Have Yourself a Caribbean Christmas

Have Yourself a Caribbean Christmas

The holiday season is a joyful time, but it can also be a stressful one. A crowded calendar of social obligations, shopping crowds and traffic, and dreary winter weather can dampen even the jolliest elf’s holiday spirit. Take a break from the holiday hustle and celebrate Christmas in paradise. There’s nothing like a Caribbean Christmas. Read on to find out why.

Aruba Beach Windsurfing

Dream of a white (sand) Christmas

It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas — but in the Caribbean, it always feels like summer! Being close to the Equator, we enjoy 365 days a year of tropical weather. That means golf, scuba diving, hiking, and other summer activities are always in season. If you believe blue water beats a white Christmas, kite surfing in the Caribbean Sea is a perfect way to spend a December day. Swap parkas and boots for swimsuits and sandals, and join us by the pool.

Christmas lights in Willemstad

Celebrate like a local

Spend Christmas in the Caribbean and discover new ways to be merry. The holiday season is a special time with unique festivities and community customs.

  • In Aruba, Carnival season is in full swing as children await visits from Sinterklaas, Santa Claus, and the Three Kings.
  • In the Bahamas, colorful outfits, rhythmic dancing, music, and revelry fill the streets on Boxing Day for the Junkanoo Parade.
  • Three months of festivities in the Dominican Republic culminate with Noche Buena, an evening of family dinners, caroling, and fireworks.
  • Barbadian families dress in their holiday best and flock to Bridgetown for a Christmas morning promenade through Queens Park.
  • In Curaçao, downtown Willemstad glistens with elaborate displays of festive lights.

Ackee and saltfish

Season’s eatings

Food is essential to any Caribbean celebration – and Christmas is no exception. Holiday feasts include a mix of everyday flavors and seasonal delights. Here’s what you can expect on the menu:

  • Bahamas: Pepperpot, a flavorful meat and vegetable stew
  • Barbados: Jug jug, a meat dish inspired by Scottish haggis
  • Curaçao: Pon de jamón, a sweet and savory bread stuffed with ham, raisins, and olives
  • Jamaica: Ackee and saltfish, fried plantains, boiled bananas, curry goat, oxtail stew
  • Trinidad: Pastelles, sorrel, and ponche-de-creme, a traditional rum and cream punch

Save room for fruitcake — flavored with spiced rum, of course!

Celebrating Christmas on the beach

Plan a holiday getaway

Spend your holiday on the relaxing beaches of the Caribbean, where it always feels like summer. Book your island escape soon and stay in one of eight participating hotels for as little as $99 per night. Choose your holiday adventure destination here and start counting down the days!