Relaxin’ To The Max

More African Americans are finding that active vacations are key to total relaxation, and what better place than the Caribbean?

sports deck located inside the ship’s funnel. Or, take the low road and watch a movie, enjoy casino games, dance the night away or show your singing talents with the sing along Karaoke machine.

Groovin’ Caribbean-style is a great way torelax your mind and body. Here are few highlights.

Antigua & Barbuda, Barbuda Caribana, May 15-19 (212-541-4117). Thirty miles north of Antigua, the village of Codrington on tiny Barbuda lets loose as visitors and locals alike march through town.

St. Vincent & The Grenadines, Carnival, June 27-July 8 (800-729-1726). “Vincy Mas” is wild calypso fest with customed mascarade bands. Steel bands complete and parade through the capital streets of Kingstown abroad lavish floats.

Martinique, Festival of Fort-de-France, July 7-23 (800-391-4909). Mardi Gras passed in February, but the capital swings to soka again for the annual celebration, with nightly concerts, dances and theater.

Curacao, Salsa Festival, August 1-2 (800-3-CURACAO). The Dutch isle shows its Latin spirit with performances by Grand Combo, Oscar D’Leon and Rey Luis at Brievengat’s Festival Center.

Belize, St. George’s Caye Day, September 10 (800-624-0686). This day commemorates the slave and British victory over the Spanish in 1798. Activities leading up to independence Day on the 21st include pageants, concerts, dancing, sporting events and food fairs.

Cayman Islands, Pirate’s Week, October 24- November 1 (800-422-9626). The diver’s paradise hosts treasure hunts, parades and street dance to honor its bucaneering past on each of the three islands.
Jamaica, Caribbean Heritage Festival, October 12-13 (800-233-4582). This unique event, now in its third year, showcases the entire region’s cultural heritage through food, crafts and dancing at Jamworld in St. Catherine’s Parish.

Guadaloupe, Creole Music Festival, November 2 (888-4GUDALEOPE). Creole music and dancing take over the Centre des Arts in Pointe-a-Pitre.

Bahamas, Boxing Day Junkanoo Parade, December 26 (800-4BAHAMAS). This bash commemorates the one day of rest for slaves. Revelers clang cow bells, blow whistles and feast with wine all night long.

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