Off the northeast coast of Jamaica is where the month’s actions begin. At sea, it’s anglers doing what they do best and festivities abound on Port Antonio’s shores, at the Port Antonio Marlin Tournament, October 1 – 8. www.visitjamaica.com/port-antonio-marlin-tournament
During this time, there’s smooth sailing at “one of the largest racing events,” for the Islands of the Bahamas, as the Eleuthera Sailing Regatta gets underway, October 5 – 10. Dock in the Andros islands, so as not to miss the next event where conch dishes are sublime and supreme – after all, just the thought of the Bahamas seems to evoke a yearning for conch. Festival goers will learn the history and culture of this delicacy from the sea and how South Andros catches, cracks, skins and serves it up at the Mars Bay Conch Fest, October 12 – 15.www.bahamas.com/event/mars-bay-conch-fest . Put the newfound skills to the test over on Grand Bahama Island for a chance to win the coveted conch cracker trophy, at McMean’s Town Conch Cracking Festival, October 14.
Around the Caribbean, savor the spices and international contributions that make their culinary creations unique. Gastronomical interludes include Restaurant Month on Cayman Islands, the Tobago Blue Food Festival on October 18, and Flavors of Curaçao, October 28 – 29. Now that’s a mouthful of goodness and activities.
On the unspoiled south coast of Jamaica, in Saint Elizabeth, check out the local fishermen in canoes who, with a simple hook and line compete to catch the largest fish. Definitely, a talent to behold, as the haul gets taken back to shore for a fish fry and festivities local style at the Hook & Line Canoe Tournament, October 18 – 20.
St. Kitts is bound to keep things lively and sensual with the Seventh Annual Latin Fiesta, October 19 -25. Just a few islands away, followup with the pulsating potpourri of rhythms that make Caribbean music so appealing, at the Dominica World Creole Music Festival, October 28 – 30. dominicafestivals.com . Or indulge in the gastronomical gesture that serves up an
Everyday sailors are shoulder to shoulder with Olympians, America’s Cup winners and even national and world champions, racing off the stunning shores of Virgin Gorda, for the 30th Annual Pro-Am Regatta, October 22 – 29. www.beyc.com/compete. After all that hard work, even if it’s just as a spectator, the British Virgin Islands has just the appeal. Lose the shoes and go barefoot chic, with powdery sand beneath your feet and a feast at your fingertips, indulge in a night of elegance and gourmet delicacies at The Barefoot Gourmet Soiree, October 30. bvifoodfete.com/barefoot-gourmet-soiree/
The month is off to a running start in the Cayman Islands – literally. It may be easy to get lost in the tranquility of the clear, cool water or the scenes along the way, at the Cayman Islands Triathlon, November 1. www.triathlon.ky
While on the island of Saint Martin, prepare to wave the country’s flag, on Saint Martin’s Day, November 11. Then there is Beaujolais Nouveau, which is a celebration of the new vintage in a very French way, to coincide with France’s traditional celebration on the third Thursday of the month – with the time difference though, festivities kick off on the island at 7 p.m. on Wednesday – can you say, “Comment très français!”
The Cayman Islands explode with vibrant costumes, music and dance. See “how low can you go?” in the exible limbo dance or be dwarfed by the stilt walkers at Cayman Carnival Batabano, May 7caymanislands.ky/eventsoffers/batabano.aspx. Meanwhile, island rhythm-infused jazz stylings have audiences swaying under the stars in Martinique at the Lamentin Jazz Project, May 8 – 15.
The British Virgin Islands are setting their competitive courses on land and at sea with the Bitter End Yacht Club Challenge, May 7 – 8 at the beginning of the month, then the Dive BVI Half Marathon – 6 Mile Challenge, May 14, closing the month with the BVI Dingy Championship, May 20 – 22 and legendary Foxy’s Wooden Boat Regatta, May 21 – 22. Anguilla gets in the race with its 14th Annual Anguilla
Say “arrrrrrrrr”– from dress to dialect, the Cayman Islands celebrate a part of historical Caribbean culture with fun and entertainment for the entire family. Learn how to be a pirate, from swashbuckling to the lingo, during the Grand Cayman Pirates Week Festival, November 10 – 20. www.piratesweekfestival.com. Of note “matey,” Little Cayman pirate festivities are underway the week prior and not to be left out, Cayman Brac closes the month with their tribute.
For some breathtakingly serious, athletic action – not only in the endurance feats, but in the scenic routes that the athletes will swim, bike and run – dive into the Nevis International Triathlon, November 12. www.booknevis.com/nevis-events/nevis-triathlon-2016 In San Juan, soak up the culture, enjoy the sights, and listen for the sounds from some of Latin music’s most influential voices. The Coliseo de Puerto Rico José M. Agrelot, San Juan, presents the captivating and unique stylings of the salsero, Willie Colón, at the 50 Aniversario de Willie Colón, November 12. www.williecolon.com
The British Virgin Islands captures the month with cuisine and competition. Sir Richard Branson hosts the pro-am tennis event of the season where the games are not had on the courts alone, but taken to the sea with all kinds of water sports for the Necker Cup, November 14 – 19. neckercup.com. Lobster lovers prepare their palates for the savory and succulent dishes set to be served seaside, on the island of Anegada. It’s a feast for the eyes and the appetite, at the Anegada Lobster Festival, November 26 – 27. bvifoodfete.com/anegadalobster-festival/.
Extend the stay and hop over to Sea Island where a dozen talented professionals and amateurs make the rounds at the five-day international golf event that concludes on Sir Richarad Branson’s Necker Island, during the Necker Open, November 26 – December 1. neckeropen.com. Antigua and Barbuda is all about the water, as anglers cast off for the Best in the West Fishing Tournament, November 4 – 5. www.antiguabarbudasportsfishing.com
On Grand Bahama Island, don’t get distracted by the extraordinary views of clear, cool water along the powdery, white sand and pristine shoreline, for this is a race for the swift and steadfast. There is even an event for the young triathletes in training. So, head to the start line on Taino Beach in Lucaya for the Conchman Triathlon and Ironkids Triathlon, November 5. www.conchman.com
In Jamaica, stay and play. The five-star Hyatt Ziva/Zilara in Montego Bay is the host for the players who tee off with spectacular views from two world-class courses, Cinnamon Hill and White Witch. Play more than 54 holes to determine who will take home the coveted Pro-Am championship trophy, at Annie’s Revenge, November 16 – 20. www. jamaicaproam.com
Meanwhile, it’s back to sea, in Antigua, as sailors navigate with agility and precision, at the Jolly Harbour Yacht Club Annual Regatta, November 19 – 20. www.jhycantigua.com
Grab the kids and lace up the running shoes, as the Cayman Islands prepare for its marathon. Not just for the long distance lovers, but there will be relay races and a kid’s fun run, at the Cayman Islands Marathon, December 4. www.caymanislandsmarathon.com In San Juan, at the Coliseo de Puerto Rico José M. Agrelot, prepare to be serenaded by the sultry and incomparable Marc Anthony, December 9. On the French island of Martinique, the exhilarating vistas of the island have racers enduring the La TransMartinique, December 10 – 11. clubmanikou.com . At a more relaxed pace, leisurely stroll and shop for local crafts, while being serenaded by cultural concerts and songs of Christmas, or just sit back and enjoy a train ride to the plantations, during Fete Du Rhum, December 11. Return to Forte-de-France to close the year with.
In San Juan, at the Coliseo de Puerto Rico José M. Agrelot, prepare to be serenaded by the sultry and incomparable Marc Anthony, December 9. On the French island of Martinique, the exhilarating vistas of the island have racers enduring the La TransMartinique, December 10 – 11. clubmanikou.com .
On the French island of Martinique, the exhilarating vistas of the island have racers enduring the La TransMartinique, December 10 – 11. clubmanikou.com . At a more relaxed pace, leisurely stroll and shop for local crafts, while being serenaded by cultural concerts and songs of Christmas, or just sit back and enjoy a train ride to the plantations, during Fete Du Rhum, December 11. Return to Forte-de-France to close the year with a spectacular seaside fireworks display at Les Boucans de la Baie, December 30.
Antigua & Barbuda certainly knows how to close the year and ring in the new, at one of its most active venues. Celebrations begin at Nelson’s Dockyard Christmas Day Champagne Party on December 25. Take a few nights to recoup for the big event, Nelson’s Pursuit Race, which is capped off by another grand celebration back on shore, Nelson’s Dockyard Old Year’s Night Party. All this action takes place on December 31. www.antiguayachtclub.com
Mid-month, St. Kitts begins its festivities, with quite the numerous pageantry and shows occurring during the St. Kitts & Nevis National Carnival, December 26.
After all the delectable dishes of the season, the Cayman Islands has just the place to be – where else but the beach? Run or walk, be the “fastest” or the “lastest,” the rewards are many – after all, who could complain about being on a 1-mile stretch of white sand, with azure water by your side. Everyone’s a winner at Dashing Thru The Sand Beach Run/Walk, December 26. www.caymanislandsmarathon.com