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Caribbean Christmas Events and Festivals Throughout December

While cold and dark winter nights begin to descend upon much of the world in December, the Caribbean offers a sunny and warm escape for those wanting to start their winter off with a tan. As a place that is always a sunny and fun refuge, Holiday events in the Caribbean offer a great opportunity to celebrate the most special time of year with a festive Caribbean twist.

As a result of this special atmosphere, the holidays have become the official start of high season in the Caribbean as many families have made a trip to beach part of their holiday tradition. For those arriving in December, here are our picks for the best holiday events for a Caribbean Christmas to remember.

Nine Mornings Festival – St. Vincent and the Grenadines

Now in its 104th year, the Nine Mornings Festival in St. Vincent and the Grenadines will once again be putting on a show during the wee hours of December this year. Starting on December 16th, residents wake up in the early hours of the morning for nine consecutive nights leading up to Christmas to take sea baths, hold Christmas carol concerts, light festive displays, and play steel drums.

Caribbean Christmas Events and Festivals Throughout December

Junkanoo – The Bahamas

By far the most raucous of the holiday events in the Caribbean, Junkanoo takes place on the evening of December 25th with much fun and fanfare. Elaborately decorated troupes of dancers take to the streets of the Bahamas around 8pm to show off their carefully choreographed routines and costumes that they have worked on literally all year. Visitors are more than encouraged to take part in the fun by watching the parades and celebrating with the dancers. This spectacular event truly has to be seen to be believed.

Caribbean Christmas Events and Festivals Throughout December

Seeing Sinterklaas – The Dutch Caribbean

If you are visiting Aruba, Curacao, St. Maarten, or Bonaire during the early part of December, be sure to keep an eye out for Sinterklaas and his band of helpers. One of the most famous Holiday events in the Caribbean, Sinterklaas (who is the inspiration for Santa Claus) can be seen touring the islands keeping track of who has been naughty and nice and then leaving presents for those who have been good on December 6th.

White Sand Christmas – The Cayman Islands

You may have thought when you decided to spend part of your holiday season in the Caribbean, you might have bid farewell to your chances of seeing a white Christmas, but you would be wrong. In the Cayman Islands, local tradition has citizens doing something called “backing sand” throughout the fall. What this means, is that they go out on bright moon-filled nights and collect sand off the beach. They then lay it out in their yards come Christmas time, and even have competitions for the best “white sand” yard.

Caribbean Christmas Events and Festivals Throughout December

Old Year’s Night – Jost Van Dyk, British Virgin Islands

Legendary Local beach bar Foxy’s celebrates the end of one year and the beginning of another by hosting a 2 (or more) day party every year. The bay surrounding the laid back watering hole fills up with yachts for days leading up to Old Year’s Night (as they called New Year’s Eve on the island), and once it gets started, the party keeps going well into the New Year. Despite the bar suffering a little damage from Hurrican Irma this year, proceedings will still go ahead, with crowds expected to be just as large as usual.

 

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Caribbean Events in September

With the summer season coming to an end, the islands of the Caribbean transition into a bit of a slower pace come September. As a result, September has always tended to be a quieter month in the Caribbean as far as festivals and events are concerned. That doesn’t mean that there aren’t some really fun things going on. The festivals in September are a bit more laid back than their summertime Carnival-esque counterparts, but they still sizzle. Here are the best Caribbean events in September 2014.

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When’s the Best Time to Visit Aruba?

While it is certainly true that the entire Caribbean is a year-round destination, no island better exemplifies this more than Aruba. The temperatures are warm but not too hot all year round, and it lies safely outside the hurricane belt. So, what more do you need to know about before you go? Well, here are a few things you should keep in mind for the best time to visit Aruba.

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The Best Places to Stay in Aruba

Did you know that a higher percentage of visitors to Aruba are repeat visitors than any other Caribbean island? Yes, it’s true. The number usually hovers around 60%, and if that doesn’t tell you how much fun the holidays people are having in Aruba are, we don’t know what does. Regardless if it is your first time to Aruba or your fourteenth, you have to decide which area of the island to stay in during your trip. Here is our breakdown of the best places to stay in Aruba. Continue reading The Best Places to Stay in Aruba

5 Unique Things to Do in Aruba

Aruba is without a doubt one of the best islands in the Caribbean for outdoor activities. Due to its breezy and arid climate, Aruba is almost certain to provide you with dry and sunny days during your trip, which are absolutely perfect conditions for getting out and getting active. Here are our picks for the best things to do in Aruba right now.

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