Many exciting events are held on the Caribbean islands each year, ranging from concerts and carnivals to food festivals and sailing regattas. Below are just a few of the events that will take place across the Caribbean in 2018 along with a recommendation of where to stay – there are many other accommodation options so please contact us to discuss your requirements!
Sample prices are a guide only and are based on two people sharing the lowest room category including flights, transfers and the board basis mentioned.
Mustique Blues Festival (25 – 31 January 2018)
An annual event held at Basil’s Bar, an exclusive venue overlooking the Caribbean Sea. Musicians from all over world have performed in the past including Mick Jagger, with any funds raised being used for education on the islands of St Vincent and The Grenadines.
Book ahead for 2019 – Stay at the Cotton House where 7 nights cost from £2770pp with bed & breakfast in January.
Grenada sailing week (29 January – 3 February 2018)
An increasingly popular regatta where a number of sailing races take place over the course of a week, making the most of the excellent conditions with accompanying on-shore events. The main event is preceded by a work boat regatta where local communities compete in races with traditional sailing boats.
Book ahead for 2019 – Stay at True Blue Bay Resort where 7 nights cost from £1360pp with bed & breakfast in January/February.
Holetown Festival 2018, Barbados (11 – 18 February 2018)
A festival to commemorate the anniversary of the first settlement in Barbados in February 1627. Celebrations take place over the course of a week and showcase local arts and crafts as well as Bajan culture, with events including street parades, fashion shows, concerts, exhibitions and sporting events.
Book ahead for 2019 – Stay at Mango Bay where 7 nights cost from £1885pp with all-inclusive in February.
Bequia Easter Regatta (30 March – 2 April 2018)
The island’s biggest event, known for its blend of yacht racing and on-shore activities. Colourful local sailing boats and yachts from across The Grenadines compete in a number of races, while on dry land there are various activities including concerts, beach parties and family games.
Book ahead for 2019 – Stay at Bequia Beach Hotel where 7 nights cost from £2610pp with bed & breakfast in March/April.
Grenada Music Festival (13 – 15 April 2018)
A three day festival which features local bands alongside international artists which have previously included Joss Stone. The festival village will be beside the water in St George’s, promising a lively atmosphere with musicians from soul, reggae and Caribbean genres.
Book ahead for 2019 – Stay at Calabash Luxury Boutique Hotel & Spa where 7 nights cost from £2175pp with bed & breakfast in April.
Tobago Jazz Experience (21 – 29 April 2018)
A celebration of jazz and the traditional music of Trinidad and Tobago, with performances taking place across the island as well as events incorporating food and art.
Book ahead for 2019 – Stay at Bacolet Beach Club where 7 nights cost from £1025pp with bed & breakfast in April.
Antigua sailing week (28 April – 4 May 2018)
One of the great events in the world sailing calendar and a ‘must do’ for many yachtsmen – as well as a series of exciting races, the event is known for its lively post-sailing parties which are hosted on a different beach each night.
Book ahead for 2019 – Stay at The Inn at English Harbour where 7 nights cost from £1425pp with bed & breakfast in April/May.
St Lucia Jazz Festival (6 – 13 May 2018)
A long-standing festival with live music performances, street parties and fashion shows held in over 15 stunning St Lucian venues. Music genres include jazz, calypso, soca and R&B, with artists coming from across the Caribbean and beyond.
Stay at Calabash Cove Resort & Spa where 7 nights cost from £1560pp with bed & breakfast in May.
Grenada Chocolate Festival (11 – 19 May 2018)
An annual event in Grenada where visitors can learn about cocoa and chocolate production. The festival includes fun experiences such as visits to cocoa plantations, hands-on chocolate making workshops and plenty of opportunities to sample chocolate and cocoa-inspired cuisine.
Stay at Spice Island Beach Resort where 7 nights cost from £2745pp with all-inclusive in May.
Barbados Crop Over (July – August 2018)
Crop Over festivities take place over the course of about 3 months from May, with the official festival season starting in July and climaxing with the Grand Kadooment costume band road march on the first Monday in August.
Stay at Sugar Bay where 7 nights cost from £1630pp with all-inclusive in July.
Mango & Food Festival in Nevis (5 – 8 July 2018)
A unique event celebrating the 40 different varieties of mango that are found on Nevis, as well as the vibrant culinary scene. Cooking demonstrations and master classes will be held over the course of four days with local and celebrity chefs, plus dining experiences at some of the island’s top restaurants.
Stay at Nisbet Plantation Beach Club where 7 nights cost from £1310pp with bed & breakfast in July.
Reggae Sumfest in Jamaica (15 – 21 July 2018)
Held in Montego Bay, the festival takes place over the course of three days and showcases the best in reggae and dancehall music.
Stay at Round Hill Hotel & Villas where 7 nights cost from £2145pp room only in July.
Mustique 50th anniversary celebrations (15 – 22 July)
2018 is the 50th birthday of the Mustique Company, the owner of the private island in The Grenadines which in turn is owned by those who live there. A week of celebrations will be held with special events including a craft fair, a celebrity cricket match and an island beach party. The week will culminate in a spectacular gala on Saturday 21 July when a drinks party and dinner will be held in Britannia Bay, followed by an after party at the legendary Basil’s Bar with live bands and fireworks.
Stay at the Cotton House where 7 nights cost from £2560pp with bed & breakfast in July.
St Lucia Chocolate Heritage Month (August 2018)
The month of August is dedicated to celebrating the thriving cocoa industry. Visitors to the island can take part in cocoa plantation tours, sample chocolate-inspired dishes and indulge in spa treatments that make use of the product.
Stay at Anse Chastanet where 7 nights cost from £1595pp with bed & breakfast in August.
Barbados Food, Wine & Rum Fest (15 – 18 November 2018)
A celebration of gastronomy in Barbados involving local and international chefs, rum experts and mixologists. Events take place over four days and include rum tours, cook offs, fine dining, beach barbecues and an exhibition polo match where fans can watch while sampling cocktails and canapes.
Stay at Colony Club by Elegant Hotels where 7 nights cost from £1480pp with bed & breakfast in November.
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Sample prices are a guide only and are based on two people sharing the lowest room category including flights, transfers and the board basis mentioned above. Contact us for a tailor-made quotation for your exact dates. Prices are correct as of 10 April 2018 and may include current special offers.