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

SAINTE ANNE CONDITIONED APARTMENT IN BEAUTIFUL RESIDENCE

Apartment luxury residence Caritan, Sainte-Anne, very quiet, private gated parking, all amenities, air conditioning, kitchen with equipment, dishes ... supply linens, small private garden, an extra bed, TV, chances of recovering travelers at the a...

Villa Jardin 'Caye Paradise'

Ideal for exotic vacations and for those seeking tranquility, seashores, water sports. The property is located almost at the end of the point u Vauclin facing the 'Cayes Paradise' (coral reefs) so there is the Sea 2 sides of the peninsula, at the ...

Saint Anne Home avecJardin

We reserve you a personalized local products and a breakfast for the day after your arrival home. Conveniently located and comfortable access to the beach walk All amenities are close (Doctor, Physiotherapist, typical local market, restaurants, ba...

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 ...

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 of ...

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...

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....

Villa With Pool FILAO Independent and Secure (St. Anne)

A type of rent Creole pavilion 81 m2 including: 1 fully equipped kitchen (American fridge, washing machine, dishwasher, ceramic glass hob, multifunction host fan oven), crockery and accessories. An attached garage with storage cabinet room and 2-s...

VILLA SEA VIEW / POOL / JACUZZI / LITTLE PIECE OF PARADISE

Exceptional VILLA (F4) ideally located. (Hauts hills between the towns of Francis, Robert and Lamentin). Rent this property for your Holiday lets you centrality and a preferred radiation to visit the sets of landmarks of the island. Recommended fo...

Superb villa with swimming pool, incredible view on the Atlantic ocean

Enjoy the warm weather of Martinique in the luxurious Villa Cap-Alizé, located on the hills of Cap Macré. With a direct view of the Ocean, feel the Alizés breeze cooling you down on the covered terrace or go to the beach to enjoy the surf and warm...

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