Caribbean Christmas vacations offer an exciting and joyous way to celebrate the yuletide holidays. From the US Virgin Islands to Grand Cayman a Christmas in the Caribbean provides the festivity of the holidays in beautiful locations, and it can be more affordable than most travelers think, as long as you plan ahead. From the sun-drenched white sands and emerald green water to comfortable seasonal temperatures that allow for boating, fishing, and assorted leisure activities, a Caribbean vacation has everything you could want in an exceptional Christmas vacation.
Caribbean Christmas Vacation
The Bahamas and Jamaica, for example, are two of the most iconic Caribbean destinations, and these islands are sure to provide a relaxing Christmas getaway. In addition to the city of Nassau, the Bahamas has great smaller islands with isolated beaches, such as Bimini and Eleuthera, which can be a great complement to spending time at a busy resort. In Jamaica, there are huge strips of beach hotels in Ocho Rios, Negril, Montego Bay, and Runaway Bay, and it appeals to many travelers to spend Christmas morning relaxing on the sand, rather than dealing with snow, ice, and busy schedules.
In particular, Christmas cruises provide an opportunity for friends and family or couples and singles to celebrate in comfort. The cruise ships take leisurely routes through this beautiful part of the world, leaving you with plenty of time to spend with friends and family. Ports of departure for a Christmas vacation in the Caribbean on a cruise ship include Miami, Fort Lauderdale, and Port Canaveral in Florida, as well as Houston and New Orleans, if your cruise is taking in western Caribbean destinations such as Cozumel and Cancun.
The Carnival Cruise line, for instance, offers three-day Caribbean Christmas vacations to Nassau, in the Bahamas, departing from Port Canaveral on December 23 and returning on December 26, while Royal Caribbean features a five night Christmas in the Caribbean cruise originating from Florida aboard the Reliance of the Sea ship with ports of call at Costa Maya and Cozumel, Mexico over the Christmas holidays.
For holiday travelers considering extended Christmas travel ideas, additional cruises to the Caribbean can range from 7-day to 15-day adventures. Aboard the Disney Wonder, you will travel to the Cayman Islands, Georgetown, Grand Cayman, and Cozumel over a seven-day span, fifteen-day cruises typically include exotic destinations such as St Maarten, Grand Turk, and Tortola through Christmas Eve. You will spend Christmas Day at sea enjoying the amenities aboard ship then continue to Grenada, Curacao, St Lucia, Barbados, St Thomas, and St Kitts.
If you have the cash to spare this year, luxury Christmas vacations are ideal for celebrating wedding anniversaries, and special occasions such as retirement, graduation, and birthday celebrations. There are certain islands that have an especially good reputation for luxury, so if you want to rent a villa, for instance, it’s worth looking into private islands such as Mustique or into larger destinations including St Lucia and the British Virgin Islands. Many of these destinations are not the best options for family Christmas vacations, however, so if you’re taking the kids, it’s wise to look into places such as Jamaica and Barbados that have kid-friendly resorts.
If you’re trying to find cheap Christmas vacations, it’s best to check around and see what kind of vacation packages you’re able to get. Booking last minute trips is often a great way to save money, but this is not the best idea for holiday travel, as you’re likely to find all of the Caribbean Christmas vacations that interest you booked up long before December. Many cruise lines and resorts offer deals if you book early, and if you’re flying to your destination, looking into red-eye flights is a great money-saving option.
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