Some of the islands in the Caribbean Sea include Cuba, Puerto Rico and St. Thomas. Both Puerto Rico and St. Thomas are U.S. territories, while Cuba is an independent country.
Cuba sits south of Florida and east of Cancun, Mexico. The Treaty of Paris gave the country its independence from the United States in 1902; however, the United States operates the naval base at Guantanamo Bay. In 1959, Fidel Castro led a revolution, which established Cuba as a communist country and politically aligned the country with the Soviet Union. The official language of Cuba is Spanish.
The Commonwealth of Puerto Rico lies east of the Dominican Republic and south of Cuba. As a U.S. territory, the island has two official languages: Spanish and English. The island additionally offers beaches and tourism attractions such as historic San Juan and beaches. The territory's capital of San Juan was founded by Juan Ponce de Leon in 1508. Additionally, the small islands Mona, Monito, Desecheo and Caja de Muertos are considered part of Puerto Rico.
St. Thomas, one of the U.S. Virgin Islands, enjoys a large tourism business with its famous 99 Steps of Charlotte Amalie, Magens Bay beach and the Skyride, which takes visitors 700 feet above sea level to view the horizon. The island is the largest of the Virgin Islands at 32 square miles across.