5 Of The Top Festivals In The Caribbean

The Caribbean islands are full of colour, energy and life and so are their festivals. With almost every island holding an annual festival and with many holding more than one, you can enjoy festivals celebrating local folklore, religion, food and culture. Here are my top 5 festivals to enjoy in the Caribbean.

Reggae Sumfest

Have fun at the Reggae Sumfest

Reggae Sumfest is the largest concert festival in Jamaica taking place each year in mid-July. This week-long festival is based in Montego Bay on Jamacia's north coast You can buy a ticket for the whole week, weekend or individual night, so there is something for every budget. The party kicks off every year on a Sunday, with a not to be missed Sumfest Beach Party at the Aquasol Theme Park. Many famous reggae artists have played here including Damien "Jr Gong" Marley, the son of Bob Marley, The Mighty Diamonds and Toots and the Maytals.

Trinidad and Tobago Carnival

Nowhere does carnival like Trinidad & Tobago 

Many Caribbean islands have carnivals but nowhere does it better than the Trinidad & Tobago carnival. The event is held on the Monday and Tuesday before Ash Wednesday every year and brings many thousands of people to the streets and many millions into the local economy. It originated during the period of slavery when the slaves, banned from attending their masters’ fancy balls and parties, would improvise by staging their own costumed event in their quarters. It's bright, colourful and a massive spectacular!

Grenada Chocolate Fest

The Grenada Chocolate Festival from The Rare Welsh Bit

The Grenada Chocolate Fest celebrates the island’s organic and ethically produced cocoa and chocolate. This 9-day festival takes place in May every year and it an amazing festival for foodies or those that simply love chocolate. It educates and informs as you follow the journey of chocolate from tree to bar, and you have the chance to be a chocolate farmer for the day, to have lessons in making chocolate and to see where cocoa beans are grown.

Crop Over Barbados


Crop Over Barbados is a traditional harvest fe
stival which began in Barbados, having had its early beginnings on the sugar cane plantations during slavery. The six-week festival celebrates all that is Bajan with dusk till dawn parties, arts and crafts markets, street food celebrations and more. Grand Kadooment is the climax of the festival where Masquerade Bands make their way to Spring Garden highway with revellers dressed in sequin and finery.

St Lucia Jazz Festival

St Lucia Jazz Festival

The St Lucia Jazz Festival takes place annually and brings together international and local musicians. The festival is now known as the Soliel Summer Jazz Festival. It's a mix of free concerts as well as paying ones and it culminates in a major concert at the Pigeon Island National Landmark.

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Tell me, have you been to the Caribbean? Do any of these festivals appeal?

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  1. The Grenada chocolate festival looks like my kind of holiday. In the mood to do some travelling now.

  2. I have been to quite a few Caribbean islands, but not while there have been any festivals on. Love the sound of the Jazz festival especially (plus the chocolate festival, but that's through greed more than anything! :D)

  3. These festivals look amazing and so much fun, always wanted to head to the Caribbean to participate in the festivals.

  4. Crop Over Barbados sounds fun! And as a country I've not yet been to, this is one that's going on the bucket list x

  5. Wow, these all sound so vibrant and exciting. I love the colourfulness and how much music there is on offer. I’ve never been to the Caribbean but it’s on the list of places to travel to.

  6. These look very fun. I would love to check these out

  7. Going to a Caribbean festival would be amazing. The music is fabulous and I love the idea of the others :) going there is definitely on my bucket list