|First event||October 30 – November 2, 1926|
|Occur every||4 years|
|Last event||July 19 – August 3, 2018|
|Purpose||Sports for Central American and Caribbean people|
The Central American and Caribbean Games (CAC or CACGs) are a multi-sport regional championship event, held quadrennial (once every four years), typically in the middle (even) year between Summer Olympics. The games are for countries in Central America, the Caribbean, Mexico, and the South American Caribbean countries of Colombia, Guyana, Suriname, and Venezuela.
The games are overseen by the Central American and Caribbean Sports Organization (CACSO) (the organization also goes by the acronym "ODECABE", from its full Spanish name: Organización Deportiva Centroamericana y del Caribe). They are designed to provide a step between sub-CACG-region Games held the first year following a Summer Olympics (e.g. Central American Games) and the Continental Championships, the Pan American Games, held the year before the Summer Olympics.
The CACGs are the oldest continuing regional games in the world, and only the Olympics have run longer. Mexico, Cuba and Guatemala were the three countries present at the first games, which were then called the Central American Games. In 1935 their name was changed to Central American and Caribbean Games to reflect expanding participation.
The 1942 edition was suspended after the impact of the World War II.
A "Central American Games" does exist today, Juegos Centroamericanos, involving just Central American countries.
|Host cities of the Central American and Caribbean Games|
The first two editions of the Games were known as the "Central American Games" at the time, but the edition lineage continued after the inclusion of the Caribbean nations in 1935.
|Year||Edition||Host city||Host nation
(as recognized by the IOC)
|Dates||Nations||Events||Sports||Competitors||Top placed team|
|1926||1||Mexico City||Mexico||October 30 – November 2||3||3||9||269||Mexico|
|1930||2||Havana||Cuba||March 15 – April 15||9||9||9||606||Cuba|
|1935||3||San Salvador||El Salvador||March 16 – April 5||9||9||13||741||Mexico|
|1938||4||Panama City||Panama||February 5 – February 24||10||10||16||1216||Mexico|
|1946||5||Barranquilla||Colombia||March 5 – March 25||13||13||17||1540||Mexico|
|1950||6||Guatemala City||Guatemala||February 28 – March 12||14||14||19||1390||Mexico|
|1954||7||Mexico City||Mexico||March 5 – March 20||12||12||19||1356||Mexico|
|1959||8||Caracas||Venezuela||January 6 – January 15||12||12||17||1150||Mexico|
|1962||9||Kingston||Jamaica||August 15 – August 28||15||15||16||1559||Mexico|
|1966||10||San Juan||Puerto Rico||July 11 – July 25||18||18||17||1689||Mexico|
|1970||11||Panama City||Panama||February 28 – March 13||21||21||16||2095||Cuba|
|1974||12||Santo Domingo||Dominican Republic||February 27 – March 13||23||23||18||1928||Cuba|
|1978||13||Medellín||Colombia||July 7 – July 28||19||19||21||2605||Cuba|
|1982||14||Havana||Cuba||August 7 – August 18||19||19||24||2420||Cuba|
|1986||15||Santiago de los Caballeros||Dominican Republic||June 24 – July 5||26||26||25||2963||Cuba|
|1990||16||Mexico City||Mexico||November 20 – December 3||29||29||30||4206||Cuba|
|1993||17||Ponce||Puerto Rico||November 19 – November 30||31||31||32||3,570||Cuba|
|1998||18||Maracaibo||Venezuela||August 8 – August 22||31||31||30||5200||Cuba|
|2002||19||San Salvador||El Salvador||November 19 – November 30||31||31||32||4,301||Mexico|
|2006||20||Cartagena de Indias||Colombia||July 15 – July 30||32||32||37||4,865||Cuba|
|2010||21||Mayagüez||Puerto Rico||July 17 – August 1||31||31||42||5204||Mexico|
|2014||22||Veracruz||Mexico||November 14 – November 30||31||31||36||5707||Cuba|
|2018||23||Barranquilla||Colombia||July 19 – August 3||37||37||36||5854||Mexico|
Historical medal count
|5||Puerto Rico (PUR)||323||486||692||1501|
|6||Dominican Republic (DOM)||147||250||382||779|
|10||El Salvador (SLV)||51||124||225||400|
|11||Trinidad and Tobago (TTO)||43||76||101||220|
|12||Costa Rica (CRC)||37||41||85||163|
|13||Netherlands Antilles (ANT)||31||31||48||110|
|17||U.S. Virgin Islands (VIR)||11||20||19||50|
|19||Cayman Islands (CYM)||5||5||6||16|
|20||British Virgin Islands (VGB)||4||0||0||4|
|25||Saint Lucia (LCA)||3||1||1||5|
|29||Antigua and Barbuda (ATG)||0||5||5||10|
|31||Saint Kitts and Nevis (KNA)||0||1||6||7|
|32||Saint Vincent and the Grenadines (VCT)||0||0||1||1|
|Totals (32 nations)||5001||4987||5696||15684|
- CACSO (ODECABE) – organizers of the Central American and Caribbean Games
- Pan American Games
- Bolivarian Games
- Central American and Caribbean Games on Spanish Wikipedia (in Spanish)
- Central American Games
- South American Games
- (in Spanish) ODECABE website www.odecabe.org; retrieved 2010-03-03
- History of CACSO Archived July 25, 2009, at the Wayback Machine from the CACSO website (www.cacso.org); retrieved 2009-06-26.
- "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2010-07-20. Retrieved 2010-07-17.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
- Medals – Total of Medals (1926-2010) from the ODECABE website (http://www.odecabe.org Archived 2012-09-09 at Archive.today); retrieved 2014-11-26.
- Veracruz 2014 – Medal Count Archived 2014-11-29 at the Wayback Machine from the Veracruz 2014 website ("Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2014-11-12. Retrieved 2014-11-11.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)); retrieved 2014-11-30.
- Enrique Montesinos (2013). Los Juegos Regionales Mas Antiguos - The oldes regionals game (PDF).