This string of large and small islands southeast of the United States includes 13 official countries plus 21 territories/outposts of other countries. The sunny sovereign states are Antigua and Barbuda, The Bahamas, Barbados, Cuba, Dominica, Dominican Republic, Grenada, Haiti, Jamaica, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Saint Lucia, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines (sounds like a band), and Trinidad and Tobago. The islands otherwise include the U.S. commonwealth of Puerto Rico and U.S. Virgin Islands (St. John, St. Thomas) and Navassa Island; British Virgin Islands (Virgin Gorda), Anguilla, Cayman Islands, Montserrat, and Turks and Caicos Islands; Netherlands Antilles, otherwise known as the A-B-C islands (Aruba, Bonaire, Curaçao), Saba, Sint Eustatius and Sint Maarten; Guadeloupe, Martinique, Saint Barthélemy and Saint Martin of France; Federal Dependencies of Venezuela and Nueva Esparta; and San Andrés and Providencia of Columbia. Phew! Clearly it helps to know several European languages if you’re island hopping.