17 December 2019
Blessed with almost year-round sunshine, spectacular beaches and crystal-clear seas, 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 relaxing with a good book and your favourite cocktail, or exploring tropical rainforests and atmospheric plantations; the Caribbean has so much to offer for all types of traveller.
After a truly luxurious flight with Virgin Atlantic, enjoy a sun-kissed holiday on one of these seven stunning Caribbean island gems.
Home to no fewer than 365 stunning swathes of sand, Antigua is a beach lover’s idea of heaven. However, if you're looking more than simply a beach holiday, Antigua has much more to offer.
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 those preferring to keep their feet on dry land can venture into the verdant rainforest to experience its rich biodiversity. History buffs won’t want to miss the UNESCO-listed Nelson’s Dockyard.
While the Caribbean is the perfect place to soak up some winter sunshine, a trip to Antigua in July and August will see you caught up in the spectacular whirlwind of street parties and parades that takeover the streets of St Johns for summer carnival.
Fly direct to Antigua from London Gatwick
Barbados is home to vibrant resorts and sublime swathes of tranquil white-sand beaches, meaning you can enjoy the best of both worlds during your holiday. Soak up the vibe in the capital of Bridgetown with it's duty-free shopping, stroll through Farley Hill National Park and see captivating sights most people don't get to see, 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.
While you're in Barbados, dining in Oistins at the Fish Fry is a must. The scrumptious feast of fish comes to you fresh from the sea by way of one of the many beachside stalls and delivers fresh seafood flavours with a punchy Caribbean twist.
Fly direct to Barbados from London Gatwick, London Heathrow and Manchester
With its distinctive revolutionary past, fascinating sightseeing and blissful beaches, Cuba offers a truly unique Caribbean holiday. Swim in waterfalls, snorkel and dive in the worlds most exotic dive sites, hike through the Cuban mountains and uncover some of the world’s most exceptional natural beauty on this intriguing and beautiful island.
The Cuban capital of Havana is the largest city in the Caribbean and offers up an exciting blend of culture and nightlife. Meander through the labyrinth of the old city and learn about the island's history in the Museo de la Revolucion. By night, head to one of the many salsa bars to dance the night away to the sound of Cuban dance classics performed by live bands. When it's finally time to leave, you won't want to go empty handed, a bottle of the resident Havana Club rum or a box of the famous Cuban cigars, would make the perfect mementos of your stay.
Fly direct to Havana from London Gatwick until May 2020 and then from London Heathrow effective June 2020
Home to some of the Caribbean’s top surfing spots, glorious sandy beaches, cascading waterfalls, and exotic flora 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 regarded as the wreck diving capital of the Caribbean, with 22 sites to discover and explore, and is also home of the Caribbean's oldest rum distillery.
For a bucket-list-worthy experience, take the night-time trip to watch turtles laying their eggs on the beach. This magical experience will be memorable for the entire family and takes place between March and July each year.
Fly to Grenada from London Gatwick
Home to white-sand beaches, plentiful coffee plantations and a chilled-out vibe, Jamaica is a must-visit if you’re looking for a quintessential Caribbean holiday experience. If you enjoy getting off the beaten track, pay a visit to Dunn's River Falls, one of the most beautiful waterfalls in the world, swing through the jungle on a thrilling canopy tour or rip through the countryside on a quad bike. If you have your mind set on relaxation then submerge yourself in the natural radioactive mineral bath at Milk River Spa, take some time out in the quaint fishing village of Treasure Beach, or visit the Museum of the king of reggae music Bob Marley to learn about his life and career in music.
Fly direct to Montego Bay from London Gatwick
With immaculate golden beaches, emerald-green seas and an incredible mountain skyline, St. Lucia is the perfect choice for a blissful escape. Bask in the beauty of Marigot Bay as you admire the lush forested surroundings whilst sipping on a delicious fruity cocktail.
Stunning St. Lucia is also one of the Caribbean’s top spots for whale and dolphin watching. As a breeding ground it is common to see the magnificent creatures travelling in families.
A hike to the two iconic peaks of the dramatic Piton mountains will reward you with one of the most breath-taking views that you’re ever likely to experience.
Fly direct to St. Lucia from London Gatwick (Until June 2020)
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 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.
If you're travelling to Tobago in February, consider taking the boat trip to neighbouring Trinidad to experience the party atmosphere of one of the best carnivals in the world. Any other time of year, you can enjoy the festivities of Buccoo's Sunday School street festival to eat, drink and dance with the locals.
Fly to Tobago from London Gatwick
With a range of cabin options available, there’s something to cater for the needs and budgets of every type of traveller.
In Virgin Atlantic Economy, you can choose from three types of fares – Delight, Classic and Light, all of which include delicious food, complimentary drinks, an amenity kit and award-winning inflight entertainment system. With Economy Classic you can assign your seats in advance, while Delight comprises this as well as the added benefits of Premium check in desks, priority boarding first choice of overhead storage, larger entertainment screen and extra legroom.
Fly Premium and enjoy superior service and gloriously comfortable leather seats with those all-important extra few inches of space, which you can select prior to your flight, free of charge. You’ll also enjoy dedicated check-in and bag drop, a welcome glass of Champagne while you settle in, a workspace with in-seat laptop power and a tasty meal served on china crockery with stainless steel cutlery.
For the ultimate way to travel to the Caribbean, opt for their Upper Class. It all begins with the complimentary chauffeur service*, where you’ll be whisked to and from the airport at both ends of your journey. Once at the airport, speed through Virgin Atlantic’s private security channel, straight to the exclusive Clubhouse, where you can relax and unwind before boarding your flight. Once on board, you'll have the pleasure of experiencing the delicious dishes served up by Virgin Atlantic's team of innovative chefs.
*Terms and conditions apply
On board all Virgin Atlantic flights there is a plethora of world-class entertainment options just waiting to be enjoyed from Hollywood blockbusters and binge-worthy TV shows to an eclectic mix of the latest and classic music albums.
During your flight you'll be able to enjoy duty free shopping across a fantastic range of fragrances, jewellery, spirits and much more, all of which can be pre-ordered online through the Virgin Atlantic Retail Therapy website. Savings of up to 50% can be found which means you can pick up some excellent bargains from the comfort of your seat.
Are you ready to discover the colourful Caribbean with Virgin Atlantic? 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.