Summer, in the Caribbean, is a time to celebrate freedom and independence. Feasts and revelry abound from shore to shore.
Antigua and Barbuda start their turtle watching season and it’s a perfect time of year to sink your teeth into a variety of flavorful fruit at Antigua and Barbuda Mango Festival www.facebook.com/AnnualMangoFest . Jamaica kicks the month off with a bit of spice, as its trademark dish has taste buds wanting more. The heritage site location at Folly Estate in Portland is the ideal setting for the Portland Jerk Festival on July 1.
Three days of casting, reeling and teaming up has expert fishermen strapped in for the exhilarating challenge to catch the most fish during the first leg of the Bermuda Triple Crown series, at the Bermuda Triple Crown Billfish Championship, July 3-7 www.bermudatriplecrown.com/bermuda-billfish-blast
As the name suggests, forget all worries and cares and get lost in a different state of mind at Curaçao’s Amnesia Music Festival, July 9 amnesia.cw
Over in Jamaica, catch a community gathering of seafood connoisseurs to sample savory dishes, and party on the beach Caribbean-style, at the Little Ochi Seafood Festival, July 10 www.littleochie.com
Meanwhile, Anguilla pedals through the month with the John T. Memorial Cycling Race 16th Annual Cycling Race, July 17.
Iconic and loaded with legacy – from the greats to the up and coming, Jamaica’s legendary festival has die-hard fans saying, “Irie mon,” at Reggae Sumfest, July 17 – 23 reggaesumfest.com
The country has been kicking off their festivities for 60 years and boasts another stellar summer festival Antigua and Barbuda 60th Carnival: The Caribbean’s Greatest Summer Festival, July 22 – August 2 www.antiguacarnival.com
Celebrating forty-three years of colorful pageantry, culture and merriment, it’s a carnival in the streets from 4:30 a.m., as street marches, good food, boat races and winners are announced during Anguilla Summer Festival, July 28 – August 7 ivisitanguilla.com/anguilla-summer-festival/
It’s the children’s turn to show off their boating skills and there’s as much fun for the parents too at the British Virgin Islands KATS Premier’s Cup Royal BVI Yacht Club, July 16 – 17 www.bvitourism.com/event/kats-premiers-cup#sthash.c3hXZwCY.dpuft
A hole in one, and made just for you –swing into competition with travelers from around the world to hit a round or two against the local golf champs at the Curaçao Tourist Open, July 30 golf.bluebay-curacao.com/cto
In Jamaica, it’s decisions, decisions. When Appleton rum, Negril and dream are all referenced in the same sentence, that could only mean one event has arrived. The realization of all dreams bacchanal can be a possibility, for thousands of adult friends, new and old, at Jamaica Dream Weekend, July 28 – August 1 jamaicadreamweekend.com/ or swank it up with the list of who’s who at SPF Weekend, July 29 – August 1 www.spfweekend.com/welcome/
Trinidad & Tobago, the country where carnival reigns supreme, hosts another cultural celebration at Caribbean Tobago Heritage Festival 2016, July 16 – August 1 www.tobagoheritagefestival.com
Continuing from July, carnivals and festivities remain in full swing, across the Caribbean. Jerked chicken, fish or pork – savor the distinct flavors of the island at the Montego Bay Jerk Festival, July 31 – August 1 montegobayjerkfestival.com/main/#!/
The US Virgin Islands tees off, at the top of the month, with the St. Thomas Open golf Tournament, August 8 – 9.
Martinique blends traditional Martinican rhythm with jazz for the unique sounds of Biguine Jazz Festival Saint-Pierre, August 11 – 14.
In Puerto Rico, it’s a feat of endurance in store for mountain biking enthusiasts on the 100 km trail or make it a more recreational route on the 50 km course at Las 100 de La Parguera, August 14 www.facebook.com/Las100delapargueramtb
Trinidad and Tobago is all about game fishing during the Tarpon Thunder Tournament, August 12 – 14. Meanwhile, in the US Virgin Islands it’s catch and release for anglers reeling in the big ones at St. Thomas for the USVI Open/Atlantic Blue Marlin Tournament (ABMT), August 15 – 19 www.abmt.vi/
Antigua and Barbuda are still out at sea for the Francis Nunes Jr. Fishing Tournament, September 23 – 24 www.antiguabarbudasportsfishing.com
Sultry, sensational, and sizzling are the tunes that permeate the air, as the notable musical event of the year is underway with international musical greats headlining at the Curaçao North Sea Jazz, September 1 – 3 www.curacaonorthseajazz.com/nl/
On island, in Jamaica, ballers have their sights on the 2018 FIFA World Cup, during round 4 of the CONCACAF Qualifiers, head to Kingston for the Reggae Boyz vs Haiti, September 6. At the same time, in the US Virgin Islands, St. John is all about the swim, bike, run, and feast on the beach at the 16th Annual Love City Triathlon, Aquathon, & SUPathlon, September 6 www.stjohnlandsharks.com While, at St. Kitts and Nevis, runners leave the start line for the 3rd Annual Nevis Full Marathon, September 8 – 10.