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Can Bees Add a Fresh Buzz to the Caribbean’s $56 Billion Tourism Market? – OZY

Posted: December 13, 2019 at 3:23 pm

When the International Monetary Fund projected recently that Guyanas economy could jump by 86 percent in 2020, it credited recent oil and gas discoveries. But a different buzz is exciting two of the South American nations premier industries, agribusiness and tourism. Theyre looking to marry their sectors to offer a new attraction to visitors: bees.

Guyana is not alone. For decades, the Caribbean has counted on its pristine beaches and Guyana on its lush rainforests to draw millions of visitors. Now, the regions countries are increasingly looking to broaden their draw with bee tourism also known as apitourism at a time the populations of more than 700 North American bee varieties are on the decline, according to the Center for Biological Diversity.

Trinidad and Tobago is hosting a bee safari in early 2020, publicizing the event as a way to beat the winter blues while gaining insights into tropical beekeeping. In St. Lucia, the Washington-based Global Environment Facility a partnership of 183 nations and civil society organizations is backing local beekeepers who are offering four-day bee safaris and one-day bee farm tours.

Starting in 2020, Eden Farm Tours in Grenada will offer apitherapy spa packages. The company is also trying to launch the Caribbeans first medical-grade honey. The Compete Caribbean Partnership Facility a collaboration of regional private sector firms and the Caribbean Tourism Organization recently announced grants of up to $400,000 for innovative new agritourism initiatives, including in bee tourism.

It is only natural to see how we can use agriculture as a base for providing satisfactory tourism experiences.

Donald Sinclair, director general, Guyanas Department of Tourism

Guyana plans on offering three- to five-day safari tours for tourists to sample the countrys varieties of honey while observing domestic hives. This support from governments and regional and global organizations points to the growing confidence that bee tourism could add to the regions estimated $56 billion annual tourism revenue, and capture a slice of the global apiculture industry thats estimated to touch $10 billion by 2023.

Guyana has vast agricultural resources and is a strong emerging tourism destination, says Donald Sinclair, director general of Guyanas Department of Tourism. So it is only natural to see how we can use agriculture as a base for providing satisfactory tourism experiences.

The Guyana Apiculture Society plans to take visitors to apiaries near the majestic Demerara and Essequibo rivers, says the bodys vice president, Linden Stewart. Tourists will see bees pollinating blossoms, then visit a honey house to observe the extraction, filtration and bottling of honey with an opportunity for sampling.

For the regions beekeepers, tapping into tourism makes sense. When you are in a Caribbean island if you are not in tourism, you are not in business, says Richard Matthias, president of the Iyanola Apiculture Collective in St. Lucia.

For tourists, the Caribbean promises opportunities impossible to find in North America, say experts. Caribbean bees have a very different diet, says Gladstone Solomon, former president of the Association of Caribbean Beekeepers Organizations. In North America, bees often have to settle for acres of almonds or other monoculture crops. In the Caribbean, bees forage on a range of nectar sources, from forest trees to shrubs to commercial plants. As a consequence, the honey produced in the Caribbean varies throughout the year, depending on the plants flowering at the time, explains Matthias. At some times of the year some flowers may be predominant; at other times there is a mixture of nice floral bouquets, he says. At the end of the year other trees come into flower and the honey tastes like licorice.

When Solomon, 70, started bee safaris in Tobago nearly two decades ago, he was a pioneer. Now, increasing numbers of regional players are entering the market. His 11-day safaris target bee enthusiasts and also expose them to local cuisine and a steel band rehearsal in Trinidad. Its not a niche that would be attractive to everyone, he admits, but it works in an era where increasing numbers of persons are looking for unique experiences.

For now, Slovenia is the world leader in bee tourism with resorts and marketing dedicated to the sector. Matthias acknowledges the Caribbean has some catching up to do, but adds that it has advantages. For one, theres its unrivaled natural beauty. Tourists on the St. Lucia bee safaris visit the islands famous Pitons mountainous volcanic plugs mangroves and virgin forest. And Caribbean bee tourism has started receiving significant financial support. The Global Environment Facility has awarded Matthias collective a $50,000 grant to establish a tour service targeting the 600,000 cruise ship visitors who come to St. Lucia each year.

Recent research by University of Arkansas scientists also suggests that bees that feast on monoculture crops are nutritionally deprived. That means the healthier Caribbean bees might be the future of bee tourism in the Americas.

To be sure, beekeeping in the Caribbean comes with its own challenges pesticides, beehive theft and inadequate pasture for hosting apiaries are some key ones, says Hayden Sinanan, inspector of apiaries in Trinidad and Tobagos Ministry of Agriculture. Both Solomon, who runs six apiaries in Trinidad and Tobago, and Ravi Rajkumar, a third-generation beekeeper in Guyana, cite the lack of pasture area as a major concern. The Trinidadian government has promised more land but has yet to deliver, says Solomon, who holds a bachelors degree in tourism management and a masters in agriculture and rural development. Adding to expenses, says Matthias, is that most equipment needed to run apiaries has to be imported.

But where there is a will, there is a way. Once decision-makers understand the importance of bees to the environment, theyll do more to support apitourism, says Sinanan. If there is something wrong in the natural environment it will be seen first in a bee colony, he says. They are the canary in the coal mine.

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Revealed: how the Caribbean became a haven for Jews fleeing Nazi tyranny – The Guardian

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All cemeteries have stories to tell, and the one on Mucurapo Road in Port of Spain, Trinidad, is no exception. Among the names carved on headstones are Irene and Oscar Huth, Erna Marx, Karl Falkenstein, Willi Schwarz and Otto Gumprich. Hebrew inscriptions are adorned with a Star of David.

Five years ago, Hans Stecher joined his mother, father and aunt in the Jewish section of Mucurapo cemetery. Aged 90 when he died, he was the last of about 600 Jewish refugees from Nazi Europe who ended up in Trinidad as they sought sanctuary from persecution and violence.

Stecher arrived on the island as a 14-year-old in 1938. For him it was an adventure and a dream come true, according to his memoir; but for his parents, everything was strange and somewhat frightening. The boy went on to enjoy a happy and prosperous life on the island. In reporting his death, the Trinidad Guardian described him as a giant of a man.

Several thousand Jewish refugees went by boat to Caribbean islands, including Barbados and Jamaica, in the run-up to and during the second world war. Their almost-forgotten story has now been told in a new book. Most wanted to reach the US or Canada, but could not get entry visas. In their panic to escape the march of fascism, they were forced to take what they could get. It was a last-chance destination. The majority who ended up in the Caribbean lost members of their families who stayed in the Holocaust, said Joanna Newman, author of Nearly the New World: The British West Indies and the Flight from Nazism 1933-1945.

At the 1938 Evian conference, 32 countries discussed the growing refugee crisis, but few opened their doors. As refugees crammed on to ships leaving European ports with no clear destination, Jewish organisations engaged in frantic negotiations to find places willing to take refugees. Some boats went from port to port, said Newman.

British colonies in the Caribbean, such as Trinidad, had no visa requirements, merely charging a landing deposit. The Jews, many of whom had professional qualifications, arrived penniless but willing to adapt to a new life, helped by modest grants from refugee agencies to start new businesses. According to the Trinidad Guardian: One of the physicians, a lady doctor, is now a midwife, another turned chemist, and a third one is a foreman in a local factory. A famous master-builder of Vienna is now looking for any kind of work. His wife makes a living by tailoring. A lawyer has become a canvasser, another a floor-walker, while a third is going to open a jewellers store.

In Port of Spain, Trinidads capital, the refugees founded a synagogue in a rented house. They opened cafes and started drama and football clubs. The local authorities allotted them a section of the Mucurapo cemetery. Although many intended the Caribbean to be a temporary stopover, they began putting down roots, said Newman.

The response of local people was mixed, she said. There was grumbling about overcrowding and competition, and disquiet about Jewish businesses and peddlers undercutting the locals. But newspapers carried reports of atrocities and persecution in Europe, so people were aware of their plight. Some saw an echo of their own history of slavery in the persecution of Jews.

Calypsos were a rich reflection of public opinion. One by Charlie Gorrilla Grant began: Tell me what you think of a dictator / Trampling the Jews like Adolf Hitler / Tumbling them out of Germany / Some running for refuge in the West Indies.

It was a last-chance destination. The majority who ended up in the Caribbean lost family members in the Holocaust.

King Radios The Jews Immigration was less sympathetic, describing Trinidad as a dumping ground. The place is so congested friends I must say / Yet the Foreigners are pouring in every day.

With the outbreak of war in 1939, Caribbean authorities followed the British move to intern enemy aliens, establishing camps and closing down Jewish businesses. According to Stechers memoir, those interned could not help but feel bitterness and resentment at being deprived of their newly-found freedom and, having just sent out new roots, being so abruptly and rudely uprooted once more.

After the war, most Jews in the Caribbean moved on to the US, Canada or Palestine (the state of Israel was declared in 1948), but a handful stayed and assimilated, said Newman. If you look in the phone book in Trinidad, you will find Jewish names. But theres little in the way of a Jewish community now.

The Mucurapo cemetery, with about 60 Jewish graves, was a poignant reminder of this neglected chapter of history, she said. When she last visited several years ago, it was not in a great state of repair Im concerned about who has custody of these graves.

After stumbling across references to the Jewish flight to the Caribbean, Newman spent two decades scouring archives and gathering testimonies and memoirs for her book. I come from a refugee family on my fathers side, so I grew up with stories of the persecution that my grandparents faced, she said.

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Curtain Bluff, Antigua: laid-back luxury in the Caribbean – The Week UK

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In a quiet corner of Antigua - one of the friendliest and most laid-back of the Caribbean islands - sits Curtain Bluff, a luxury beach resort that has not changed hands in more than half a century.

After serving with the RAF in the Second World War, Howard Hulford plied his trade as a private pilot, ferrying oil executives to and from the Caribbean. Thats how he discovered Curtain Bluff, a forested headland on the southwestern coast of the island.

In 1962, he and his wife built their home there - and a 22-room hotel. Since Howards death in 2009, Chelle has flown solo, circulating among guests in the dining room and hosting a weekly cocktail party in her home on the hilltop.

Curtain Bluff now boasts 72 rooms and suites, as well as two restaurants, a standalone spa, tennis courts, a squash court and a swimming pool. Many of the rooms have been refurbished in airy coastal colours, and all offer spectacular ocean views. Some have balconies and private plunge pools, while others provide direct access to the beach.

Despite its expansion, the hotel retains a family feel. The hilly terrain, combining landscaped gardens and pine groves, conceals the larger accommodation blocks, while the open-sided main building blends harmoniously with the landscaped gardens. Many of the staff have been at the hotel for years if not decades, and guests also have a habit of returning.

Curtain Bluff caters equally well for those who want to spend their holiday trying new activities - and those who want to do as little as possible. First stop for the latter group is likely to be the sheltered sandy beach on the western side of the bluff, where sunloungers and waiters carrying iced drinks provide relief from the tropical sun - as does the clear, cooling water. A spa, on the very tip of the headland, offers more intense relaxation through a range of massages and other treatments.

For the more active, the hotel offers a wide range of watersports at no extra cost, including motorised activities such as water skiing, wakeboarding and tubing. Snorkelling and scuba-diving trips, and all equipment hire, are also included, as is use of the resorts tennis courts (although lessons with the club pro are extra). Kayaks, paddle boats, sailing boats and wind-surfing boards are also freely available.

Antigua is a small island and not difficult to navigate (taxis or guided excursions can be arranged for a fee). The main tourist attractions include Nelsons Dockyard, just around the coast from Curtain Bluff, although the road winds inland, through steep and densely forested terrain, before emerging at what looks for all the world like a Gloucestershire manor house. Theres good reason for that: it was built with bricks shipped in from England in the late 18th century.

Now a hotel and restaurant called The Admirals Inn, it was once a store for the pitch and tar needed to keep the Royal Navy afloat. Lord Nelson himself, resident here throughout the 1780s, was not enthusiastic about his posting - he described the place as a vile hole - but its hard to see why. The sparkling marina and lavishly restored Georgian buildings are a sight to behold under Caribbean skies.

A visit to Shirley Heights, a few miles away, reveals why the harbour was of such strategic importance. From the scenic lookout point you can see how the curve of the coast has created a protective natural harbour, ideal shelter from storms - and the perfect spot from which to keep an eye on the neighbouring French colony of Guadeloupe. On Sunday evenings, its now the site of a spectacular sunset party, with steel bands, reggae, food stalls and rum.

At Curtain Bluff, dinner is served a la carte in the Seagrape restaurant (top photo) or the Tamarind (below), which gets its name from the beautiful tree casting welcome shade over tables on the courtyard. The food is a mixture of Caribbean specialities - curried chicken in roti, for example, or a breakfast of saltfish and chop-up - and international classics, from pasta to steaks to grilled fish and salad. Lunch at the Seagrape consists of either a more casual menu or an extensive buffet and salad bar (or both).

The menus, which change on a daily basis, are complemented by one of the largest collections of wine in the Caribbean - consisting of 15,000 bottles from more than 600 producers. Prices range from 38 to more than 1,500 for a bottle of Chateau Petrus, 1997. Tastings can be arranged in the cool of the cellars, with a selection of cheeses to pair with the wines.

Peak season runs from December to May, the cooler, drier portion of the year. The temperature can be expected to reach 28C to 30C and most rain falls in the form of sharp downpours that pass quickly. From June, the temperature builds, rainfall increases and storms are more frequent.

British Airways and Virgin Atlantic fly non-stop from Gatwick to Antigua, from about 500.

For more information or to book, visit curtainbluff.com.Deluxe rooms are available from about 700 per night for two adults, including taxes, full board and most activities.

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Spices of the Winter Gala celebrates Caribbean culture – The Ticker

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SOCA transformed the Newman Vertical Campus Multipurpose Room into a winter-themed gala with many different decorations, including a stage centered in the room, where many of the performances took place.

Its really good. The performances were great, the music is good. Its good, everything is great, said Garfield Hylton, a Baruch alumnus who earned a degree in biological sciences.

Many of the performances brought awareness to Caribbean culture. Hip-hop and rhythm and blues artist Genique, for example, arrived at Baruch with the intention of making Baruch students feel welcome to the culture.

I definitely think Baruch would, like, value the diversity Im bringing with, like, the Caribbean culture, so Im Jamaican. Theres a lot of Jamaican students here, or just students from the Caribbean, she said. Rap music is a part of the culture, R&B is a part of the culture. Im just happy to be bringing all of that to Baruch.

At the gala, dinner was served, which included chicken and pasta. The process of setting up the event was explained by Albaceer Casimir, a junior at Baruch studying biology.

Weve been talking about setting this event for like a month now, this is really the biggest event of the semester. What we did was, like, we would meet to talk about the theme we wanted and put that into effect, Casimir said. The following week, we discussed what exactly we want to bring to the event in terms of decorations and drinks. We just talked for a couple weeks and figured out where to get the decorations and who is in charge of the drinks.

SOCA President Ryan Shivcharran explained the message SOCA tried to send with their event.

We just want people to get more aware [of] the Caribbean, Shivcharran said. We have a bunch of Caribbean performers tonight. We just want to express that.

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When the Caribbean Islands became home to hundreds of thousands of Jews escaping persecution – Face2Face Africa

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The tricky politics of world historiography is what it is because of the concern todays world shares for identity and natural rights. An example of this challenge is the care needed in recounting the history of Jews.

For one of the most persecuted groups of people in recorded history, it is not out of place to say a significant amount of Jewish history is the people looking for a home.

This treacherous quest took Jews all over the world. But one of the most unlikely destinations European Jews would settle at was the Caribbean islands.

Although discrimination against Jews was well sewn into European life by the 6th century, the Spanish edict known as the Alhambra Decree of 1492 is a solid place to contextualize the history of state-backed ostracism.

The infamous decree expelled Jews from the kingdoms of Aragon and Castile. But even before Alhambra, persecution had forced over half of Spains Jews to convert to Catholicism before the 15th century.

All across Europe, a similar situation persisted.

As arts photographer and historian Wyatt Gallery referred to the situation: From the 1500s until the 1700s. Jews couldnt enter anywhere; no one wanted us.

With the expansion of European naval expeditions came the opportunity for Jews to leave the continent. It was the time the so-called New World presented itself.

By the mid-17th century, the biggest Jewish populations in the western hemisphere were in the Portuguese colony of Brazil and the Dutch-controlled territory of Suriname.

The Caribbean also hosted thousands of Jewish people during this period, with a majority of them settling in the Dominican Republic, Puerto Rico and Barbados.

These would become their new homes with Sephardic Jews importing into the cultures of the islands, the uniqueness of Judaism.

But this would not be the only flight of Jews to find safety in the Caribbean. At the beginning of the 20th century and German Nazism, Jews once again had to leave Europe.

This time, they travelled by boats, ships and a few did too, by planes. The scourge of antisemitism knew no bounds and fear drove Jews farther and farther from Europe.

In the early 1930s especially, they settled in Trinidad and Tobago, Jamaica and Barbados.

A few of the new Jewish homes had no visa requirements and that made things easy. While some went to the Caribbean as qualified professionals with a hunger to make themselves useful, others were penniless, just scraping through.

Initially, the islanders were not enthused about their new guests. But it is known that newspapers of the day carried news about the war in Europe and this softened the hearts of Jamaicans, Trinidadians and others.

In the history of the Caribbean, Sephardic Jews would be the other group of people who were forced to find settlement apart from enslaved Africans, although the latters was under much severer condition.

Today, there are hundreds of thousands of self-professing Jews on the islands. They are a happier people with the horrors of yesteryears far behind them.

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Bella Hadid went braless under a sheer halter top during her trip to the Caribbean – Business Insider

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Supermodel Bella Hadid posted a series of photos in a see-through halter top and rectangular frames during her visit to the French-speaking Caribbean island of St. Barts on Sunday.

To model the look, Hadid posted a series of photos on Instagram, taken on the beach at the recently reopened Eden Rock hotel. She could be seen wearing a draping, mesh white halter top with no bra, along with light pink and silver "Hellz Bellz" sunglasses.

She paired the look with straight-legged white jeans, chunky gold jewelry, and a messy bun.

The 23-year-old model was on the Caribbean island to celebrate the launch of her latest collaboration with LA-based brand Chrome Hearts, an edgy brand founded by Richard Stark in 1988. Together, Hadid and the brand created a sunglasses line called, "Hellz Bellz," which is exclusive to the brand's St. Barts location.

The collection carries both sunglasses and optical frames and hints at the geometric '90s style that Hadid often sports.

In anticipation of the St. Barts release, Hadid posted a video clip titled "The Factory Girl" on Thursday in which Hadid teased the frames while working in an industrial warehouse.

"For the past 10 years @jessejostark and I have been roaming around this factory together so this creative @lauriellynnstark @mr_mosher dreamt up seemed perfectly fitting," Hadid captioned the clip.

Hadid first partnered with Chrome Hearts and Jesse Jo Stark in 2017 to create a line for Selfridges, which is a chain of luxury department stores in London. According to Hypebeast, the brand has paired up with Hollywood names ranging from Guns N' Roses, Sex Pistols and The Rolling Stones in the past.

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At the Metropolitan Museum of Art, a Look at the Ancient Caribbean – Caribbean Journal

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A special exhibition highlighting the artistic achievements of early Caribbean civilizations will go on view at The Metropolitan Museum of Art beginning December 16.

Showcasing more than 40 works drawn primarily from The Met collection and augmented by select loans from public and private collections in the United States, Arte del mar: Artistic Exchange in the Caribbean will present a narrative of creativity from the ancestral cultures that encircled the Caribbean Sea in the millennia before European colonization.

Early Caribbean civilizations developed a rich cultural legacy that was fueled by the interplay of ideas and influences across the region, said Max Hollein, Director of The Met. This exhibition celebrates the artistic traditions of these ancestral communities while honoring the enduring power of the objects.

The exhibition will be the first to focus on the artistic exchange that took place among the Tano civilizations of the Greater Antilles (present-day Cuba, Jamaica, Hispaniola, and Puerto Rico) and the coastal societies in countries such as Colombia, Panama, Costa Rica, and Honduras before the 16th century.

Highlights will include rarely seen sculptures created in ancient Puerto Rico.

Organized into three primary sections focused on ritual knowledge, ceremonial performance, and political power, Arte del mar (art of/from the sea) will highlight the sculptural achievements of the island societies known today as the Tanos.

Featured works on view include four rare wooden sculptures, such as the 10th- to 11th-century Deity Figure (Zem) from The Met collection, a piece that intertwines spirituality, ceremony, and politics.

Another spectacular wooden figure from the 14th century, on loan from the Saint Louis Art Museum, illustrates how special trees inspired sculptors to reveal specific deity or ancestor forms in collaboration with leaders and ritual specialists.

A group of three-pointed stones (trigonolitos), on loan from the Smithsonian Institution, National Museum of Natural History, highlights the range of materials and imagery used by Taino sculptors to create spiritually charged ritual objects.

Alongside works of art created by their better-known Tano peers, the exhibition will present objects created by the artists of the Tairona in northern Colombia, the diverse kingdoms in the Isthmus of Panama and Costa Rica, and the networks of sculptor communities in the Ula Valley, Honduras.

Objects created from luxury materials including greenstone, shell, gold, and marble will underscore the range of trade connections between Caribbean peoples.

In a fourth section, the exhibition will explore the ancestral legacies into the 20th century and today by incorporating Rumblings of the Earth (Rumor de la tierra),1950, by painter Wifredo Lam (Cuban, 19021982), on loan from the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum.

In conjunction with the exhibition, the Museum will offer a variety of educational programs in 2020, including an Artists on Artworks event, a lecture, Conversations With a Curator (bilingual in English and Spanish), Teen Career Lab, and a Family Afternoon.

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Canada’s RBC to divest Eastern Caribbean operations – Verdict

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Royal Bank of Canada (RBC) has signed agreements to divest its operations in the Eastern Caribbean to local banks.

The move is part of its plan to focus on the core markets and shed non-core operations.

The businesses will be acquired by 1st National Bank of St. Lucia, Antigua Commercial Bank, National Bank of Dominica, the Bank of Montserrat and Bank of Nevis.

However, the financial details of the transaction were not divulged by the company.

The scope of divestment includes RBC branches in Antigua, Dominica, Montserrat, St. Lucia, and St. Kitts and Nevis. The Canadian lender will also shed its regional businesses operating under RBC Royal Bank Holdings (EC) in Nevis, Grenada and St. Vincent and the Grenadines.

RBC Caribbean Banking head Rob Johnston said: Consistent with our strategy of being a competitive leader in the markets where we operate, RBC is always evaluating opportunities for our business.

Earlier this year, we were approached by a consortium of indigenous banks with their proposal to acquire all RBC Eastern Caribbean operations.

After a review of our operations and strategy, we determined this opportunity was a good decision for the long-term future success of RBC Caribbean, and also, that it aligned with our vision to help our clients thrive and communities prosper.

The divestment is expected to close in the coming months, subject to regulatory approval and other customary closing conditions.

Earlier this month, RBC reported a 4% year-on-year increase of its net income to C$12.9bn in fiscal year 2019. Revenue across the group also jumped 8% to C$46bn.

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Pirates Of The Caribbean: The 10 Most Terrifying Moments – Screen Rant

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The Pirates of the Caribbean franchise may very well be a family-friendly one created by Disney based on a theme park attraction, but that doesn't mean there aren't scary moments. In a world where pirates roam the seas, Kraken's lurk beneath the ocean and dead men really do tell tales, there is plenty to be afraid of. While the franchise has tons of uplifting and comedic moments throughout, they only serve to make the occasional terrifying scenes even scarier.

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The movies are by no means horror or even overly scary, but every now and then the franchise throws in a scene or two to keep the film as thrilling as possible. So, within this list, we will be looking at those moments, ranking the 10 most terrifying scenes from the franchise.

We kickstart this list with a scene from At Worlds End which was truly terrifying as the movie comes to its end. This is a huge moment for the franchise where Will Turner ends up becoming the new captain of the Flying Dutchman, becoming part of the ship.

The emotions around it are tough as Elizabeth knows she is losing him while Will's father does everything in his power to try and exact revenge. But it is the moment all the members of the crew come out in their forms chanting, "part of the crew, part of the ship" that is truly very terrifying.

This is the perfect scene, to sum up exactly what Pirates of the Caribbean is like. It can provide sheer terror one moment, but comedy just seconds later. This particular scene is a scary one, simply because of the visual that is provided, which is horrid to see.

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Everyone knows the feeling when something touches your eye, and that is why this is so horrible to see. Ragetti is a very gormless character and that is how he ends up with a fork stuck in his eye. Of course, it was horrible to look at, but because of the character it happened to, it quickly turned into a funny moment just after.

The Kraken is a legendary monster that has been written about in countless stories in relation to pirates, which is why it was crucial to add the beast into this popular franchise. The beast was brought in for Dead Mans Chest and immediately made an impact, becoming an incredibly scary monster.

When the Kraken is finally unleashed onto the Black Pearl the monster shows its true horrors. No matter what the crew does, how many weapons they try to use, nothing can stop the Kraken. It is a truly terrifying scene as its various tentacles pop up out of nowhere, causing pure destruction as it drags the ship down.

In a similar way to how the fork in the eye was a disgusting scene to look at, Pirates of the Caribbean provided a similar type of visual when Captain Barbosa finally found the chest. Believing that Elizabeth Swan is the person they need, he slices her hand open to drop the blood into the chest.

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The film doesn't hold back in showing that scene either, which is quite a disgusting one. It is one of those scenes that simply makes a person cringe as you feel the pain shudder through your own hand, understanding the pain that they suffered.

The first scene of At Worlds End just so happens to be one of the scariest in the history of the franchise, kicking the movie off in a big way. It shows the tide is turning for the pirates as they all line up to be hung, as the British embassy and government start to take control.

The pirates end up joining together in a song, despite the fact they know they're about to die. It is a very emotional and striking moment that kickstarts the movie with a bang but equally makes the movie start in a very scary manner.

There is just something about seeing Davy Jones playing the piano with his own tentacles that is extremely unsettling. This scene is an incredible one as it slowly pans behind Davy as he goes wild on the ivories, showing his talent.

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While it is quite impressive to see, it does also feel very scary at the same time. It somehow makes him feel slightly more human and relatable, which isn't always a good thing for the main villain, which is the case with this moment.

Throughout the Pirates of the Caribbean franchise, the movies have done a great job of creating some truly fantastic villains. One of those was Salazar who was an incredibly well-detailed character and one that, visually, was incredibly scary.

His introduction scene was one of the scariest in the history of the franchise. Walking in as terror takes place around him, the cinematography is incredibly well done, giving subtle glimpses of him until the full appearance is shown, which is a very scary scene.

Calypso is one of the strangest characters in the Pirates of the Caribbean franchise. A lot of fans didn't love the way this character went because it was fairly ridiculous, but her transformation into a giant tied to a ship is one of the scariest moments from the franchise.

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Hearing her voice boom out as she grew was a very odd sight to see and it certainly got people inside the cinema. The whole moment absolutely came out of nowhere and it was more of a shock than fear, but it certainly was a terrifying scene from the movie.

Death scenes can quite often be terrifying moments in movies, mainly because of the nature of them, but Ian Mercer's death in At Worlds End is particularly scary. While most of the deaths in this franchise are through swords, this one is very different.

Mercer ends up face to face with Davy Jones and he is the person who kills him. However, he doesn't use his sword, instead, Jones sticks his tentacles all over Mercer's face, through his mouth and out of his nose in what is a very scary scene, despite Mercer being a villain in the franchise.

The scariest moment from the entire Pirates of the Caribbean franchise comes from the original movie, where we first learn that the crew are actually skeletons. It is something that you simply do not see coming until it happens, and it certainly is scary.

With the skeletons just popping up out of different places, all having equally vile appearances, it quickly becomes clear they're impossible to kill at that point. Elizabeth Swan runs around the ship looking for an escape, but each time she turns another skeleton pops up in what is a truly terrifying scene.

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20 Best Caribbean Islands to Visit Today – The Trend Spotter

Posted: November 17, 2019 at 2:46 pm

Seeing photos of beautiful blue waters and white sand is enough to make anyone dream of taking a vacation. For many people, the Caribbean Islands are a dream destination because of the untouched wilderness and sandy shores, and its all about deciding which location is best. Not only are all these destinations Instagrammable, but they also offer the opportunity to unwind and escape. Theres also no shortage of things to do, places to explore, and even shopping opportunities. Grand Cayman is known for its duty-free shopping experiences, and Antigua has hundreds of soft sandy beaches. If youre planning your next vacation, or need a romantic trip away, these are some of the best Caribbean Islands to visit.

The islands of Turks and Caicos are a British Overseas Territory, located southeast of The Bahamas. The location has become a favorite for travelers who want to experience some of the worlds most beautiful beaches without the crowds. There are plenty of things to do, with top attractions including scuba diving and snorkeling. Those who arent fans of water activities can enjoy a round of golf, or explore one of the local art galleries. The Turks and Caicos Islands also hold events, including a Christmas Carnival and an International Film Festival.

VISIT: Turks and Caicos

The Cayman Islands comprises of three islands, Grand Cayman, Little Cayman, and Cayman Brac. Each island offers something different, depending on your preference; Little Cayman is a chance to experience untouched wilderness and relax on secluded beaches, and Cayman Brac is rugged yet charming. It is Grand Cayman, which ultimately has the most things to do, whether thats enjoying the vibrant nightlife, or eating fresh fish at one of the restaurants. Relax on the award-winning Seven Mile Beach and soak up the atmosphere, or head to the shops. Fashion lovers will be pleased to know that shopping here is duty-free, and provides an opportunity to buy prestigious brands, including Versace and Rolex. Expeditions can be taken, with highlights including trips to Bodden Town, Rum Point, The Turtle Centre, and The National Museum of the Cayman Islands.

VISIT: Cayman Islands

Go snorkeling, diving, or enjoy the turquoise waters and soft sand of The Bahamas. The area comprises of 700 small islands, which are spread out over 100,000 square miles, with some of the more well-known islands including Ragged Island, The Exumas, Rum Cay, and Long Island. Visitors travel here for many reasons; an activity-filled family vacation, a honeymoon to remember, or an opportunity to be pampered. Wherever guests choose to visit, they wont be disappointed! There are several eco-tours that visitors can go on to learn more about the biodiversity of the island. From exotic plant life to fantastic bird sites where travelers can marvel at the bright colors of these stunning creatures. There is no shortage of beaches either, including family-friendly areas, and those that are more secluded.

VISIT: Bahamas

Saint Lucia is a small island of volcanic origin, located in the Caribbean Sea. The land is rich in minerals and soil and has rainforests, mud pools, and sulfur springs. Visitors can hike through the area, or focus their efforts on the water adventures such as scuba diving and taking a kayak down the Roseau River. The island gives travelers the chance to experience many things, and there is also much to learn. Saint Lucia is a place with a diverse history and a mix of cultures, and these influences can be found throughout the island. There are ancient archaeological sites to explore and iconic landmarks like the town of Soufrire. We also need to mention the animal life, and the area is home to beautiful birds, some of which are rare and endangered, like the Saint Lucian parrot.

VISIT: Saint Lucia

St. Vincent and The Grenadines is not as crowded as some of the other Caribbean Islands, but it is just as worthy of a visit. Most of St. Vincent is a rugged, mountainous landscape, and it is home to an active volcano called La Soufrire although there hasnt been a violent eruption for decades. The island is also home to dense forests, which is teeming with wildlife, and beaches with black sand. In comparison, The Grenadines have beautiful white sand and coral reefs that attract most of the countrys tourists. Avoid visiting the island in the period between June and November because this is when the destination is more likely to experience tropical storms and hurricanes.

VISIT: St. Vincent and The Grenadines

Antigua is home to a coral reef that attracts keen snorkelers and scuba divers who want to marvel at its beauty. Adventurous travelers can windsurf at Buccaneer Cove Beach, and those who want to see tropical fish can snorkel in the waters at Carlisle Bay Beach. There are hundreds of soft sandy beaches on the island, which are all open to the public. Those who want a romantic vacation or a chance to relax will be content with the islands natural beauty, but there are also plenty of things to do. Take an off-road tour with 268 Buggies, kayak through mangroves, or enjoy an early morning hike.

VISIT: Antigua

Jamaica is a country that is known for a few things; Bob Marley, the Reggae music genre jerk sauce, and beautiful beaches. Of course, there is so much more to this country than those things mentioned above, and Jamaica is a destination of diverse culture, friendly people, and energy. The dance, music, and art scene in Jamaica form part of the rich tapestry of the country. Those who love a good time will enjoy the vibrant nightlife. Visitors can also slow down and experience nature, soak up the sun, or enjoy a culinary tour. One of the unique places to visit would be the Luminous Lagoon, a cove that contains bioluminescent water, which makes you glow in the dark.

VISIT: Jamaica

The Dominican Republic is the second-largest Caribbean country, and a destination worth visiting. Its also one of the more accessible destinations, located just two hours from Miami. Tourists will find a selection of top resorts where they can live in luxury, and taste some of the most exceptional food that money can buy. Excellent accommodation and gastronomy adventures aside, this is also a place known for its tropical landscape and warm climate, making a beach trip a must! The country rich in history and culture, with many locations for tourists to explore. Highlights include the iconic quarter, Santo Domingos Zona Colonial, the remote beach of Baha de Las guilas, and the 27 Waterfalls of Damajagua.

VISIT: The Dominican Republic

The British Virgin Islands regularly finds itself on lists of the best places to visit in the Caribbean, although a trip here does not come cheap. Luxury resorts and villas attract travelers who are craving seclusion and privacy and dont mind paying for it. The area is also popular among boating enthusiasts, who enjoy sailing around the islands clear waters, and stopping at dive sites. There are several pristine beaches to enjoy, as well as natural sights to explore, such as Devils Bay National Park and The Bubbly Pool. Those with a sense of adventure can also island hop by taking a catamaran or yacht tour.

VISIT: British Virgin Islands

If you want romance, a girls getaway, or even a family trip, the US Virgin Islands are for you. You can spend time on St. Thomas, St. John or St. Croix, all of which have their appeal. St. John is the smallest island, celebrated for its charming landscape and natural beauty. St. Thomas is considered a cosmopolitan island with no shortage of things to do. Visitors can play golf, enjoy the nightlife, or go on the Skyride, which is 700 feet above the city. St. Croix is the largest of the islands and the perfect spot for a honeymoon. Top dining options and pristine beaches are standard, but its also a destination known for its art and culture. The islands are also a shoppers paradise, allowing a $1,600 duty-free allowance they use the U.S. dollar as currency.

VISIT: US Virgin Islands

Bermuda is undoubtedly one of the most naturally beautiful places in the world. It is also a country that relies heavily on the tourism industry, and thankfully, its not hard to convince travelers to visit. There are many unique experiences to be had, fantastic places to stay, and impressive beaches. Marvel at the beauty of the Crystal Caves, home to fascinating formations, thought to be millions of years old. There are also hiking and biking trails for the outdoor enthusiast, as well as tennis courts and golf courses. For those who prefer a more relaxed vacation, the island has some exceptional luxury spas, including the Grotto Bay Beach Resort and Elbow Beach Bermuda. Bermuda focuses on arts and culture and holds yearly events, which promise to be great fun. These include the Bermuda Festival of the Performing Arts and Bermuda International Film Festival.

VISIT: Bermuda

Saint Barthlemy, or as its most commonly referred to as St. Barts, attracts people from all over the world, including celebrities. The exclusive island is an overseas territory of France, and as such, it is not surprising to find restaurants serving French cuisine. St. Barts is known for being a destination that is visited by those with deep pockets, and its entirely possible to rub shoulders with the rich and famous here. Although most people will be more concerned with relaxing on one of the islands beaches. Some of the beaches, like St. Jean, are well-known, while others like Grand Saline, offer more privacy.

VISIT: St. Barts

Adventure, beautiful beaches, and food rich in flavors, what more could you want? Puerto Rico has all this and so much more. The country is part of the United States Commonwealth, and America has influenced certain aspects of it, but Puerto Rico is also very much its own country. Its a vibrant place, and even the bold colors of the buildings reflect this. The island is bursting with culture, and there are museums, art galleries, and fantastic live music to experience. The destination is well-known for its energy and nightlife, which includes outdoor clubs and beach bars. Those who want to experience the outdoors can go on a guided hiking adventure to Cueva Ventana, or visit a rainforest park.

VISIT: Puerto Rico

Anguilla is a popular tourist destination thanks to its stunning natural landscape, clear waters, and sandy shores. Visitors can reach the island via ferry from one of the neighboring islands, or by plane from select airports. Once there, travelers can stay at one of the luxury resorts, or if they prefer can opt for a villa or apartment-style accommodation. The beauty of Anguilla lends itself well to weddings and honeymoons, and many loved up couples travel here to celebrate. However, its not just for lovers, and also caters to adventure seekers who want to go horseback riding or boating, and its perfect for families. Food options are varied, from casual eats to fine dining, and there is no shortage of arts and culture.

VISIT: Anguilla

Aruba receives the most tourists in the Southern Caribbean, and for a good reason! The island has world-class accommodation, beautiful white sandy beaches, and offers diving and snorkeling opportunities. The temperature is warm all year, making it an appealing destination at all times, but those who want to avoid crowds should go in low season; mid-April to mid-December. If you go between January and March, Aruba has Carnival Season, which is something that visitors dont want to miss. Expect to see bold costumes and decorated floats, while enjoying energetic performances and music during the vibrant event.

VISIT: Aruba

Those looking for more than a bit of sun will be charmed by Costa Rica. It is a country that attracts millions of visitors each year and depends on its tourism industry; it is a paradise for divers and is home to many unique plants and exotic animal life. In addition to the stunning natural surroundings, Costa Rica is also a culturally rich and diverse country. Local artisans have perfected their craft, and travelers will enjoy seeing these handmade pieces. Costa Ricans are also passionate about music and dance, including the creole swing dance. There are historical landmarks to explore, such as the Guayabo National Archaeological Monument, and when it comes to food, no one will leave unsatisfied! Farmers markets and organic fairs are great places for food-lovers to explore. Visitors can expect great meals, using a blend of local produce, and a range of different cuisines.

VISIT: Costa Rica

Experience Tropical life with a visit to the French Caribbean Island of Guadeloupe! The landscape of the archipelago is diverse, with everything from sandy beaches to rugged mountains. Grande-Terre and Basse-Terre are the main islands, but the smaller islands are also accessible with a ferry trip. Visitors can expect beautiful beaches, and plenty of water sporting activities, including windsurfing, and there are also exotic animals and stunning birds native to the area. The areas ethnic diversity has influenced culture, which is represented by landmarks and evolving music and dance. Guadeloupe also has an unmissable carnival, which takes place over the first three months of the year.

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