A local cultural event, festival or carnival can really add to an already amazing holiday. It provides an activity like no other, an opportunity to see more of the local culture and of course a bit of fun.
The Caribbean has a range of events, parties and festivals throughout the year, these are just some that we would like to recommend.
Image taken from the Jamaican Tourist Board website.
Jamaica Carnival. This event spans multiple parties, each with their own band, location and incredible hand-crafted costumes. The main dates for 2020 are April 16 – 20th and the major road march will be held on Sunday 19th.
Tickets can be booked for guests staying at the Jamaica Inn.
Image taken from the Nevis Tourist Board website.
The events calendar of Nevis is full to bursting. Here are a few highlights, particularly for sporting enthusiasts
Nevis to St Kitts Cross Channel Swim. Taking place this year on March 29th, it is organized for swimmers of all abilities. Warm water and sea life accompany your swim and it all ends at a reggae beach bar.
Nevis Mango & Food Festival July 2nd - 5th 2020. A Caribbean food festival which is 100% unique. It happens on the island of Nevis and combines two of Nevis’ key selling points; its exceptional culinary scene and its over 40 varieties of mangos growing on the island.
Image taken from the Nevis Tourist Board website.
Nevis Triathlon -Taking place this year on November 7th, this is a flagship sporting event which attracts competitors from all over the world.
Worth noting is also the nearby St. Kitts 24th Annual Music Festival. Held June 25th-27th, this three-day festival has a range of international headliners and up and coming talent.
Paradise Beach can arrange tickets and transportation through the concierge team for guests.
St Vincent & The Grenadines
Image from www.bequiaregatta.com.
The Bequia Easter Regatta. Taking place 8th – 13th April, this is a fun and very well attended regatta with four days of competitions and races.
Vincy Mas. This is the premier festival of St Vincent, taking place June 26th – July 7th. A huge carnival featuring the customary bands, parades, dancers and more.
Nine Mornings Festival. Held the nine mornings before Christmas, 16th – 24th December, this series of events includes concerts, storytelling and games.
Nine Nights of Light. This provides the evening portion to the Nine Mornings Festival. Held the evenings 25th-23rd December, these events include carolling, dancing and comedy.
Image taken from the St Lucia Tourist Board website.
There are several events in St Lucia throughout the year, but these are a few particular music events we would recommend:
St Lucia Jazz Festival - Taking place this year 7th - 9th May in collaboration with Jazz at Lincoln Center. The line-up features some of the top names in modern Jazz and takes place all over the island.
St Lucia Carnival - this takes place throughout the months of June and July but culminates 20th – 21st July. A vibrant series of events, you can see Steel Pan competitions, Calypso, parties and fetes.
Roots & Soul Festival - The 2020 dates have yet to be announced. This festival showcases musicians setting trends in reggae, hip-hop, Afropunk and R&B. It is a lively festival with both free and paid performances, masterclasses and more.
Tickets can be booked for guests staying at East Winds.
Barbados has lots to offer throughout the year but here are a couple that we recommend:
Image taken from the Barbados Tourist website.
Grand Kadooment Day - Taking place this year on 3rd August, this celebration signifies the end of Crop Over. Enjoy masquerade bands, dancers dressed in sequined, feathered and jewelled costumes, music trucks and moving bars.
Barbados Jazz Excursion and Gold Tournament - Taking place 8th – 11th October, this unusual combination is a four-day Jazz festival with a charity golf tournament thrown in. The line-up includes big contemporary names in Jazz and R&B and plenty of time to see the island.
Guests can book tickets for these events at Little Good Harbour.
As with all the islands, there is a range of events happening this year, but these are the two premier events we’d like to recommend for Antigua:
Image taken from visitantiguabarbuda.com/antigua-sailing-week/
Antigua Sailing Week. Taking place this year April 25th – May 1st it is in the top three most prestigious regattas in the world. An exciting combination of sailing and partying make it an eventful week.
Antigua Carnival. Taking place the end of July and culminating the first days of August. This carnival features, Calypso, pageantry, costumes, bands, parades and more.
Tickets can be booked for guests through Curtain Bluff.
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