Five Terrific Caribbean Events for a December Vacation Trip
By Patricia Strasser
When most people hear about the Caribbean, they picture beautiful palm-fringed beaches and exotic cuisine. Whether you choose to go to the relaxing island of Carriacou or to the unspoiled Petite Martinique, every Caribbean experience can be likened to an escape to paradise. Besides the wholesome beauty that is available on the islands, visitors and tourists can also hope for several fascinating activities that will definitely complete their vacation. Following are a few events in which you can participate in December:
The Bahamas International Film Festival.
The BIFF, short for the Bahamas International Film Festival, is a Caribbean version of traditional Hollywood fanfare. This exciting and spectacular event will be enjoyed by movie enthusiasts. The film festival is well-known and attracts famous directors and stars from Hollywood, like Sean Connery, Nicholas Cage, and others; it runs from the 6th to the 13th of December. The BIFF program includes special screenings, film making and scriptwriting workshops, discussions, tributes and gala events.
St Kitts Carnival.
Cultural festivals and historic events are rejoiced in most Caribbean Islands. Richly detailed costumes, decorations, flamboyant street revelry and parades filled with color and sights are the hallmarks of Caribbean carnivals. St. Kitts Carnival is unique for its holiday celebrations denoting national glory. It runs from the middle of December until January 2. Allow yourself to be captivated by the sounds, sights, tastes and feeling of the parade and festivities.
The Jazz Festival on Cayman
Cayman Jazz festival is a newcomer to the jazz scene, but it is a fine place for people who love jazz or just want a fun and relaxing night out to find just what they seek. Famous international artists like Oleta Adams and Alicia Keys and even Peabo Bryson will wow the guests, along with more local acts.
The Bahamas Junkanoo
The Junkanoo is not your average street parade. Everyday you have a different celebration marking that day. On the second Thursday in December, be sure to enjoy the Junior Junkaroo Parade which showcases the fabulous Bahamian Junkaroo dancers. Since their youth, these dancers have been instilled with a love for their art and will awe onlookers with their talents and skills. There is a different Junkanoo parade scheduled for the day after Christmas. Known as the Boxing Day Junkanoo parade, this event showcases the best Junkanoo performers, spectacular costumes and distinctive musical accompaniments. The parade is considered the largest non-religious festival in the Bahamas and starts at 2 in the morning immediately following midnight mass to celebrate Christmas.
St Lucia's Heineken Kalalu World Music Festival.
If you love music, you must attend the Heineken Kalalu World Music Festival on St. Lucia island. Showcased on the oceanfront, this musical festival takes pride with a colorful amalgam of different musical genres, styles, and traditions. The festival spans four evenings and is a multi-ethnic celebration of musical diversity that is sure to hold the attention of any music enthusiast.
There are many occasion a tourist will want to enjoy in the Caribbean apart from its value as a holiday destination. If you want to know more about accommodations and events in the Caribbean (Carriacou particularly) be sure to visit this website: http://www.hotellaurena.com
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