Five Hot Caribbean Parties
by Darcy Mayfair
Take heart. Even if you missed out on World Cup 2014, there are still some excellent opportunities to get your flirt on in exotic, tropical locations with beautiful beaches and great nightlife.
Sumfest – Jamaica, 7/13-19
You’ve got to hop on this quick if you’re going to head down to Montego Bay to one of the hottest outdoor music parties in the Caribbean. This year the lineup includes Beenie Man, Jah Cure, Sean Paul and Tessanne Chin among many others, as well as American artists Wiz Khalifa and Future. The dopeness factor is off the chains!
Caribana – Toronto, 7/31-8/3
While Toronto is obviously not in the Caribbean (no beaches), you’d never know it from the masses of Caribbean nationals that descend upon the laid back Canadian city to congregate at North America’s largest public festival! The celebration starts before hand with several smaller events leading up to and culminating in the mas parade, but the hot parties and shows are definitely arranged around that final weekend.
Utopia – Jamaica, 8/1
The sight of taut, sexy bodies glistening lightly with sweat, pulsating to the hypnotic trance of electronic dance music is so intoxicating that you could skip the rum entirely, and feel like you hadn’t missed a thing. This relative newcomer to the Jamaican party scene is all-inclusive with a menu to die for, including alcohol. And we’ve learned over the years that rum has a way of making everything better. What better way to celebrate Emancipation Day!
August Monday – Anguilla, 8/4
If dancing in a beer and booze induced haze on yachts and party boats is your idea of fun, then you’ll love Anguilla for their big annual Carnival party at Sandy Ground. Start in the wee hours of the morning with J’Ouvert, followed by boat races and ending in the island’s biggest bash. Make like the locals from neighboring St. Maarten/Martin and St. Barth head over for the weekend to take advantage the islands pristine beaches.
Crop Over – Barbados, 8/4
Although the Crop Over celebration actually takes place over much of the summer, the Grand Kadooment, or big parade takes place in August. Some of the hottest Soca acts play at Crop Over and Barbados is known for its world class beaches and diverse nightlife attractions, so you can party hard Bajan style. And if you’re lucky, you just might score a Rihanna sighting. The Bajan native is known to be on hand to celebrate with her country men and women clad in costume.