Here are my picks for the top festivals and cultural events in the Caribbean during the month of May, including concerts, sports, sailing, and more.
Hosted by the Curtain Bluff resort, this annual celebration of all things tennis includes demonstrations and clinics led by international tennis pros. The event has been held since the mid-1970s.
Organized by the Tivoli Drummers, based in the village of Tivoli in Grenada's St. Andrew parish, this annual celebration of Afro-Caribbean drum music includes concerts, food, parties, and cultural exhibits.
Foxy's resort in the boating-mad British Virgin Islands has sponsored an annual Wooden Boat Regatta for more than three decades, although a race for older fiberglas-hulled boats was recently added as wooden boats become ever scarcer. The event at the Jost Van Dyke bar includes a party with live music, and if you indulge too much while watching the races you're always welcome to sleep it off on the beach.
Originally a celebration of turtle fishing ("batabano" is a term that refers to the tracks left by turtles as they move across the sand), the Cayman Carnival Batabano today features costumed parades ("mas") for both adults and children as well as street parties and evening events.
The Caribbean's leading showcase for international, regional and local gospel talent features bands and singers from around the world. This family oriented festival is held at venues throughout Barbados over a week in mid-May; some events are free, some charge a fee.