Why the Caribbean is the ULTIMATE destination for a beach holiday

White sand, sparkling water and swaying palms: Here’s why the Caribbean is the ULTIMATE destination for a beach holiday this winter

  • Social distance in the sunshine. The Caribbean is open for business and perfect for a winter sun break. All you have to do is pick an island. 

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Each year, as we shiver through the winter months at home, the great and the good escape to the Caribbean. They’re pictured relaxing on soft sands, plunging into gin-clear waters and whiling away warm evenings, cocktail in hand.

Why do they choose the Caribbean? Because nowhere does beach holidays quite like these idyllic islands.

Perhaps it’s that mix of pristine sands, swaying palms and the friendly local welcome, or the spiced food and fresh rum punches. Or maybe it’s the fact there is an island for everyone, whether you want to relax on picture-perfect beaches, plan a rainforest adventure, or discover the amazing marine life below the surface of the glittering Caribbean Sea.

Exchange cold winter days for the glamour of A-list favourite Barbados

Now, thanks to the careful safety measures and flexible travel options put in place by Caribbean experts Virgin Atlantic Holidays, you can treat yourself to a sunshine escape this winter.

Exchange cold winter days for the glamour of A-list favourite Barbados, and you’ll find tropical temperatures in the high 20s and more than 80 beaches of powdered sand, along with the region’s best cuisine. 

Or head to lush Jamaica, where breathtaking beaches give way to verdant rainforest, where you can zip-line through the trees and jump from waterfalls.

Alternatively, add a little spice to your Caribbean getaway. The unspoilt island of Grenada is known as the Spice Isle for its nutmeg, cocoa and cinnamon, and packs mountains, glorious white-sand beaches and amazing dive sites into a laid-back island the size of the Isle of White.

Virgin Atlantic also flies to Barbados, Antigua, Jamaica, Grenada, Tobago, Cuba, and St Vincent and the Grenadines – from June 2021 – so whether you’re a foodie or a culture vulture, want to combine your beach break with adventure or prefer to pamper yourself with a touch of luxury, there is a Caribbean island for you. 

And these safe, friendly islands are waiting to welcome you to their shores.

Let’s create some Caribbean memories

Step aboard your fully sanitised Virgin Atlantic plane and you can travel in confidence

Virgin Atlantic has been flying British holidaymakers to the Caribbean for over 20 years. You could say they are the experts in creating the perfect beach holiday.

Now, after a year in which we’ve longed to be able to get away, Virgin Atlantic Holidays is helping you plan the getaway you deserve and you’ll get to enjoy a safe beach escape with complete peace of mind. 

Each winter Caribbean holiday comes with free Covid-19 insurance to cover any health or quarantine costs that could arise and offers flexible booking, so you can change dates or even destination with absolutely no charge.

Step aboard your fully sanitised Virgin Atlantic aircraft, and you can be confident you are travelling in complete safety without sacrificing comfort. 

The famous Virgin Atlantic Mile High Tea with sweet treats created by master pâtissier Eric Lanlard

Enjoy a choice of hot meals, beer, wine and soft drinks en route to your dream destination and UK day flights to the Caribbean will even include Virgin Atlantic’s famous Mile High Tea, with sweet treats created by master pâtissier Eric Lanlard.

All that’s left, is to choose just which island you want to visit.

Beautiful Barbados

Barbados is beloved for its beautiful beaches

Barbados has a beach for everyone, from sweeping bays to hidden coves. 

On the west coast, the water is crystalline and calm and you can even swim with hawksbill and green turtles, while the wild east coast offers crashing waves and excellent surf conditions. 

Combine beach days with an exploration of colourful capital Bridgetown, famed for its beautiful colonial buildings, or head to an atmospheric plantation house, dating back to the 1600s.

Just imagine watching the sun set with a rum cocktail in hand on beautiful Barbados

Diving into crystal clear waters could become a reality when you book a getaway with Virgin Atlantic Holidays

Add a little adventure to your trip and explore the inner passages of Harrison’s Cave, a 1.5-mile-long underground cavern, or head to the Animal Flower Cave, tucked into the sea cliffs at Barbados’ most northerly point. 

Whether you’re looking for local flavours served up at a charming beachside restaurant or an elegant clifftop dinner by candlelight, you won’t go hungry in the Caribbean’s culinary capital. 

Just make sure you pair your meal with an island rum cocktail for that authentic Barbados flavour.

The joy of Jamaica

Can you imagine a more romantic destination than Jamaica?

Social distancing won’t be a problem as you unwind in Jamaica’s crystal waters

If it’s romance you’re looking for, head to the ‘heartbeat of the world’; Jamaica. 

Indulge in a private dinner in the caves of Negril, go for a sunset horse ride on the beach, or snorkel over gardens of colourful coral.

But this island also has an adventurous side. 

You can zoom down mountains on a Jamaican bobsled, go caving, or hike the stunning Blue Mountains, then finish off with a famous Appleton Estate rum and some reggae beats as the sun sets.

Glorious Grenada

Grenada, Carriacou and Petite Martinique make up this dreamy destination, known as the Spice of the Caribbean

Over 40 white sand beaches await you in Grenada

The three pristine islands that make up Grenada are considered the Caribbean’s hidden gem. 

Relaxed, unspoilt and truly beautiful, they combine 40 white-sand beaches with rainforests where you can spot Mona monkeys and have your breath taken away by lush mountains.

Combine lazy days spent on powdered sands with a snorkelling adventure to the world’s first underwater sculpture park, and scuba divers will love the chance to discover the Caribbean’s largest shipwreck.

Whichever island you choose to visit, you CAN enjoy a well-deserved Caribbean holiday this winter. 

With impeccable safety standards, flexible bookings and Virgin Atlantic Holiday’s expert local knowledge, you could be relaxing on an idyllic beach in no time.

Try the Virgin Atlantic Holidays: Escape Pass! 

The Virgin Atlantic Holidays Escape Pass will provide the peace of mind you need

Looking for the perfect Caribbean holiday without any of the travel stress? 

Let Virgin Atlantic Holidays worry about the latest travel restrictions and rules instead with the new Escape Pass.

You get an idyllic Caribbean holiday planned and booked for you, with the final destination revealed two weeks before you travel!

Just tell the team what type of holiday you’re after, your chosen hotel rating, flight class, and how long you want in the sun.  

They’ll then get to work planning a fabulous sunny trip with a no-quarantine guarantee on your return home. 

Two weeks before your trip, the destination is revealed, all the details are handed over to you, and all you have to do is pack and head to the airport.

It’s the perfect Caribbean escape.

Virgin Atlantic Escape Pass packages start from £759pp. 

Travel Facts 

The Virgin Atlantic sale is now on. Click HERE for more information.

Or to book your Caribbean holiday with Virgin Atlantic Holidays click HERE. 

There are daily flights from London Heathrow to Barbados and three times a week from Manchester. 

Virgin Atlantic flies to Jamaica five times a week from London Heathrow and there are two flights a week from London Heathrow to Grenada.  

Return fares to Barbados, Jamaica and Grenada start from £359 per person, including complimentary food, drink and inflight entertainment. This fare is available for selected departures during 2020/21. Prices given are correct as of today and are subject to change. 

Virgin Atlantic Holidays is a member of ABTA and is ATOL protected. 

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