If sun, surf and sipping rum drinks are on your travel agenda, book a flight to the Caribbean and let the aura of the islands enchant you. Don’t forget to pack your swimwear – the islands are known for their clear blue waters and eccentric marine life, making it the perfect spot to go snorkelling and diving. Whether your Caribbean flight lands you in the Bahamas, the US Virgin Islands, the British Virgin Islands, Aruba, Bermuda, Jamaica or one of the other Caribbean destinations, there’s something for everyone in the islands. With hundreds of islands to explore, the Caribbean is a haven for any type of traveller.
Extending from the eastern coast of the US past Mexico and down into South America, flights to the Caribbean Islands are frequent. The hard part is deciding what activity to pursue when you’re there. Book a cheap flight to the Caribbean for a weekend escape to thaw out from the winter cold, or plan a week-long diving trip. Can’t decide on just one island? Good news – Caribbean flights are available from all the islands or hop a ferry to a nearby resort. Whatever your reason for booking flights to the Caribbean, you’re sure to enjoy this island paradise.
Caribbean temperatures usually range between a very comfortable 24 and 30 degrees year round. It might be a bit cool in the early mornings and late evenings, but it warms up quickly. It can be humid, but the cooling trade winds make the climate very comfortable. The rainy season is in the autumn, and the amount of rain varies across the islands. Winters are dry, but you may encounter the occasional shower. The mountains see more rain. Hurricane season lasts from early June to late November.
Winter – from mid-December to mid-April – is the peak season for flights to the Caribbean, with the highest travel times around Christmas. Hotel rates and flights to the Caribbean are at their highest and reservations must be made in advance.
The low season generally runs from mid-April through mid-December and when most travellers can find cheap flights to the Caribbean. If you can tolerate the hot and humid summer, there are some remarkable deals to be had on Caribbean flights and hotel rooms. However, many restaurants are closed for the season, and some hotels offer fewer facilities and catch up on any construction or remodelling work during the off season.
For getting around an island you can take a taxi or rent a car, and there’s usually a bus system. The buses usually cover all main and several minor destinations as the locals take the buses, too. Depending on which island you are visiting, the buses may run on a when-the-bus-is-full schedule rather than a timetable. Many of the islands also have rental mopeds, motorcycles, and bicycles that you can use for sightseeing and getting around.
If you’ll be travelling from one island to another in the same group, there are often options for travelling by boat or island ferry. There are also small island airlines for cheap flights around the Caribbean as well as the larger commercial carriers for flights between islands. Many of the larger airlines offer Caribbean air passes, some for a set number of stopovers, and others for unlimited Caribbean travel within the airline’s range.
(prices quoted are from London)