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

House / Villa - Le François

(Text automatically translated) 500m from the beach of Cap east (Francis) Villa F4 (6 people) 120 m² on 1200 m² of land in a quiet comfortable place in the Eastern Cape in Martinique. 3 air conditioned bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, fully equipped kitchen...

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 to...

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 “...


The villa is located in a protected natural environment. In this place of happy moments await you in direct contact with nature, birdsong to dripping from the pool, the river ... Between the blue sky and the green of nature you'll come alive! Enjo...

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 ...

Le Diamant: House / Villa - DIAMANT

(Text automatically translated) only 3 km from the beach of the villa Diamond "REGILIN" opens its doors facing a sheltered cove in the residential development of "The Cherry". It is a charming villa with original architecture, close to a small nat...

Castille Paradise - Vacation Rental

Castille Paradise - Holiday Apartment is a two bedroom apartment located in Upper Scott's Head. The apartment which is located on the ground floor of a two story apartment is equipped with two bedrooms, one with Queen size bed a...

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...

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...

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

The villa 'Ti-Moi' of 210 sqm is located on the coast of the trade winds', facing the sea, where space and quiet are its main assets. Quiet neighborhood, Frégate is located 5 minutes east of the city of Francis where you will find all the amenitie...
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