Caribbean Countries and Territories

Name the countries, territories, and overseas regions that border the Caribbean Sea.
Includes continental countries
Not including military bases
We consider the Lesser Antilles to be the eastern border of the Caribbean Sea
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Last updated: August 28, 2019
First submittedJune 2, 2014
Times taken61,863
Average score62.2%
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Sovereign Nations
Antigua and Barbuda
Barbados
Belize
Colombia
Costa Rica
Cuba
Dominica
Dominican Republic
Grenada
Guatemala
Haiti
Sovereign Nations
Honduras
Jamaica
Mexico
Nicaragua
Panama
Saint Kitts and Nevis
Saint Lucia
Saint Vincent
and the Grenadines
Trinidad and Tobago
Venezuela
British Territories
Anguilla
British Virgin Islands
Cayman Islands
Montserrat
 
Dutch Countries
Aruba
Curaçao
Sint Maarten
 
Dutch Municipalities
Bonaire
Saba
Sint Eustatius
U.S. Territories
Puerto Rico
U.S. Virgin Islands
 
French Regions
Guadeloupe
Martinique
 
French Collectives
Saint Barthélemy
Saint Martin
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Level 80
Jun 4, 2014
What about the Bahamas?
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Level 76
Jun 4, 2014
Bahamas are in the Atlantic. There's a really good map on Wikipedia.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Caribbean_general_map.png

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Level 76
Jun 4, 2014
So are San Andres and Providencia really part of Colombia? That seems pretty far away (although closer than Hawaii is to the USA I suppose).
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Level 75
Sep 9, 2015
mainland Colombia borders the caribbean
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Level 73
Mar 5, 2016
Yup, they're really part of Colombia.
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Level 54
Jul 2, 2014
U.S?
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Level 59
Jul 2, 2014
It borders the Gulf of Mexico, not the sea itself.
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Level 62
Jul 2, 2014
I thought the southern tip of Florida would border the Caribbean.
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Level 68
Oct 14, 2019
Not even the Florida Keys?
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Level 59
Oct 14, 2019
Those are still north of Cuba, which is the northern border of the carribbean. Great map: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Caribbean_general_map.png
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Level 74
Jul 2, 2014
Since you accidentally put Less Antilles in the instructions rather than Lesser Antilles, I assume you're talking about the Antilles of which there are fewer.
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Level ∞
Jul 2, 2014
This has been fixed.
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Level 65
Jul 2, 2014
What about Turks and Caicos Islands?
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Level 90
Jul 2, 2014
Like the Bahamas, Turks and Caicos Islands are not in the Caribbean as traditionally defined. The Caribbean is bordered by South America, Central America, Cuba, Hispaniola, Puerto Rico and the Lesser Antilles down to Trinidad.
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Level 40
Oct 5, 2016
How about this?

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Turks_and_Caicos_Islands

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Level 54
Jul 2, 2014
I also wondered about Turks and Caicos.
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Level 59
Oct 14, 2019
Turks and Caicos are north of Haiti, which is the northern border of the Carribean (that is used by this quiz)
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Level 69
Jul 2, 2014
Great quiz, QM. I got 30... need to brush up on Dutch stuff...
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Level 82
Jul 2, 2014
I only managed 22 because I left off all of the mainland countries... that's what I get for not reading the instructions.
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Level 75
Dec 26, 2014
What about Navassa?
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Level 61
Apr 11, 2020
Not so much a territory, just an uninhabited island which the US wants but doesn't use.
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Level 34
Jan 21, 2015
I think the Bahamas should be in this.
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Level 71
Dec 23, 2020
So does the Bahamas tourist board...
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Level 57
Feb 13, 2015
Hi! Looking from northern Europe BAHAMAS is connected to the Carribean sea, and Wikipedia writes that way, too. Take a look, and have a great Day;)! http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Category:Countries_in_the_Caribbean
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Level 85
Sep 17, 2015
What does it matter where you are "looking from"? QM clearly defined the area considered to be the Carribean for the purpose of this quiz. The Bahamas clearly do not fit the criteria. Doesn't mean other definitions would exclude it.
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Level 67
Apr 23, 2015
Great quiz. Maybe allow 'cayman' and 'virgin' and variations on Eustatius like 'eustasias' 'eustasius' 'eustatias'
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Level 37
Oct 5, 2016
Yeah, just go ahead and bastardize the name to accommodate illiterates.
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Level 67
Oct 14, 2019
I thought it was st eustachius. (at least in the local language) but guess I was wrong. A weird varation, not what you expect the word to be looking at similar words in dutch. I guess I had buis van eustachius/eustachian tube in my mind.
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Level 59
Aug 3, 2020
I speak Dutch. I don't see how this word doesn't look Dutch
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Level 75
Sep 9, 2015
French Collectivity, rather than Collective!
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Level 68
Apr 21, 2019
Yeah, it's definitely 'Collectivity'.
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Level 64
Oct 5, 2016
Thank you Beach Boys
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Level 77
Oct 5, 2016
But no Kokomo.
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Level 50
Nov 27, 2019
I also put in Kokomo :D
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Level 43
Jun 18, 2022
Kokomo is in Indiana. I always wondered why the Beach Boys were singing about it . . .
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Level 56
Oct 6, 2016
What the heck happened to the Bahamas, which is a sovereign nation?
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Level 63
Oct 16, 2016
It got hit by Matthew.
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Level 56
Oct 4, 2021
and Dorian
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Level 59
Oct 14, 2019
Not in the Caribbean. The world's oceans and seas are defined by an international body called the International Hydrographic Organization, and the Bahamas is clearly outside their internationally-agreed definition of what constitutes the Caribbean Sea. Look up the Caribbean Sea on Wikipedia, there is a link to the definition.
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Level 43
Jun 18, 2022
According to the IHO (thanks for pointing to the link), Barbados is also outside the caribbean.
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Level 59
Oct 14, 2019
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Caribbean_general_map.png
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Level 42
Apr 10, 2017
Is El Salvador not a part of this because it only faces the Pacific Ocean?
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Level 59
Oct 14, 2019
Clearly
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Level 71
Dec 23, 2020
Same reason that Japan isn't on it.
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Level 27
Apr 25, 2017
Yup. It's not on the CARRIBEAN sea.
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Level 37
Apr 25, 2017
If you accept Colombia and Venezuela surely you will accept Guyana?
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Level 59
Oct 14, 2019
Guyana is too far east. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Caribbean_general_map.png
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Level 50
May 13, 2017
what happened to the turks and caicos
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Level 59
Oct 14, 2019
North of Cuba, which is the northern border of the Carribean. Or at least the border that this quiz uses.
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Level 57
Jun 11, 2017
when you forget Mexico... and you get all of the dutch territories
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Level 37
Jun 26, 2017
That's quite understandable because Mexico (and the gulf of Mexico) is not automatically though of as being part of the Caribbean. And since it is in this quiz, it opens a Pandora's Box, doesn't it? For, if you include Mexico, Guatemala, and Belize how can you exclude the gulf states of the US? (Texas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Texas and Florida?)
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Level 56
Aug 20, 2021
No.
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Level 57
Oct 4, 2021
Because all three of Mexico, Guatemala and Belize are (at least somewhat) *south* of the Gulf of Mexico’s coast, which only extends as far as the top of the Yucatán peninsula.

Mexico, however, continues south from this point as far as the border with Belize, and it’s this bit of coast that touches the Caribbean.

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Level 67
Jul 21, 2017
It''s called Caribbean Countries and Territories, and includes things that just border on the Caribbean Sea. Those aren't the same thing. I've never heard Mexico called a Caribbean country, and Guyana, Suriname and French Guyana are often included in cultural definitions, because of the close historical ties between them and the islands.
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Level 37
Jul 28, 2017
Excuse me, but I thought that we were doing a geographical quiz, not a political or cultural one.
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Level 67
Oct 14, 2019
No need to get snappy, it isnt personal is it? He has a point, the title could have been chosen better. And just be "places that border the caribbean". Because mexico, colombia etc are indeed not considered caribbean countries, and that is what the title suggests.

I got what was meant though, the titles on this site are so often wrong if you take them literally. The description in the quiz itself usually is correct though. So I dont let myself be guided by the title, but see what it is really about after I click it.

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Level 28
Feb 9, 2021
Mexico and Colombia are considered Caribbean countries, though.
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Level 38
Jul 29, 2017
Map Please
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Level 67
Oct 14, 2019
I agree adding a map would be very nice for this one. A map with just sea (or perhaps the us as an anchorpoint) where the countries/territories show up after you guess them.
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Level 75
Sep 10, 2017
I knew Saba, why didn't I get it?!?!? 36/37
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Level 75
Dec 16, 2017
Why is Barbados included? According to Wikipedia (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Caribbean_Sea) Barbados is not in the Caribbean.
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Level 74
Oct 3, 2019
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Level 67
Oct 14, 2019
Agree on barbados, it is considered to be in the atlantic.
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Level 71
Oct 14, 2019
From the instructions, "We consider the Lesser Antilles to be the eastern border of the Caribbean Sea."
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Level 37
Jan 25, 2018
Thank You! - I am so sick and tired of countries/islands/entities being thrown where they don't belong because of hubris.
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Level 67
Oct 14, 2019
learned a new word! never heard of hubris (which is odd, because it is rather common.. and well documented on this site..)
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Level 82
Oct 14, 2019
You have to type "British Virgin Islands", but only "USVI" to get the US Virgin Islands. (Yes, I know you can get both with "Virgin Islands".)
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Level 68
Dec 2, 2019
I think I got it with just ‘bvi’.... but I’m not sure anymore.
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Level 56
Oct 14, 2019
I am Dutch and I forgot Saba and Sint Eustasius...
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Level 37
Nov 18, 2019
Sint Eustatius.
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Level 56
Feb 3, 2020
oops
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Level 51
Oct 14, 2019
El Salvador also has a overseas territory in the caribbean sea
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Level 50
Nov 27, 2019
El Salvador only has coastline on the Pacific Ocean
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Level 52
Oct 22, 2020
You sure you ain't talking about Honduras? El Salvador doesn't even have territories. And as Quizzer said, it doesn't border the Caribbean.
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Level 50
Nov 27, 2019
There are other territories of the United States that are in the Caribbean Sea but are disputed. Navassa Island, Bajo Nuevo Bank, and Serranilla Bank all fall under this category. Maybe you should add a disclaimer that disputed US claims don't count? Just a suggestion
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Level 72
Apr 30, 2020
Pretty sure the two banks are officially part of Colombia, but I see no reason why Navassa Island is excluded from the list.
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Level 51
Feb 6, 2020
GG missed st barthhelemy and the caymans
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Level 28
May 31, 2020
Shouldn't these following countries and whatnot; Navassa Island, Guantamano Bay, Provindencia, Santa Catalina and San Andrés, Federal Venezuelan Dependencies and the KINGDOM of the Netherlands, be included in the quiz? And also, who currently claims Bajo Nuevo Bank and Serranilla Bank? And, as they are disputed, should these be added to the list of Caribbean things? If someone could bust my additions to the list and answer my questions I'd thank him a lot.
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Level 59
Jun 8, 2020
Just a question but should USA be counted because of Guantanamo Bay?
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Level 83
Jun 19, 2020
Guantanamo Bay is not a U.S. territory. It technically still belongs to Cuba, while the US leases the land.
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Level 75
Jun 24, 2020
Like British Indian Ocean Territory. The UK owns the land, but the UK and US both use it as a military base.
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Level 83
Mar 19, 2021
though... from the perspective of the present-day Cuban government... the 1903 lease of Guantanamo to the US, which has no set expiration date, was signed under duress and is therefore invalid. Though the US government keeps sending the Cuban government checks for the lease of the land as per the agreement, the Cubans have only ever cashed one of those checks since 1974, and the Cubans call this an illegal occupation. In spite of Jack Nicholson's concerns, however, the Cubans lack the military power or political capital to do anything about this.
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Level 79
Jun 19, 2020
If we're not including the US, the Bahamas, or the Turks and Caicos, we shouldn't include Barbados either. It lies a good ways outside the neat boundary drawn by the Lesser Antilles.
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Level 61
Jul 12, 2020
Goddammit, forgot to type Barbados!!!
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Level 66
Oct 1, 2020
Probably helped being Dutch in getting the least known ones. Didn't know most of the British/French bits though.
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Level 71
Dec 23, 2020
This comment section repeats itself every 4 or 5 entries:

Bahamas?

Turks and Caicos?

Spelling for Sint Eustatius?

El Salvador?

[interesting comment]

Bahamas?

Turks and Caicos?

Spelling for Sint Eustasius?

El Salvador?

[interesting comment]

Bahamas?

...

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Level 23
Dec 27, 2020
Colombia is in South America and is not an island in the Caribbean
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Level 78
Oct 4, 2021
Can't argue with that statement. I just have no idea what your point is.
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Level 66
May 26, 2022
Russia is also not an island in the Caribbean
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Level 43
Jan 7, 2021
How about French Guiana?
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Level 62
Feb 21, 2021
The eastern border of the Caribbean is where the lesser antilles and Trinidad and Tobago meet Venezuela. Guyana, Suriname, and French Guyana are east of that so they don't border the Caribbean.
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Level 67
Mar 21, 2021
Why is Barbados included? if the Bahamas and Turks and Caicos islands aren't included, then Barbados should not either. It is not in the Caribbean
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Level 56
Apr 10, 2021
Most possibly because it's part of the Lesser Antilles.

"We consider the Lesser Antilles to be the eastern border of the Caribbean sea"

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Level 56
Apr 10, 2021
And, for clarification, does the Gulf of Mexico count for the Caribbean Sea?
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Level 72
May 19, 2021
No
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Level 57
Oct 4, 2021
Can you accept ‘n Republic’ and ‘Monsterrat’?
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Level 67
Oct 4, 2021
Seems odd to count Barbados but not Bahamas.
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Level 56
Oct 4, 2021
Why is cyprus missing it's in the Caribbean it's part of North america
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Level 67
Oct 4, 2021
what
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Level 51
Oct 4, 2021
It's in the Mediterranean.
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Level 54
Jul 28, 2022
Yeah they're joking about the Europe-Asia argument on Cyprus
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Level 33
Oct 4, 2021
bahamas and bermuda?
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Level 52
Oct 4, 2021
i think you are mistaken, bermuda is on the same latitude as north carolina, really far north from the carribean, but yeah idk why bahamas isnt included
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Level 52
Oct 4, 2021
Where's Turks and Caicos islands?
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Level 33
Oct 6, 2021
According to Wikipedia, Turks and Caicos Islands is actually not in the Caribbean Sea. It's in the Atlantic Ocean. It's like Bahamas. The reason why Turks and Caicos is not considered a territory in the Caribbean Sea is because it's southeast of the Bahamas, which the Bahamas is not in the Caribbean Sea but in the Atlantic Ocean. Great question.
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Level 41
Nov 16, 2021
Didn't read the fine print. Thought this was Caribbean as considered by Caribbean people, not just countries that border an arbitrary line. Does anyone know a quiz of Caribbean countries? For some reason I can't find one. (one that excludes continental countries and includes Bahamas). Thanks!
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Level 30
Jan 20, 2022
Why is Bermuda and Turks and Caicos Islands not here? and also why is the Bahamas not here? plus Belize,Colombia,Costa Rica,Guatemala,Honduras,Mexico,Nicaragua,Panama and Venezuela is not in the Caribbean and also there is regions of those countries that are not in the Carribean like Central America, North America and South America plus good quiz!
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Level 38
May 3, 2022
Should the USA be included because of Navassa Island?
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Level 54
Jul 28, 2022
Please gray out Barbados to avoid confusion, since it's not in the boundaries of most maps that don't have Bahamas.