Dreaming of Heading to the Caribbean? Here's Every Island's Plan for Reopening

As travel was abruptly put on hold earlier this year, recent signs of reopenings and restrictions lifting around the world have given sun chasers everywhere a sign of hope that lounging on a white sandy beach while looking out at shimmering turquoise water may not be too far off.

Specifically, the Caribbean islands have laid out their plans for a "new normal" among locals as well as welcoming back visitors after being forced to take a pause as the coronavirus pandemic swept across the globe.
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Pull Up With Nessa Preppy

Trinidad, WI: Nessa Preppy is staying busy! She is once again pushing the creative envelope and cementing her existence in the entertainment industry. This time, her Carnival 2020 smash single “Pull Up” which features Salty is now being brought to life through visuals. The video, if nothing else, is certain to lift your spirits.

U.S. VIRGIN ISLANDS (June 20, 2020) - U.S. Virgin Islands Commissioner of Tourism Joseph Boschulte says new JetBlue service from New York to St. Thomas this fall will help to meet strong demand for travel to the Territory from the northeast United States.

June 17, 2020 -- In light of the current public health crisis caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, and with the deepest concern for the health and safety of our valued visitors, partners, vendors, artists, volunteers, staff and community, we are unable to deliver a Festival of the quality you expect. Therefore, we have made the difficult decision to cancel the 15th Annual CaribFest Festival and Parade, scheduled for August 8, 2020.

June 12, 2020 (ST. CROIX, USVI) -- The former Virgin Islands Soca Monarch, Adam O, releases his newest song that brings praise and admiration for women of Afro-Caribbean descent. "Chocolate" is his first collaboration with Trinidadian producer, Victorious Universe. The two were connected through the Soca industry veteran, Giselle The Wassi One, who is credited with spearheading the project, alongside ...

Bermuda Carnival 2020 Virtual Weekend!

Are you ready?! The BHW Ltd. team trusts that you are, because FINALLY, this secret we have been holding back can be released! It has been too long Bermuda Carnival family. We have missed each and every one of you, and we hope that you along with your loved ones are staying safe.  At long last though, on this OUR weekend of celebration, WE shall be ...

June 9th, 2020 -- With the rapid spread of the new Coronavirus (COVID-19), Miami Carnival's number one priority is our community's health and safety. Our office is 100% operational, and we have a continuity plan to ensure we can maintain our festival's integrity while ensuring the health and safety of all.

Miami, FL – June 8, 2020: After careful consultation with our committee and band officiates, it is with our deepest sympathies to inform you that the South Florida Carnival Band Leaders Association Mas, Junior Mas, and J’ouvert band members have made the difficult decision to not participate in the Miami Carnival 2020 road experience.

Gouyave, Grenada – June 4th, 2020 -- Grenadian recording and performing artist Hollice Mapp known professionally as Mr Killa, releases “We Want Justice” on his birthday as a rally cry for black lives. “While I am grateful to live to see another year, many of my brothers and sisters have been robbed of their God given right to breathe, to live to see another day and to just be human.” The powerful anthem, finds Mapp, the first non-Trinidadian to ...

The Ministry of National Security is advising those who want to enter or depart Trinidad and Tobago that they must make a request via letter to the Minister of National Security, for an exemption. This is necessary as Trinidad and Tobago’s borders are presently closed in keeping with Government’s efforts to mitigate the spread of COVID-19.

Port-of-Spain, Trinidad. May 19th, 2020 -- The timing couldn’t be more appropriate. The action, perfectly synced. It’s almost as though the Universe called on Caribbean singers like Isasha, Turbulence, Capleton and others of the reggae music movement, to speak up.

The Government of Saint Lucia has announced a phased approach to reopening the island’s tourism sector in a responsible fashion, beginning June 4, 2020. The strategy, which was unveiled by Minister of Tourism Dominic Fedee, protects nationals and visitors from the threat of Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) through advance testing; daily screening and monitoring of staff and visitors; sanitization at various points throughout ...

Port-of-Spain, Trinidad. May 5th, 2020 -- Arising out of strict distancing measures, deaths and heartache suffered around the world as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, music to heal, uplift and empower is breaking through. For far too long, negative lyrics and hate have permeated the airwaves around the world, and now, one entertainer- a Trinidad and Tobago national who resides in the United Kingdom, is delivering against the ...

Like all events around the world, the COVID-19 pandemic has meant that Notting Hill Carnival has faced many challenges this year. After lengthy consultations with our strategic partners and our Advisory Council, the Board has taken the decision that this year’s Carnival will not take place on the streets of Notting Hill as it has done for over 50 years. This will also mean that Panorama, the annual steelband competition, will ...

The Future of Bermuda Carnival

Hamilton, Bermuda – 05/06/20 – As we, along with the entire world face one of the greatest challenges humanity has ever encountered, we pray and hope that you and your loved ones are staying safe and taking the best care possible of yourselves. As a team we are looking forward to the day when this pandemic will end, and life as we know it can flow forward once more. In fact, the full BHW Ltd. team is focused on that future and ...

Official Miami Carnival Coronavirus Statement

May 4, 2020 -- Official Miami Carnival Statement -- First, we would like to say that we hope that you and your families and communities are safe and healthy. Amid the challenges caused by the coronavirus, COVID-19, a worldwide pandemic that has caused cities, governments, and even entire countries to shut down, it's easy to wonder how we as a community can come together to answer questions like "What is going to happen next?", and "How are we going to come together to handle it?" In all that uncertainty, in this time of crisis as a people, we've turned to the arts, music, and culture to cling to a sense of ...

Nessa Preppy’s newly released track; ‘So High’ featuring Boy Boy and London Future is quite possibly her most controversial song to date. The dreadlocked beauty who is best known for her hit singles ‘Snack’, ‘Tingo’ and ‘Splash’ has, for quite a number of years been a quiet advocate for the responsible use of marijuana. ‘So High’ is what many can categorize as a musical ode to the herb that she has grown fond of.

U.S. VIRGIN ISLANDS (April 18, 2020) - Following the successful launch of the U.S. Virgin Islands Department of Tourism's Division of Festivals' online gatherings earlier this month, an expanded Virtual Carnival experience will now be available to a worldwide audience.

Antigua Carnival 2020 Cancelled

ST. JOHN’S, – 19th April, 2020 - National Festivals Minister, the Hon. Daryll S. Matthew on Sunday announced that Antigua’s premier Summer festival, Carnival 2020 has been cancelled. Minister Matthew said that Cabinet, during its discussions over the weekend, accepted his recommendation to cancel the 2020 Carnival festivities, which were ...

MIAMI (April 11, 2020) - Young leaders of the Caribbean tourism sector are throwing their support behind calls to heed the advice of public health officials to stay at home so that the region's leading economic sector can rebound quickly once the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic subsides

Port-of-Spain, Trinidad. April 1st, 2020 -- The time for each of us to look within ourselves for the answers that the world now begs of us, has come. COVID-19, and more than that, the state of the Earth in its present form, is merely a reflection of what we have allowed to happen over time. PengCo Music’s Randal Alexander is challenging the minds of the youth, the elders, and everyone in between who’s ready to wake themselves up in light of what’s happening around us. His medium, music, all with a purpose, presents the perfect opportunity to ...
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