Rushing to Junkanoo

Article by: Michael Glass

Thu January 09, 2014 | 00:00 AM

We all have our own idea of what paradise might look like. Mine has me sitting on a silky, white sand beach, looking out over the peaceful ocean, the water fading from pale turquoise to cobalt, a cocktail in one hand and a book in the other. Sounds pretty nice, right?


I was recently lucky enough to visit my paradise, only there was so much more to it than this relaxing beach scene. This was my first trip to the Bahamas, though I can't see it being my last, for my paradise had a secret in store – the sensational Junkanoo festival.


For the Bahamian people this is the most important time of the year. It's a time to celebrate their rich culture and freedom with a festival that displays their unique camaraderie. All in all, this was possibly the most joyfully infectious festival that I have been to. Junkanoo is worth disrupting your beach vacation for.



Michael Glass is a travel writer and contributor to Fest300. He is also founder of the Boutique Traveler, a small group tour company providing unique city orientation tours in San Francisco. Follow him on Twitter, Facebook or Google+.