Planning for Jamaica Carnival 2016

jamaica-carnival-best-kept-secret-32016 is upon us and for the organized bunch, I’m sure you would like to get ahead on your planning for Jamaica Carnival 2016. As we mentioned in April 2015, there are several reasons why you should attend Jamaica Carnival, affordability and fun are two reasons. Jamaica Carnival 2016 are on the following dates: March 31 – April 4 

So let’s get to it, here is what you need to know.


Based on our experience, this is a list of the best fetes in Jamaica. We will compile a fete list closer to the carnival dates so be on the lookout for that.

  • I Love Soca Fete
  • Friday Night Blocko
  • Bacchanal Jouvert
  • Caesar’s Army AMBush
  • Bazodee Frenchmen Fete
  • Bacchanal Road March
    Cool Down Fete at Mas Camp


Costumes can be purchased through Prices range from $280 – $500 in a variety of colors and styles.  

As of 2017, Jamaica Carnival now offers costumes from several bands. The bands are Jamaica Carnival Band, Xaymaca International, Xodus Carnival and Bacchanal Jamaica.

Most of the reputable hotels are in a section of Kingston called New Kingston.  Some hotels to check out are,  Spanish Court, The Jamaica Pegasus and Courtleigh, located about 5 minutes away from the old Bacchanal Jamaica Mas Camp.  AirBnB is also an option for apartment rentals if a hotel reservation will not fit your needs.

We went with the AirBnB option and hired a driver and quite liked that option. Be mindful of the neighborhoods you might stay in and walking outside at night – Kingston can be dangerous. Please make your reservations early

Is there anything else you need to know? Contact us!

Yours in Mas

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