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High-season preview: turn up the heat this winter in Grenada

As summer turns to autumn in the UK, Northern Europe and the US, our friends in the Caribbean, get ready to turn up the heat by partying, celebrating festivals, racing regattas, and of course, carnivals. And few islands throw themselves into this high season of fun and frolics with more gusto than Grenada – the spice island in the calm waters on the southern tip of the hurricane belt.

Why not feel the warmth yourself this winter by joining them? It could be your best winter ever. And while you’re there, the locals will teach you another way to party. Here is a first look at just some of the events taking place in Grenada this high season…

25 October 2015
Thanksgiving Day – public holiday commemorating the anniversary of the 1983 Caribbean and American military intervention.

November 2015 – exact dates TBC
Annual TTSA Carriacou Sailing Series

28 November 2015
RORC Transatlantic Race
The second annual RORC Transatlantic Race begins off the coast of the Spanish island of Lanzarote. Participants will begin to arrive at Port Louis Marina, Grenada approximately 10 days later and the final finishers could take up to 3 weeks. We’ll keep you posted on all things RORC in the coming months, so check back for regular updates

18 December 2015
Carriacou Parang Festival
Berthing at Port Louis Marina is the perfect opportunity to visit the beautiful island of Carriacou to witness the annual Carriacou Parang Festival. Carriacou is rich with traditional culture, these include; Big Drum, Quadrill Dancing, Shakespeare Mass, Tombstone Feast and the list could go on and on.

Christmas 2015
Watch this space for details of the Christmas and New Year Festivities – coming soon!

31 December
New Year’s Eve Party
Always a surprise – never a disappointment, the New Year’s Eve party at the marina and the Victory Bar is not to be missed. Check back here or follow us on Facebook for more details as they are announced.

28 January 2016 – 3 February 2016
Grenada Sailing Week
Great courses and party venues with fun Lay Day activities – the 2016 Grenada Sailing Week will introduce sailors to the very best sailing that Grenada has to offer. The Grenada Sailing Week combines the warmth and charm of Grenada with great sailing conditions to create this annual event, “Spice It Up In Grenada”. In 2014, we saw 13 nationalities, 36 boats and 300 plus crew come to Grenada to take part in this International Sailing Regatta.

1-9 February
2016 Carriacou Carnival
Carriacou Carnival encompasses wild and wonderfully expressive street dances, soca frenzy, parade of the bands and a calypso competition that combines rhythm with humorous and stinging social commentary.

7 February 2016
Independence Day Celebrations
The marine celebrations include the Workboat Regatta. Unlike other sporting yachting events, the boats in this event were traditionally the working fishing boats of the community – 16 or 17 feet long, made from local hard woods and with masts of bamboo.

27 March 2016
Grenada International Triathlon
Come to Grenada for the holiday of a lifetime while doing the sport you love. Hosted at the beautiful Port Louis Marina, the Grenada International Triathlon features two different course maps; one for juniors and the other for Sprint & Olympic athletes.

5-10 April 2016
Pure Grenada Music FestivalThe Pure Grenada Music Festival (PGMF) continues to deliver on its promise of “first-of-its-kind, one-of-a-kind“ musical revelation. It features the widest range of musical taste and many world famous artistes at numerous venues. Latest news is that Joss Stone will be performing as well as Steel Pulse. Check out the website for regular updates on the line-up

28-30April 2016
Carriacou Maroon & String Band Music Festival
Sample the taste of this traditional smoked food, enjoy performances from various Caribbean islands and come out with the family for an evening of fun, games and pure entertainment. Move to the vibrations of the heavy drumming and groove to the sweet sounds of string band music from Carriacou’s popular musicians.

13 May 2016
Grenada Chocolate Festival
Thrill your taste buds on a journey of authentic chocolate discovery by learning chocolate tempering, moulding and truffle making. Learn from Grenadian artisans how hand made, small batch, ethically produced, tree to bar chocolate is created. Discover the aromas, flavours, scents and benefits of luxurious pure cocoa butter, savour the aroma of fresh herbs and cocoa teas, kick back and relax with your friends while you indulge in the coolest homemade chocolate ice-cream and enticing deserts.

13 May 2016
Petite Martinique Whitsuntide Regatta
The exciting Petite Martinique Whitsuntide Regatta returns for 2016 and promises to be better than ever! The weekend’s activities normally include a welcome party, cultural performances, onshore activities, round the island races, open boat races and more.

Check back here or follow us on Facebook for updates on the exciting programme of events happening in Grenada & The Grenadines – including this year’s RORC Transatlantic race kicking off in November!

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