Dates Not To Miss – Spring 2018

On land and at sea, the Caribbean is filled with merriment and indulgence in the splendor of natural surroundings– traversing the mountainous terrain, skippering across the seas, taking in the melodies that waft through the sea breeze or just gazing at the vistas. Spring has arrived in all its glory and there are no limits to where fun can be found.

April

Jamaica has engines revving at the top of the month and racing through the mountains of the north coast at the Carnival of Speed, April 2.

World premieres and feature films of all lengths bring local and international artists to the Curaçao International Film Festival www.curacaoiffr.com

Captains and crew indulge atop the waves and on shore with a little rum, sun and a whole lot of fun, as they enjoy the camaraderie and totally relaxed atmosphere of the
Antigua Classic Yacht Regatta, April 18 – 24 www.antiguaclassics.com

Grenadians showcase their musical talent alongside international reggae, jazz and other genres of musicians for the Pure Grenada Music Festival, April 13 – 15. The following week, the feat moves from the dance floor to the track and field as local and international athletes converge for the Grenada Invitational-2nd Annual Grenada Track & Field Meet, April 21.

Down in St. Kitts, chefs are conjuring up three nights of culinary creations at the Spice Fest, April 20 – 22 www.stkittstourism.kn/events/spice-fest

Over in Barbados, it’s all things reggae – from beach party to shows and even a party cruise, come dance and revel with this week-long event at the Barbados Reggae Festival, April 22 www.facebook.com/BarbadosReggaeFestival/.

Antigua is still sailing under the sun and splashing through the waves during Peters & May Round Antigua Race on April 28, ahead of the opening of the coveted Antigua Sailing Week on April 29 – May 4 www.sailingweek.com

Novice, expert or in between, St. Kitts and Nevis wants everyone in on the fun, so ready the sails – or at least, don’t get tangled in them – for the Booby Island Regatta & Sailing Festival, April 30 – May 1.

May

Barbados begins the month with the kick-off for their major festivity the Crop Over Festival. Soca talent come out for the Crop Over Mega Cavalcade, May 1 www.visitbarbados.org/crop-over-mega-cavalcade.

The Cayman Islands celebrate with a J’ouvert in grand style showcasing their rich heritage with colorful costumes, culture and of course cuisine at Cayman Carnival Batabano, May 2 – 6 www.caymancarnival.com

Grenada, the “spice isle” adds “Chocolate Capital of the Caribbean” to its accolades by showcasing this “rich” heritage, chocoholics and choco-connoisseurs are in for a “sweet” treat at the Grenada Chocolate Festival, May 11 – 19.

The sport appropriately named for how it’s played attracts some of the best international and regional over 40s and over 50s “ballers” to its field. It’s where the masters achieve bragging rights and honors during the Barbados International Masters Football Festival, May 18 – 21, http://www.visitbarbados.org/barbados-international-masters-football-festival.

Sports fishing is underway as enthusiasts are vying for the wining haul at the Billfish catch and release Antigua and Barbuda Sport Fishing Tournament, May 18 – 20 www.antiguabarbudasportsfishing.com

Jamaica’s north coast is all about the sultry sounds that summon internationally acclaimed musicians. So, say it like a native and tell everyone that you’re heading to “Ochi” this month for the Jamaica International Ocho Rios Jazz Festival, May 28 – June 4 www.ochoriosjazz.com/

It’s all smiles at the annual fun walk run – 5K, 10K, Half Marathon. So walk it, run it or just come for the enjoyment of being a part of it. The Antigua & Barbuda Run in Paradise takes its mark on May 27 www.runinparadise.com.

In the Bahamas, the race is at sea as skilled anglers, close the month and ready their reels to cast into the pristine blue waters for the challenge of champions at the Abaco Beach Blue Marlin Tournament, May 30 – June 2.

June

Barbados wastes no time and headlines the month with its premier event, where spectators and competitors international rally of race cars masterfully maneuvering the mountainous track. It takes special skill at the Sol Rally Barbados, June 1 – 3 www.rallybarbados.net

In the Cayman Islands, all manners of physiques take the plunge in one of the world’s top open water swims where novices may be matching strokes with Olympians and swimmers of all ages at the Flowers Sea Swim, June 16 – 18 flowersseaswim.com/ .

St. Kitts engages music enthusiasts in three nights of melodious sounds encompassing a wide array of stylings – Jazz, R&B Reggae, Hip Hop and so much more. It’s the event where local, regional and international artists bring their finest sounds and songs to the St. Kitts Music Festival, June 27 – July 1 www.stkittsmusicfestival.com

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