The Caribbean’s top literary fest brings together authors, poets, and songwriters to recite or sing their works in open-air tents pitched on a goat pasture that overlooks Treasure Beach on the island’s secluded south shore. Among past highlights were readings by Nobel Laureates such as Wole Soyinka, and musical tributes to the lyrics of Bob Marley; calabashfestival.org.
While you’re here: Cruise the nearby Black River Lower Morass on the lookout for the rare American crocodile, and cool off by the seven cascades of YS Falls.
Where to stay: Jakes Hotel, Villas & Spa personifies laid-back Jamaica with shabby-chic seaside villas (all of them individually decorated) and jungle bungalows near the festival. Rates start at $95; jakeshotel.com.