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When you think island getaway, you might imagine steel drums, merengue and reggae’s tropical tones. Good. You’re on the right track. And these Caribbean festivals—iconic traditions and brand-new revelries—make the dancing a sun-kissed reality.
The Caribbean • February & March
The pre-Lenten tradition of parades, masquerades, partying and dancing lives on islands across the Caribbean, but Carnival is especially vibrant in Trinidad & Tobago (March 4-5) and Puerto Plata, Dominican Republic (every Sunday in February). Time to start thinking about your costume.
St. Ann, Jamaica • Jan. 18-19, 2019
Reggae sounds even better when coupled with the metronomic lapping of Caribbean waves. Founded as a tribute to Tony Rebel, this reggae festival features two days of live music, an arts village and—because of the fest’s Rastafarian roots—delicious vegetarian cuisine.
Crash My Playa with Luke Bryan
Riviera Maya • Jan. 23-26, 2019
Channel your inner country star. For the fifth time, Luke Bryan will play and host other top acts like Thomas Rhett and Lauren Alaina for four nights of country music at the all-inclusive Barceló Maya Resort.
Vujaday Music Festival
Barbados • April 3-7, 2019
Internationally renowned house and techno DJs will descend on the island of Barbados for five days of nonstop, beach-side beats. Performances will be scattered across the island at unique venues like the Cornwall House, perched above the Bathsheba coastline.