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25 Quotes About Caribbean People, Place and Food

MsDora grew up, received early education and taught school in the Caribbean. Read her love and pride of the region—people and place.

Palm Trees on a Caribbean Beach--Beautiful!

Palm Trees on a Caribbean Beach--Beautiful!

The Caribbean region from the southeast of the North American mainland to the northern part of South America. The map shows most of the Caribbean islands bordering the Caribbean Sea and a few also bordering the North Atlantic Ocean. The subdivisions within this 1.06 million square mile territory (per Caribbean Islands site) lend to an enriching diversity in language, culture and food; but what the islanders share is a common bond of love for the region and its warm tropical climate.

These 25 quotes give general insight into their pride of identity and zest for life, as well as the impact made on visitors by the physical beauty of the region.

Here's a map of the Caribbean Sea and the Caribbean Islands.

Here's a map of the Caribbean Sea and the Caribbean Islands.


1. "The true Caribbean people . . . are carnival people, we are vibrant people, not dead people. We like to be heard and we like to have fun." ―Viv Richards

2. "Me and my mom are pretty cool. My mother's Caribbean, and she gets a little spicy, and I get a little spicy back." ―Cardi B

3. "I've noticed in the Caribbean culture, the women aren't submissive - they're very fiery." ―Lela Loren

4. "If Caribbean writers have one single unifying theme, it is a strong sense of place, and of home. There is also - always, beneath the humour, which is a West Indian characteristic - a sadness: an awareness of a past that can never really be forgotten, or forgiven." ―Malcolm Bradbury

5. "The West Indian is not exactly hostile to change, but he is not much inclined to believe in it. This comes from a piece of wisdom that his climate of eternal summer teaches him. . . the idea is to take things easy and enjoy the passing time under the sun." ―Herman Wouk

6. "The merengue was invented out of necessity. . . It was the only dance possible for ankle-chained slaves in the cane fields of the Caribbean." ―Maggie Shen King

7. "I want to give people a taste of the Caribbean, and show them the fun side of me." ―Rihanna

8. "Miscegenation is not an idea that we would have in the Caribbean. It wouldn't come up because anybody could marry anybody, you know . . . the idea of the word 'miscegenation' is not something that we think of." ―Derek Walcott

9. "My dad was a proper old English gentleman, even though he was from the Caribbean. He used to stand up and salute during the Queen's Christmas speech." ―John Barnes

10. "I come from an African Caribbean background. I've been influenced by a reggae church music style, contemporary gospel, and rock all fused together." ―Laura Mvula

Music on the Beach--Fun  Time!

Music on the Beach--Fun Time!


11. "There's definitely healing properties to being in proximity to the ocean and that breeze. There's something about that Caribbean climate and humidity." ―Johnny Depp

12. "There is something fresh and crisp about the first hours of a Caribbean day, a happy anticipation that something is about to happen, maybe just up the street or around the next corner." ―Hunter S. Thompson

13." I like the color of the Caribbean." ―Anne Greenwood Brown

14. "We came over a rise and I saw the Caribbean...My first feeling was a wild desire to drive a stake in the sand and claim the place for myself. . . We were on the edge of a large bay and the water was that clear, turquoise color that you get with a white sand bottom. I had never seen such a place." ―Hunter S. Thompson

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15."I live half the year on Necker, a tiny island in the Caribbean, and it's always full of people in party mode. Everyone comes up to the big house, and we'll be dancing until the early hours to the island's band, the Front Line." ―Richard Branson

16. "Caribbean sun hates me. No matter how much sunscreen I used, it found a way to fry me like a chip!" ―Emma Chase

17."I can have fun anywhere, as long as I'm with good people. But in the offseason, I like to go somewhere warm, a nice spot in the Caribbean." ―Derek Jeter

18. "A fisherman, say, working on a beach doing his job, may be photographed by a tourist because it's photogenic to see him working, and the Caribbean is extremely photogenic . . . people are photographed in their poverty, and sometimes it's kind of exploited." ―Derek Walcott

19. "Visual surprise is natural in the Caribbean; it comes with the landscape, and faced with its beauty, the sigh of History dissolves." ―Derek Walcott

20. "When you're on one of the Caribbean islands, sometimes it's hard to picture how they fit in with the rest, but when you see them all joined together like a necklace from space, you see the natural geographic connectedness of them all." ―Chris Hadfield

"Visual surprise is natural." ―Derek Walcott.

"Visual surprise is natural." ―Derek Walcott.


21. "I love Caribbean food. It's a great melting pot of so many cultures including the Native Americans." ―Bob Greene

22. "Blending unique spices, fresh herbs and fish caught on the very same day; that’s Caribbean food." ―Hazel Hammond

23. "Consuming authentic Caribbean food can be an emotionally moving experience, not only in terms of the euphoria caused by its fresh ingredients, intense flavors, and spicy seasonings, but also in the awareness that diverse groups of people have had to come together in various state of contentment and discontentment in order to produce even just a morsel of a Caribbean meal."Lynne Marie Houston

24. "I'm a big fan of Caribbean food . . . like rice and beans. Hot sauce just adds a different layer of boom to the food, you feel me?" ―Theophilus London

25. "At the World Cup, I carried my mum's Caribbean sauce around with me. She makes her own . . . We're very down-to-earth; it's the nature of my family." ―Daniel Sturridge

National Dishes

The map above identifies the group of islands to the right as the Lesser Antilles, the smaller islands. The table below tells the favorite foods of residents in these regions.

St. Kitts and Nevis National Dish. Courtesy of Michelle Flanders

St. Kitts and Nevis National Dish. Courtesy of Michelle Flanders

Reference: Caribbean National Dishes by Charla. (

IslandsNational DishesExplanation

Virgin Islands

fish and fungi

fungi -cornmeal mixed with okra


pigeon peas and rice

St. Martin

conch (Dutch side); calaloo soup (French Side)

conch - snail seasoned with herbs and spices; callaloo -see Trinidad

St. Kitts and Nevis

stewed fish, plantain, coconut dumpling and breadfruit

Antigua and Barbuda

fungi and pepperpot

pepperpot -thick stew with saltfish, vegetables and spices


goat water

stew made from goat meat, served with rice, bread or root vegetables


pork curry


mountain chicken

seasoned frog legs fried, served with plain rice or rice and peas


grilled snapper with sauce au chien

sauce made with tomato, chives, parsley and other spices

St. Lucia

salt fish and green bananas


flying fish and cou-cou

cou-cou -also called cornmeal or polenta

St. Vincent

roasted breadfruit and jackfish


oil down

meat or codfish stewed in coconut milk, with breadfruit, dumplings, callaloo, herbs and spices

Trinidad and Tobago

crab and callaloo

callaloo -dasheen leaves made into a dark leafy green stew

© 2020 Dora Weithers


Dora Weithers (author) from The Caribbean on October 28, 2020:

Thanks, Denise. I'm glad I shared the story because I had never thought of him intentionally keeping me away from the house until you and a few others came up with the idea. It could very well be, and now I can be thankful to him also. Thanks for sharing your positive thoughts.

Denise McGill from Fresno CA on October 27, 2020:

I just read your story about escaping the den of the lion because of a cousin's prank. As you know we still cannot comment on the niche sites so I'm commenting here. I wonder if the cousin set you up on purpose to keep you out of that house. God set you free from the den of the lion to be sure. I'm so happy the Almighty was on your side just then.



Dora Weithers (author) from The Caribbean on October 15, 2020:

Thanks, Denise,for your concern about the hurricanes. On my island we get lots of rains and winds, but for a few years now, no serious damage, thank God. Thanks also for the funny episode; you made me laugh.

Dora Weithers (author) from The Caribbean on October 15, 2020:

Thanks, Lora. Hoping that you make it to the islands at least once. You'll enjoy your trip, much more than the article, especially if you come my way.

Denise McGill from Fresno CA on October 13, 2020:

What a rich heritage. I'd love to visit. I do hope you are not threatened by the hurricanes I keep hearing about. One of my favorite jokes is about the man who told his friend he had taken his wife on a Caribbean cruise during the summer. "Jamaica?" the friend asked. "No, she wanted to go," he answered. Haha.



Lora Hollings on October 08, 2020:

I've never been to the Caribbean but it is one place I certainly would like to go to in my lifetime! I know I would love many of these foods that are identified with different islands. The sauces sound so appetizing. Wonderful article, Dora, on the Caribbean, its people, culture and its beauty which you have so captured in your quotes. I really enjoyed your article!

Dora Weithers (author) from The Caribbean on October 08, 2020:

Brenda, thanks for making me smile. I like your comment.

BRENDA ARLEDGE from Washington Court House on October 08, 2020:

I have always pictured you with that fiery I know why.

I loved reading theses quotes.

Dora Weithers (author) from The Caribbean on October 06, 2020:

Yea, Denise. My grandmother with whom I grew up would be surprised, because we never used pepper, but my other grandmother did.

Denise McGill from Fresno CA on October 04, 2020:

So are you one of those spicy, fiery people? Your photo looks very sweet to me. These quotes are very insightful.



Dora Weithers (author) from The Caribbean on July 30, 2020:

Krystina, thanks for the Caribbean affirmation. I appreciate you.

Krystina Powells from The Caribbean on July 30, 2020:

As a Caribbean author, I can 'feel' where these quotes emanated from. Chris Hadfield alluded to the fact that we are all connected. I love that!

Dora Weithers (author) from The Caribbean on April 20, 2020:

Of course, Peggy. "It would be so much fun to experience the beauty of the islands someday." Hope it comes through for you.

Peggy Woods from Houston, Texas on April 19, 2020:

The quotes were great, and what I liked most about reading this was all the national dishes and explanations of what they contained. It would be so much fun to experience the beauty of the islands someday. They have similarities but still have their differences. It would take some time to visit each of them.

Dora Weithers (author) from The Caribbean on March 31, 2020:

Thanks, Rajan. I guess that you've watched Vivan Richards on the cricket field. Thanks for your affirmation.

Rajan Singh Jolly from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar, INDIA. on March 30, 2020:

The Caribbean quotes reveal a lot about Caribbean people and its culture. I cannot agree more with the quotes of Vivian Richards and Lela Loren. Everything about the Caribbean is lively and colourful.

Dora Weithers (author) from The Caribbean on March 15, 2020:

Thanks, Bill. When we think about it, we understand how the meringue dance fitted the slave scenario.

William Kovacic from Pleasant Gap, PA on March 15, 2020:

Interesting stuff, Dora. I thought # 6 was interesting. I would have never connected the two.

Dora Weithers (author) from The Caribbean on March 11, 2020:

Denise, cherish that desire. Hoping that you can make a trip to anywhere in the region. You'll enjoy it.

Dora Weithers (author) from The Caribbean on March 11, 2020:

Thanks, Shaloo. Pleased that you appreciate the quotes. Makes me happy.

Denise McGill from Fresno CA on March 10, 2020:

I have a sweater on and we are expecting a cold rain for the next 3 days. Your description of the sun and endless summer make me yearn for a trip to see your islands.



Shaloo Walia from India on March 10, 2020:

An interesting collection of quotes!

Dora Weithers (author) from The Caribbean on March 08, 2020:

Well, John, both you and your dad had and have fine taste in cricketers. I feel kinship with you.

John Hansen from Australia (Gondwana Land) on March 08, 2020:

MsDora, my father’s favourite cricketer was Garfield (Gary) Sobers, so I guess my love of West Indian cricketers was influenced by him. Yes, I will certainly write a Caribbean inspired poem. Thank you for the suggestion.

Dora Weithers (author) from The Caribbean on March 08, 2020:

Bill, it is my pleasure to write about the Caribbean. I could tell you that it isn't easy to maintain one's weight on these menus. My self-control is on trial here.

Dora Weithers (author) from The Caribbean on March 08, 2020:

Oh, Eiddwen, I would also welcome a poem with a Caribbean theme from you. Hope you will one day fulfill your desire to go there. Thanks for your pleasant feedback.

Dora Weithers (author) from The Caribbean on March 08, 2020:

John, I am delighted that you like my West Indian Cricketer Viv Richards; more delighted that he is your favorite of all-time. Would welcome a poem with a Caribbean theme.

William Kovacic from Pleasant Gap, PA on March 08, 2020:

Thank you for allowing us to become more familiar with the Caribbean, Dora. Of course, you know the food section was my favorite!

Dora Weithers (author) from The Caribbean on March 07, 2020:

Nell, it's my pleasure. If you ever get here, you would enjoy it as much as the rest of us.

Eiddwen from Wales on March 07, 2020:

Thank you so much for sharing this one Dora. It's really made me yearn to go there one day. Those quotes were brilliant also and I found myself being able to relate to so many. Maybe my next poem on here will have a hint of what I feel about the Caribbean after reading your hub. Thank you for being so inspiring Dora.

John Hansen from Australia (Gondwana Land) on March 06, 2020:

What a delightful article MsDora. It seems the Caribbean leaves a lasting impact on all who visit there. I loved reading the quotes, especially liked the one by Viv Richards (my favourite cricketer of all time.) I imagine the national dishes need to be tried to be truly appreciated. Thank you for sharing.

Nell Rose from England on March 06, 2020:

It sounds absolutely wonderful Dora! I wish I could get on a plane and come over to put my feet on that warm beach, eat the food, and listen to the music. Thank you for sharing your world.

Dora Weithers (author) from The Caribbean on March 06, 2020:

Linda, I hope you get to visit. Glad that you appreciate the article; you will love the islands even more.

Linda Crampton from British Columbia, Canada on March 05, 2020:

This is an interesting and educational article. Each section of the article was enjoyable. I would love to visit the Caribbean one day.

Dora Weithers (author) from The Caribbean on March 05, 2020:

Bill, memories of that scene in Haiti conjures up the kind of sadness mentioned in quote number four. It lingers in the background of the strength and sweet temperament the people display. Thanks for your observation.

Dora Weithers (author) from The Caribbean on March 05, 2020:

Eric, you and the Caribbean would make a good match. Hope you take the trip soon! Welcome!

Bill Holland from Olympia, WA on March 05, 2020:

I was watching a documentary about sugar cane last night, and they showed Haiti. The poverty was heartbreaking, but the people stood strong, humble, and unbroken. I was moved.

Eric Dierker from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A. on March 05, 2020:

Fantastic Dora,

My bags are packed and by the door. :-)

Dora Weithers (author) from The Caribbean on March 05, 2020:

Thanks, Devika. Different and interesting! That's the Caribbean and our visitors agree.

Dora Weithers (author) from The Caribbean on March 05, 2020:

James, you're still a good way off, but it's within your reach. Yes, it helps to keep the destination in mind.

Dora Weithers (author) from The Caribbean on March 05, 2020:

Flourish, you'll enjoy every minute of it. There'll be lots of new new foods to try.

Dora Weithers (author) from The Caribbean on March 05, 2020:

Well, Manatita, you can satisfy that strange craving anytime. Glad that you have good childhood memories.

Devika Primić from Dubrovnik, Croatia on March 05, 2020:

Hi Dora you have informed me of a different culture and sound interesting. Caribbean people and everything you have mentioned makes me want to travel there.

James C Moore from Joliet, IL on March 04, 2020:

I long to visit the islands. The closest I've been is Galveston Island off the coast of Texas in the Gulf of Mexico. And, that ain't too close. I guess Carribbean isn't just a place but a mindset as well.

FlourishAnyway from USA on March 04, 2020:

I enjoyed both the quotes and seeing what types of food are popular there. Definitely makes me want to visit!

manatita44 from london on March 04, 2020:

Not really. Mom and dad have gone sisters in Texas and one brother in Canada.

I have a strange craving to visit the lands once more.

My young life was spent with Papa going into the la ds picking nutmeg a d mace, cocoa and coconut climbing fruit and breadfruit trees ... so beautiful!

My first visit took 14 years and my second 25 yeRs when mom passed.

Dora Weithers (author) from The Caribbean on March 04, 2020:

Thanks, Lorna. You will definitely enjoy the Caribbean. We already know what dish to prepare for you, and there's still lots of Bob Marley music around. Hope you make the trip sometime.

Lorna Lamon on March 04, 2020:

Such an enjoyable read Dora and what beautiful islands. I love the national dish of the Virgin Islands as I use okra quite a lot in cooking. The quotes gave me a glimpse into the culture, people and past of the islands. I enjoyed them all, however, it was the quote by Bob Marley that moved me the most. I love his music. Great article Dora, I will definitely have to visit.

Dora Weithers (author) from The Caribbean on March 04, 2020:

Pam, it's great that you have experienced the Caribbean. Greater still that you loved it. Hoping that you get still another chance to visit and spend more time. Thanks for your comment.

Pamela Oglesby from Sunny Florida on March 04, 2020:

I love this article Ms Dora. I have traveled to the Dominican Republic twice when my son and his family were missionaries there. I have also visited Jamaica and the Caymen Islands. I love each place and would love to spends more time in the islands.

Dora Weithers (author) from The Caribbean on March 04, 2020:

Thinks, Rosina. Glad you like the quotes. The presentation is a pleasure for me.

Dora Weithers (author) from The Caribbean on March 04, 2020:

Shauna, thanks for your feedback. I would have sent a link if HP didn't frown on links in comments.

Please Google "breadfruit" to see what it looks like. We cut it in half starting at the stem. The center is soft, so we discard that, slice and peel the rest. We can boil and eat, or make a salad resembling potato salad, or mash it resembling mashed potato. We also make a cheesy breadfruit casserole.

On some islands, they roast the breadfruit without peeling it. Anyway, you prepare it, it is tasty.

Dora Weithers (author) from The Caribbean on March 04, 2020:

Cheryl, I love the topic and I love sharing the information. Still happier that you appreciate it.

Dora Weithers (author) from The Caribbean on March 04, 2020:

Manatita, thanks for sharing your observations. I never heard of oil down till I was preparing for this article. Bet the thought of the Caribbean still pull at your heart strings. Sweet, sweet home!

Rosina S Khan on March 04, 2020:

I love all the 25 quotes about Caribbean people, places, and food, along with the beautiful images and explanation of national dishes in different islands. Wonderful and informative hub, Dora.

Shauna L Bowling from Central Florida on March 04, 2020:

Dora, this is a very interesting article. Item number six (merengue was born of necessity) gave me a start as I read the words and pictured slaves chained together. Such darkness in a beautiful land.

Tell me, what is breadfruit?

Cheryl E Preston from Roanoke on March 04, 2020:

This is really great information and excellent in detail. Thank you and. Dora. You really put a lot into this.

manatita44 from london on March 04, 2020:

Crab and callaloo was very much my thing and many others. Probably came from us. Trinidad is better at Roti and we are equally good at rice and peas but probably better at oil down. Anyway, we are sister/brother countries with a lot of inter-traffic between the two countries. They are more influenced by India min some food department and films, though.

Lovely quotes and great promotion and education.

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