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 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...


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...

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...

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

Favorite, while 250 m2 wood, enchanting view, 180 ° sea, jacuzzi Tartary

'Blow of heart for this charming. Heavenly sea views and surroundings. Come and enjoy the charm of this villa, all wood, nestled in a green and flowery, bordering the natural reserve of the peninsula of Caravelle. Architecture fully open on a pano...

Garden Villa on mer'Caye Paradis'

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 ...


Independent friendly apartment in ground floor, comfortable villa in a quiet residential area. Enjoy the large terrace you are dedicated, shaded with a beautiful view of the bay of San Marino and the island of St. Lucia. Close to shops (800 meters...

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...

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...

House / Villa - Anses d'Arlet

(Text automatically translated) Superb sea views, less than 200m from the beach and ideally located in the most beautiful village in Martinique. Large garden with private pool. Recent construction. Large terrace. Tastefully decorated, comfortable,...
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