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Let Loose in the Caribbean

Let Loose in the Caribbean

  • by Anders Elmgren
  • If the mainland has been cramping your style as of late, perhaps it's time for a dose of the island life to get your groove back. Whether you'd like to dance the night away at a carnival, or swing your hips to the smooth sounds of Caribbean-Jazz, these Caribbean events are a sure fire way to cure a case of the mainland blues.

    Each year, the Caribbean Sea Jazz Festival in Aruba attracts over 7000 visitors looking to soak up some of the hottest Jazz around. With tickets around $60 you'll jump, jive and wail for the chance to see international superstars like Chaka Khan, Oscar D'Leon and the Randy Brecker Band so cheap. The Caribbean Sea Jazz Festival is set for October 3 & 4, 2014, so mark your calendars - this is one Caribbean event you don't want to miss.

    If you'd rather have a little variety to soak in 'da good vibes, the Reggae Sumfest in Montego Bay is perfect for those looking for the best reggae, ska, dub and dancehall music Jamaica has to offer. This eclectic Caribbean event is famous the world over for attracting some of the hottest R&B acts like LL Cool J, Mary J. Blige, Rihanna and Nicki Minaj for a 4-night, beachside blowout each July.

    For those on the hunt for buried treasure, get your booty down to the Cayman Islands each November for the Pirates Week Festival. No other Caribbean event will let you get down on some rum like this 11-day pirate extravaganza. Pirates Week features music, street dances, treasure hunts, food, parades and a surprise "pirate invasion" at the George Town harbor. Just remember not to party too hard - the most scurvy sea-dwellers will be put on "trial" the last Saturday of the festival before testing their fate in a treacherous cardboard boat race. If you've been looking for an excuse to break out your eye patch, this festival gives you the ultimate taste of the pirate's life without losing all of your treasure.

    Regardless of how you plan to get your groove back, there's no better way to get in step than Oistins Friday Night Fish Fry in Barbados. Each week, the active fishing village of Oistins turns into the most scrumptious Caribbean event with live music, dancing and authentic Caribbean cuisine. The party gets started around 6:30pm and costs a mere $10! With over 30 seasoned vendors, you can order fried and grilled fish, fish cakes, sweet potatoes, macaroni pie and all the beer you can handle. While this mix-up caters to locals, there's no better way to rub elbows and get to know the culture than enjoying a delicious fish dinner at this colorful Caribbean event.

    To get a funky dose of the Caribbean around the holidays, the Junkanoo Festival in the Bahamas is an exciting collage of energy, color and partying that will rock your Christmas holiday like no other Caribbean event around. The parade starts around 2am and fills the streets of Nassau with music, horns and the thunder of drums until daybreak. With costumes and elaborate performers, the Junkanoo Festival is infectious, so get ready to party the night away!

    No matter what your rhythm is, these exciting Caribbean events will help you get your groove back in no time.


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