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The Wanderlust Wonderlist: World Heritage Sites in the Caribbean (As Seen By The Community)

Usually, when one hears the word "Caribbean", the thoughts drift into luxurious cruise ships and relaxing beaches. But why settle? This beautiful collection of islands has a whole lot of history, culture, and natural wonders to offer!

Old Havana and its Fortification System

Location: Havana, Cuba
Date of Inscription: 1982

“Havana was founded in 1519 by the Spanish. By the 17th century, it had become one of the Caribbean’s main centres for ship-building. Although it is today a sprawling metropolis of 2 million inhabitants, its old centre retains an interesting mix of Baroque and neoclassical monuments, and a homogeneous ensemble of private houses with arcades, balconies, wrought-iron gates and internal courtyards.”

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Pitons Management Area

Location: Saint Lucia
Date of Inscription: 2004

“The 2,909-ha site near the town of Soufriere includes the Pitons, two volcanic spires rising side by side from the sea (770 m and 743 m high respectively), linked by the Piton Mitan ridge. The volcanic complex includes a geothermal field with sulphurous fumeroles and hot springs. Coral reefs cover almost 60% of the site’s marine area. A survey has revealed 168 species of finfish, 60 species of cnidaria, including corals, eight molluscs, 14 sponges, 11 echinoderms, 15 arthropods and eight annelid worms.”

Historic Area of Willemstad, Inner City and Harbour, Curaçao

Location: Willemstad, Island Territory of Curaçao, Netherlands Antilles
Date of Inscription: 1997

“The people of the Netherlands established a trading settlement at a fine natural harbour on the Caribbean island of Curaçao in 1634. The town developed continuously over the following centuries. The modern town consists of several distinct historic districts whose architecture reflects not only European urban-planning concepts but also styles from the Netherlands and from the Spanish and Portuguese colonial towns with which Willemstad engaged in trade.”

Stay tuned for more upcoming wonderlists about the World Heritage Sites! In the meantime, you can read more about them in the official UNESCO World Heritage Committee website.

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This is the original article written in: English. It is also available in: Deutsch.