Jamaica Carnival

April 12th –  April 18th, 2023.

Like many other islands in the Caribbean, Carnival has a deep meaning to the people of Jamaica whose carnival celebration is held just one week after Easter which can fall anywhere between March 22 and April 25 annually. Many visitors go to Jamaica to be part of the festivities where they let loose and celebrate culture and freedom as part of an event that culminates with beautiful costumes, dancing, and a grand masquerade.

Carnival celebrations in Jamaica started in the 1990s, thanks to a musician named Byron Lee. Byron Lee wanted to bring some of Trinidad’s (the birthplace of Caribbean carnival) celebrations to the island. Byron Lee’s band ‘Byron Lee and the Dragonaires’ is known for raising the profile of ska, calypso, and soca music in Jamaica. The roots of the carnival in Jamaica have to do with an ancient pagan festival in Egypt that was adopted by the Greeks, Romans, and later the Roman Catholic Church in Europe.

Although carnival celebrations in Jamaica traditionally kick off right after Easter, the island’s carnival calendar is in full swing long before; as early as January/February. Parties (fetes) including breakfast party events and jouverts (street parties) getting underway.

What’s included in this experience?

Our Ultimate Jamaica Carnival experience is designed to get the most from your visit.

Accommodations
Your choice of single, double, triple or quad occupancy rooms at the Courtyard Marriott or The Knutsford Court.

Airport Transfers and Ground Transportation
Pick-up from and, drop-off to Norman Manley International Airport (KIN) only. We arrange daily transportation (private and group) from your accommodation to the events on your itinerary. Additional transportation services are available on request.

We do not include the flights, but we will help you to book the best fight based on your location. No matter where you are flying from we will help you pick the best connections to join the tour on time.

Remember, you need to book your flights separately.

Backline Carnival Costume
Choose a section from Xaymaca. Upgrade to a frontline costume is available subject to availability. Costume pickup and delivery are included.

J’ouvert Morning Experience
This experience is with Caesar’s Army A.M. Bush.

Island Tour
We give you a taste of the natural wonders Jamaica has to offer.

Fete Tickets 
Tickets to some of the most popular events:

  • I Love Soca
  • Tribe Ignite / Afloat
  • Medz Breakfast Party
  • _uck Work Jamaica
  • Frenchmen’s Bazodee
  • Xaymaca Beach Lyme

Meet and Greet
Get to know your fellow Soca Islanders who will be jumping alongside you for the week.

Photography
Professional photos by our group photographer who will be with us for some of the events and the street parade.

Addons
Professional makeup for the street parade to make sure you are photo ready while on the road.

Day 01: Arrival in Jamaica, meet and greet
You arrive on the beautiful island of Jamaica to begin your week of fun and no sleep. We pick you up from Maurice Bishop International Airport and take you to your accommodation to get settled in. Then we gather the group together and start creating lasting friendships.

Day 01 to Day 04: Fete after fete after fete
For the next few days, we party party party through the fetes on your fete list.

Day 04: J’ouvert morning experience
We head out early on Saturday and hit the road with Caesar’s Army for A.M. Bush.

Day 05: Carnival Sunday (street parade)
The day we have all waited for has arrived. We put on our full costumes and get ready to pound the pavement to the sounds of sweet Soca music.

Day 06: Tour of Jamaica
Today we get to enjoy some of the natural wonders that Jamaica has to offer.

Day 07: Depart Jamaica
We hug, cry and say our goodbyes, while reflecting on the memories created during the past seven days. We drop you off safely to the airport so you can catch your return flight. The tabanka is real.

Payment plan.

Initial Deposit: 15%
Final Payment due on or before February 12 2023

Soca Islands provides you with the most flexible payment plan making it super easy and affordable to book your Jamaica Carnival experience by asking for payments in three installments. Your 15% deposit is due upon booking, followed by 35% of the total cost due 30 days after booking. The remaining 50% due 60 days before your trip.

For bookings made between 90 and 60 days before the start date of the experience, 50% of the total cost of the experience must be paid upon booking.

Bookings made between 60 days and 30 days before the start date of the experience, 100% of the total cost of the experience must be paid upon booking.

Jamaica travel information.

Time Zone: GMT -05:00
Currency: Jamaica Dollar. 1USD = 120JMD

From each morning’s glorious sunrise until the sea swallows the sun at night, Jamaica presents a magnificent palette of experiences, a kaleidoscope of colors and sounds that make our island the most precious jewel in the Caribbean. We are a land of unique culture, engaging activities, breathtaking landscapes, and a warm, welcoming people.

The beat of reggae. The searing smell of jerk over the fire. The swizzle of rum in your glass. No place on earth provides the range of attractions and the cultural diversity that can be found here. No place on earth feels like it. No place on earth shines like it. Jamaica, the home of rhythm and sway.

How to get around in Jamaica
One of the most popular ways to get around is via the island’s taxi and bus services. This is a popular choice among locals and tourists alike and provides an authentic island experience. A number of bus routes are available, generally operating within Kingston. You can catch one of the minivans at a marked bus stop or by flagging it down along the road. Public transport is extremely affordable in Kingston.

Where to stay in Jamaica for Carnival
The city of Kingston features a variety of accommodation options ranging from hostels to guesthouses, hotels, resorts, Airbnb, vacation rentals, and more. Popular carnival accommodations include the Knutsford Court Hotel, Courtyard Marriott, and R Hotel.

Things to do in Jamaica
From the open-air markets and colonial landmarks in Kingston and Montego Bay to the laid-back vibe on Negril’s Seven Mile Beach, Jamaica has something to suit every travel style.

Jamaica is beautiful and there’s no denying that, but it’s the vibe of the people that will capture your heart. Seek out cultural events and popular activities while you’re here to immerse yourself in the island lifestyle.

Treat your tastebuds to the sizzle of authentic jerk, right here where it was born, along with other island flavors on a culinary tour. Nightlife fans, gyrate your waistline with the best of them at upscale bars, local jaunts, or lively street dances.

Get up close and personal with the stunning nature of Jamaica via bobsled or skylift. Board a bamboo raft and soak in the lush island greenery and endemic birds flying by. Hike 7,000 feet above sea level to try Blue Mountain coffee right at the source while stopping to dip in icy-cool rivers on the trail. Enjoy these tours with the friendliest guides who are experts at merriment.