The best Caribbean Islands for New Year’s Eve attract travelers seeking the thrill of beach side fireworks, masquerade balls and costumed parades.
The start of each new year means new beginnings — so why celebrate with the same crowd in the same city every year? If you’ve never rung in the new year in the Caribbean, now is the perfect time.
Not sure where to go? Whether you’re traveling with friends, family, or kids, these are the best Caribbean Islands for New Year’s:
The best Caribbean Islands for New Year’s: Fireworks, festivities, and fun
This typically laid back gem in the French West Indies comes alive on New Year’s Eve as some of the biggest names in Hollywood and business come together for island-wide celebrations. Recently, St. Barths made headlines as NYE visitors included Leonardo DiCaprio, Paul McCartney, LA Reid, Russell Simmons — and the late Prince who arrived by helicopter and performed at a private party.
The most buzzed about gatherings are usually hosted in villas or on yachts — though there are plenty held at restaurants all around the island. If you don’t have an invite, you can create your own unforgettable New Year’s Eve. Rent a villa that’s positioned to give you front row seats for the fireworks over Gustavia Harbor and have WIMCO arrange for a catered dinner with champagne out on your open deck. As the clock strikes midnight, take a dip in your infinity pool to give you a fresh beginning for the new year.
Karoo, By the Crescent, Camana Bay
The best way to start your New Year’s Eve in Grand Cayman is with the 7 pm fireworks show at Camana Bay. Camana Bay has several outstanding restaurants with outdoor seating like Karoo, so grab a table early to ensure you’ve got a prime spot for viewing. If you take too long getting ready and don’t make it for the 7 pm show, don’t worry — there’s an encore at midnight. Favorite events on Grand Cayman include the “No Resolutions” party at The Crescent, or an elegant Masquerade Ball at the Ritz-Carlton that includes dinner, entertainment, and fireworks on the beach.
In the morning, stop by the Westin for a champagne beach brunch, or the Ritz-Carlton for their famous buffet and spicy Bloody Mary bar.
Simon Cowell has been spending New Year’s in Barbados for some time, and once you visit, you’ll understand why. Barbados has a different name for New Year’s Eve — it’s “Old Year’s Night” — and there are plenty of family-friendly events all around the island. Sandy Lane Resort will make sure your kids are taken care of with a special “cocktail” party during the evening, and on New Year’s Day, there’s a Treehouse Club Carnival. Many Bajans go to church for Midnight Mass before going out to celebrate and they welcome guests. Fireworks usually go off from the Hilton Hotel Resort on the South Coast, and the West Coast has fireworks going off from Sandy Lane Resort and Mango Bay Resort.
Ready for a little-known fact about renting villas in Barbados? Most villas come with staff, so you’ll always be taken care of, and a New Year’s dinner can even be prepared on the beach where you can watch fireworks after sunset.
Turks & Caicos
Turks & Caicos is only a four-hour plane ride from NYC, making it a highly desirable island on which to celebrate the New Year. You’ll find fireworks and other festivities, but one of the most unique is the “Junkanoo Jump Up.” When the clock strikes midnight, you’ll see the streets in downtown Provo fill with people wearing flamboyant costumes and outlandish masks. They play instruments, dance, and lead a parade across the island. This event is one of Turks & Caicos’ oldest traditions — it began in the 16th century — and was initially started by slaves who were celebrating their one day off around the Christmas season. If you’re feeling festive, bring your own costume and join in on the celebration.
Don’t wait…book your villa in the Caribbean for the New Year
Our Vagabond villa in Petite Saline, St. Barths offers maximum privacy. It’s accompanied by magnificent views of New Year’s fireworks from a beautiful hilltop location.
There’s nothing quite like escaping the chill of winter and spending the holidays in the Caribbean. Because of that, the time around the New Year is also extremely popular with travelers and vacation villas are in high demand. If you’re thinking about counting down to 2019 on one of the best Caribbean Islands for New Year’s, call WIMCO now to see what’s available and book the villa that’s perfect for your needs.
Read about St. Barths over the 2017 New Years season
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