Martinique
Martinique boasts an impressive calendar of annual events given the relatively small size of the island. French traditions remain strong here, and the locals observe common European holidays. Bastille Day (July 14) is one of the most popular annual festivities, along with the Beaujolais nouveau celebrations that mark the annual grape harvest each November. Vaval, in February, is known throughout the Caribbean as Carnaval. In July, visitors and islanders alike enjoy Le Tour de Martinique, a cycling event akin to the Tour de France. The Tour de Yoles Rondes, an internationally renowned boating event, takes place in August. The Martinique Jazz Festival, in the last week of November, is the oldest and one of the largest jazz festivals in the Caribbean.