Caribbean current, a warm ocean current in Caribbean Sea
The Caribbean Islands
The Caribbean Current is a warm ocean current that transports significant amounts of water and flows northwestward through the Caribbean Sea from the east along the coast of South America and into the Gulf of Mexico. The current results from the flow of the Atlantic South Equatorial Current as it flows north along the coast of Brazil. As the current turns north through the Yucatan Channel, it is renamed the Yucatan Current. The Caribbean Current water comes from the Atlantic Ocean via the North Equatorial, North Brazil, and Guiana Currents. The circulation of the Columbia-Panama Gyre flows counter-clockwise to the Caribbean Current.