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

Blue Dolphin Villa with a beautiful view of the sea and the Ilets Du Robert.

It is ideally located on the Atlantic coast of the village of Robert, overlooking the sea and the Ilets Du Robert. This large villa with refined decoration and furniture is ideal for holiday in an environment that looks like taken from a postcard....

The villa is full of morning sun, air-conditioned, well ventilated and sea view.

Four-room villa with 3 bedrooms accommodates 6 people. The villa is located in a peaceful development, 100 m from the sea in François, south of Martinique. In a 2 minute walk, you can reach the marina to take a trip to the islets and eat at Kay N...


Villa located in the most touristy part of Martinique, on the southern tip of the Caribbean coast, leeward of the island, with its bars restaurants, shops and entertainment. Car rentals, catamarans, jet skis, windsurfing or diving. 300m is the lar...

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,...

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...

Dream villa in the tropics – a vacation this colourful is unheard of!

Our goal is to ensure you have a great vacation on the Île aux Fleurs. There is no better place to stay than a house where you can enjoy complete privacy in a prime location, but far away from any onlookers or busy areas. Come stay in this luxury...

Atypical Caribbean home, warm and very decorative. For sea lovers

To visit the White Fund, access to the sea by the pier is a 1 minute walk, and the boats of fishermen are willing to show you around Islet Chancel, just opposite, with iguanas and the ruins of the old sugar plantation; or islet Madame and her litt...

Relaxed lifestyle in an idyllic setting

Your home, a large F2 awaits you for a holiday in peace, in a quiet area of ??the tourist center of Trois Islets. It is composed of a large Ventilated terrace where you can dine, a fully equipped kitchen (dishwasher, stove, microwave, refrigerator...

High comfort luxury villa, panoramic sea view, in Tartane

From your arrival, you will be seduced by the panoramic view of the Tartane Bay and the careful but sober decoration. From your bed, the deckchairs or even while eating, you can admire the panorama of Tartane Island. Tartane Beach, with its flat ...

Special Offer - Studio Sea View Beautiful - Anse Caritan - Ste Anne

Take advantage of our introductory offer to go on holiday to Anse Caritan in Sainte-Anne for a reduced price! Enjoy a moment of relaxation and lazing Palm'Studio for an unforgettable holiday and a change of scenery. The pictures speak louder than...
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