It’s Carnival Season

From December through the end of February, the Caribbean comes alive with colorful Carnival celebrations – and each island parties with its own twist.  Many Marriott hotels and resorts throughout the region that are located right near all the action.
Starting rates at hotels include:
  • Courtyard Nassau Downtown/Junkanoo Beach – $299
  • Renaissance Curacao Resort & Casino – $250
  • Marriott Port-au-Prince Hotel – $143
  • JW Marriott Hotel Santo Domingo – $296
  • St. Kitts Marriott Resort & The Royal Beach Casino – $229

Plus the St. Kitts Marriott Resort is offering a $50 nightly resort credit (max $200 per stay), and the JW Marriott Santo Domingo has an “early bird” deal offering complimentary wifi and 15% off regular rates.

St. Kitts’ Carnival
Celebrate the rich culture and heritage of the Kittitian people, while gracefully combining the exuberant festivities with the more solemn religious observance of the holidays. Join the main celebration on December 16 or the closing party on January 6.
New Year’s Day Junkanoo Parade: Nassau & Paradise Island
Junkanoo, the Bahamas’ National Festival, is the perfect opportunity to experience a true Bahamian expression of art and culture. The parade takes place along Bay Street in downtown Nassau from January 1st to 2nd. People with elaborate costumes dance while several musicians plays their instruments, as thousands of local and visitors watch and enjoy all day long.

Aruba’s Carnival
This Carnival brings colorfully decorated floats, pulsating music, extravagantly costumed groups of all ages, King & Queen elections, electrifying jump-ups and torch light parades that wind their way through the streets at night, the Jouvert morning, followed by the Children’s Parades and finally the Grand Parade from February 10-11.

Curacao’s CarnivalThe period of Carnival festivities on Curacao culminates from February 11-13, with the “Gran Marcha” which is the Main Parade on the last Sunday before Ash Wednesday and the Farewell Parade on the evening of the Tuesday before Ash Wednesday.

Haiti’s Carnival
In Haiti, Carnival is a time of great joy and intense celebration. The popular Mardi Gras is the end of the Carnival season which begins on Sunday and reaches its culmination during the three days prior to Ash Wednesday, from February 11 to 13.

Santo Domingo’s Carnival
While Carnival events take place throughout all of the Dominican Republic, Santo Domingo’s festivals along the Malecón are the largest-scale and occurs every weekend in February. Visitors can expect spectacular parades, costumed performers, dancing, rum drinking, and street food. The masks worn by the over 30,000 participants in the parade symbolize good and evil.

For information on where to stay, with current deals, visit: http://deals.marriott.com/caribbean-festivals?scid=c8624de5-f1f4-459d-b5de-77f4be495ee6