The Caribbean is the ideal destination for trading the snowy streets and wind chill factor for clear turquoise waters, soft sandy beaches, and warm weather all year round. Whether you're looking to relax in the sun with a good book, explore natural wonders, or savour the local culture and cuisine, this region offers something for everyone.
With over 35 years of delivering unparalleled travel moments to Canadians, Air Canada Vacations can help you discover the very best the Caribbean has to offer. They’ve carefully selected our partners in the region to provide you with exclusive travel experiences, superb seaside settings, gourmet cuisine, state-of-the-art amenities and impeccable service.
Here are just a couple of island paradises with abundant beaches, lush landscapes, and vibrant nightlife that Air Canada Vacations and CAA Travel can help you explore this winter.
The small island country of Saint Lucia offers visitors a taste of some of the best that the Caribbean has to offer – all in one compact setting to enjoy. For the hikers and sightseers, Saint Lucia is decorated with breathtaking mountains to explore. There are the twin cone-shaped Pitons with hiking trails and stunning views, and the world's only dormant volcano that you can drive right through. Although Soufriere has not erupted since the 18th century, steam, bubbling water and the smell of sulphur are still evident. The surrounding area offers a natural spa with therapeutic hot springs and mud baths.
When you get tired of tropical mountainsides, waterfalls, rainforests and botanical gardens, the beaches of Saint Lucia are the perfect spot for kicking back and resting up for the next adventure.
As pleasant as the shorelines are for swimming and splashing in the sun, they are also your gateway to an underwater world to discover. The clear waters, abundant sea life, shipwrecks and coral reefs make this island a favourite spot for snorkellers and scuba divers.
History buffs will want to explore Pigeon Island, a national landmark to the island's past. Once only accessible by boat, Pigeon Island is now connected to Saint Lucia by a causeway. It is home to numerous ruins of military forts and colonial-era buildings that were used in the Caribbean naval wars that were fought between the French and British for control of the region in the centuries past.
Be sure to sample the local culture and cuisine. From the weekly street parties in Gros Islet serving up fresh-caught seafood and Caribbean barbecue to fine dining prepared by world-class chefs in the abundance of restaurants in Castries, Saint Lucia has what you are hungry for. You'll find the music and dance that the Caribbean is famous for evident in the lively streets of whichever region you choose.