Are you trying to plan your next trip to escape the UK’s cold and rain? Obviously, there is a magnitude of destinations a direct flight away. While you could explore somewhere in Europe, you might want to set your sight a bit further away and head to the Caribbean. If you have never been before, we have some handy information to help you plan your trip.
It takes around 10 hours to fly from the UK to the Caribbean. There are many direct flights. However, “direct” can sometimes involve a brief stopover on a different island. The more popular islands typically have more direct flights, while the more isolated ones will require some hopping.
The main airlines offering these services are British Airways and Virgin Atlantic. Cheap return tickets can be found for around £500. However, these prices will heavily depend on the time of year. The busiest times are typically Christmas/New Years, February, and Easter. Expect to pay substantially more for a ticket (as well as a hotel room).
The Caribbean has the best weather from December to April. Humidity is low and the nights can get nice and cool. The area is generally hotter and stickier for the rest of the year. The chance of storms is also significantly increased. September and October are when the Caribbean is most likely to experience a hurricane.
The Caribbean has a lot of islands. You will find that some offer the finest resorts (Grand Cayman) while others are much more isolated with basic amenities (Grenada).
When selecting an island, you should consider your budget, what you want to do, and the amenities required. Caribbeansbest.org is a good resource to help you make the decision.
The price that you will pay for accommodation will depend on the island you visit and the level of comfort required. To get the best deals, it’s recommended that you book online in advance. Compare sites such as Agoga, Booking.com, and Expedia. Some properties experience sales, but these sales are only accessible through one particular site, even if the rooms are advertised on multiple sites. Make sure to shop around to get the best prices.
You can also save money by booking tours that include accommodation.
What To Do
If you just want to relax at the pool or on the beach, then the Caribbean is perfect. Those that want to go windsurfing, diving, or on boat tours will also be awash with opportunities.
Many of the islands are popular nightlife spots if you’re seeking a drink with some like-minded people.
You may want to select the island(s) to visit depending on what your activities you want to base your trip around.
Regardless of where you go on your next trip, we hope it’s a great experience. If you do settle on the Caribbean, you will be able to experience the tropical island life, while lying on the beach or undertaking more extreme activities. The choice is yours.