Top Spot for Black American Tourists Not in Any Order
There’s a reason Stella went to Jamaica to get her groove back! The food, music, beaches, and “irie vibes” make this Caribbean isle a wonderful place to recharge after a hectic period.
2. Dominican Republic
3. The Bahamas
Everything about Ghana makes it a top destination for Black Americans. The people, the food, the history, the culture. There’s something to do every night in Accra, whether it be karaoke, learning to dance Kizomba, or enjoying a delicious dinner with friends. It’s also worth the three-hour drive to visit Cape Coast Castle, where many of our ancestors were enslaved and shipped to South America, the Caribbean and the United States. Ghana is known for being one of the safest and most welcoming west African countries. It has a has a murder rate much lower than the United States, and has the 3rd lowest homicide rate in Africa.
6. Paris, France
From the beaches of the Riviera to the cafes of Paris, there’s no better country to practice self-care. Whether you choose to get your sommelier on with a wine-tasting course in Bordeaux, castle hop in the Loire Valley, or simply get swept up in the romance and whimsy of the historical Alsace region, France is where you can relax, unwind, and make everything all about you
Home to the largest African population outside of Africa, black women will feel at home immediately in Brazil. In addition to its beautiful beaches, iconic landmarks (that means Cristo Redentor or Christ the Redeemer, duh), Brazil is a beautiful mix of diversity that has created its native food, music and culture. Brazil can also be a gateway to see more of South America’s biggest attractions in other countries like Argentina, Peru, Patagonia and many more! Carnival anyone?
9. South Africa
South Africa has beautiful beaches, great restaurants, scenic safaris and so much more. But don’t mistake South Africa for just a pretty face. Apartheid officially ended in 1994, so the country is still undergoing a renovation of sorts. Cape Town, Johannesburg and Durban are all so amazing, yet all so different so do careful research before you go so you can meet your particular vacation needs. South Africa has an underlying energy that is hard to explain but it’s so magnetic. You may never come home!
11. Costa Rica
Top Spots for African Tourists
2. Dubai 300,000 visitors
Dubai takes the least time to get to by flight, just six hours, instead of 14 hours to other destinations. There are the thousands of posh restaurants, luxury hotels, parks, museums, resorts and family entertainment centres that serve as perfect getaway cum exquisite business spots for destination events.
3. Cape Town
4. New York
Popular with South Africans tourists about 100,000 tourists from South Africa visit Mauritius Annually
93,000 South Africans visit Thailand annually
Most Common Nationalities for Tourists
1. Nigerians – London, Dubai, Cape Town
2. South African- Mauritius, Thailand
4. Ghanaians- London
Interesting Places that Black people need to travel to
1. Hip hop 12 billion
Birthplace – Bronx, New York
2. Pop 10 billion
3. Rock 10 billion
Birthplace- Disputed Cleveland
4. Country music 5 billion
Birthplace- Bristol, Tennessee
Birthplace- Seoul, South Korea
6. Latin Music $4 billion
7. R and B 2 billion
Birthplace – Chicago and Detroit
10. Jazz 500 million
11. African Music Industry (Afrobeats) $300 million
Should be $4 billion
Richest-P Square, Black Coffee, Don Jazzy
Birthplace- Accra, Lagos, Johannesburg, Cape Town
1. Paris 1.2 million
2. London .8 million
3. New York .5 million
4. Toronto .4 million
5. Washington .35 million
6. Amsterdam . 3 million
7. Houston .3 million
8. Dubai .2 million
9. Brussels .2 million
10. Guangzhou- Hong Kong.2 million
Vicente Guerrero (Mexico)- Líder general revolucionaria de la Guerra de Independencia de México que más tarde se desempeñó como Presidente de México
Juan Gomez (Cuba) – líder revolucionario afrocubana en la Guerra de Independencia de Cuba contra España
Juan Jose Nieto Gil – was the first Afro-Colombian to rise to politics in the history of Colombia becoming the first Afro-Colombian to become the executive officeholder of a first level administrative division of Colombia. was also this country’s first novelist, writing three largely forgotten works.
Carlos Antonio Mendoza – Was Panamanian politician who served as Second Vice President in the government of José Domingo de Obaldía and since death of First Vice PresidentJosé Agustín Arango in 1909 he was first in line to the presidency. In this capacity Mendoza was acting President of Panamafrom March 1, 1910 to October 1, 1910. He belonged to the Liberal Party.
Jorge Artel – Colombian –
Antonio Maceo- Was second-in-command of the Cuban Army of Independence.
Fellow Cubans gave Maceo the sobriquet of the “Bronze Titan” (Spanish: El Titan de Bronce), which was a reference to his skin color, stature and status. Spaniards referred to Maceo as the “Greater Lion” (El Leon mayor). Maceo was one of the most noteworthy guerrilla leaders in 19th century Latin America, comparable toJosé Antonio Páez of Venezuela in military acumen.
Juan Almeida –
was a Cuban politician and one of the original commanders of the insurgent forces in the Cuban Revolution. After the rebels took power in 1959, he was a prominent figure in the Communist Party of Cuba. At the time of his death, he was a Vice-President of the Cuban Council of Stateand was its third ranking member. He received several decorations, and national and international awards, including the title of “Hero of the Republic of Cuba” and the Order of Máximo Gómez.
Jose Francisco Pena Gomez
Gregorio Luperon – best known for being a Dominican military and state leader who was the main leader in the restoration of the Dominican Republic after the Spanish annexation in 1863. He also Served as president.
Juan Esteban Lazo Hernández – Cuban politician who has been the President of the National Assembly of People’s Power, Cuba’s parliament, since 2013. Previously he was Vice-President of the Cuban Council of State. He is a member of the Politburo of the Central Committee of the Communist Party of Cuba.
Ulises Heaureaux-Was president of the Dominican Republic from 1 September 1882 to 1 September 1884, from 6 January to 27 February 1887 and again from 30 April 1889 until his assassination, maintaining power between his term
Celia Cruz (Cuba) – Was a Cuban singer of Latin music. The most popular Latin artist of the 20th century, she earned twenty-three gold albums and was a recipient of the National Medal of Arts. She was renowned internationally as the “Queen of Salsa”, “La Guarachera de Cuba”, as well as The Queen of Latin Music.
She spent much of her career working in the United States and several Latin American countries. Leila Cobo ofBillboard Magazine once said “Cruz is indisputably the best known and most influential female figure in the history of Cuban and Latin music”
Arturo Schomberg ( Puerto Rico) – Was a Puerto Ricanhistorian, writer, and activist in the United States who researched and raised awareness of the great contributions that Afro-Latin Americans and Afro-Americans have made to society. He was an important intellectual figure in the Harlem Renaissance. Over the years, he collected literature, art, slave narratives, and other materials of African history, which was purchased to become the basis of the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, named in his honor, at theNew York Public Library (NYPL) branch in Harlem.
Benkho Bioho – Bioho led a successful slave revolt in the 17th Century in San Basilio de Palenque in Colombia. Making it the first free black town in the Americas, which maintained its African cultural tradition.
Arnaldo Tamayo Mendez-
Was the first Cuban and the first black person in space; he was proclaimed at the time as the first black cosmonaut. As a member of the crew of Soyuz 38, he became the firstCuban citizen and the first person from a country in the Western Hemisphere other than the United States to travel intoEarth orbit.
Wilfredo Lam (Cuba) – Was a Cuban artist who sought to portray and revive the enduring Afro-Cuban spirit and culture. Inspired by and in contact with some of the most renowned artists of the 20th century, Lam melded his influences and created a unique style, which was ultimately characterized by the prominence of hybrid figures. Though he was predominantly a painter, he also worked with sculpture, ceramics and printmaking in his later life.
Christina Milian (Cuba)
Melissa de Souza – Panama
El General Panama – Is a Panamanian reggae artist considered by some to be one of the Fathers Of “Reggae En Espanol”. During the early 1990s, he initiated the Spanish spoken dancehall. Early examples of this were the international and somewhat mainstream songs, “Te Ves Buena” and “Tu Pum Pum”. Both songs, performed in Spanish rap, were very successful in North America. After getting his foot in the door of the commercial market, many other Spanish rappers became famous in the mainstream as well, such as Vico C and DJ Negro. He has a unique, easy to listen to style of dance music and has produced many well-known songs all overLatin America. His musical works have become popular in Latin America over the last few years. This style is calledReggae en Español, because he makes dancehall reggae music with Spanish-language lyrics.
Panama Brown – Panama – First Hispanic Boxer
Lauren Velez – Puerto Rican
Laz Alonzo (Cuban)- Actor
Don Omar (Puerto Rico)
Rosie Perez (Puerto Rico)
Juelz Santana (Dominican Republic)
Vannessa Mendoza ( Colombia)
Zoe Saldana (Dominican Republic)
Arlenis Sosa ( Dominican Republic)
Raul Cuero – Inventador Colombiano
Susanna Baca – Cantanta Peruana
Gina Torres ( Cuban)
Is a Cuban volleyball player who has won three Olympic gold medals with her first being at the young, for volleyball, age of 17. She has played on the international circuit since she was 14. In 2001 she was recipient of the Best Player of the 20th Century award by the FIVB and was inducted into theVolleyball Hall of Fame.
Lala Anthony (Puerto Rican)
Dascha Polanco – Dominican
Cecillia Tait ( Peru)
Ilia Calderon – (Colombia)
Diana Mina – Miss Colombia
Amara La Negra – Dominican Republic
Indhira Rosa Serrano Redondo – Colombia Actress
Rudy Duthil (Cuban and Dominican)
Paula Zapata –
is a Colombian engineer and professor. She served as the8th Minister of Culture of Colombia, and was the third person to hold that office in the administration of President Álvaro Uribe Vélez. Moreno was the first Afro-Colombian woman, as well as the youngest person, to hold a cabinet-levelministry in Colombia.
Piedad Cordoba -is a Colombian lawyer and politician who served as Senator of Colombia from 1994 to 2010. A Liberal party politician, she also served as Member of the Chamber of Representatives of Colombia for Antioquia from 1992 to 1994.In 2012, Córdoba was named by Foreign Policy magazine as the most influential Ibero-American intellectual, again causing much controversy in her native Colombia
Luis Gilberto Murillo – (Colombia)
Argelia Laya (Venezuela) –
Carolina Indriago – Miss Venezuela
Morella Munoz – Famous Mezzo Soprana
Gledys Ibarra – Actress
Epsy Campbell Barr- Costa Rican Vice Presidents
Maria Isabell Urrutia – Colombia
Middle Class Whites
Low Class Whites – Rednecks, Hillbilly, Trailer Trash, Chavs, Bogans
Middle Class Asian Family
Middle Class Indians
Middle Class Hispanics/Latinos
Lower Class Barrio or Ghetto Latinos
Middle Class Blacks
Middle Class Africans
Lower Class Village Africans
No race is perfect
The Caribbean is a region that consists of the Caribbean Sea, its islands (some surrounded by the Caribbean Sea and some bordering both the Caribbean Sea and the North Atlantic Ocean), and the surrounding coasts. The region is southeast of the Gulf of Mexico and the North American mainland, east of Central America, and north of South America.
It is home to 40 million people,
Largest countries in Caribbean in size and population 5th largest country in North America
-Home of Castro
– 62% Black
and 37% White
Many people are mixed.
Many Cubans left for America from 1960-1980
90% of Cuban Americans are White
Race Relations in or the Situation for Blacks is probably the best in Latin America.
– Home of Salsa
– Havana architecture,
old style cars
Interesting Facts about Cuba
1. Cuba Spends more of its GDP on education (13%) than any other country in the world, Cuba has one of the highest literacy rates in the world at 99.8%. It wiped out illiteracy in one year in 1961.
The education system is 100% subsidized by the government, meaning that Cuban students at all levels (including University) can attend school for free. Cuba has the best education system in Latin American and the Caribbean and the only country on the continent to have a high-level teaching faculty.
2. Cuba has the highest doctor to patient ratio in the world 1 out of 170 are doctors
Cuba has the highest life expectancy at 79, the lowest HIV prevalence in the Americas (.10) and one of the lowest in the world. As well as the lowest infant mortality rate. Global health issues such as HIV transmission from mother to child, which Cuba has virtually eliminated, and how to prevent the spread of diseases such as Ebola and dengue fever. Cuba makes most of it’s medicines. Cuba has also developed a drug to treat diabetic-foot patients, a treatment that has been around since 2007 but has yet to be tested in the U.S. Cuba guarantees every child up to 7 a healthy ration of milk, no matter how tough times are, the “exiles” claim 8-year-old kids aren’t “allowed” to drink milk. In fact, free meals are served in schools and on the job, and Cubans get at least enough subsidized food on the ration for one meal a day at home.
3. Cuba has the Best Cigars in the world
4. Cuba is the third most popular tourist destination in the Caribbean with 2 million tourists many tourists like to go to Varadero Beach
5. Cuba is home to Guantanamo Bay
The United States pays Cuba approximately $4,085 a year to lease the 45 square miles that the Guantánamo Bay Naval Station occupies. Cuba has not accepted the payment since 1959. It’s a good thing that nuclear war never happened, especially if you consider the fact that at its peak, Cuba had a deadly arsenal of 150 nuclear weapons.
6. Cuba has the lowest crime and murder rate in Latin America and the Caribbean and one of the lowest in the world. Especially since 1980 when Castro encouraged many of the immigrants to immigrate to the United States.
7. Cuba is an isolated country. Only 5% of the population of have internet, and as late as 1997 locals were not permitted to have contact with tourists.The communist government was worried that western ideas and values would infiltrate the country.
8. At least 92% of the population own their own home. The second highest in the world.
2. Haiti 10.9 million $758 ($9 billion)
Port Au Prince
Richest neighborhood – Petionville
Poorest neighborhood – Cite Soleil
– Second country in the Americas to become independent, most successful slave revolt
– Built the largest castle or fort in the Americas or Western Hemisphere. The only country in the Western Hemisphere to have defeated three colonial armies for its independence. The powerful armies of Spain, England and France.
–The Independence of Bolivia, Columbia, Ecuador, Peru and Venezuela was a result of direct monetary and military help from Haiti to Simon Bolivar, the greatest Hispanic military leader of all time. By winning the Vertieres Battle on November 18th 1803, Haiti forced France to sell to the US, it’s Louisiana territory, doubling the size of the United States of America.Haiti supplied France for over half the wealth it derived from all its other colonies combined in the 18th century.
The Citadel in Cap Hatian is the largest fortress in The Americas
It is the Most Mountainous Country in the Carribbean
– Poorest country in the Western Hemisphere, More orphans than anywhere in Western Hemisphere, 10% High School Graduation rate, with only 53% literacy rate, 70% Unemployment rate. Even before the 2010 earthquake, only 54% of Haitians had access to sanitation facilities (toilets, indoor plumbing, sewer systems). Less than half had a regular source of safe drinking water. Only One Public University. Haiti has the highest incidence of HIV/AIDS in the Western Hemisphere at 2%. One in 50 people are infected. Haiti also has the worst epidemic of cholera in recent history, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. After the 2010 earthquake, in little over two years, as of August 2013, it had killed at least 8,231 Haitians and hospitalized hundreds of thousands more while spreading to neighboring countries including the Dominican Republic and Cuba. Since the outbreak began in October 2010, more than 6% of Haitians have had the disease.
Very few Haitians own cars: fewer than 5 out of 1,000. There is no railroad in Haiti. In the cities, people often take communal taxis and colorful public buses called “taptaps.
Most corrupt country in the Western Hemisphere.
Haiti received 13.5 billion dollars in foreign aid after the 2010 earthquake however not much has been done with it.
Only two firestations in the whole country. Haiti’s entire annual budget is $300 million with 40 percent of it coming from foreign aid, less than that of many small cities in the United States. Since the 1980s, its economy has shrunk steadily.More than 70 different dictators ruled Haiti between 1804-1915.
Haiti’s 1% own 50 percent of the economy
It is the most deforested country in the world.Only 2 % of the land is forested
It is most deforested country in the world.
– Home of Voodoo
3. Dominican Republic 10.8 million $5,600 ($62.5 billion total)
– Country with 2nd highest percentage of mixed race people in the world.
– Largest city in the Carribean- Santo Domingo
Standard of living
Average salary- $352.70 or $4,232.40 (Range $266.61-$444.35)
One bedroom Apartment outside downtown – $251.80 or $3,012.96 (Range$177.74-$333.26)
Richest neighborhood- 1. Los Cazicazgos 2. Piantini, Naco, Alameda, Arroyo Hondo, Bella Vista
Poorest neighborhood-Sabana Perdida, Cristo Rey, Los Minas, Barrio Capitullo, Simon Bolivar
Oldest Continuously inhabited European Settlement in the New World started in 1496. The city is 520 years old.
First Place to import Enslaved Black Africans in 1502
Puerta Plata, Dominican Republic was also the First Place of British Involvement in Slavery
In April 1563, English slave trader, Sir John Hawkins, brought 400 people he had abducted from Sierra Leone. Hawkins traded his victims with the Spanish for pearls, hides and sugars, some gold. This was the start of British involvement in the trans-Atlantic slave trade,
Country with second highest rate of mixed race people in the world.
Tallest building in the Carribean Torre Caney 492 feet
Home to Popular Destinations like
– Most popular tourist destination Puerta Plata,
Casa de Campo
Altos de Chavon
Los Haitises, Semana Peninsula
Tallest Mountain in the Caribbean Pico Duarte
Largest Producer of Organic Bananas
One of largest Gold Mines in Western Hemisphere Pueblo Viejo
Largest Lake in the Caribbean Lake Enriquillo
-Only city in Carribean with subway system
– Caribeans most popular tourist destination with 5 milllion visitors
– Home of Meringue music and Bachata
– Sends more MLB players than any other country
4. Puerto Rico 4 million $28,509 ($105 billion)
– Only country in the Carribean that is not majority Black
– Mixture of three races
62% Mulatto or Multiracial, 18% White, 18% Black and 2% Asian
Has the largest economy in the Caribbean at $105 billion
Average income – 2,203.50 or $26,442 (Range 1,200.00 3,000.00)
One bedroom outside of downtown- 512.50 or $6,150 (Range 400.00-650.00)
Richest neighborhood- Guaynabo
Poorest neighborhood – La Perla
– Part of the U.S
5. Jamaica 3 million $5,300 ($15.6 billion)
– Home of Bob Marley
Average income 842.36 or $10,108.32 (Range $513.98-$1,327.79)
One Bedroom Outside downtown 299.82 or $3,597.(84 (Range $171.33-$513.98)
Richest neighborhood – The Golden Triangle
Poorest neighborhood – Trenchtown, Spanishtown
– Reggae Music
– Fastest Runners in the World
– Popular Tourist destinations like
Montego Bay, and Negril
Dunn River Falls
The Blue Lagoon
– Home to many famous people, Bob Marley, Usain Bolt, Colin Powell, Busta Rhymes, Biggie Smalls,Marcus Garvey, Shirley Chisholm,Harry Belafonte, Sean Kingston, Naomi Campbell, Tyson Beckford,
6. Trinidad and Tobago 1.5 million $32,100 ($44 billion)
Richest neighborhood-Westmoorings, Maraval, St. Clair, Goodwood Park, Valsayn
Poorest neighborhood – Laventille, Debe / Scorpion & Haige Streets in Carenage / Anything east of Charlotte Street in the City / Sealots / Beetham
– One of most prosperous Carribean islands
– Home of Calypso, Limbo
One the few Caribbean countries that are not dependant on Tourism
Home of the Largest Carnival in the Carribean
-Birthplace of Nicki Minaj
Trinidad and Tobago is considered one of the most educated countries in the World with a literacy rate exceeding 98%. Trinidad spends 15.6% of it gdp on education more than any other country
– Trevor Manuel, Nia Long, Tatiana Ali
7. Martinique and Guadaloupe 900,000 $27,000
-Background of Thierry Henri
8. The Bahamas 350,000 $35,000 ($11.1 billion)
Richest country in the Caribbean
Average income – $3,150.00 or $37,800 (3,000.00-3,300.00)
One bedroom outside of Downtown $630.00 or $7,560 (550.00-740.00)
Richest neighborhood- Paradise Island, Lyford Cay
Poorest neighborhood- Kemp Road and The Grove
9. Barbados 265,000 $25,000
Home of Rihanna
Highest HDI in Carribean
The average life expectancy is 72 years for males and 77 years for females.1 Barbados and Japan have the highest per capita occurrences of centenarians in the world.
10. Netherlands Antilles 300,000 $37,000
Only Dutch speaking country in the Caribbean