It’s crazy to think that we’re already talking about fall. It seems like just yesterday we were swimming, barbecuing and taking summer vacations. Okay. Maybe that was just yesterday. But we’re exactly one month away from the official start of fall. And since we’re all about planning ahead, let’s take a look at what’s happening in the Caribbean & Mexico this fall.
Groove Fest – September 9 – 14, 2014
If you’re looking for a party—mark your calendar. Even if it’s a few days before the “official” start of fall, it’s an epic fun time you don’t want to miss out. This is a music festival unlike any other, really. Hosted in Puerto Plata, DR at Lifestyle Tropical Beach Resort & Spa, it’s a weeklong dance festival that brings the world’s best DJs and artists together. And the best part? It’s all-inclusive. No extra costs for concert and event tickets. Once you get to Groove Fest all food, drink, and entrances are included so there’s no additional cost to attend all of the open-air events, beach parties, pool parties, and late night events. Sounds like a party animal’s dream if you ask me.
Learn more about the festival and see the lineup here.
Port Antonio International Fishing Tournament – September 27 – October 4, 2014
So if you’re looking for more of a competitive event to attend, we’d suggest the Port Antonio International Fishing Tournament in Jamaica. This is one of the biggest fishing tournaments in not just Jamaica, but the world. Competitive deep-sea fishermen arrive from all over the world to prove their hook and line skills. The great news for those who aren’t avid fishermen – there’s a canoe race and plenty of parties to keep the action going for the non-fishermen in your group.
Oh, and a little inside scoop: the precise date of this tournament varies according to the moon, to appease the superstitions of the sea captains.
Day of the Dead – November 1, 2014
Known as “Dia de los Muertos” in Spanish, this day falls after the U.S.’s holiday of Halloween. And while the name of this holiday insinuates horror and perhaps gore, there’s a deeper meaning to this Spanish holiday. The traditional meaning of this day is to honor the deceased friends and family members who have passed over time.
Some of the celebratory traditions surrounding Day of the Dead include placing gifts of incense, pan de muertos, Calaveras (aka sugar skulls), etc. at the foot of a self-created altar in the home. Once they’ve been blessed, they are taken to the cemetery, which is also decorated. There are also plenty of celebratory festivals and events that take place to pay tribute to those who have passed. For example, the Festival de Tradiciones de Vida y Muerte at Xcaret (eco-cultural park in Riviera Maya) takes place all weekend long. With art exhibits, music & dance performances with costumes, and festive food & beverages, this is a great way to get a taste of the vibrant, rich culture that calls Mexico home.
Oh, and an added perk if you want to attend this cultural festival – stay at Occidental Grand Xcaret. It’s located across the street from the eco-cultural park and has its on unique amenities and events planned for Dia de los Muertos.
Cayman Islands Annual Pirates Week Festival – November 6 – 16, 2014
One of our favorite things about the Cayman Islands (next to the picturesque blue waters and crystal white sandy beaches) is the Cayman Islands Annual Pirate Week Festival. Yes, pirate week. It’s 10 days in November where the Cayman Islands really know how to get down. Things like street dances, competitions, games, local food and drink, parades, and of course pirate invasions take over the island – and it’s pure madness (in a good way).
If this sounds like your kind of fun, book a stay at the Westin Grand Cayman Seven Mile Beach Resort & Spa and start putting together your best wench or pirate costume. The good news about staying at the Westin Grand Cayman (besides the fact it’s located perfectly on award-winning Seven Mile Beach) is that swimming pools, dining options, and scheduled events. So if you have any downtime from the festival, you’ll be covered with the resort accommodations that offer it all.
Thanksgiving at the Beach?
The autumn season marks the beginning of the holiday season, which means soon you’ll probably start to think about your plans for the family. Here’s a thought – instead of divvying up cooking and hosting duties this Thanksgiving, maybe pack a bag and head to the beach? Secrets Resorts & Spas are known for having epically wonderful celebrations. A feast with all the accouterments is a given, but there’s even special Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade and football watching parties, as well as events unique to each resort. It might be the year to switch it up and spend this perpetually hectic (and often times, cold) holiday in the warm, relaxing sun of the beach.
Since you officially have a list of things happening in the Caribbean & Mexico this fall season, you pretty much don't have an excuse not to plan a fall getaway. So, tell us (in the comments below). Where are you headed?
Brittany Innes is a travel junkie with a passion for food, trying new things, and being spontaneous.