Best Caribbean Islands with a Party SceneJune 15, 2020 | By Leah Freeman-Haskin
Summer is just a few weeks away, and if you are looking for an island getaway where you can bask between sun and sand during the day and party well into the morning, here are a few Caribbean islands known for their world-renowned party scenes. Each island offers its own flair and unique culture, but they are all sure to serve you stunning views, decadent cuisine, and nightlife options that span the full length of these island paradises.
If you are looking for the lull of Reggae beats or the pulse of Dancehall rhythms, Jamaica has it all. Head to Jamaica’s capital, Kingston, or its second most popular nightlife city, Montego Bay where nearly every night of the week the bustling streets are full of music, dancing, and energy that fills the night air. The home of reggae, Jamaica will not disappoint for anyone who loves to dance and enjoys the steady beats of island music.
Trinidad & Tobago
Trinidadians take their nightlife very seriously. Ariapita Avenue – sometimes just called “The Avenue” – is a microcosm of the bar and lounge experience in Trinidad, but there are popular hangouts around Port of Spain and in all the major towns like St. Augustine, Trincity, Arima, Chaguanas, and San Fernando that also offer a wealth of nightlife options. From beach resorts to small, local bars, you can find calypso music, soca music, chutney music, and steelpan ringing across the island from dusk to dawn.
If you love to party, Barbados is one of the best places in the world for nightlife. Barbados wakes up when the sun goes down, and you’ll find an abundance of options to choose from. Hugely popular nightlife locations can be found in St. Lawrence Gap, along Bay Street and in Holetown as well, for drinking, dining, and live music especially on the weekends. Most nights of the week, you can find bands playing local music – calypso and reggae – or you can find DJs playing top international music mixed with a Caribbean beat.
“No matter what side of the island you’re on, there’s always a place to go dancing, enjoy a drink, and experience the legendary nightlife of Puerto Rico,” says discoverpuertorico.com. If you are looking for an energizing street party visit La Placita de Santurce near Old San Juan. A traditional Farmers’ Market by day, La Placita transforms into a hot outdoor club by night, complete with booming live music, great restaurants, and late-night bars. For an upscale scene, head to Condado, and for something more casual, the West coast of the island is where you can party with flip flops and your bathing suit.
St. Maarten comes to life after dark. Head to the Dutch side of the island to enjoy the famous Las Vegas-style casinos, offering everything from high stakes gambling to penny slots. The Simpson Bay and Maho neighborhoods are where you will find the hottest DJs and amazing parties that are the hallmarks of the island’s party scene. In these areas, you will be able to easily walk from dance spot to dance spot, keeping you fully entertained well into the morning hours.