There's always a good time for a Caribbean vacation.
The region is blessed with consistently tropical temperatures, clear yet impossibly blue seas, endless stretches of white sand, verdant rain forests and delicious cuisine.
During the high season between December and April, when humidity is low and breezes are cooler, vacationers looking for a break from the winter months almost universally head to the islands. Higher prices and more people are brought about by the influx of visitors. There is always something to do in the region. The low and shoulder seasons are ideal for travel deals.
Throughout the year, here is what to expect.
Less availability on flights and accommodations, higher room rates and airfare, and more-crowded beaches and attractions are just some of the things other travelers will be flocking to the islands to see.
High season is the best time to watch whales. Dominica is the only place in the world where you can watch sperm whales year-round. There are 15 species of whales that can be seen on whale watching excursions on the French island of Guadeloupe.
The Three Kings Festival, Puerto Rico is one of the key events.Get more travel inspiration, tips and exclusive offers sent straight to your inbox with our weekly newsletter.
The increase in rain in the Caribbean during the summer usually leads to deals on flights and hotel rooms. The spirit of the region is unaffected by the wet weather. During the month of June and August, many islands, such as St Lucia and StVincent, have carnivals.
It's turtle-nesting season in several Caribbean countries. August is Chocolate Heritage Month in St Lucia and you can indulge in decadent cocoa- infused tours, spa treatments and classes.
The Portland Jerk Festival, Jamaica, is one of the key events.
During the region's shoulder season, you will be able to save money with discounts and deals. It will be difficult to choose which piece of sand to lounge on.
The sands of Harbour Island are silky and pale- pink. The pristine Shoal Bay is on the best beaches list. You can choose from hundreds of beaches in Antigua and Barbuda. The British Virgin Islands have some of the best baths in the world. There is a perfect pocket of powdery sand and pellucid waters on most Caribbean islands.
The Oistins Fish Festival is in Barbados.
During the high season between December and April, the best time to catch a deep-sea fish is. Local cuisine and music are included in the festivities of the Spice Island Billfish Tournament. Only potentially record-breaking billfish can be brought to the weigh station.
The Caribbean is known for its commitment to carnival celebrations, with several islands hosting their own version of the festival. The biggest carnival event in the region is held in Trinidad and Tobago. Thousands of people attend the pre-Lenten party every year for a nonstop stream of festivities. There's a term for that post-carnival depression called "carnival tabanca." It's going to hit hard.
The BIFF has welcomed cinephilics since 1997. The nine-day world cinema festival features films from the world's leading filmmakers and emerging talent. There is access to master classes and parties for attendees. Divers can see the coral and marine life of the island in between panels.
The smaller part of the twin island republic of Trinidad offers an idyllic escape. The Tobago Jazz Experience is a marquee event on the island, an opportunity for visitors to soak in the atmosphere of the island in between performances by world- renowned jazz, R&B, soca, calypso, Reggae and Latin artists.
The English Harbour in Saint Paul Parish is home to one of the top regattas in the world. During Antigua Sailing Week, sailors from Russia to South Africa converge on the island in more than 100 boats for equal parts competition and socializing.
The island of St Kitts has a reputation for its music festivals. The Kim Collins Athletic Stadium in Basseterre has an impressive lineup of soca, jazz, R&B, gospel and reggae performances and patrons can enjoy grabbing food from the local vendors on site before heading to the lawn for a picnic.
Bob Marley is a Jamaican musical legend. His genre is celebrated at the largest music festival in Jamaica. There will be a beach party, a free street dance, a global sound clash and an all-white party during the week. The final two nights will feature live performances from some of the world's best musicians. 50 Cent, Beenie Man, Vybz Kartel and others have all been on the bill in the past.
Crop Over started as a celebration to mark the end of the sugarcane harvest. It combines music, arts, food and culture. The carnival parade known as Kadooment Day takes place in August.
During the Fiesta di Cunucu, you can explore the island's heritage through its traditional housing. A replica of past living conditions is provided by the community museum during the exhibition. A farmers market with fresh local produce is one of the features of the program.
On the last Sunday of the month, St Lucia celebrates French and African culture with Jounen Kwéyl. Callaloo soup, bouillon, smoked herring, coconut balls, accras (fishcakes) and green figs and saltfish are some of the creole fare that can be found in some of the island's select communities.
The Caribbean Food and Wine Festival takes place in Turks and Caicos in November. The event is set against the backdrop of the turquoise waters and white-sand beaches and features top international chefs dishing up gourmet meals.
carnival is more than just a summer activity Boxing Day and New Years Day are celebrated in the capital of Nassau. The pre-dawn festival vibe is woven into celebrations in Bimini, the Exumas, Grand Bahama, Eleuthera and Harbour Island.
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