The Caribbean, also commonly called the West Indies, is a region located between North and South America, as well as east of Central AmericaÂ in the Caribbean Sea. The name "Caribbean" refers to all land and water in the region.
There are over 700 islands in the region alone, many of which are island countries. Notable countries in the Caribbean are Cuba, Jamaica, Barbados and Puerto Rico. Due to its location, many countries in the Americas have coastlines that face the Caribbean Sea and region, including Mexico, Columbia, Honduras and Guatemala. In total the Caribbean covers more than 2.75 million square kilometers, with about 239,000 square kilometers of land.