Best New Year's Eve Parties in the Caribbean

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Best places to spend New Years Eve in the Caribbean
Forget Times Square. The best place to celebrate, say goodbye to the old and ring in the new is in the Caribbean. Each island has something going on, but some go bigger than others, and that’s where you want to be. Here are 6 of our favorites.

1 Dropping the Onion in Bermuda

Bermuda is no longer a major exporter of onions, but the island still pays homage to its namesake vegetable each year on December 31. The celebration starts before dark as thousands gather at King’s Square in the city of St. George’s to enjoy street food and live music. The party builds towards midnight as everyone waits for a lighted paper-mâché replica of an onion to descend, then the fireworks light up the waters of the harbor.

2 The Ultimate Beach Party on Jost Van Dyke

travelers from far and wide converge on the small island of Jost Van Dyke to join local icon Foxy Callwood at his legendary Old Year’s Eve party. Staged on the shores of Great Harbour at Foxy’s Tamarind Bar, the party draws boaters and celebrities alike for a night of dancing on the sand, lobster barbecues, Firewater Rum punch and, for the less inhibited, a plunge into the foam pit. Additional ferries run from St. Thomas and Tortola to handle the arriving crowds.

3 Grand Cayman with No Resolutions

No need to keep the little ones up late to see the show at Grand Cayman’s Camana Bay complex. The center’s No Resolutions Party kicks off at 6 p.m., with food, drink; music and early fireworks show at 7 p.m. Once the youngsters are tucked away the dancing and celebrations keep going past 1 a.m., with a second fireworks lighting up the harbor at midnight. Those who would rather get some sand between their toes can wander over to Seven Mile Beach, where the Westin Grand Cayman hosts a beach party with bubbly, sand sculptures and island music.

4 Fire on the Water on St. Martin/Sint Maarten

If you love fireworks, the island of St. Martin is the place to be on December 31st. Several clubs along Orient Beach stage parties that spill onto the sand as revelers await a spectacular display of midnight pyrotechnics. Even more popular is the show that takes place Dutch capital of Philipsburg. As dusk falls, the boardwalk takes on a festival atmosphere with music and food. The fireworks show that is unleashed to herald the New Year is said to be the largest in the Caribbean.

5 Night of the Junkanoo in the Bahamas

Counting down to the New Year is just the beginning of the celebration on the Bahamian island of New Providence (Nassau). At 2 a.m. on New Year’s Day, the capital of Nassau comes alive with the sounds of drums, bells and whistles as thousands of costumed revelers make their way down Bay Street. The Junkanoo parade continues through the night, ending in mid morning as everyone heads home to sleep it off.
The energy of the dancers and the beat of the music motivates the large crowds to start moving in their seats, or on their feet, or in the trees, or on balconies—wherever they have found a spot from which to watch Junkanoo happen! At the end of the night (or morning), judges award cash prizes for the best costume, best music and best overall group presentation.

6 Jump Up on Montserrat

On the Caribbean’s Emerald Isle, the end-of-the-year party starts on December 23, an island-wide celebration includes pageants, a Calypso King Competition, musical festivals and costumed masqueraders parading in the streets. The Festival continues through New Year’s Eve and on to January 1st, which is known as Jump Up Day. This holiday commemorates island emancipation with parades, steel bands and street dancers.
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