1 – PIRATE WEEK, CAYMAN ISLANDS
For a week 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 are 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.
2 – THE NECKER CUP, NECKER ISLAND, BRITISH VIRGIN ISLANDS
The Necker Cup Presented by Manuka Doctor returns this November, offering guests an all-inclusive six-day Pro-Am Tennis Event. Hosted by Sir Richard Branson on his private island, attendees can enjoy some truly fantastic tennis as well as activities such as kite boarding, sail boat races, snorkelling, wake boarding and paddle boarding.
In addition to the sporting pastimes, a charity auction and the renowned End of the World Beach Party will keep guests well entertained with world-class music performances (last year the event welcomed Jimmy Buffet and the Cuban Brothers) and unparalleled dining experiences. All proceeds will go to Virgin Unite, The National Tennis Foundation and other ATP charities. Whether you plan to attend on your own private vessel or on a luxury yacht charter, this is one of the most anticipated events coming up in the Caribbean.
3 – JUNKANOO BOXING DAY AND NYE CELEBRATIONS, THE BAHAMAS
December 26 and January 1
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.
4 – TRINIDAD CARNIVAL, TRINIDAD
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.
5 – LORO PIANA CARIBBEAN SUPERYACHT REGATTA, VIRGIN GORDA
The British Virgin Islands becomes one of the best party islands in the Caribbean when it hosts the Loro Piana Caribbean Superyacht Regatta & Rendezvous in March. Organised by Boat International and the Yacht Club Costa Smeralda in Virgin Gorda, the competitive superyacht regatta also offers a packed social programme. As well as sailing yachts, the Westport Rendezvous will also welcome a host of motor yacht owners to take in the atmosphere and network with fellow guests. There’s still plenty of time to register or enter for next year’s event – you have until January 29, 2017.
The event always hosts a shining Regatta and Rendezvous event programme, including the opening night Welcome Cocktail & BBQ, the much-anticipated Loro Piana Owner’s Dinner, the Sunday Beach Party and the Prize Giving and Farewell Cocktails on the Monday. Alongside the three days of spectacular racing and elegant parties, a motor yacht rendezvous programme will be created to watch the spectacular racing and enjoy the beautiful islands of the British Virgin Islands.
Don’t miss our list of the yachts already registered for the 2017 Loro Piana Caribbean Superyacht Regatta.
6 – ST BARTS BUCKET REGATTA, ST BARTS
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. 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.