Below, listed in no particular order, are some of our favorite books about living and traveling in the Caribbean. Most of them are fun, light-hearted tales 🙂
Don’t Stop the Carnival
by Herman Wouk
Meet Norman Paperman, a press agent from New York City who runs away to a Caribbean island to reinvent himself as a hotel owner/innkeeper to fight off a mid-life crisis. Hilarity and disaster ensue.
The Sex Lives of Cannibals: Adrift in the Equatorial Pacific
by J. Maarten Troost
At the age of twenty-six, Maarten Troost decided to pack up his flip-flops and move to an island in the remote South Pacific. While not a Caribbean book, the types of adventures Maarten encounters are very Caribbean in nature 🙂
The Harder They Come
by Michael Thelwell
Like the acclaimed film of the same title, this novel is based on the exploits of the legendary Jamaican folk hero Rhygin, who journeys from a simple rural upbringing to the teeming slums of Kingston to the top of the charts and the Most Wanted list.
A Trip to the Beach: Living on Island Time in the Caribbean
by Melinda Blanchard
This is the true story about a husband and wife who escape civilization to build a small restaurant on an island paradise — and discover that even paradise has its pitfalls. It’s a story filled with comedy, culinary disasters, and triumphs.
An Embarrassment of Mangoes: A Caribbean Interlude
by Ann Vanderhoof
In the mid 1990s, Ann and her husband were driven, forty-something professionals who were desperate for a break from their career-defined lives. So they quit their jobs, moved onto a 42-foot sailboat called Receta and set sail for the Caribbean.