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2012
Top 10 Pirate Islands
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1. Tortuga, Haiti

TortugaIf you like stories about pirates, you have heard of Tortuga. The turtle Island is located in the Caribbean Sea. Even though the isle was well-known to the local people, it wasn't populated until the European pirates found it suitable place for their activities. Christopher Columbus and his expedition were among the first who set foot on Tortuga. In the 17th century French pirates were the ones who controlled the Caribbean island. Famous pirates like Pierre Le Grand, Henry Morgan and L'ollonais have lived on Tortuga for a while. If you have desires for adventures, head to Jack Sparrow's favourite island!

2. Port Royal, Jamaica

Port RoyalPort Royal was an actual city in the south part of Jamaica. It was established in the early 16th century and until the mid-17th century it had already become the centre of all pirates and their vices. Famous pirates who are believed to have lived there are Blackbeard, Calico Jack, Charles Vane and Henry Morgan. After being the centre of piracy, Port Royal became the place for their execution. Once called "the wickedest city on Earth", Port Royal preserves its pirate glory as it has been featured in the movie saga Pirates of the Caribbean. Discover your inner pirate while discovering Port Royal.

3. Nassau, Bahamas

NassauNassau is the capital city of the New Providence on the Bahamas Islands. This incredible piece of land offers tropical entertainment and its pirate history to enchant you with. Once a poor village with straw cottages, Nassau was the only pirate republic on the Caribbean. It was established by the notorious Benjamin Hornigold, Thomas Barrow and it had inhabitants no less famous - Blackbeard and Anne Bonny. In the early 18th century the pirate republic found its end but the glory days of the Golden Age are still hidden in the atmosphere of this unique place. Tropical and adventurous - this is Nassau.

4. Roatan, Honduras

RoatanRoatan Island is situated between Guanaja and Utila and it is the biggest of Bay Islands of Honduras. Its width is less than eight kilometres and its length - around 60. Due to its specific location enclosed by reefs and channels, Roatan became the perfect island for pirates in the 17th century. This point gave them opportunity to attack and invade Spanish ships loaded with precious burden. According to local legends the famous Henry Morgan had hidden a treasure on Roatan. Explore the crystal-clear waters, striking coral reefs and the magnetic former pirate gathering of Roatan.

5. La Blanquilla, Venezuela

La BlanquillaRoatan Island is situated between Guanaja and Utila and it is the biggest of Bay Islands of Honduras. Its width is less than eight kilometres and its length - around 60. Due to its specific location enclosed by reefs and channels, Roatan became the perfect island for pirates in the 17th century. This point gave them opportunity to attack and invade Spanish ships loaded with precious burden. According to local legends the famous Henry Morgan had hidden a treasure on Roatan. Explore the crystal-clear waters, striking coral reefs and the magnetic former pirate gathering of Roatan.

6. St. Croix, U.S. Virgin Island

St. CroixSt. Croix is an island in the Caribbean Sea. Once a Danish colony, today St. Croix is American territory as it is part of U.S. Virgin Islands. Being abandoned and territory of no country in the 18th century, Saint Croix was the perfect place for pirates to hide. Great location near the Triangular Trade zone and the safe harbour made the island shelter for the pirates of the Caribbean. While on the island you can visit the Cruzan Rum Distillery to learn more about pirates favourite drink. Even though today, St. Croix is major tourist attraction, imagine it in the Golden Age with pirates sneaking from every corner of this divine place!

7. St. Kitts, West Indies

St. KittsSaint Kitts is an island in the West Indies. Also known as St. Christopher Island, it is present French territory. In the late 17th century William Kidd famous as the "Captain" invaded the island along with the French. Even though he was British, he was commanded by the French and he turned against his commandant and stole one of the French ships. Later, he was executed when returning to England because of piracy. Hundreds of legends for hidden treasures live on St. Kitts Island, which is now a popular cruise destination with pristine beaches and striking natural views.

8. Cayman Islands

Cayman IslandsThe Cayman Islands don't need introduction. Located in the western part of the Caribbean Sea, Cayman Islands were found by Christopher Columbus in the early 16th century. Situated in the middle of the shipping lane between Cuba and Mexico, they became prime pirate centre. George Lowther, Neal Walker and Thomas Antis were among the residents of these islands. Unlike many former pirate islands, Cayman continue to cherish the tradition with the Pirate Festival which happens every November. Get involved in pirate invasions and experience the wild life of the 18th century on the tropical heaven of Cayman Islands.

9. Virgin Gorda, British Virgin Islands

Virgin GordaVirgin Gorda is an island in the Caribbean Sea, territorial part of the British Virgin Islands. The dentate shoreline of Virgin Gorda and its various coves make it the perfect shelter for some of the most famous pirates like Blackbeard and William "Captain" Kidd. Because of its location, Virgin Gorda offered great opportunities for pirates to hunt down the Spanish trading ships that often sailed into this area. Chasing deserving to be filmed had happened around the Virgin Gorda Island as pirates tried to escape the British navy. Get some Caribbean tan while exploring the former pirates refuge.

10. Guadeloupe, Leeward Islands

GuadeloupeGuadeloupe is an island in the Caribbean Sea, part of the Leeward Islands and French territory. The terrifying pirate Edward Thatch known as the Blackbeard has fired up the island in the early 18th century leaving the city in flames after he stole a French ship carrying sugar. Guadeloupe had and still has strategic location as it guarded the French ships from pirates. Just seeing the stunning nature of Guadeloupe and the hidden caves and your imagination will already be dreaming about pirates' treasures, epic battles and great adventures. Dive into the waters of the Caribbean and explore the pirate side of Guadeloupe Island.


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2 Responses to Top 10 Pirate Islands

Nicol Freebush on 25 Jan 2012
I am absolutely amazed, for my eternal shame I did not know that island of Tortuga really exists! Looks wonderful and sounds so romantic to be on an real pirate island...
Markis1 on 14 Mar 2012
I have heard that there are shipwrecks and pirates treasure there and I heard that it is simply remarkable. Oneday hope to visit it.

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