Discover the sun-kissed Caribbean with Virgin Atlantic

21 June 2019

Blessed with almost constant sunshine, glorious beaches and shimmering azure waters, together with a laidback vibe where nothing is ever too much trouble, the Caribbean is as close to paradise on earth as it gets. While away sun-dappled days with a good book and your favourite cocktail in hand, or explore tropical rainforests and atmospheric plantations; the Caribbean has so much to offer for all types of traveller.

When’s the best time to visit?

The high season in the Caribbean falls between December and mid-April, so it’s the ideal holiday destination if you’re looking to escape the winter chill. It's also outside the main school holidays, so your trip might be a little quieter. However, the year-round sunshine means it's always the perfect time to book your Caribbean adventure.

Virgin Atlantic fly to seven sun-soaked Caribbean islands from the UK

After a truly luxurious flight with Virgin Atlantic, enjoy a sun-soaked stay on one of these seven spectacular Caribbean island gems.


Home to no fewer than 365 stunning swathes of sand, Antigua is a beach lover’s idea of heaven. Jet off to this world-class sailing destination and discover sapphire seas and white-sand beaches, all edged by miles of lush rainforest. For divers, there are masses of fascinating shipwrecks and reefs to explore, whilst for culture vultures, visit the UNESCO-listed Nelson’s Dockyard and get your history fix.

Virgin Atlantic fly direct to Antigua from London Gatwick Airport three times a week.


Barbados is home to lively resorts and sublime stretches of tranquil white sand, meaning you can enjoy the best of both worlds during your holiday. Away from the beach, soak up the vibe in the capital of Bridgetown, stroll through Farley Hill National Park or enjoy the cricket at the Kensington Oval. For a different side to the island, head to Harrison’s Cave and delve underground into a labyrinth of passageways and coves, and explore this fascinating subterranean part of the world on a moving tramway.

Virgin Atlantic fly direct to Barbados daily from London Gatwick and weekly from Manchester, with a winter service also available from London Heathrow.


With its unmistakable revolutionary past, fascinating sightseeing and blissful beaches, Cuba offers a truly unique Caribbean holiday. Swim in waterfalls, explore the buzzing capital of Havana and uncover some of the world’s most exceptional natural beauty in this intriguing island.

Please call your Travel Counsellor for more information about flights and routes to Cuba with Virgin Atlantic.


Home to some of the Caribbean’s top surfing spots, glorious sandy beaches, stunning waterfalls and exotic flowers and fauna, tropical Grenada is a truly idyllic island. Known as the ‘Island of Spice’, gorgeous Grenada will take your breath away, whether you’re swimming with turtles, snorkelling in the crystal-clear waters or hiking through the dramatic volcanic scenery. Grenada is also the wreck diving capital of the Caribbean, with 22 sites to discover and explore, as well as the home of the Caribbean’s oldest rum distillery.

Virgin Atlantic fly to Grenada from London Gatwick twice a week, with a stopover in St. Lucia.


Home to white sand beaches, plentiful coffee plantations and the most chilled-out atmosphere in the Caribbean, Jamaica is a must-visit if you’re looking for a quintessential Caribbean holiday experience. Head off the beaten track and visit Dunn's River Falls, one of the most beautiful waterfalls in the world, visit The Bob Marley Museum, swing through the jungle on a thrilling canopy tour or submerge yourself in the natural radioactive mineral bath at Milk River Spa. You can do all of this in laidback Jamaica and so much more besides.

Virgin Atlantic fly direct to Jamaica from London Gatwick three times a week.

Saint Lucia

With captivating landscapes, emerald-green seas and an incredible mountain skyline, Saint Lucia is the perfect choice for a blissful escape. Stunning Saint Lucia is also one of the Caribbean’s top spots for whale and dolphin watching, and a hike to the two iconic peaks of the dramatic Piton mountains will offer one of the most breath-taking views that you’re ever likely to experience.

Virgin Atlantic fly direct to Saint Lucia from London Gatwick three times a week.

“I found Saint Lucia to be an extremely beautiful island with some of the friendliest people I’ve ever met. I can’t wait to go back!”

Michelle, Travel Counsellor


At just 26 miles long and 10 miles wide, the island of Tobago may be small but there’s no end when it comes to exploring this beautiful Caribbean island gem. With a rainforest that’s been protected for over 300 years, seriously stunning beaches and diving that’s second to none, Tobago is proof that good things come in small packages.

Virgin Atlantic fly to Tobago once a week from London Gatwick, with a stop in St. Lucia.

“I love the Virgin Upper experience”

Sarah, Travel Counsellor


Are you ready to soak up the vibe in the colourful Caribbean?  Contact your Travel Counsellor to book your paradise escape with Virgin Atlantic and take advantage of exclusive benefits including full financial protection and a 24-hour duty office ready to assist you before, during and after your trip.


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