2014/2015 New Year breaks in the CaribbeanNew Year in the beautiful Caribbean
With the hurricane season over by December the Caribbean is incredibly popular over the holiday seasons and New Year breaks in the Caribbean offer you a fantastic chance to escape for some winter sun and start the New Year in the sun, warmth and beauty of this incredible part of the world.
The Caribbean is incredibly beautiful and busy at this time of year but you can still get some fantastic deals to some of the most beautiful countries in the world. If you’re looking for a New Year’s getaway to the Caribbean we’ve selected five of our favourite destinations.
New Year Holidays in the Caribbean
New Year breaks in Barbados
Barbados is one of the most popular places for a New Year’s break in the Caribbean thanks to the culture and atmosphere of the island. The native Bajans throw an incredible New Year’s celebrations with a street carnival feel and plenty of fireworks; there are street shows, fantastic food and an incredible atmosphere for all ages to enjoy.
However, the real highlight for most New Year’s visitors is the peace and quiet the islands can offer with stunning beachside villas, beautiful natural scenery and a warm and welcoming native culture. Beyond the New Year’s celebrations you can spend your time relaxing on the beautiful beaches, enjoying the natural landscape and stunning coastline with it’s incredible views and sublime sunsets. The food (and rum) is fantastic and there is incredible shopping and local attractions to enjoy.
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New Year Breaks in Cuba
New Year holidays in Cuba should be the stuff of legend as the Cuban’s really go all out for the end of the year with celebrations taking place throughout the cities and towns. Havana is the best place to be on the island and you will be treated to fantastic fireworks displays and a very lively street party. People queue up to buy food and drink throughout the day and come the cool evening the whole populace congregates at bars, restaurants and on the streets to begin the celebrations. The firework display is the visual highlight but the warmth and hospitality of Cuban culture makes this a fantastic place to see in the New Year.
If you don’t want to join the party Cuba offers you a fantastic holiday with beautiful beaches, jungles and waterfalls to explore as well as cigar factories, rum distilleries and an incredible local cuisine. If you want to avoid the merriment heading along the coast will bring you to local towns and villages with a more sedate atmosphere and beautiful sandy shores.
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New Year breaks in the Bahamas
You can spend a New Year’s break in the Bahamas relaxing in a beautiful quiet beach front villa or enjoying one of the most exciting and colourful New Year’s parades in the world – Junkanoo. Junkanoo is held across the islands in various locations but is at its best in Nassau. The celebration is somewhat like Mardi Gras but with a very local flavour.
It’s a fantastic colourful extravaganza complete with outrageous costumes, fireworks and music that starts at around midnight and lasts all night! It’s certainly the finest celebration in the Caribbean for the end of the year but the Bahamas have a huge amount to offer anyway with incredible beaches, wildlife sanctuaries and sunsets across the hundreds of islands in the area. The history on offer in Nassau is particularly worth exploring but you’ll want to spend most of your time lazing on unspoilt beaches and just soaking up the laid back atmosphere of the islands.
New Year Breaks in Aruba
Aruba feels like one of the most luxurious island getaways in the world and in many ways it really is. It boasts incredible food, beautiful accommodation, unspoilt tropical beaches and a relaxed gentle feel. The New Year’s celebrations seem to start on the 28th with fantastic fireworks displays and hundreds of thousands of firecrackers being let off everywhere. There are plenty of incredible street parties and a lively feel to the island at this time and the atmosphere is energetic. However, Aruba also offers you a fantastic chance to relax away from the crowds if you just want to enjoy beautiful beaches or superb meal in one of the islands finest restaurants.
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New Year Breaks in Martinique
Martinique is often overlooked by Caribbean travellers but it is one of the most beautiful countries in the region and has an incredible culture, history and exceptional natural beauty. The New Year’s celebrations aren’t as overtly spectacular as the other Caribbean islands but you can expect fireworks and lively bars and restaurants. The real highlight for New Year’s visitors is spending the evening in a gourmet restaurant enjoying some of the finest food from around the world. Beyond the celebrations Martinique boasts incredible beaches, scenery and an incredibly diverse culture which has given rise to fantastic cuisine and a diverse range of artistic and architectural styles.
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