5 upcoming events not to miss in the Caribbean

St Barths Gourmet Festival, St Barths

November 2-5

This vibrant celebration of French gastronomy is a great opportunity for foodies to sample the top dishes of some of St Barths' best five-star restaurants, including Hotel Christopher, Le Guanahani, Hotel Cheval Blanc St-Barth Isle de France, Le Barthélemy Hotel & Spa, Le Sereno and the Eden Rock Hotel.

Signature multi-course menus will be created by six exceptional chefs and served over three nights with optional wine pairings. Various culinary activities and competitions will also take place during the event, keeping budding food critics well entertained.

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Pirate Week, Cayman Islands

November 9-13

For five days of fun for all ages, consider taking your private yacht or tailoring your luxury yacht charter in the Caribbean around Pirate Week in the Cayman Islands.

There is a host of activities during the week including a mock pirate invasion on George Town harbour where two ships sail in and capture the governor. The week also includes steel pan competitions, street dance, food festivals and a spectacular fireworks display.

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Junkanoo, Bahamas

Jan 1-2, 2018

Traditional carnival processions in the Bahamas take place throughout the country both on Boxing Day and New Year’s Day. The wildest party takes place in Nassau where the parades, known as the first rush, start at 2am and finish at 8am.

If you are looking for more activities after the parade then don’t miss the New Year’s Day Sailing Regatta where traditional Bahamian sloops race in Montagu Bay between Nassau and Paradise Island.

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Trinidad Carnival, Trinidad

February 12-13, 2018

The entire Caribbean is famous for its carnivals but the party atmosphere in the Port of Spain in Trinidad is hard to beat. The event is held annually on the Monday and Tuesday before Ash Wednesday and the entire year is shaped around proceedings.

Often described as “the greatest show on earth” the music, colours and costumes create an unforgettable event, making Trinidad & Tobago one of the most exciting superyacht party destinations.

With vibrant melodies blasting out of loudspeakers and truly extraordinary costumes on display, this is the definition of the Caribbean party experience and offers quite the contrast to the usual tranquillity that exudes from this stunning pair of islands.

Although still relatively undiscovered it is easy to experience the Trinidad Carnival on a yacht charter or private yacht.

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St Barths Bucket Regatta, St Barths

March 15-18, 2018

The world-famous Bucket Regatta has been running since 1986, and is an event focussed on teamwork and non-commercial participation — the origins of the name come from the decision 30 years ago that camaraderie and sea was a good enough trophy, so a spare bucket was used as the prize.

The St Barths Bucket Regatta was launched in 1995 and the event has flourished ever since. The weekend has a relaxed vibe with “safe sailing” being the organisers’ highest priority. It is a great opportunity to see some of the world’s most beautiful classic sailing yachts in action.

As one of the most opulent islands in the Caribbean, there is always plenty for visitors to the Bucket to enjoy on St Barths. There are race viewing day events at the island’s most exclusive beachside spots, while Bucket parties spring up as soon as night falls. With a stunning St Barths backdrop of some of the best beaches in the Caribbean, the three-day event is not one to be missed.

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