New Year's Eve Celebrations in the Caribbean

If there’s a time and a place for a vibrant, grand celebration, it’s New Year’s Eve in St Barths. St Barths has become the premier place to be for those looking to ring in the New Year with a stylish fete in a tropical playground - and this is one party you might want to arrive fashionably early to. Getting a berth in the port can be tricky, and it’s a good idea to arrive by the 29th in order to get a good position at anchor. The dazzling fireworks display at midnight means the night’s just getting started, and amidst the flowing champagne and movie star sightings, you’re guaranteed a party you’ll be talking about for years to come.

For slightly less glamour but just as much allure, head to Mustique. This tiny Grenadine island is stylish yet carefree, with a dreamy quality that makes worries evaporate. The place to be for the party is the famous Basil’s Bar, and in the morning hours you can gather with the locals and watch the sunrise on Macaroni Beach. Just be careful, as the charm of Mustique is infectious, and you might want to spend the rest of 2014 there.

For a taste of the true Caribbean experience, many of the other islands of the Grenadines, such as the sleepy, relaxed Bequia, provide the ultimate escape. Spend the day exploring the locally owned shops and restaurants or simply lounge under a lush canopy of palms, then celebrate New Year’s Eve (or Old Year’s Night, as the locals call it), watching the fireworks over the harbor.

No discussion of New Year’s Eve would be complete without mentioning the party at Foxy’s Tamarind Bar on Jost Van Dyke in the BVIs. This tiny island is home to arguably the biggest New Year’s bash in the Caribbean, with live music and lots of dancing spread over two days. For those seeking a more intimate celebration with friends and family, head for the white-sand beaches of Green Island, just off the southeast coast of Antigua, which is perfect for hosting your own private party. The waters here are especially calm, so it’s the ideal place to anchor and ring in the New Year under the stars.

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