The Caribbean islands have become bywords for the good life, both as places to visit and places to live. They are celebrated here in Nik Wheeler’s breathtaking photography and Joan Tapper’s knowledgable, entertaining commentaries. The larger ones – Cuba, Jamaica, Puerto Rico – offer cities, resorts, beaches, leisure facilities and lush interiors. Smaller islands,like Antigua and Martinique, have developed reputations as places for the discriminating visitor, offering fine dining and stylish night spots. And for those for whom ‘island’ is synonymous with getting away from it all, there is every variety of small exclusive hideaway, from Mustique and Nevis to islands that are just bumps in the ocean. Author and photographer convey a relaxed lifestyle: quaint harbours and winding streets, houses both grand and humble, elegant hotels, quirky bars and restaurants, open-air markets, cuisine and art. These islands are truly paradise on earth, fully celebrated in this superb book.