Updated: Jun 30
Are you ready to embark on an unforgettable carnival adventure? Let's dive into the world of carnival chasing, where we've got you covered with insider tips for the most epic experience. From choosing your destination to party preparations, we've got it all covered. So, let's get started!
As avid Carnival Chasers, we've explored some of the best carnivals out there. From the Trinidad Carnival - the mother of all Carnivals - to the dancehall infused vibes of Jamaica and Miami Carnivals, we've got personal rankings to guide you. Here's our top picks:
Trinidad Carnival (two day road march)
Jamaica Carnival & Miami Carnival
Bermuda Carnival & St. Lucia Carnival (two day road march)
Mele Carnival in Mexico
Grenada (two day road march)
Mark Your Calendar:
Each carnival has its unique time of the year, and planning is key. Here's a quick rundown of when and where the magic happens:
Trinidad Carnival: February
Jamaica Carnival: April
St. Lucia: July
Crop Over: August
Miami Carnival: October
Plan Like a Pro:
Now, let's talk logistics. To ensure a seamless experience, it's essential to plan ahead. Don't wait until the last minute; book your flights and hotel rooms early. Trust us, the savings can be substantial, amounting to thousands of dollars. For first-timers, holler at us, we'll do the rest. between catching those party tickets that sell out on the first day and working out ground transportation and costume pickup, we got you.
Get Fit and Ready:
You might be wondering why hitting the gym is on the list. Well, Carnival is an intense affair with non-stop partying, dancing, and drinking. Picture starting your days with 4:00 am breakfast parties, followed by mid-day boat parties and evening fetes, all leading up to the grand event: Playing Mas (the Road March). You'll be dancing and marching through the streets of a Caribbean destination from 8:00 am until 8:00 pm. It's an exhilarating experience that requires stamina and endurance.
Carnival is all about sun, rum, and minimal clothing. Don't forget your sunblock! Protect your skin from the blazing Caribbean sun. Also, remember to hydrate, travel in groups, and be mindful of your alcohol intake. Bathrooms can be scarce, so be prepared to improvise if nature calls in the midst of the crowded festivities.
Remember, there's strength in numbers. Avoid wandering down lonely streets as shortcuts, especially in sketchy areas along the carnival route. Leave your expensive bling at home and opt for costume jewelry included with your kits. Carry minimal cash as most bands offer all-inclusive packages with lunch included.
Shoes Fit for the Adventure:
Ditch those new sneakers or heels. Opt for comfortable kicks that you've already broken in. Otherwise, you might end up with bruised ankles, blisters, or even lose a toenail. Think of it as embarking on a long hiking expedition; comfort is key!
Capture the Magic:
Carnival is a visual spectacle, and capturing the moments is part of the experience. Embrace your inner fairy princess with tiaras, wings, boots, fishnet stockings, and fabulous makeup. Consider booking an all-in-one service spot, such as a Carnival GLAM Hub. These spots provide professional stylists, makeup artists, and hairstylists to transform you into a true carnival queen or king. Plus, they offer convenient amenities like food, refreshments, photoshoots, changing rooms, dressing assistants, and even shuttles to take you from your hotel to the band.
Last but not least:
Don't forget to explore beyond the carnival festivities! While the parties and celebrations are exhilarating, make sure to schedule a day to experience the unique attractions and activities that the destination has to offer. Whether it's visiting iconic landmarks like Dunn's River Falls in Jamaica, exploring the vibrant markets in Trinidad, or soaking in the breathtaking views of the Pitons in Saint Lucia, these experiences will add depth and richness to your carnival adventure. Trust us, it's worth it! We can even help plan and arrange these excursions for you, ensuring that you have a well-rounded and unforgettable experience.
So, there you have it! Armed with these insider tips, you're ready to conquer the world of carnival chasing. Embrace the vibrant spirit, indulge in the festivities, and create memories that will last a lifetime. Get ready to unleash your carnival spirit and let the good times roll!