British-influenced islands share a fondness for cricket. Tourists may find the intricate rules perplexing, but matches are nonetheless fascinating. The enthusiasm is contagious -- and the weather's always fine.
Scheduled horse races on the flats with pari-mutuel betting take place in the Dominican Republic (Hipodromo Perla Antillana), Puerto Rico (El Comandante) and Jamaica (Caymanas).
Barbados, the British Virgin Islands, St. Thomas and St. Croix (U.S. Virgin Islands) include racing and betting (in some cases) in festivals with steel band and reggae music, food and drink -- fun for all!
In Puerto Rico, dignified "paso finos," bred and trained to march in a complicated one-of-a-kind cadence, can be seen in horsemanship demonstrations.
Baseball is second nature to Puerto Rico and the Dominican Republic where sand lots and stadiums are everywhere. Chances are you'll see someone on his way to the major leagues. Both destinations are breeding grounds for many of the sport's best-known figures.
Professional, pro-am and celebrity golf and tennis tournaments are held year 'round throughout the region.
While not spectator sports, other events include concerts and cultural performances held in indoor and outdoor theaters and jazz festivals, fast growing in popularity. Several islands feature annual week-long events with entertainers of international caliber.
At the heart of the culture, carnival celebrations are probably the most exciting spectacles in the Caribbean. Scheduled events lasting a week or more include beauty pageants, sports and costume competitions, food, music, art and cultural performances of all kinds.