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For Your Calendar: 2017’s Best Caribbean Events and Festivals

Do you want to live that festival life and travel the Caribbean Sea to encounter some of the most beautiful scenery and lively culture in the world this year?

Caribbean Events and Festivals
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Do you want to live that festival life and travel the Caribbean Sea? Want to encounter some of the most beautiful scenery and lively culture in the world this year? So hit up one of these recommended Caribbean events and festivals.

Trinidad and Tobago Carnival, Port of Spain, Trinidad

According to the Travel Channel, “Caribbean carnivals are based on the original Trini Carnival, as locals call it, which was introduced to the island in the 18th century by French settlers and their slaves”. The carnival takes place on the Monday and Tuesday before Ash Wednesday. It includes some pretty wacky and wild revelry.

Think: skimpy costumes, calypso music, and nearly nude partygoers painted in paint, oil, and chocolate. Check it out here.

Reggae Sumfest, Montego Bay, Jamaica

If you haven’t been living under a rock, you’ve noticed how popular Jamaican dancehall music has become as a genre. If you’re a fan or you want to jump on board the train, what better way to get mixed up with this lively, colorful music trend than to attend the Reggae and Dancehall Music Festival in Montego Bay, Jamaica? Billing itself as “Jamaica’s premiere music festival,” this year’s event will take place July 16-22. It’ll feature international stars, as well as Caribbean musicians galore over seven days of beach parties.

Saint Lucia Jazz and Arts Festival, Saint Lucia

From Blue Mango to Vanessa Williams, this famous three-day (May 12-14) music festival celebrates Caribbean and international jazz music by hosting a variety of killer jazz musicians at venues across the country. The main event takes place on Mother’s Day of this year (May 14) and is a blockbuster concert held at the Pigeon Island National Landmark.

Crop Over Festival, Barbados

If you can’t lock down your travel plans for a specific date, check out the Crop Over festival in Barbados. Events last from May through August. According to USA Today, the festival “originated in the late-18th century as a celebration of “crop over,” meaning the hard work of bringing in the sugar cane from the fields was over”. Celebrations consist of cultural events, parades, concerts, costumes, and more. You can definitely find lots of opportunities to let your freak flag fly visiting Barbados this summer.

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