These are the best upcoming events and activities not to miss on your next trip to the Caribbean.
MEXICO: The Ultimate Snorkel
Just 38 miles north of Cancun is tiny Isla Holbox, a favorite stopover point for the whale shark on their annual migration. Visit during July and August to swim alongside up to 400 of these calm creatures. Considering some can grow up to 40 feet long, this snorkel sesh is guaranteed to trump your last.
BELIZE: Live Like a Local
Mosey the streets of Hopkins in the Garifuna village, where you can sample Belizian cuisine like tiny red bananas or take traditional drumming lessons, a symbol of the endangered Garifuna culture. Take a snooze on the nearby beach or tour the cassava-bread farm.
TURKS AND CAICOS: Conch Festival
The world’s only conch festival is held in Providenciales every November. Share and compare chowders, ceviche and other conchy bites with local and international chefs.
JAMAICA: Floyd’s Pelican Bar
A bar made entirely of driftwood. In the middle of the ocean. Run by a guy named Floyd. This Jamaica watering hole could arguably be the best-kept secret in the Caribbean. A 20-minute boat ride from St. Elizabeth, and you’re there.
BARBADOS: Catch a Wave
Sure, Barbados has good rum, but it might have even better waves. Open exposure to frequent swells on both sides of the island and consistent conditions make these breaks some of the Caribbean’s best. Winter guarantees overhead action.
ST. JOHN: St. John’s Triathlon
The smallest U.S. Virgin Island hosts its annual Love City Triathlon over Labor Day weekend. Join in on land or sea for a run, bike, swim and paddle.