The Caribbean stretches south of Florida to South America, including Cuba and Central America, and is a top tourist destination.
  • Bahamas and Bermuda
  • Central America
  • Greater Antilles
  • Lesser Antilles


Barbados, an island nation in the Lesser Antilles of the West Indies. It lies in the Atlantic Ocean, nearly 1,600 miles (2,600 km) east-southeast of Florida.

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Geography of Panama

Panama, or Panama City, Republic of Panama, a city and the capital of the republic.

How the Panama Canal Works

In theory, it was a simple idea -- actually building the Panama Canal was another story. Nearly four centuries and 22,000 lost lives later, the canal was in business. Yet some fear that it may become obsolete in the 21st century.

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