5 greatest Caribbean locations to have a good time Christmas this 12 months

Escaping to the Caribbean for Christmas and swapping snow for solar, sand and tropical drinks feels like an effective way to carry some pleasure to the vacation season.

December climate within the Caribbean is especially dry, with a “Christmas breeze” that locals anticipate all 12 months. From proximity and nonstop flights to reasonably priced lodging, distinctive cultural festivities and a great occasion/leisure steadiness, listed here are 5 Caribbean locations to spend Christmas this 12 months.

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Commerce-in snow for sand and heat waters throughout this vacation season © SW Kunst / Getty Photos

1. Jamaica: contemporary sorrel, fruit cake and reggae fests

One of the best a part of Christmas in Jamaica is the meals. The markets are livelier than ever with the season’s favourite fruit – sorrel – in excessive demand. Feast on seasonal specialties like curried goat or ham with rice and beans, fruit cake and sorrel juice made with a touch of ginger and rum.

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2. Dominican Republic: waterfalls, free concert events and nightlife

The season is especially festive within the Dominican Republic, the place Christmas holidays are celebrated by way of music, buying and meals. In Santo Domingo, buying malls are superbly adorned and host indoor arts and crafts markets that includes regionally made merchandise.

Within the Zona Colonial, you’ll discover reside music each day, with free concert events beside Plaza Espana’s big Christmas tree each weekend night.

In Puerto Plata, seashores and resorts are much less crowded and outside adventures are plentiful. Hike to waterfalls within the countryside, tour a chocolate manufacturing facility and witness the Christmas Eve custom of pig roasting in a single day. Dancing merengue and bachata till dawn can also be custom so head to some native bars or nightclubs for somewhat apply. 

Pattern Christmas dishes on or off your resort — pasteles en hoja are like tamales, made with plantain dough, stuffed and wrapped in a inexperienced plantain leaf. And remember to pattern Dominican ponche.

A wooden pier extends into a shallow beach from the shore. Palm trees dot the shoreline and cover a beach house.
Tobacco Caye is an ideal vacation spot to flee the colder temps © Simon Dannhauer / Getty Photos

3. Belize: rainforests, tradition and cayes

Christmas in Belize is an opportunity to expertise a few of its distinctive cultural occasions, whereas island hopping and climbing in rainforests. Lodging additionally stays moderately priced, as extra vacationers go to in January and February. 

Keep at a riverside lodge in Burrell Increase or in Crooked Tree Village, outdoors Belize Metropolis, for a conventional Kriol Christmas dinner of turkey with cranberry jelly, rice and beans, ham, potato salad, black cake and rum popo. On Boxing Day, head to the Burrell Increase horse races or to the Brukdong Bram celebration in Gales Level. 

In Dangriga, Christmastime attracts junkanu and charikanari dancers to the streets. Charikanari is a searching dance; contributors put on headdresses resembling a cow’s head, with actual horns, and hunt a  “two foot” cow, dancing and teasing the crowds on the street. 

Afterwards, hop to reasonably priced Tobacco Caye for snorkeling and leisure alongside Belize’s Barrier Reef. 

Head to the Bahamas through the holidays to have a good time the nation’s greatest festivals of the 12 months © Marc Guitard / Getty Photos

4. The Bahamas: Junkanoo, buying and seclusion

The Bahamas’ annual Christmas Junkanoo Festival on Boxing Day is likely one of the greatest causes to go to. The colourful parade in Nassau, the most important of all on the archipelago, welcomes everybody on the islands to decorate up and dance within the streets.

Christmas buying attracts arts-and-crafts distributors from across the islands to Nassau. Go to Pageant Place at Prince George Wharf for regionally made objects. Port Lucaya Market on Grand Bahama additionally simply reopened. Once you’re prepared to flee the crowds, jump over to Eleuthera, Bimini or any of the Out Islands aside from the Abacos, which stay closed after Hurricane Dorian. 

Add proximity to the US, quite a few nonstop flights, plus the possibility to contribute to The Bahamas’ recovering tourism business and Christmas within the Bahamas is a no brainer.

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Water in a fountain is light up in red and green colors on a highly decorated plaza for Christmas in Puerto Rico
Christmas is a significant vacation in Puerto Rico © TexPhoto / Getty Photos

5. Puerto Rico: events, outdated world allure and wild seashores

For both events or seclusion at an reasonably priced worth, head to Puerto Rico. It’s a simple flight from the US, with no passport required for US residents.

In a single day in Previous San Juan discover its charming streets for buying, historical past and meals and dance away to reside salsa or bomba. 

Vieques is a simple hop on the ferry from Fajardo; arrive early to make sure availability. You also needs to guide your rooms and automobile leases prematurely. Proceed the vacation occasion vibe on the busier aspect of Vieques in Esmeralda, or escape into the hills close to wild black sand seashores. 

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