Need A Warm Holiday This Winter? See The Cheapest Caribbean Getaways
Escaping the cold is on everyone’s Christmas season wish list and what better way to do it, then visit a tropical island?
The Caribbean can seem like an expensive option, with long-haul flights and tourist prices eating into the travel budget.
However, based on the availability of cheap flights from airlines such as Thomson and Thomas Cook, plus a wealth of free things to do, there’s no reason why Santa can’t pop an island holiday into your stocking this year!
With Unesco World Heritage Capital, Bridgetown, surf, sand and pristine water, Barbados is an island holiday dream. It’s possible to regularly find flights for as little as £180 from UK airports and the flight time is only about 8.5 hours. It’s easy to hire a car to do your own, inexpensive tour, spend hours exploring the history of Bridgetown, eat picnic lunches on beaches such as Pebbles and The Crane and spend your evenings strolling along the Boardwalk.
With flights starting from under £400 return, Jamaica’s party couple, Montego Bay, is well within your reach. Explore Bob Marley’s birth place, Nine Mile, hang out on Seven Mile Beach, trek through the tropical countryside and lush jungles and enjoy sampling the traditional cuisine, while you lounge the days away under swaying palm trees. Best of all, you can dance under the stars, entirely for free, to the beats of the island’s reggae music.
Take advantage of all-inclusive packages, under £700, to one of the most exciting countries in the Caribbean. When you book a deal with flights, accommodation and meals included, you’re free to discover the mangrove lagoons, waterfalls, rum factories, casinos, beach bars and fishing villages, with the security of knowing all the essentials are covered.
It only takes about 8 and a half hours to get to the sun-drenched island of Antigua, where you can swim in aquamarine seas, play on over 300 beaches, snorkel through colourful coral reefs, dive with mysterious ship wrecks and get a taste of the local arts and culture. With flights from London airports often available from as little as £450 return, put a trip to the idyllic getaway destination on your Christmas wish-list.
One of the most visited of the Caribbean islands, you can usually get return flights to Aruba from about £500 and package deals offer fantastic value for all-inclusive resort stays. The beaches rank among the prettiest in the Caribbean and there’s plenty more to do, including a visit to Arikok National Park, museums, a butterfly farm, theatres, casinos, clubs, beachfront bars and adrenalin-inducing water sports. The capital city, Oranjestad, is a colourful hub of historic buildings, perfect for a day of free exploration and a night of partying in the clubs, discos and bars.
You can reach The Bahamas in approximately 10 hours, from about £500 return. Though the luxury destination is synonymous with superyachts, high-end boutique shopping and glamorous resorts, it’s also packed full of options for families. If you want to feel like you’re in the lap of luxury, without the price tag, you can still sip cocktails on the beach and simply admire the opulence – for the price of a drink. The Junkanoo Carnival takes place on Boxing Day, New Year’s Day and at Easter, so make sure you pack your party costumes!
You can fly direct to Puerto Rico from London, with one-way flights from about £250. The island is a haven for eco-tourists, with rain forests, volcanic mountains and world-class diving. You can, of course, get your fill of boutiques, trendy bars and art museums in San Juan, but you can also explore colonial towns and the rich blend of Spanish, African, Indian and US culture. When the sun sets, it’s time to kick off your shoes, order a Pina Colada and spend the night salsa dancing.
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