->''Work all night and I drink da rum\\
Daylight come and me wan' go home\\
Stack banana 'till de mornin' come\\
Daylight come and me wan' go home''
-->-- '''Harry Belafonte''', "[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Jpg-KIKD5gU The Banana Boat Song]]". You may recognize it from [[Film/{{Beetlejuice}} a certain movie that didn't take place in the Caribbean...]]

A chain of tropical paradises mostly between Florida and South America. The Caribbean is known for cruises, beaches, resorts, and the occasional {{pirate}} infestation. Beware of TheBermudaTriangle, while you're at it, too. Includes Puerto Rico, Jamaica, Virgin Islands, Bermuda, the Cayman Islands and others.

Calypso or rhumba music is constantly being played, there's free fruit everywhere, everyone is constantly drunk and/or high, and may have a pet parrot. Nobody does any work, they just sit on the beach sipping fruity little drinks with umbrellas out of coconuts. At night, the careless or unlucky might see [[HollywoodVoodoo a voodoo ceremony.]]

{{Pirate}} attacks have to be dealt with, [[RuthlessModernPirates even in modern times]]. Except now they use machine guns instead of cutlasses and are less romanticized.

This trope excludes the Latin Caribbean islands such as Cuba and Puerto Rico, and includes the northern South American countries of Guyana and Suriname. Jamaica is a specialized case, mostly due to a perceived abundance of Reggae and Rastafari folks [[TheStoner with a penchant for the "Wisdom Weed"]]. The Bahamas is often mistaken for Jamaica much to the chagrin of BOTH countries' citizens. This is despite, however, a minority of Rastafarians in Jamaica.

If you find white people here in contemporary times they're likely to be sitting on a yacht, playing croquet or cricket, or lounging around in white suits and reading a newspaper in the lobby of a hotel that's seen better days. This is often used as [[TropicalEpilogue the final scene of a movie]], illustrating that a KarmaHoudini character made a successful RunForTheBorder.

Also known as The Spanish Main. Because it used to be full of Spaniards and [[PirateBooty their loot]].

Has nothing to do with {{Mon}}, mon.
----
!!Examples:

[[foldercontrol]]

[[folder: Advertising ]]

* The commercials for Malibu rum seem to invoke this trope, despite the fact that Malibu is located in California. The rum itself, however, was invented in Curacao.

[[/folder]]

[[folder: Comic Books ]]

* There have been two one-shot comics with the ComicBook/FantasticFour visiting UsefulNotes/PuertoRico. They even fought a {{Chupacabra}}.

[[/folder]]

[[folder: Fanfic ]]

* The ComicsNix [[SoBadItsGood "masterpiece"]] ''ScoobyDoo [[http://www.fanfiction.net/s/5915590/1/Scooby_Doo_and_the_Trip_of_Lust and the Trip of Lust]]'' is set in "Jamaca Island, the earth of Bob Marley and StevieWonder." (the latter of whom isn't actually from Jamaica).

[[/folder]]

[[folder: Film ]]

* ''Franchise/PiratesOfTheCaribbean'', obviously.
* The movie ''Film/CaptainRon'', at one point, has the protagonist's children partying in a festival on an unnamed Caribbean island while their parents are arrested for smuggling revolutionaries onto the island. Later, they run afoul of the "Pirates of the Caribbean", as Captain Ron calls them, and get their boat stolen at gunpoint. (This movie was made before the Disney movie trilogy, so viewers will awkwardly hear the children's dad saying Captain Ron "went to Disneyland too many times").
** Pirates of the Caribbean existed before the movie trilogy, as a ride in Disneyland. Just to clarify.
** The movie was filmed in Puerto Rico.
* ''Film/CaptainBlood'' is set in the Caribbean; Jamaica and Tortuga are particularized.
* ''Film/CoolRunnings''
* ''Film/JamesBond''
** The fictional nation of San Monique from ''Film/LiveAndLetDie''.
** Also Crab Key and neighboring islands in ''Film/DrNo''. When James Bond asks Quarrel where he took Dr. Strangway, Quarrel points to the harbor, saying, "That there's the Caribbean. That's where I took him."
* At the end of ''Film/TheSilenceOfTheLambs'', Dr. Lecter has escaped to an unnamed island and saunters off into the crowd of locals as the credits roll.
* Spoofed in the comedy ''Film/{{Water 1985}}''. The island of Cascara is poor as there are no beaches for tourists and it's too windy to play bridge.
* ''Film/ClubParadise'', a RobinWilliams vehicle, includes pretty much every Caribbean trope except the pirates.

[[/folder]]

[[folder: Literature ]]

* Neil Gaiman's ''Literature/AnansiBoys'', played straight. (Yes. ''Neil Gaiman'' played something straight.) Well, kind of. Apparently [[GermansLoveDavidHasselhoff people in the Caribbean are mad about country music]], and hand out limes to passersby. Although Fat Charlie was only given the lime because he expressed disbelief that limes grew there, so he was given one. Other than that no limes were handed about, except by Fat Charlie himself who became unusually attached to the lime, and [[spoiler:proposed to Daisy with it]]. ItMakesSenseInContext.

[[/folder]]

[[folder: Live Action TV ]]

* Harry Maybourne escapes to such a place in one epsiode of ''Series/StargateSG1''.
* Part one of the ''Series/CriminalMinds'' two-parter, "The Fisher King", takes place with Derek Morgan and Elle Greenaway vacationing in Jamaica, with scenes invoking this trope.

[[/folder]]

[[folder: Music ]]

* The song "Kokomo" by the Beach Boys.
* TheAndrewsSisters' classic "Rum and Coca-Cola" is about American tourists in Trinidad.
-->''Since the Yankee come to Trinidad''
-->''They got the young girls all goin' mad''
-->''Young girls say they treat 'em nice''
-->''Make Trinidad like paradise''
-->''Drinkin' rum and Coca-Cola''
-->''Go down Point Koomahnah''
-->''Both mother and daughter''
-->''Workin' for the Yankee dollar''
** Actually, the song in question's really by the Trinidadian calypsonian Lord Invader. It was plagiarised by an American man when he heard the song in Trinidad.
* Steel drum music is another bit of Trinidad & Tobago culture that is commonly used as a generic "island" music cue in popular culture. Notice that "Kokomo" uses steel drums and mentions a dozen tropical locales but not Trinidad or Tobago.
* Parts of the album ''Waiting For Cousteau'' by JeanMichelJarre which was recorded on the island of Trinidad include a big local steel drum band. "Calypso" even comes with a somehow Caribbean groove.
* GreatBigSea sang "Penelope," about a Jamaican bazaar worker who moves to Chicago to become a domestic and to search for her lost uncle. She goes back, secure in the knowledge that the slow-paced life in the tropics is far better than the frantic concrete mess that is The Big City. [[EpilepticTrees Can be seen as an analogy for Newfoundlanders moving to big-city Canada and longing for home]].

[[/folder]]

[[folder: Radio ]]

* The original radio version of ''Radio/BoldVenture'' was set in pre-revolution Cuba (and made heavy use of calypso music). The television version (made in 1959) moved the action to Trinidad.

[[/folder]]

[[folder: Toys ]]

* {{LEGO Pirates}}

[[/folder]]

[[folder: Theatre ]]

* Sky and Sarah's trip to Havana in ''{{Guys and Dolls}}'' (pre-Castro, of course).

[[/folder]]

[[folder: Video Games ]]

* The ''VideoGame/MonkeyIsland'' series uses this, since it owes a lot to the original ''Pirates of the Caribbean'' ride, [[OlderThanTheyThink or vice versa]]. ''VideoGame/EscapeFromMonkeyIsland'' actually features Guybrush trying to save the Caribbean from being converted into a tourist's paradise by a [[CorruptCorporateExecutive conniving Australian businessman]].
* ''VideoGame/SidMeiersPirates''
* The trolls of ''WorldOfWarcraft'' seem to blend both this trope and Mayincatec. The Darkspear have Jamaican accents and practice a fantasy equivalent of voodoo, while other tribes practice blood sorcery similar to human sacrifice and convene around ziggurats.
* ''VideoGame/{{Tropico}}'' takes place in a more modern Caribbean, with you as a dictator of a BananaRepublic.
* ''VideoGame/TheJourneyDown'' is set in St. Armando, a metropolis with a distinctly Western Atlantic flavor.

[[/folder]]

[[folder: Web Comics ]]

* Rayne of ''LeastICouldDo'' goes to Jamaica in one story arc.

[[/folder]]

[[folder: Web Original ]]

* [[http://www.alternatehistory.com/discussion/showthread.php?t=149300 This]] role playing thread on AlternateHistoryDotCom features an entire PlayedForLaughs PunkPunk setting based on this trope...

[[/folder]]

[[folder: Western Animation ]]

* ''WesternAnimation/{{TaleSpin}}'' spans the world, but the main locations of Cape Suzette and Louie's are definitely in a very Caribbean or South Pacific setting.
** Probably the South Pacific, since the show is apparently based on ''TalesOfTheGoldMonkey''.
** And in one episode they visit Panda La.
* The ''WesternAnimation/ChipNDaleRescueRangers'' episode "Battle of the Bulge" features three fruit-devouring, evil-doing Jamaican fruit bats complete with the matching accent.
* In a ''CodenameKidsNextDoor'' episode, the hamsters go on a vacation at Jamaica's KND sector. The operatives are ''very'' laid-back to the point of not knowing what an emergency is, and persistently offer mango smoothies to everyone. One of the operatives there is your stereotypical Jamaican who hilariously seems to be the only one who can stomach Lizzie's horrible cooking.
--> "It's PIE time, mon! ...o.o That be some GOOD pie, mon!"

----