One of the major tourist destinations between North and South America, the Caribbean offers deserted sandy beaches, exotic marine life and the chance to experience the traditional Caribbean lifestyle.
Average flight time from the UK to the Caribbean is between nine and ten hours and the peak tourist season in the Caribbean is between December and April. With all of the inhabited islands in the Caribbean offering something unique, it can be difficult to choose where to stay. Islands such as Barbados, the 'pearl of the Caribbean' are popular because they have plenty of activities as well as beaches on offer. The Bahamas have some of the clearest seas in the world as well as some world-famous golf courses. Visitors to Jamaica rarely leave without tasting its rum and St Lucia offers rainforests, volcanoes and Creole cuisine to its visitors. Antigua is a popular Caribbean destination for divers, with many wrecks littered around the coast of Barbuda.
Whether visitors choose to stay on one island in the Caribbean, or take advantage of its many air and sea links to island hop, there is an extensive selection of accommodation available. For those who are looking for budget holidays or something more opulent, then the Caribbean offers hostels and 5* luxury spa boutiques, as well as everything in between.
The international airports, as well as most of the smaller domestic airports across the Caribbean offer minibus, coach or limousine airport transfers. Depending on the resort chosen, transfers may be free. Many islands also offer good value taxis that are easy to book at the airport or resort. Not only are there many choices of destination within the Caribbean, there is also extensive choice of flights to Caribbean islands, with many international flights serving individual islands or groups of islands.
Owen Roberts International Airport (GCM) serves Grand Cayman and is the main international airport for all of the Cayman Islands. Flights are available from major UK airports, including London airports, Birmingham (BHX) and Manchester (MAN).
The Dutch Antilles are accessible through a number of airports. Aruba is served by direct flights from London Gatwick (LGW) and London Heathrow (LHR) and flights arrive at the Queen Beatrix International Airport (AUA). Bonaire is accessible via Newark, Houston (IAH), Atlanta (ATL) or from Amsterdam (AMS).
There are direct flights to Havana (HAV), Varadero (VRA), Holguin (HOG) and Cayo Coco (CCC) from London Heathrow (LHR), London Gatwick (LGW) and Manchester (MAN) for those who are planning a holiday in the Spanish speaking islands of Cuba.
For those who are looking to visit the Dominican Republic, there are direct flights from London Heathrow (LHR), London Gatwick (LGW) and Manchester (MA) to Puerto Plata (POP) and Las Americas International (SDQ), also known as Santo Domingo. US connections are also available to the smaller airport of La Romana (LRM).
Direct flights to Puerto Rico take around ten hours from London airports. Flights arrive at Luis Muñoz Marín International Airport (SJU). There are direct flights available from major UK airports to Barbados (BDI), St Lucia (UVF), Antigua (ANU), St Kitts (SKB), Trinidad (POS), Tobago (TAB) and Grenada (GND).
Some direct Caribbean flights are available from London Heathrow (LHR), London Gatwick (LGW) and Manchester (MAN) to the French island of St Martin (SXM) and Guadelope (PTP). Access to Martinique (MQ) is via European airports.
There are fifty seven airports within The Bahamas, including the three international airports of Nassau (NSA), Grand Bahama Island (GBI) and Exuma International Airport (GGT). Direct flights to Nassau (NSA) are available from London Gatwick (LGW) and London Heathrow (LHR) or via US cities such as Miami (MIA) or Orlando (MCO). UK flights are available to Kingston (KIN) and Montenegro Bay (MBJ) for those who are looking to visit Jamaica.
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