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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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Best Time of Year to Visit British Virgin Islands

Once you make the decision to go on a British Virgin Islands holiday, you next have to decide what particular time of year you are going to arrive on the islands. Do you want to put an exclamation point on your summer by sailing around the islands in September or would you rather beat the freeze at home by frolicking in the warm waters of February? They’re both pretty good options, aren’t they? Well, these are just two of the hard questions you need to ask yourself as you decide the best time of year to visit British Virgin Islands, but worry no more, we will help you decide with these facts.

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The Best Caribbean Festivals For Every Season

The only thing better than setting off for a holiday to the Caribbean is setting off for a holiday to the Caribbean knowing that your trip is timed to overlap with one of the best festivals in the region. Luckily, this isn’t a hard thing to pull off as the Caribbean pulsates with lively festivals the entire year and not a weekend goes by that some festival isn’t kicking off somewhere in the islands. Here is our list of the best Caribbean festivals. Continue reading The Best Caribbean Festivals For Every Season

The Best Places to Stay in British Virgin Islands

When you first find out that the British Virgin Islands are comprised of over sixty islands, it may sound like the task of finding the best island to stay on will be like finding a needle in a sand-stack. Luckily, only around fifteen or so of them are inhabited and even fewer than that have a true tourist infrastructure. Here is our breakdown of the best places to stay in British Virgin Islands. Continue reading The Best Places to Stay in British Virgin Islands

Most Memorable Things to Do in British Virgin Islands

Like anywhere in the Caribbean, the British Virgin Islands is a natural playground for visitors offering overflowing opportunities to get out and get active while on holiday. But which activities to choose while you are in the BVIs? Here is our list of the best activities and things to do in British Virgin Islands, and it should help make your decision a little easier. Continue reading Most Memorable Things to Do in British Virgin Islands