they do so.
Blue and John Crown Mountains, Jamaica
Jamaica deserves to be famous, that much has already been covered; what deserves to be just as famous are the Blue and John Crow Mountains that sit in the mountainous south-east region of it. This is because it is an area that has provided refuge for a host of important figures in the whole of the world’s past, let alone just the Caribbeans. First it was home to the Tainos that were fleeing their lives of slavery, and then it was home to the Maroons, who were formerly an enslaved groups of people. Like when visiting Brimstone, if you plan to visit here, you must most definitely bring your walking boots as there are walking tours, bird watching tours and hiking tour trails on offer.
To find more Caribbean heritage sites, make sure to head over here or seek more information about the organization that has deemed the sites to be historical, the UNESCO. And always remember that there are parts of the Caribbean that should never be forgotten, both in regards to the history of the world, and during any visits that you may make there.
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