A hot cup of cocoa may not be the first beverage that comes to mind when you think Caribbean. But St. Lucia’s cocoa tea, a traditional spiced breakfast drink, may change that. Find the not-so-rich, bittersweet delight at the Castries openair market, where food vendors steep bay leaves, cinnamon, nutmeg and grated cocoa sticks in huge pots all day long. Or buy the ingredients — plucked from the island and packaged in a calabash bowl by local peddlers — and brew this West Indies libation at home. You may never crave an umbrella drink again. stlucia.org
We get thousands of submissions in our ISLANDS Photo Contest, but these weird and wonderful shots made us look more than twice. Enter your best island photo in the 2013 ISLANDS Photo Contest, and check out some of the best photos in the running here: 10 Amazing Reader Photos | Best of the Caribbean...So Far | Best of Hawaii...So Far | Best Beach Photos...So Far
We love the Caribbean and after our judges looked through thousands of photo contest submissions, it’s clear that you do, too! But hang on: These aren't our winners just yet. Do you have a photo that can top these?