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

Creole villa with pool close to the beach Salines

Enjoy your stay in a beautiful Creole villa in exotic wood, with pool, in the direction of the Salines beach on a nice open field. Near the village of Sainte Anne, famous for its many beautiful beaches, this villa type 4 is tastefully decorated an...

Apartment/ flat - Sainte marie

(Text automatically translated) Apartment T3 new and overlooks a charming Creole garden green in a quiet residence with large pool. The beach is 5 minutes walk via a private access. Near the village and all amenities

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 ??approximate...

Luxurious guest house in colonial style with pool

COME TO RECHARGE 'LA CHARMEUSE' Nestled mid-hill facing the sea, in a fully enclosed tropical garden and private swimming pool and hut (barbecue and relaxation area), the property will offer you peace and serenity atmosphere of grand mansions o...

Villa Louna - Panoramic view over the sea and the nature reserve - The beach is

Villa with panoramic sea view, Well located above the surfer's beach, on the nature reserve's boundary, Nature lovers will fall in love with the wilderness, close to all conveniences. Villa Rue du Surf consists of 3 bedrooms, one of which has a...

bungalow - 1 room - 4/5 persons

Ideally located , Tastefully decorated .In Martinique , at François, in the residential area of"Cap Est," On a stunning site, far away from mass tourism, in an area called "La Prairie" chosen by the locals as being the best place to live.Families ...

Sainte Anne: Bungalow - Sainte anne

(Text automatically translated) Very nice bungalow with car 150th suitable for 7 days at once or in a large family with two children in value / single price is 300 meters from the beach Pointe sailor, tastefully decorated, with great benefits, THE...

Brand new in Sainte Anne

Description of this 3-room apartment: Welcome in the Bellevue residence in the market town of Sainte Anne. Everything has been renovated with furniture coming from Java, the bedrooms are air-conditioned with double beds in 160 or 140cm and lead ...

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 fla...

Creole house with pool and view of the Marin bay, for peace lovers.

The house: Exceptional view of the Marin bay and the Caribbean Sea. Location and house naturally aired, for people who love quiet with an enclosed garden. You will appreciate to enjoy your meals and to relax by the terrace, or by the secured pool,...
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