North America is the 3rd largest continent, which includes 23 countries and dozens of other small territories and islands, offering number of popular destinations North America. The top ten tourist destinations in North America comprises of the Caribbean and Central America countries, Canada, Mexico and the United States of America - which are the three of the largest countries on the planet, as well as Greenland - the world's largest island. North America lies mostly between the Arctic Circle and the Tropic of Cancer completely surrounded by bodies of water, including the Pacific Ocean, the Bering Strait, the Arctic Ocean, the Atlantic Ocean, and the Caribbean Sea and Gulf of Mexico. North America includes all of the mainland and related offshore islands lying north of the Isthmus of Panama. The "Anglo-America" term is often used in relation to Canada and the United States combined, while the term "Middle America" is used to describe the region including Mexico, the republics of Central America, and the Caribbean. It is said that the name America is derived from that of Italian navigator Amerigo Vespucci, who may have visited the mainland of North America in 1497 and 1498. Many of the North America destinations have found place in the top tourist destinations the world over.