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Welcome to the first ever digital-only edition of Caribbean Beat magazine! Join us for a tour of some of our region’s most stunning places, to inspire you as you dream about future travel, plus coverage of Caribbean creativity and brilliance, from art to fashion to music and literature. Even in the time of a global pandemic, Caribbean imaginations soar free!

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Inside our special July/August digital issue


Wish you were here...

Postcards from the Caribbean’s most extraordinary places. In this issue: the Baths, Virgin Gorda

Need to know 

Essential info from  to help you make the most of July and August — even in the middle of a pandemic!


This month’s reading picks from , with reviews of Shame on Me: An Anatomy of Race and Belonging; One Year of Ugly; Fatboy Fall Down; Frying Plantain; and Crossfire: A Litany for Survival


This month’s listening picks from , with reviews of the latest by Freetown Collective; Jany McPherson; Jah9; and Rexy*

Q&A with Heidi Hassan and Patricia Pérez

Cuban filmmakers Heidi Hassan and Patricia Pérez talk to  about their collaborative film charting a lifelong friendship

Cooking alone together

Meals are an age-old way to bring people together, writes . But in the middle of the COVID-19 pandemic, with so many foodies quarantined or practicing social isolation, social media has become even more important as a way to share recipes, ideas, and a sense of community

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The Caribbean we love

The world’s best beaches, stunning mountains, forests, and waterfalls, vibrant culture, delectable cuisine — there are many reasons the Caribbean is one of the world’s most desired tourism destinations. The global COVID-19 pandemic brought many travel plans to a halt, temporarily — but as lives gradually return to normal, it’s once again possible to plan for your dream vacation. When you’re ready to head out and experience the world, the islands of the Caribbean will be ready to greet you


It’s one of the most visible aspects of the COVID-19 era: the new ubiquity of masks, worn to slow the spread of the virus. It began months ago with practical but unflattering surgical masks, but around the world, and here in the Caribbean, designers like Trinidadian James Hackett soon got to work on more spirited versions. learns more

“I didn’t write the book I thought I was going to write”

Trinidad-born Ingrid Persaud, author of the novel Love After Love, talks to Caribbean Beat about her “scenic route” to a writing career and her relations with the unreliable muse

Everton Weekes (1925–2020)

Owen Arthur on the Barbadian cricket legend, third of “the Three Ws”

Time to Grow

In recent years, a handful of NGOs in Trinidad and Tobago have worked to set up community-based agriculture initiatives, both to provide healthier food options and to make local communities more self-sufficient. It’s a movement that has become even more relevant in the time of COVID-19, writes , as food security becomes crucial


A poem by Donna Aza Weir-Soley, from the new bilingual anthology The Sea Needs No Ornament

An island for a princess

Sixty years ago, the newlywed Princess Margaret, sister to the queen of England, arrived in Mustique on her honeymoon. It was the start of a relationship between the tiny Grenadine island and international celebrity, writes — and a twist in the complicated and often unhappy life of the princess

Caribbean favourites 

Our trivia column tests your knowledge of some of the Caribbean’s signature places

Produced since 1992 by MEP Publishers, Caribbean Beat is the inflight magazine of Caribbean Airlines, and the region's leading magazine on Caribbean arts, culture and society.

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