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Here I come, I am CinnaMon!

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
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A chain of tropical paradises mostly between Florida and Venezuela. 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 The Bahamas, Jamaica, Virgin Islands, Trinidad and Tobago, 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.

Pirate 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 for the most part excludes the Latin Caribbean islands such as Cuba, the Dominican Republic, Haiti (which is Francophone), and Puerto Rico (a territory of the United States of America, an Anglophone country), and includes the British Overseas Territory of Bermuda in Northern America,note  the Central American country of Belizenote  and the Guiana countries of Guyana and Suriname in South America. 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.

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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. That, or they're probably American college kids who came down to one of the islands' many all-inclusive resorts for spring break because the drinking age is lower.

Also known as The Spanish Main (even though that term refers only to the Carribean coast of mainland Central and South America). Because it used to be full of Spaniards and their loot.

A subtrope of Tropical Island Adventure. Expect the soundtrack in this setting to be Steel Drums and Sunshine. Has nothing to do with Mons visiting Caribbean, mon.

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Examples:

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  • 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.
  • Commercials for 7Up from the early 80s featured a guy like this (portrayed by Geoffrey Holder, believe it or not) emphasizing that the beverage had no caffeine, artificial flavors, or artificial colors.
  • The 2000s-early 2010s commercials for Apple Jacks cereal features CinnaMon, a cinnamon stick with a beanie, dreadlocks, eyelid piercing, and sandals, who always raced against Bad Apple to get to the bowl first. He's noticeably laid-back, tends to win the race at his own pace, and has a very distinct Jamaican accent.

    Comic Books 
  • There have been two one-shot comics with the Fantastic Four visiting Puerto Rico. They even fought a Chupacabra.
  • Foxtrot: Roger, Bumbling Dad extraordinaire, once took his family to the Caribbeany resort- a place where you can drive or fly, as it's located a thousand miles from the nearest ocean. Other highlights include the steel drum concert being a guy with a synthesizer ("Oops. Didn't mean to hit "bagpipes" just then.") and a romantic sunset that's interrupted with a giant "Swipe Credit Card To Continue" message every five minutes.
  • Static and his family are all Jamaican.

    Fan Works 
  • "Scooby Doo and the Trip of Lust" is set in "Jamaca Island, the earth of Bob Marley and Stevie Wonder." (the latter of whom isn't actually from Jamaica).
  • The Law & Order: UK story "Dreadlock Holiday," set after the episode "Anonymous", has Matt fleeing to Jamaica for some R&R after being humiliated in court. Alesha follows him to make amends and they end up embarking on a relationship after reconciling.
  • In OSMU: Fanfiction Friction, Oswald becomes struck with an odd disease known as Patoisitis, which causes its victim to speak in a thick Jamaican accent. When he realizes that the accent causes him to become near-incomprehensible to his partners, he decides to resort to using gestures to communicate instead.

    Films — Live-Action 
  • Pirates of the Caribbean has this as its main setting, obviously.
  • The movie Captain Ron, at one point, has the protagonist's children partying in a festival on an unnamed Caribbean islandnote  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," referring to the ride on which the movie was based).
  • Captain Blood is set in the Caribbean; Jamaica and Tortuga are particularized.
  • Cool Runnings — or, to be more accurate, the early part of the movie when everyone is still in Jamaica.
  • Jack Frost 2: Revenge of the Mutant Killer Snowman moves the titular killer snowman to The Bahamas. Must be one hell of a sunscreen.
  • The documentaries Fyre and Fyre Fraud both explore the disastrous failed attempt to organize a luxury music festival in The Bahamas. Both documentaries feature perspectives from the locals, many of whom were skeptical of the event from the beginning.
  • James Bond:
    • Crab Key and neighboring islands of Jamaica 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."
    • The fictional nation of San Monique in Live and Let Die. Though it becomes less of a paradise the moment the viewer sees the inhabitants practice Human Sacrifices for their Hollywood Voodoo "religion".
    • In No Time to Die, Bond has gone to Jamaica to live a carefree retirement there. Of course, there's some Reggae playing in the streets. It was actually filmed in and around Goldeneye, the estate of Bond's late creator Ian Fleming.
  • 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 comedy Water. The island of Cascara is poor as there are no beaches for tourists and it's too windy to play bridge.
  • Club Paradise, a Robin Williams vehicle, includes pretty much every Caribbean trope except the pirates.
  • In the "Voodoo" segment of Dr. Terror's House of Horrors, the only aspects of the West Indies that are shown are calypso music and Hollywood Voodoo.
  • I Still Know What You Did Last Summer takes place at a resort in the Bahamas. Comes complete with the porter Estes using voodoo to try and protect the main characters, and Jack Black playing a Pretty Fly for a White Guy Dreadlock Rasta.
  • Club Dread takes place on a Caribbean island owned by Coconut Pete, a parody of Jimmy Buffett who built his career on the idealized version of this trope and proceeded to open a tropical resort that milks it for all it's worth.

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    Live-Action TV 
  • 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.
  • Death in Paradise is set on the fictional Caribbean island of Saint Marie, described in Episode 3.3 as a "pretty island" that is "situated in the Eastern Caribbean Sea" and "one-tenth the size of its north-west neighbour Guadeloupe"; this would make Saint Marie about 63 square miles (160 km2) in size. Saint Marie is a British Overseas Territory, but about 30% of its people are of French culture due to previous history, with the language still widely spoken.
  • The Office (US): Michael comes back from a great vacation at a Jamaican resort and decides to bring his vacation back with him to work. He gets about half a cornrow in his hair, tries unsuccessfully to learn the steel drum, and, in a subversion, tries throwing a luau.
  • The two-part Scrubs Vacation Episode "My Soul on Fire" is set in the Bahamas. Turk is delighted to notice "They got brothers on the money", holding a $1 bill with an image of Sir Lynden Pindling, the first Prime Minister.
  • A skit on Sesame Street had Kermit sing about his cousin, a "Caribbean Amphibian".

    Music 
  • Dreadlock Holiday, by 10cc.
  • The song "Kokomo" by The Beach Boys.
    • And "Sloop John B., covered 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
  • 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 spoken intro to We're going to Barbados by Typically Tropical is in the voice of a West Indian pilot welcoming his passengers to a landing in Bridgetown, Barbados.
  • And of course reggae, though sharply tones down the idyllic tone, being done by people who actually live there and have to put up with all the down side as well.

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    Pro Wrestling 
  • Championship Wrestling From Florida was also a launching point into the Caribbean for the National Wrestling Alliance, also running shows in Puerto Rico, The Bahamas and The Dominican Republic.
  • An aspect of Pedro Morales's gimmick as the first Latin American to win a recognized world title in pro wrestling.
  • This was basically the video hyping RazorRamon's WWF debut, showing him strolling through an open air Cuban Market. repeated almost verbatim for Carlito's WWE debut video, just in Puerto Rico.
  • In 2011, Florida based promotion Ring Warriors became a new millennium springboard for the NWA to promote events throughout the Caribbean. Several wrestlers were brought in from the region and the Bahamas division from the 1980s was reestablished during a tour there. The wrestlers stuck around but the Bahamas title was retired after Ring Warriors left the NWA.
  • One goal of The World Wrestling League was to increase global awareness of Caribbean Pro Wrestling. This became less pronounced when they started running their own shows in addition to collaborative events, causing the Puerto Rican version of the World Wrestling Council and Dominican Wrestling Entertainment to leave the WWL, which in turn lead to WWL focuse more on competing with it's would be rivals.

    Radio 
  • 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.

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

    Video Games 
  • Mercenaries: World In Flames: The pirate faction is made up of dreadloched, tie-dye wearing people with strong Jamaican accents.
  • The Monkey Island series uses this, since it owes a lot to the original Pirates of the Caribbean ride, or vice versa. Escape from Monkey Island actually features Guybrush trying to save the Caribbean from being converted into a tourist's paradise by a conniving Australian businessman.
  • Sid Meier's Pirates!
  • The trolls of World of Warcraft 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.
    What do you mean what kind of accent is dis? It's a TROLL accent! I swear, jamaican me crazy!
  • Tropico takes place in a more modern Caribbean, with you as a dictator of a Banana Republic.
  • The Journey Down is set in St. Armando, a metropolis with a distinctly Western Atlantic flavor.
  • Dee Jay from the Street Fighter series embodies the laid-back Jamaican stereotype, being a Fun Personified character who is also a Dance Battler. His stage in Super Street Fighter II is in a beachside restaurant, with a band and dancers, and the BGM (probably performed by the band) has a distinct calypso feel.
  • Assassin's Creed IV: Black Flag takes place almost exclusively in the Caribbean during the end of The Golden Age of Piracy and involves becoming a famous pirate, among other things. Historical pirates such as Blackbeard make appearances.
  • Red Alert 3: The Allied Hydrofoil (the Anti-Air ship, which can also prevent vehicles from attacking) has a strong Caribbean accent.

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    Western Animation 
  • The Chip 'n Dale: Rescue Rangers episode "Battle of the Bulge" features three fruit-devouring, evil-doing Jamaican fruit bats complete with the matching accent.
  • In a Codename: Kids Next Door 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!"
  • Futurama has Hermes, who is as Jamaican as they come, being a former limbo champ and constantly saying "Mon". On the other hand, he is an Obstructive Bureaucrat who revels in this fact.
  • Static Shock. Static aka Virgil Hawkins, is Jamaican, and speaks with a second generation slight patois.

Alternative Title(s): Welcome To The Caribbean Luv, The Spanish Main

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