New Year's Eve in the Caribbean 2014/2015

Fireworks and Hogmanay fun

Russ Sanchez

Russ Sanchez
HomeAway travel expert

Beach mainA New Year's Eve break in the Caribbean – besides being a fantastic opportunity to stock up on vitamin D, and maybe flush a little colour into sun-starved British skin (not too much now; don't forget the sunscreen!) – is an excellent way to start off the New Year on a relaxed and cheerful note.

As it is most times of the year, the Caribbean is incredibly beautiful – and busy – at this time. But don't let that put you off; there are still fantastic deals to be had. HomeAway offers numerous Caribbean holiday rentals; your biggest chore will be deciding where to stay. But to help make your decision a little easier, I've put together a guide to five of my favourite Caribbean destinations.


Top five hotspots for a Caribbean break this NYE


New Year's Eve in Barbados New Year's Eve in Barbados

Barbados is one of the most popular places for a Caribbean New Year’s break, thanks to its vibrant culture and the festive atmosphere of the island during its celebrations. The native Bajans throw an incredible New Year’s party, with street shows, rich, fragrant food, and – of course – fireworks aplenty. However, those looking to celebrate the New Year in a more intimate fashion can find the peace they crave in a gorgeous seaside villa.  

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New Year's Eve in Cuba New Year's Eve in Cuba

Cubans really go all out for the end of the year with celebrations taking place throughout the cities and towns. Havana is the wildest place to party on the island – expect bustling queues to buy food and drink throughout the day. Come the cool of evening, the whole populace congregates in the city's innumerable bars and restaurants. And while the firework display is the visual apex of the night, the warmth and hospitality of Cuban culture is the true highlight of any holiday in Cuba.

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New Year's Eve in the Bahamas New Year's Eve in the Bahamas

Diversity is the name of the game in the Bahamas. You can spend a New Year’s break here relaxing on a beautiful, quiet beachfront villa, or, alternately, enjoying one of the most exciting and colourful New Year’s parades in the world – Junkanoo. Junkanoo is held across the islands, but is at its best in Nassau. The celebration is similar to Mardi Gras but with a distinct local flavour. The extravaganza is completed with outrageous costumes, fireworks and music that starts at around midnight and lasts into the morning. And New year's day? Nurse your hangover with a generous dose of relaxation, lazing on one of the island's many unspoilt beaches.  

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New Year's Eve in Aruba New Year's Eve in Aruba

New Year’s celebrations start early in Aruba. Around December 28, the fantastic fireworks displays start, and the sound of firecrackers begin to sound with increasing frequency. There are many street parties and a lively feel to the island at this time – the atmosphere is electric. And Aruba, unlike most of the other Caribbean islands, has a reliably dry, warm climate; sudden downpours are much rarer here than elsewhere in the area, making the island the perfect choice for sun worshippers.

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New Year's Eve in Martinique New Year's Eve in Martinique

Martinique is criminally overlooked by travellers to the Caribbean. And although the New Year’s celebrations here aren’t as overtly spectacular as the other Caribbean islands, this is most definitely not to say that you won't find fireworks and street revels. In fact, as a département of France, the culture and food of Martinique have a distinct French flair. Also, as Martinique has one of the highest standards of living of any of the Caribbean islands, the island is perfect for those who like to spice their holidays with regular bouts of shopping – Chanel, Limoges, and several other renowned French brands are all on hand to get you into the finest NYE gladrags.

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New Year breaks in Martinique

Exceptional home by the beach. 5 bedrooms / 5 bathrooms. 10 people maximum

Detached villa of 200m2, fully renovated in 2013. Located on the seafront, with direct access to the beach, in quiet residential subdivision. Enclosed garden of 3000m2, parking, swimming pool, gazebo. Near expressway. Non smoking. Pets not allowed...

Villa with pool near beach

At 100m from the beach Diamond, this villa has a simple and modern decoration. Fully renovated in 2011, it hosts 5 parts: - A large living room opening onto the terrace with lounge with large screen TV and 2 sofa suitable for sleeping 2 people spa...

Villa with pool and private beach

Raised above the water in the town of Sainte Luce in Martinique, this holiday villa combines luxury grades: Infinity pool, exceptional views of the Rocher du Diamant, private beach ... an exceptional situation! Covering an area of ??approximately...


Boasting magnificent views of the Cherry Point and the Diamond Rock, this beautiful villa is situated in a quiet residential area 250m from the sea and furnished Renovated in 2012, the villa is facing a large swimming pool of 2 carbets shade to en...

Villa LUXURY NEAR BEACH AND GOLF, 15 people, Les Trois Ilets

Located less than 300 meters from the beach of Anse à l'Ane, this luxury villa enjoys a beautiful view of the sea and the Wood Pigeon Islet. The villa contains 7 rooms on 2 levels: The main floor (110m ²) can accommodate 7 people and includes 4 ...

Cheap holiday (introductory offer) - Anse Caritan - Sainte-Anne

Take advantage of our introductory offer for holidays from the Anse Caritan for a reduced price! Enjoy a moment of relaxation and lazing Palm'Studio located in the Domaine de l'Anse Caritan in Sainte-Anne for an unforgettable holiday and a change...

Creole villa with pool and views of the beautiful islets of François

The villa 'Ti-Moi' of 210 m² is located on the coast of the 'winds', facing the sea where space and quiet are its main assets. Quiet, Frigate East is located 5 minutes from the town of Francis where you will find all the amenities adorning your st...

The Hacienda: top of the range house in a green property in Le Diamant

Beautiful tranquil and secured house in a large wooded property that can comfortably accommodate up to 8 persons in its main part or 10/12 persons with its annex. 6x13 m pool with jet stream, Spa, unobstructed 150° view of the sea and the famous “...

Villa Frangipanier with private secured pool

There are villas where life is good. There are villas that delight your imagination, where breathing pleasure, comfort, and refinement safety like in villa Frangipanier. Drawing on the rich Creole architectural tradition, everything is simplicity,...

The cottage garden, traditionnele Maisin the heart of MARTINIQUE

Detached cottage on a property of 3000 m². Guests enjoy a spacious terrace on three sides overlooking a garden with flowers and fruit trees. It will be a pleasure for us to show you around the garden where you can stroll to suit your needs. Inside...

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