All about blue | Round trip

Is any colour more distinctive of the Caribbean? Take a tour of the region through our many hues and shades of blue

  • Dean’s Blue Hole, the Bahamas
  • Industriales baseball team, Cuba
  • Semuc Champey, Guatemala
  • Blue Curaçao liqueur
  • Blue poison dart frog, Suriname
  • Blue devils, Trinidad
  • Blue Mountains, Jamaica

Dean’s Blue Hole, the Bahamas

The limestone landscape of Long Island is dotted with caves and sinkholes, eroded over many centuries — the latter forming distinctive “blue holes,” flooded with fresh or sea water, almost perfectly circular, and eerily deep. Most impressive of all is Dean’s Blue Hole, in a bay west of Clarence Town, with a depth measured at 663 feet — the perfect location for the celebrated Vertical Blue freediving competition, running annually since 2008

Industriales baseball team, Cuba

It’s one of the quirks of Caribbean history, the way baseball, the quintessential American game, also happens to be Cuba’s national sport. And the team true Habaneros root for? Industriales, also known as “los Azules,” for their royal blue uniforms. Founded in 1962, Industriales nurse a traditional rivalry with the “Wasps” of Santiago de Cuba — who take the field uniformed in red

Semuc Champey, Guatemala

In the department of Alta Verapaz, in the hills above Guatemala’s Caribbean coast, you’ll find the little-known wonder of Semuc Champey. Here, in the deep rainforest, the Cahabón River flows under a natural limestone bridge, above which six terraced pools glimmer a brilliant turquoise. Getting here involves a challenging hike or a bumpy 4×4 ride, but the payoff is obvious at first sight

Blue Curaçao liqueur

The Laraha orange, a citrus variety unique to Curaçao, is far too bitter to eat — but its aromatic peel is the key ingredient in the distinctive liqueur named for the Dutch island, and traditionally tinted blue. Curaçao liqueur is also manufactured in the Netherlands, but only one distillery in the world still uses true Laraha peel: that’s Senior & Co., based in Willemstad since 1896. Blue Curaçao lends its distinctive hue to all manner of cocktails, a staple of bartenders around the world

Blue poison dart frog, Suriname

Known in Latin as Dendrobates tinctorius and in indigenous Tirio as okopipi, this brightly coloured frog, native to rivers and streams in Suriname’s interior forests, has no need for camouflage. Rather, its azure markings serve as a warning to possible predators — it’s not called a poison dart frog for nothing. Each frog’s pattern of markings is as distinctive as a fingerprint. It’s a favourite of frogkeeping hobbyists worldwide, but there’s nothing like the thrill of spotting one of these small, brilliant creatures in its wild habitat

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Blue devils, Trinidad

Of the various species of devil mas among Trinidad’s traditional Carnival masquerades, blue devils are by far the most celebrated — a favourite of photographers, subject of films and books, and perennial crowd-pleasers. On Carnival Monday, the place to see them is their home ground: as far back as anyone can remember, the village of Paramin in the hills north of Port of Spain has been home to rival blue devil troupes, with their blood-curdling hoots and menacing dance to the rhythm of drums, breathing fire and mock-menacing onlookers with their pitchforks

Blue Mountains, Jamaica

They are an icon of Jamaica, towering above Kingston, home to rare flora and fauna that thrive in the microclimates of higher elevations, and to the island’s best coffee farms. In brilliant sunshine, the lushly forested slopes of the Blue Mountains are obviously green — but as dusk falls, or on rainy day, they fade into the many smudged shades of blue that lend them their name.