The Caribbean – the ultimate year round destination?

18 February 2013

 The Caribbean – the ultimate year round destination?

The Caribbean has long been known as the perfect place to head off to during the chill of a European winter to top up on some much needed vitamin D and allow the tropical sun to relax your muscles and warm your bones. And, having just come back from 8 days in the British Virgin Islands and Antigua during the January 'Big Freeze', I've been reacquainted with the benefits of sunshine during the long winter months - I'm tempted to say it should be available on the NHS!

The Caribbean is surprisingly accessible - there are several direct flights to various islands every day, and such a great variety of accommodation to choose from. And, especially when travelling outside of the peak Christmas and New Year period, it's a surprisingly affordable winter holiday. Although the Caribbean is synonymous with white sandy beaches and clear blue water, many people forget about the huge variety of activities (sailing, watersports, hiking.....) and the family-friendly nature of the islands. The locals are naturally wonderful hosts and adjusting to 'island time' results in a wonderfully relaxing holiday (helped along by the odd rum punch!).

However, the Caribbean is often overlooked outside of the winter months, something we passionately want to change! Possibly with the exception of September, the Caribbean offers sun, warmth and a fabulously sunny holiday throughout the year. 'Hurricane season' (June to November) rarely means more than a short-lived afternoon shower (which we feel offers an excellent opportunity for an afternoon snooze) and there is little variation in temperatures throughout the year. However, unlike popular European summer destinations, where peak season prices are at their highest in July and August, this is when the Caribbean offers its best value for money, with 'low season' prices offering some incredibly luxurious villas and hotels at a fraction of their winter prices. Even taking into account the higher cost of long-haul flights to get there, the Caribbean often offers a far better value luxury family holiday than staying closer to home, with so much to see and do that everyone in the family will be kept happy.

Find out more about winter sun by making an enquiry or call us to find out more on +44 1993 899 430.