AN affordable trip to the tropics is just the tonic we all need this winter after a long year of lockdowns and travel bans.
And the sun-kissed sands of the Caribbean are more attainable than most people think, with beach holidays to the region available from £613pp this winter.
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From the lively island of Barbados to the sleepy shores of Antigua, lots of Caribbean destinations benefit from direct flights from the UK, and feature great guesthouses and affordable all-inclusives with competitive pricing.
So you can see the Caribbean on a shoestring this winter and swap grey skies for dazzling blue.
As the island of Cuba reopens for visitors, TUI has some brilliant beach packages to the resort of Varadero or a holiday in the beach town of Jibacoa from £689pp on an all-inclusive basis this November.
All travellers to Cuba are required to present proof of negative Covid PCR test, and must fill out a Health Declaration with the address of where they will be staying.
Meanwhile, Virgin Holidays will take you to Barbados this November from £601pp for a whirlwind four-night trip, or £692pp for 7 nights staying in the south of the island close to the white sands of Dover Beach.
All travellers to Barbados must have a negative PCR covid test taken within 72 hours of arrival, and must submit an Embarkation/ Disembarkation (ED) card 24 hours prior to travel, to which they should upload their negative test result via Travel Form.
You must also have proof your vaccination status on arrival in Barbados.
Virgin Holidays has deals to the lush tropical island of St Lucia too, famous for its UNESCO-listed twin Pitons peaks and luxury resorts, from £734pp this winter.
TUI also has tempting four-night flying trips to St Lucia and other destinations to treat yourself to a taste of paradise without breaking the bank from £613pp all-inclusive.
Travellers to St Lucia must complete a pre-arrival registration form, which can be found on the St Lucia COVID-19 page, and will need to present proof of a negative Covid PCR test taken within 5 days of travel, plus proof of vaccination status at the airport.
Only fully vaccinated Brits can avoid having to quarantine for 14 days on arrival.
Another top tour operator, BA Holidays has put its Caribbean collection on sale, with some fantastic deals on last-minute hotel and flight packages this November from £767pp.
The cheapest deals are to the Mexican Riviera resort of Cancun, which offers miles of white sandy beaches on the Caribbean Sea and plenty of top-notch all-inclusive resorts.
Packages with BA Holidays to Cancun this winter start from £761pp for a week’s stay on an all-inclusive basis.
Currently, travellers to Mexico need to register here before boarding their flight and show the QR code at the airport but do not need to have a negative Covid test before arriving.
Although you’ll find blissful beaches all over the Caribbean, if you’re looking for a little slice of heaven consider a trip to the island of Antigua, which boasts a beach for every day of the year.
The peaceful island is ringed with beaches and attractive all-inclusive resorts that melt into the scenery, and you can snap up a package this winter from £934pp.
Travellers are required to show proof of vaccination status upon arrival in Antigua using the NHS Covid pass.
All Brits returning to the UK from a country not on the red list – which includes all of the previous destinations – must pre-book a Covid test to be taken on day two of their arrival back in the UK, and enter the details on their Passenger Locator Form before arriving.
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