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Caribbean Events to Experience by Yacht

Whether it’s pirate adventures to music festivals or adrenaline-charged water sports and whale migrations, find out how discovering the Caribbean by yacht with Pelorus is the ideal segue into a new year full of excitement and wonder.

Leave 2020 behind you, with your frustrated vacation plans, and look forward to 2021 and a vacation of island-hopping beneath the Caribbean sun. Plan your Caribbean break around one of these four unique events taking place between January and April 2021. You will also find recommendations for Pelorus-designed activities to experience at the time of each fabulous event, as well as suggestions for luxurious charer yachts to travel upon.

Bequia Music Festival: 27 – 31 January 2021

Between 27th to 31st January, Bequia, the Grenadines’ second largest island, hosts its own outstanding music festival. The four-day Bequia Music Festival pulls together an array of international and regional talent for an event—featuring steel drum brilliance, jazz, and other genres—that has been described as “heaven on earth”. Yachts moor up, the islanders party, and the exuberant atmosphere is contagious. With no two evenings the same, the festival appeals to a broad demographic.

Pelorus Experiences

One of the most picturesque of the Grenadines, easygoing Bequia is a watercolor of pastel houses and stunning shorelines. With a proud shipwright heritage, you will travel ashore and craft your own model boat before racing it in the bay. Join local conservationists on Turtle Beach and help guide the flailing newborn turtles to the lapping sea. Dive the island’s healthy reefs with an expert Pelorus dive guide and see its thriving marine life. Beyond Bequia, you’ll find off-roading and canyoning in Martinique and extreme hiking in verdant St. Vincent—the Grenadines are longing to be explored.

Bequia Music Festival
Bequia Music Festival 2019

Images courtesy of Bequia Music Festival

Humpback Migration in the Dominican Republic: March 2021

Every spring, over 5000 Northern Atlantic humpback whales migrate towards the Silver Bank on the Dominican Republic’s north coast, to mate and nurse newborn calves. As one of only a couple of places on the planet where you can swim beside these gentle giants, this is a fantastic opportunity for nature enthusiasts. The northern provinces of Puerto Plata and Samaná, ensconced within the Caribbean mountains, are famed for their stunning beaches, crystal clear water, and lush vegetation. They’re the perfect base for excursions to an unforgettable and intimate whale-watching experience. 

Pelorus Experiences

Culturally fascinating and beguiling, the Dominican Republic is a Latin American jewel and a wonderful location for adrenaline-fuelled adventures. Paraglide from the Caribbean’s highest mountain, rappel waterfalls in the heart of emerald green jungle, or tackle kitesurfing and surfing in one of the world’s best locations for these sports. For those looking for something more relaxing, and for the gastronome, explore the country’s delectable coffee and chocolate on its plantations.

humpback whales migration Dominican Republic - copyright Dominican Republic Ministry of Tourism Waterfall and gorge of Salto de los Bueyes
World-class kite surfing in Cabarete, Dominican Republic humpback whales migration Dominican Republic - copyright Dominican Republic Ministry of Tourism

Images courtesy of the Dominican Republic Ministry of Tourism

Antigua Classic Yacht Regatta: 31 March – 06 April 2021

Featuring an array of polished, vintage beauties, the Antigua Classic Yacht Regatta is one of the world’s most elegant races. Experience its nautical thrills from the comfort of your superyacht as you swing at anchor in a serene bay. Eye up the classic hulls and billowing sails between 31st March to 6th April as the competitors vie for the title. It’s a week that also brings open mic nights, rowing gigs, and English cream tea (not to mention rum punch), as this historic event blends the best of British with Caribbean verve.

Pelorus Experiences

As the regatta comes to an end for another year, turn your bow southwards towards Dominica for an immersive Pirates of the Caribbean-style adventure. As a mystical mermaid delivers an intriguing message in a bottle to your vessel, the magic begins. Arrive onshore at the mouth of the Indian River, familiar as a Pirates of the Caribbean ‘Dead Man’s Chest’ shooting location. Embark on a kayak expedition up the river, meeting obstacles and intriguing characters as you travel. Battle pirates on beaches, travel past gorges and peer behind waterfalls as you attempt to retrieve the stolen treasure. Cannon fire and the distant, dark sails of a pirate ship will add fantastic authenticity. Finally, dive deep through a blizzard of tropical fish to find where ‘X’ marks the spot. Beneath a star-washed sky, and in the company of fire breathers, dancers, and acrobats, celebrate your success with a beach banquet.

Trinidad & Tobago Goat, Donkey & Crab Races: 05 – 06 April 2021

Arrive in Tobago on the 5th and 6th of April, and you’ll be witness to one of the Caribbean’s most unique events: the Buccoo Goat, Donkey & Crab Races. A tradition since 1925, this fixture on Tobago’s tourism calendar began life as an alternative to horse racing. And while the donkey and crab races are showcased, it’s the highly anticipated goat races that are the chief draw. You’ll feel completely swept up in the party atmosphere with street parades, festive delicacies, and residents opening their homes to visitors for this special occasion.

Pelorus Experiences

Once you’ve imbibed the festival’s flurry of color and noise, relax on your charter yacht as you approach Union Island and have a genuine castaway survival experience. Stranded in two teams on an empty beach, you’ll be guided by an ex-British Special Forces officer into the jungle wilderness to find the elements of survival.  

As you would if you were truly castaway, you’ll need to hunt, fish, and forage for food ahead of trying to build a fire from scratch. Once you’ve found the buried minimal or luxury items (Pelorus will plant whatever you prefer), craft a shelter for a night spent in the wild. Come morning, forage for breakfast before constructing an escape raft. Compete with the other team to see who can safely return to the yacht first. For something more high-adrenaline, Pelorus can source an ex-SAS officer or celebrity survival guide instead, before an on-board wind down with some well-earned celebratory cocktails.