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Carnivals, floating hotels, and ecotourism: summertime in the Caribbean

The Caribbean is a favourite destination for global travellers who are seeking sunshine, sand, relaxation and tropical postcard-perfect views. Travel + Leisure magazine has listed five things to do in the Caribbean that will lure holidaymakers away from lazy days at the palm-lined beaches, and into the heart and soul of the diverse region and its vibrant island nations.

Carnivals, floating hotels, and ecotourism: summertime in the Caribbean

Sand, sea, sunshine and beachfront hotels are a few of the many reasons why so many travellers from all over the world flock to the Caribbean for relaxation and an escape from everyday life.

Just a few days ago Travel + Leisure magazine published an article where they recommended five things to see and do in the Caribbean this summer that will help them experience the best of these tropical island nations.


This family-owned company operates a fleet of “floating hotels” that allows travellers to book a room on a luxury catamaran and explore the area by sea. Costing around $6,000 per couple, but a lot less than a private yacht charter, the price includes a captain, crew, private chef, all meals and beverages, plus fun activities such as scuba diving and snorkelling.

Music Festivals

One of the best options to party is Barbados Reggae Festival. Taking place in April/May every year, this festival showcases the best of reggae music and features international artists. The week-long event takes place in Farley Hill National Park and attracts more than 40,000 party-goers.

Another opportunity is the Moonsplash music festival in Anguilla. Taking place in April in the Dune Preserve beach bar, this is the oldest independent music festival in the Caribbean. The three-day affair is intimate, with only 1,000 tickets available, and past performers have included John Mayer and Jimmy Buffet.

If visiting Tobago, don't miss its biggest annual music event: Tobago Jazz Experience. This jazz festival takes place every April across a variety of venues on the island, from beach bars to bandstands. A blend of reggae, RnB, jazz, soul and calypso, the festival has seen performances from Lauren Hill, Jill Scott, J. Cole and Maxwell.


Often frequented by global popstar Rihanna, Barbados Crop Over takes place in August and lasts a month. Tourist are invited to take part in the fun activities, and there’s a huge paint party called Foreday Morning, and a big street parade through Bridgetown called Kadooment.

Trinidad Carnival is one of the biggest festivals in the world and is bursting with soca music, mas bands, and steel drums. The fun starts straight after Christmas and lasts two months until J’ouvert, the all-night party where participants are covered in clay, paint and chocolate. The festival includes Port-of-Spain’s two-day Carnival parade, where tourists are invited to take part if they dress up in a costume.

Lasting weeks during Carnival season, Bahamas Junkanoo festival is made up of a series of events and parties that start on Easter Monday and go on until early May, when mas bands take to the streets. The big events happen on Grand Bahama and Nassau, and include vibrant street parades.

Food Festivals

Chocoholics will love Grenada Chocolate Fest . This annual festival takes place in May. The event showcases the region’s best chocolate products and helps visitors learn about the bean-to-bar process, while giving plenty of samples along the way.

In addittion, holidaymakers have Barbados Food, Wine, & Rum unique festival. Held in the autumn, this event showcases the island’s delicious culinary delights through tasting sessions, cooking demonstrations, talks and dinners. The festival hosts celebrity chefs, award-wining mixologists, and TV favourites from Barbados and other countries.


The Caribbean is full of magnificent natural wonders, and away from the luxury hotels and resorts, travellers will find the wild side of the Caribbean and nature hotspots.

Dominica is well-preserved and home huge rainforests, rivers, hot springs, and active volcanoes, while Trinidad has a large underdeveloped coastline that is home to leatherback turtle nesting sites.

In Barbados, visitors can head to Bathsheba for views of the rugged coast and swelling waves of the Atlantic Ocean that are perfect for surfing. In Bonaire, the underwater world is magnificent and boasts a pristine marine eco system and protected reefs, and on dry land travellers can visit the salt ponds that are home to the pink feathered flamingos.

The Caribbean region is home to hundreds of idyllic islands and diverse countries that each boast their own culture and heritage. These island nations include Jamaica, St Lucia, Barbados, the Bahamas, St Kitts and Nevis, Turks and Caicos, Grenada, the Dominican Republic, and many more.

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