Trinidad and Tobago Carnival (Feb 8-9)
It's a good thing carnival in Trinidad and Tobago only officially lasts two days (though, in fact, the party runs all week). Because the genre of revelry you dive into here is as intense, colorful, and rum-soaked as they come. Held the Monday and Tuesday before Ash Wednesday, it's an absolutely epic parade of sequined bustiers, feathered headdresses, and some of the hardest bodies you'll ever see under the Caribbean sun. "It's the participatory nature of Trinidad's carnival that separates it from other major annual street parties around the world," says Steve Bennett of Uncommon Caribbean, "(the islands') legendary vibrancy, sexiness, vices, creativity, and culture are at full volume and on full display — open and available for all to participate, whether you're West Indian or not." Sign us up.