The UK tends to be dark and gloomy in the festive season. If you fancy a little sun, head to the Caribbean for a Christmas like no other. You can stretch out on the sand, swim in the ocean and revel in the warm weather. Say goodbye to Christmas jumpers and hello to festive swimwear.
Follow this quick guide to plan your Caribbean Christmas getaway.
Choose your location
You need to choose the perfect Caribbean country for your holiday. Barbados is surrounded by turquoise water and filled with white sandy beaches and Christmas traditions. There are plenty of festive decorations around the hotels, and Father Christmas is around to meet the children. There are also craft fairs and festivals with all kinds of baked goods. You can enjoy the festivities without the cold weather. Win, win!
Puerto Rico is a little more lively in the holiday season. You can salsa your way to 2022 in the capital city, San Juan. There are beautiful colourful lights throughout the city and plenty of festivities throughout December and January.
Or, head to Anguilla for the ultimate beach vacation. There are some breath-taking snorkelling opportunities around Anguilla and white sandy beaches that stretch on for miles. The other Caribbean islands can get a little busy around the festive period. Anguilla is less crowded and perfect for those after a quiet holiday season.
Turks and Caicos is a more luxurious destination in the Caribbean. It tends to be a little more expensive – but the resorts are simply stunning. The 12 miles long Grace Bay Beach has even been named the most beautiful beach in the world. You can snorkel along the coral reef offshore or sip a cocktail on the sand.
In the UK, Gatwick Airport is a popular choice for people going to the Caribbean. You can take the train to Gatwick and catch a flight to the Caribbean. You can save on parking and petrol by getting the train to the airport.
Plan what you want to do
You might want to spend your entire holiday sunbathing and going for a dip in the pool. If you want to do some activities, you need to plan them in advance. Try to book any day trips ahead of time as they are likely to be busy in the Christmas period. You could go hiking through the tropical landscape or embark on a sea safari. There is plenty to do in the Caribbean.
There are countless festivals around the islands as well. Make sure to pack your dancing shoes so you can salsa the night away. Or, you could enjoy a feast of baked ham, cake and plenty of liquor.
Book your Caribbean holiday for an extra special Christmas.