The tri-island state of Grenada, Carriacou and Petite Martinique bursts into life with its Spicemas festival every August. The name Spicemas comes from the island's reputation for its spice production – it's even known as 'The Isle of Spice'.
Here you can expect a colourful carnival atmosphere, with vibrant parades, steel pan music, traditional carnival costume and delicious local food.
Beyond the first impressions of just being 'one big party', the festival is rooted in its ancient heritage with influences from Africa, Britain, France and the Caribbean. The celebrations bind communities with their shared and often sombre past.
On Carnival Monday, revellers cover themselves in everything from paint, mud, oil and even chocolate and make their way through the streets. Known as the Jab-Jab festival, this is a tribute to emancipation, and a celebration of freedom in Grenadian culture.