New Year's Eve in the Caribbean 2016/2017
A 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.
Top five hotspots for a Caribbean break this NYEAs 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.
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
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
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.
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
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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