Stills from the record-breaking “Despacito” video

Pasito a pasito: Daddy Yankee and Luis Fonsi | Backstory

The Caribbean musical hit of 2017? That’s “Despacito”, the steamy song by Puerto Ricans Luis Fonsi and Daddy Yankee, which has been breaking records all year. Nazma Muller investigates its runaway success, and explains why “Despacito” has roused controversy for more than its lyrics.

The island of St Martin, which sustained a direct hit from Hurricane Irma, was one of the region’s  worst affected

After the storm | Perspective

In the aftermath of Hurricanes Irma and Maria, here’s how you can help the islands most badly affected.

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A cave with a view | Parting Shot

Puerto Rico’s Cueva Ventana offers visitors a stunning natural view of the Arecibo valley.

Photo by iStock.com/Gregobagel

Ponce, Puerto Rico

The Pearl of the South, the City of Lions — Puerto Rico’s second city is an open-air museum, an architectural treasure, and home of the island’s best ice cream.

A75T6X Taino Indian petroglyphs on basalt rock on the Caribbean island of St. Kitts

First things first: the Caribbean’s First Peoples

The Caribbean’s First Peoples shaped our landscapes, language, and culture — and across the region, our indigenous heritage remains within reach, if you know where to look.

Upbeat (May/June 2001)

Upbeat (May/June 2001)

New music from the Caribbean.

Caribbean genocide

Caribbean genocide

James Ferguson on A Short Account of the Destruction of the Indies by Bartolomé de Las Casas.

Courtesy Jan Barwick

Time to thaw out in the sun

Coming events around the islands.

Photograph by Gedwardsphotography.com

Caribbean Datebook (September/October 2014)

Events around the Caribbean (and further afield) in September and October — from music festivals to sports tournaments.

Castillo San Felipe del Morro. Photograph by  Colin D. Young/Shutterstock.com

Back and fort

The Caribbean’s history of wars and colonisation has left an extraordinary legacy of military architecture, some of it nearly five centuries old. Recognised today as historic sites, these forts and naval bases are a reminder of the often bloody past that shaped our present.