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A Carnival Itinerary Featuring Fort Young Hotel

Travel + Leisure | Published on: February 12, 2024

Travel writer of Travel + Leisure,  Kristin Braswell, has spent the last few years exploring the Carnival festivals across the Caribbean Islands. This long standing tradition that dates back over 200 years is a celebration to be experienced. In this article, I’ve Been to Almost Every Caribbean Carnival — Here Are My Favorite Celebrations, Braswell breaks down where to stay, what to do and how to indulge in this enriching experience. 

“This year, I’ll be heading to one of my favorite Caribbean islands, Dominica, to experience Mas Domnik for the first time. One of the great things about Carnival is that you not only get to attend so many events, but you also get to admire the beauty of the location. Weaving through Dominica — aptly called Nature Island thanks to its teeming marine life, cloaked rain forests, bubbling hot springs, and black-sand beaches — will be no exception. I’ll play “mas” (a shortened expression for masquerade groups) with the popular band Amnesia, set my alarm clock early for J’ouvert celebrations with Lumi-Nation and Triple Kay International, a group that brings the sounds of Dominica’s bouyon music to the world. I’ll have dinner in the quaint courtyard of Lacou, where a passion fruit marlin ceviche and rum punch offer the perfect pairing. And I’ll check into the newly renovated Fort Young Hotel and celebrated cliffside retreat, Secret Bay, voted by Travel + Leisure readers as their favorite Caribbean hotel in the 2023 World’s Best Awards.”


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