We spanned the globe to bring you a full year of celebratory happenings. Here is our can't-miss list of events, plus fabulous places to stay while you play.
This island fest commemorates the 1834 abolition of slavery in the British Empire. One of the 14 British over-seas territories, BVI celebrates with beachfront reggae, soca, and calypso concerts, plus donkey and horse racing. There’s also a freedom march and grand cultural parade through Road Town, the capital and main seaport; bvitourism.com.
While you’re here: Get out on the water with a guided day trip to uninhabited Norman Island, where the real-life version of Treasure Island played out.
Where to stay: To enjoy the festival to its fullest, stay at the upscale Sugar Mill Hotel on the main island of Tortola. Located on the secluded north shore, the resort is more old-school than über-hip, a throwback to the 1950s, when sublime relaxation (rather than adrenaline-pumping recreation) was the trump card of the best Caribbean hotels. Rates start at $240; sugarmillhotel.com.