The Caribbean is a subregion of central America. It includes the islands of the Caribbean Sea, which borders the North Atlantic Ocean and the Gulf of Mexico.

Situated largely on the Caribbean Plate, the region has more than 700 islands, islets, reefs, and cays.

Caribbean Map

Island arcs delineate the northern and eastern edges of the Caribbean Sea: the Greater Antilles in the north and the Lesser Antilles in the east and south.

The nearby coastal areas on the mainland are also included in the region which is south-east of the Gulf of Mexico.

The nearby Lucayan Archipelago, comprising The Bahamas and the Turks and Caicos Islands, is considered to be a part of the Caribbean despite not bordering the Caribbean Sea.