Escape to the Caribbean this fall for carnivals, mocko jumbies, regattas and more.
1. Weekly Carnivals Wednesday night is Carnival Extravaganza Night at Bolongo Bay Beach Resort on St. Thomas. The party kicks off with Calypso music and a stilt-walking mocko jumbie, who wears a mask to scare spirits away. The excitement continues with dance and limbo contests, and a firewalker. But, no extravaganza is complete without a taste from the Caribbean buffet and a bucket of Bolongo’s signature VooDoo juice.Courtesy USVI
2. Offshore Adventures Test your luck at breaking one of USVI’s two-dozen world records for historic catches. Charter a captain to fish for sailfish, mahimahi, tuna or wahoo — whose seasons kick off in the fall — or compete for cash in the annual Wahoo Windup. St. John’s Coral Bay Thanksgiving Regatta, an annual celebration for more than three decades, is world-renowned for island-hopping sailing. Not a sailor? Cheer on the contestants, then head to the afterparty at Skinny Legs Bar and Grill.Courtesy USVI
3. Nonstop Service Not ready to say goodbye to summer? There’s no need to when airlines are offering direct flights to St. Thomas from major hubs like Atlanta, Houston, Charlotte, Miami and New York, to name a few. Go zip lining, sky diving or parasailing in this adventure mecca. Or, for a more relaxing getaway, check out the white sands of Magens Bay or the seclusion of Vessup Bay.Caneel Bay
4. Discounted Stays Whether you’re traveling with friends or family, the Westin St. John Resort and Villas offers your group more space, more amenities and more discounts this fall. Pamper your party with beachside dining, classic Caribbean cuisine at Lemongrass Restaurant, the Westin Workout Spa and villas with multiple bedrooms and full kitchens. Plus, enjoy 20% off select nights for the rest of the year.Courtesy Westin St. John Resort
5. Christmas Festival A tradition since 1952, the monthlong Crucian Christmas Carnival celebrates St. Croix’s history and culture through parades, pageants, concerts, crafts, local food and more. Beginning the first Saturday in December and ending the first Sunday of the new year, dancers fill the streets until the wee hours of the morning wearing vibrant, homemade costumes and performing traditional Crucian routines.Courtesy USVI