Here’s part 2 of our pick of Caribbean events and festivals  to catch some culture during your winter sun break in 2016…


Barbados Polo Season

Barbados polo season is in full swing at this time of year.  If you’ve never been to a polo match before, Barbados is a great place to experience it thanks to the relaxed atmosphere. You’re up close to the action, it’s really exciting to watch the horses and riders thunder by.  A good family day out, children are very welcome and especially enjoy the spectacle.  Afternoon tea is served, and alcoholic drinks are available too.  There are number of fields in Barbados, look out for Lion Castle, Apes Hill, Holders and Clifton.  Where to stay: Coconut Court, Aquatica Resorts, Colony Club

Barbados Polo Season - Top Caribbean events and festivals 2016

Grenada Sailing Week – 28th January – 2nd February 2016

An island with a long seafaring tradition, Grenada’s sailing festival is a colourful and fun event held at Grand Anse Beach.  Features locally built boats crewed by locals.  Expect a laid back, friendly, relaxed atmosphere, in an event that’s free for spectators.  Where to stay: The Flamboyant Hotel (located right on the beach, perfect vantage point)

St Lucia Independence Day Celebrations

St Lucia celebrates Independence around the 22nd February, with a number of exhibitions in Vieux Fort and Castries, together with a parade.  Everything in sight will be decorated with the St Lucian colours, blue and yellow!  Where to stay: Blu St Lucia, Coco Palm


Holders Season International Performing Arts Festival, Barbados (2016 dates TBC)

Held in the picturesque gardens of a 17th century plantation house, this renowned festival showcases a varied selection of performances from theatre and comedy to opera, blues and jazz.  Where to stay: Tamarind by Elegant Hotels

Holders Season, Barbados - Top Caribbean events and festivals 2016

Humpback Whale watching in St Lucia

March is also the best time to visit St Lucia if you want a chance to see Humpback whales – which can be spotted off the west coast during this month.  Where to stay: Blu St Lucia


Grenada International Triathlon (Tri de Spice) – 3rd April 2016

This annual event is hosted at Port Louis Marina, featuring courses for both adults and children.  The swim takes part in the calm waters around the marina, where spectators can get a great view.  Water temperatures are a balmy 28 degrees this time of year, making this is one of the more pleasant places to take part in a triathlon event!  Where to stay: True Blue Bay, The Flamboyant Hotel

Tri de Spice Grenada - Top Caribbean events and festivals 2016

Antigua Sailing week 23rd – 29th April 2016

This is the Caribbean’s main yachting regatta, attracting hundreds of boats from around the region.  The formal races take place over a 5 day period, followed by other events like the Round-The-Island Race.  As you might expect from the Caribbean, there’s a post-race party schedule too and plenty of sailing themed events happening outside of racing times.  Where to stay: Tranquillity Bay or Sugar Ridge

Antigua Sailing Week - Top Caribbean events and festivals 2016


Barbados Reggae Festival – 24th April – 1st May 2016

Reported to be the biggest reggae festival outside of Jamaica, there are performers from the local, regional and international circuits.  Since its inception in 2005 the festival has continued to grow, making its way onto the calendar of many reggae enthusiasts.  The main event is held at Farley Hill National Park, with other events held over the weekend at Brandon’s Beach, St Lawrence Gap and Kensington Oval to name a few.  Where to stay: Coconut Court or Aquatica Resort Barbados

St Lucia Jazz & Arts Festival – 29th April – 8th May 2016

One of the biggest Caribbean events, especially in the St Lucian calendar, 2016 will be the festival’s 25th year, featuring big international names from multiple music genres including jazz, R&B, soul, pop and reggae.  The festival takes place over 15 days at 15 different venues all over the island.  What started specifically as a jazz festival has grown into a celebration of all things St Lucian and now incorporates dance performances, art, theatre and cuisine. Where to stay: Blu St Lucia, Coco PalmSt Lucia Jazz and Arts Festival - Top Caribbean events and festivals 2016



Sol Rally Barbados (2016 dates TBC)

The biggest motorsport event in the Caribbean, this rally race is held over the less developed parts of the island.  Cars thunder along the narrow roads through sugar cane fields at impossibly fast speeds, accompanied by cheering crowds.  Expect plenty of skids, squeals and crashes.  Spectators can enjoy the spectacle for free.  Check out the video here: Coconut Court or Aquatica Resort Barbados

Sol Rally Barbados - Top Caribbean events and festivals 2016

Grenada Chocolate Fest – May 13th – 22nd 2016

Perfect for the sweet toothed, this event gives the opportunity to meet cocoa farmers and tour Grenada’s chocolate factory.   Learn how chocolate is made, and take part in a programme of chocolate themed events (including a chocolate party!) and activities including chocolate cooking classes.  Expect plenty of opportunities to sample delicious, organic, sustainable Grenadian chocolate (does that mean it’s actually good for you too?)  Held at True Blue Bay Resort.

Where to stay: True Blue Bay

Grenada Chocolate Fest - Top Caribbean events and festivals 2016