Snow and sleigh bells may be some people’s idea of a perfect Christmas, but if you prefer your festive breaks on a fabulous beach, then there are plenty of reasons why Christmas in the Caribbean should be at the top of your wish list. A dash to the sun to escape those Arctic winds has never been so tempting.

  1. Swap your Christmas tree for palm trees on the beach

The Caribbean has got to be one of the world’s most glamorous and gorgeous beach holiday destinations. Soft white sandy beaches are lined with palm trees, while crystal clear warm water laps at your toes. Beach holidays in the Caribbean are perfect at this time of the year when the weather’s a little kinder for youngsters. It’s also better for travellers who don’t like it too hot.

  1. All Inclusive means no cooking

Why worry about getting up at 3am on Christmas Day to get the turkey in the oven? A family Christmas in the Caribbean on an All Inclusive holiday means you don’t have to cook sprouts or bake a single mince pie. An All Inclusive holiday means that someone else takes care of all the food and drink, and you also get to try something a little more exotic than turkey and stuffing for a change.

  1. Let it snow

You’re unlikely to see any snow at Christmas in the Caribbean, but you certainly won’t have cold, dark evenings and dreary drizzle either. Temperatures in December in the Caribbean range from 29°C to 31°C.

  1. Affordable prices

There are some incredible last minute deals available on Caribbean Christmas holidays, particularly if you’re taking young children under the age of 10 with you. Look out for special offers where kids go free for a real Christmas bargain.

  1. Wildlife

You may not spot Rudolph, but you might be lucky enough to spot whales offshore. This time of the year is when pods of sperm whales migrate, and you can often see them off the coast of the Caribbean islands. It’s a great opportunity to go whale watching, as well as spotting turtles, dolphins and thousands of exotic sea creatures. Why not bring ‘The Little Mermaid’ to life for the kids this Christmas?