The Caribbean is a region in the southernmost part of North America. It includes the West Indies (Antilles), the Bahamas and the coast of Central and South America being lapped by the Caribbean Sea. Panama Canal's Caribbean Sea associated with the Pacific Ocean.
The islands which are located in it are also sometimes referred to as the West Indies. Merely says Wikipedia. I for one can say that this is a wonderful place full of exotic fauna and flora, currently still uncrowded tourists and full of life, music and dance.