What’s going on in the Caribbean this winter and beyond?
The Caribbean is a desirable destination for rest and relaxation, but that shouldn’t stop you from taking the time to immerse yourself in its vibrant culture and enjoy the many events and festivals that celebrate the heritage and lifestyle of the region. Here are just a few of them:
For cricket fanatics, Cricketfest (17-21 November 2010) combines sand, sun, sea and cricket, as eight master teams from the USA, Canada and the Caribbean Islands come together and battle it out in Antigua.
Montserrat’s 2nd Volcano Marathon
On Saturday 27 November, runners from across the world will take on the 13.1-mile course that traverses the active Soufrière Hills Volcano, with Montserrat’s key attractions providing a stunning backdrop to the race.
Nassau Junkanoo, Bahamas
For a colourful, one-of-a-kind New Years Eve celebration, head to Nassau, Bahamas and join in the party. Alternatively, take to the streets on Boxing Day, when the Junkanoo fun will also be taking over the town.
Barbados Jazz Festival
From 10-16 January 2011, the Barbados Jazz Festival will be in full swing. Set in the idyllic setting of the Sunbury Plantation House and Farley Hill National Park, this will be the 18th year of the country’s flagship festival that is always full to the brim with music lovers.
Spice Island Billfish Tournament, Grenada
On the 24, 25 and 27 January 2011, the long-established Spice Island Billfish Tournament will commence in Granada. As well as anglers from all over the world competing for the heaviest catch, there’ll be a boat parade and dinner for those who’d rather sit back and take in the atmosphere.
Aruba Carnival Celebration
In 2011, the carnival spirit will be alive in Aruba throughout January until mid February. Each day of the carnival will bring a new traditions and parades, including plenty of children’s parades for the whole family to enjoy.
Procigar Festival, Dominican Republic
The Dominican Republic is legendary for its cigar-making, and Procigar Festival (6-11 February 2011) gives you the chance to visit the country’s best cigar factories and find out why.
Barbados Holetown Festival
On 14 February 2011, Holetown, Barbados will be holding its annual celebration of the arrival of the first settlers in 17 February 1962. Expect historical re-enactments, traditional dress and a variety of crafts and parades that will give you a taste of Barbadian history.
Reading Week at St James’s Club, Antigua
For a more relaxing activity, St James’s Club, Antigua will be hosting a reading week from 2-6 May 2011. Meet fellow readers in a paradise setting to chat about your favourite books, or sip cockatils and listen to a bedtime story as the sun sets.
Sumfest Festival, Jamaica
Jamaica’s largest concert festival is taking place from July 21-23 in 2011. Year after year, Sumfest features timeless reggae legends like the Marley brothers, as well as the latest chart-topping stars. The perfect way to absorb some Caribbean culture and see some legendary musicians.
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