Swimming in a sea of myths
REALITY: Those have their roots in Jamaica, but pan, calypso, salsa, soca, merengue, zouk, and beguine are Caribbean, too. Walk through Trinidads Port of Spain in the weeks leading up to Carnival and hear pan yards reverberate with practicing percussionists. Attend a jazz festival in the Dominican Republic, Barbados, St. Lucia, Puerto Rico, or Panama and catch artists like Chucho Valdés, whom you might otherwise miss. Outside the main events, theres usually a restaurant or bar the jazz brunch in Barbados at Lobster Alive, the barbecue and steel band at Antiguas Shirley Heights playing something to your taste.