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To put it mildly, the Caribbean knows how to party! The colorful traditions and festivities found on different islands and various countries make for a great way to experience the real essence of the place you’re visiting. If you’re going this summer, try to work a summer festival into your trip; you won’t be disappointed.
You’ve got the big Caribbean events like Jamaica SumFest but many of the smaller islands also have local summer festivals that are a blast. They’re also easier to get to- you can simply find a good place to moor (ask our experts for the best ones) and walk or take a taxi or bus to the festival from there.
On Barbados there’s Crop Over 12 weeks, May through August; a celebration of the end of the sugar cane harvest. The festival features everything from parades to special markets, concerts and so much more. You really don’t have to arrive on a specific date to enjoy the festivities.
The Dominican Republic has the Festival de Merengue in August, a blowout party in Santo Domingo where the oceanfront boardwalk is set up with huge sound systems and oceanfront stages.
In Puerto Rico the Santiago de Apostól is celebrated in end of July, an explosión of West African heritage with street parties, parades and fantastic colorful masks everywhere.
The Emancipation Festival of the BVI is the place to be from July 22-August 6, 2016, a celebration of freedom from colonialism that includes music, parades, folklore, pageants and street fairs.
St. Martin has the Billfish Tournament from June 15 -18, the biggest deep-sea fishing tournament in the Caribbean. The event also features plenty of live music and other festivities.
In St. Vincent you’ve got the Vincy Mas, one of the most exciting carnivals in the Caribbean. Held from June 24 – July 5, it’s a great opportunity to experience a summer carnival (many are in Spring). There’s also the Breadfruit Festival in August.
Grenada’s got the Spice Mas festival, coming to a head on the July 30 – August 9. It’s the epitome of Grenadian culture and traditions, with every kind of excitement you can imagine.
These are a few fantastic festivals to catch while you’re on a sailing vacation in the Caribbean. You can even plan your itinerary around your favorite one! Contact us for the best charter options and we’ll help you plan a trip that includes an amazing festival.
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