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
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 The Bermuda Triangle
, 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 a voodoo ceremony.
attacks have to be dealt with, 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 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 the final scene of a movie
, illustrating that a Karma Houdini
character made a successful Run for the Border
Also known as The Spanish Main. Because it used to be full of Spaniards and their loot
- 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.
- Pirates of the Caribbean, obviously.
- The movie Captain Ron, 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.
- Captain Blood is set in the Caribbean; Jamaica and Tortuga are particularized.
- Cool Runnings
- The fictional nation of San Monique from the James Bond movie Live and Let Die.
- Also Crab Key and neighboring islands in Dr. No. 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 The Silence of the Lambs, Dr. Lecter has escaped to an unnamed island and saunters off into the crowd of locals as the credits roll.
- Spoofed in the 1985 comedy Water.
- Club Paradise, a Robin Williams vehicle, includes pretty much every Caribbean trope except the pirates.
- Neil Gaiman's Anansi Boys, played straight. (Yes. Neil Gaiman played something straight.) Well, kind of. Apparently 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 proposed to Daisy with it. It Makes Sense in Context.
- Harry Maybourne escapes to such a place in one epsiode of Stargate SG-1.
- Part one of the Criminal Minds two-parter, "The Fisher King", takes place with Derek Morgan and Elle Greenaway vacationing in Jamaica, with scenes invoking this trope.
- The song "Kokomo" by the Beach Boys.
- The Andrews Sisters' 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 Jean Michel Jarre which was recorded on the island of Trinidad include a big local steel drum band. "Calypso" even comes with a somehow Caribbean groove.
- Great Big Sea 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. Can be seen as an analogy for Newfoundlanders moving to big-city Canada and longing for home.
- The original radio version of Bold Venture was set in pre-revolution Cuba (and made heavy use of calypso music). The television version (made in 1959) moved the action to Trinidad.
- Sky and Sarah's trip to Havana in Guys and Dolls (pre-Castro, of course).