Here’s an alphabetized thread on how to pronounce the name of the countries in the Caribbean.

** I’ll try to type the phonetics in a way that’s as reader friendly as possible.

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Anguilla 🇦🇮

Pronounced: An-gwii-la
Antigua & Barbuda 🇦🇬

Pronounced: An-tee-gah
Pronounced: Bar-bew-dah

Surprise! It’s NOT An-tee-gwah nor Bar-boo-dah
Aruba 🇦🇼

Pronounced: Ah-rue-bah
The Bahamas 🇧🇸

Pronounced: The Ba-haa-mas

FYI: please include THE when referring to The Bahamas.
Barbados 🇧🇧

Pronounced: Bar-bay-dos
Belize 🇧🇿

I think y’all should have this pronunciation down
Bermuda 🇧🇲

Pronounced: Bur-mew-dah

(Bermuda is actually located over 900 miles from any Caribbean island as it sits alone in the Atlantic Ocean, its located ~884 miles east of Charleston, South Carolina USA)
Bonaire 🇧🇶

Pronounced: Boh-nair/Bon-air
British Virgin Islands (BVI) 🇻🇬

Pronounced: Yea, you got this one.
Caribbean Netherlands 🇳🇱
Made up of:

Pronounced: Boh-nair/Bon-air

Sint Eustatius
Pronounced: Sint U-stay-shus

Pronounced: Say-bah
Cayman Islands 🇰🇾

Pronounced: Kay-man Islands

(Pretty straight forward)
Cuba 🇨🇺

*Now this one depends on whether you want to pronounce it with the language accent or not

Pronounced: Cue-buh/Coo-bah
Curaçao 🇨🇼

Pronounced: Cure-ah-souw
Dominica 🇩🇲

Pronounced: Dom-mee-knee-kah

Fun fact: The Commonwealth of Dominica 🇩🇲 is not the Dominican Republic 🇩🇴 and they are not pronounced the same either.
Dominican Republic 🇩🇴

Pronounced: Duh-MINI-can Republic

Fun fact: The Dominican Republic 🇩🇴 is a totally different country from Dominica 🇩🇲. And both countries have different pronunciations, and if someone tells you they’re the same, that person is a liar 😃
Grenada 🇬🇩

Pronounced: Gree-nay-dah

**No, its not Gruh-nah-dah, trust me. It’s not.
Guadeloupe 🇬🇵

Pronounced: Gwah-deh-loop
Guyana 🇬🇾

Pronounced: Guy-ana

Nope, its not “Gee-yana”
Haiti 🇭🇹

Pronounced: Hay-tee
Jamaica 🇯🇲

Pronounced: Jah-may-kah

(But you knew this already)
Martinique 🇲🇶

There’s two ways the Caribbean pronounces it

Pronounced: Mar-tin-neek/Mart-neek
Montserrat 🇲🇸

Pronounced: Mont-sir-rat
Puerto Rico 🇵🇷

(Yea, y’all got this one too)
Saint Barthélemy 🇧🇱

(Also known as St. Barts)

Pronounced: Saint Bar-thay-leh-mee
Saint Kitts & Nevis 🇰🇳

Pronounced: Saint Kits (yea, easy one)
Pronounced: Knee-vis

Yes, I can guarantee you it is NOT “Neh-vis”

Fun fact: St. Kitts’ original name is St. Christopher, a name given by the bad mind colonizer himself. But we dash it way because, you know.
Saint Lucia 🇱🇨

Pronounced: Saint Lou-sha

I’ve heard some say “Loo-see-ah”, and no its not correct.

Fun fact: This is only country in the world named after a woman, that woman being Saint Lucy of Syracuse, a Christian martyr who was killed during the Persecution of 304 AD
Sint Maarten (Dutch) 🇸🇽 / Saint Martin (French) 🇫🇷

Pronounced: Sint Mar-ten (Dutch)
Pronounced: Sahn Marh-tahn (French) doh fight me for my French phonetics)

**These two counties share the same land mass. Sint Maarten in the south of the island, Saint Martin in the north.
Saint Vincent & the Grenadines 🇻🇨

Pronounced: Saint Vin-cent and the Gren-ah-deans
Suriname 🇸🇷

Pronounced: Sue-ree-nam
Trinidad and Tobago 🇹🇹

Pronounced: Trini-dad
Pronounced: Tuh-bay-go
Turks & Caicos Islands 🇹🇨

Pronounced: Turks and Kay-Kos
United States Virgin Islands (USVI) 🇻🇮

Yea, y’all got this one too. 10 points
And you’ve reached the end of my thread. Congrats, you now know how to pronounce the countries of the Caribbean

**if you have a better phonetic spelling of a country than I do, feel free to quote and add it.
This thread was brought about because some citizens of other countries on the globe love to tell us how to INACCURATELY pronounce the name of the places we live in 😃
I also asked several West Indians (like myself) to assist with the phonetics, including the actual residents of these Caribbean countries. So if the phonetics off, it was a group effort.
Big up my Caribbean massive of course. Meh love meh region
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