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If you dream of escaping your hectic daily routines, but can't hop on a plane and jet off in time for the next sunset at your favorite tropical island, perhaps this next best thing will keep you inspired enough until you can go. Enjoy Caribbean Week in New York 2012 from June 4 to 9, 2012. Learn more about your favorite islands, dance to the music and satisfy your palate.
During the week-long celebration, head over to various sites in New York City, and take part in programs, conferences and festivities that will keep your senses happy and your dreams of an island vacation alive. There are many options in terms of activities, so don't forget to check out the list of consumer events.
For an overall experience, take a train to Grand Central Terminal at 42nd Street and Park Avenue. Booths for tourism partners, travel agents and tour operators will grace Vanderbilt Hall at the Caribbean Travel & Cultural Fair, Wedding & Vacation Marton Wednesday, June 6 from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Arrive early for this free event.
If the rhythmic drumbeats, bright colors and the bold flavors of the islands' culinary offerings beckonódrop by the Rum & Rhythm Benefit, to be held at Tribeca 360 at 10 Debrosses Street.
Since the event takes place on Friday, June 8 from 6:30 to 10:30 p.m., why not unwind after a day at work with a few rounds of rum and tasty island fare? Leave your career tasks for the next week. Place the winning bid, and you may even snag a vacation package through the live auction.
For the fashionista and lovers of the arts, don't miss out on the Caribbean Fashion, Trade & Arts Expo at "XL" at the OUT NYC on 42nd Street in Manhattan, held on the 9th from 11:00 a.m. to 9 p.m.
Now that you've surrounded yourself in a bit of island spirit and culture, which one should it be?