Réveillon in Trancoso. Photo © Robert Miguel (Own work) [CC BY-SA 3.0], via Wikimedia Commons.

Brazil’s Many Festas

Brazilians’ fame for merrymaking is not an exaggeration. Carnaval is a spectacular example, but the year is filled with fantastic events–and many of them are quite different from Carnaval. Here’s what to expect from each celebration along with when and where they’re held.

Porta Coéli Chapel and Museum of Religious Art. Photo © Suzanne Van Atten.

Things to Do in San Germán, Puerto Rico

San Germán is the second-oldest colonial city in Puerto Rico, a lovely town to explore the streets and plazas while admiring the 18th- and 19th-century architecture and, thanks to an expanding restaurant scene, to treat yourself with a few remarkable meals. Here are the sights, events, and how to get there.

Puerto Rican rum. Photo © Alan Levine, licensed Creative Commons distribution.

The History of Puerto Rican Rum

Around the turn-of-the-19th century, Puerto Rico’s sugar industry declined, but that didn’t stop the rum-making operations. Learn the best ways to explore the flavors and history of the island’s favorite elixir.

In a cobblestoned square surrounded by colorful colonial buildings, a group of dancers in red shirts and yellow ribboned skirts dance with their arms raised.

Festivals in Salvador, Brazil: Carnaval and More

Salvador has all the prerequisite ingredients for a good party: an idyllic climate, a powerful musical and cultural heritage, the mix of Catholic and Candomblé, and a population that loves to take to the streets and celebrate. The following are a sampling of the most important and unique festivals.

Hang loose and kick back at the Humpback Turtle hostel in Playa Almejal. Photo © Andrew Dier.

Where to Eat and Stay in El Valle, Colombia

El Valle is an authentic fishing community in Colombia. Here are things to do on your visit, from yearly festivals to local daily habits, interesting places to stay, from hostels to private cabins, and the best places to grab a snack or meal.

Coffee seedlings in Maricao, Puerto Rico.

Explore Puerto Rico’s Coffee Trail

The gourmet coffee trade has exploded in Puerto Rico, recalling the island’s heyday as a major exporter of the product during the 19th century. Today, historic coffee haciendas are reopening and new coffee farms are being established throughout the Cordillera Central. Here are some great ones to visit for their tours and museums, and festivals and events too.

Easter Kite in Bermuda. Photo © Rosemary Jones.

Bermuda’s Festivals and Events: January to June

In true Bermudian style, the island is awash with events and festivals all year round. Don’t assume this means every event is an excuse for a party; Bermuda is very much about enjoying your here and now whatever it might be. From January to June, here are Bermuda’s tournaments, parades, and cultural celebrations.

A performer in an elaborate cat costume growls at the crowd.

Colombia’s Carnaval de Barranquilla

Carnaval de Barranquilla, the most famous celebration in Colombia, is a time of music, dancing in the streets, and revelry. It lasts only about four days, but the city starts readying for it days (if not weeks) in advance. If you want to participate, make sure you book early! Here’s what to expect in those four days of celebration.

A surfer tests his mettle against a large wave at the Eddie Aikau Invitational.

The Eddie Surf Tournament, O‘ahu

Learn about The Eddie, an annual yet elusive one-day event that honors the late North Shore waterman Eddie Aikau and the surfers who dedicate their lives to riding giant waves.

A mock bullfight staged at Christmas in Tacuba.

Holidays and Festivals in El Salvador

Salvadorans are festive folk and celebrate a number of holidays during the year. Depending on how you feel about crowds, you might want to plan your travels to coincide with holidays and festivals or to avoid them.