Antigua & Barbuda

Antigua and Barbuda is one of the Caribbean’s premier tourist destinations, with its warm, steady winds, complex coastline of harbours and beautiful, almost unbroken wall of coral reef.

Separated by a few nautical miles, Antigua and Barbuda is located in the middle of the Leeward Islands, part of the Lesser Antilles. The country is nicknamed “Land of 365 Beaches” due to the many beaches surrounding the islands. Its governance, language and culture have all been strongly influenced by the British Empire, of which the country was formerly a part.

Currency: East Caribbean Dollar

Flight Duration (From London): 8 Hours

Language(s): English

Time Zone: UTC -05:00

November through to April is the most popular time to visit Antigua and Barbuda, when it’s colder in North America and Europe. July and August tends to be busier than other summer months due to Carnival. Additionally, Antigua’s popular sailing week happens every April, which is popular with tourists.

No visa is required to travel to Antigua and Barbuda

Passport must be valid for 6 months

For more information please visit this website:

https://www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice/antigua-and-barbuda/entry-requirements

The following vaccinations are recommended when travelling to Antigua and Babuda:

Hepatitis A, Tetanus-diptheria, MMR (two doses), Typhoid, Hepatitis B and Yellow Fever (required over the age of one),

For more information please visit:

https://www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice/antigua-and-barbuda/health

Aruba

With a top ten beach in the world (as voted by TripAdvisor.com), beautiful sunshine and over 90 nationalities influencing its cuisine, this stunning Caribbean island is perfect for family holidays, romantic getaways and honeymoons.

Currency: Aruban Flora

Flight Duration (From London): 9 Hours 10 Minutes

Language(s): Dutch

Time Zone: UTC -05:00

If you’re a sun-lover, September is the month to visit Aruba; as well as being warm, the winds die down and the days are much longer.  If you don’t mind a bit of rain, October to December is the time to go.

No visa is required to travel to Aruba but 6 months must be valid on your passport.

For more information please visit:

https://www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice/aruba/entry-requirements

Immunisations required are

MMR (if born after 1956), Tetanus Diptheria, Hepatitis A

For more information please visit:

https://www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice/aruba/health

Bahamas

The Bahamas is comprised of 700 islands sprinkled over 100,000 square miles of ocean starting just 50 miles off the coast of Florida. There are 2,000 breathtaking islands and cays and boasts the clearest water on the planet. You can see your toes as easily as you can the world’s third largest barrier reef.

Its beauty extends far beyond its extraordinary natural wonders; it has a rich culture, longstanding heritage and a colourful history.

Currency: Bahamian dollar

Flight Duration (From London): 8 Hours 30 Minutes

Language(s): English

Time Zone: UTC -05:00

The temperature in The Bahamas averages between 24°C and 29°C in both winter and summer, although it can get chilly in the early morning and at night. The Bahamian winter is usually like a perpetual late spring — naturally, the high season for North Americans rushing to escape snow and ice. Summer brings broiling hot sun and humidity.

No visa is required to travel to Bahamas but 6 months must be valid on your passport.

For more information please visit:

https://www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice/bahamas/entry-requirements

Immunisations required are

Hepatitis A, tetanus-diphtheria, MMR, Typhoid, Hepatitis B and Yellow Fever

For more information please visit:

https://www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice/bahamas/health

Barbados

No matter your budget or style, you can find a place to stay that suits you, whether cheap, funky, restful or posh. All the comforts of home are close at hand if you want them as Barbados is one of the most developed islands in the region.

Away from the luxury resorts of the west coast and the well-developed south coast is where you’ll find what makes the island special. Central Barbados has a rolling terrain of limestone hills and amid this lush scenery are fascinating survivors of the colonial past. Vast plantation homes show the wealth of these settlers and face up to the brutality of the slave trade.

Currency: Barbadian Dollar

Flight Duration (From London): 8 Hours 10 Minutes

Language(s): English

Time Zone: UTC -05:00

The weather in Barbados is typically warm all year round. The tourist season runs from mid-December through to mid-April., whereas June to October is the hurricane season. September and October are the most humid months and have the highest hurricane risk – although many years see none.

No visa is required to travel to Barbados but 6 months must be valid on your passport.

For more information please visit:

https://www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice/barbados/entry-requirements

Immunisations required are

Hepatitis A and Typhoid

For more information please visit:

https://www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice/barbados/health

Belize

The Belize Barrier Reef and its alluring underwater world is undoubtedly the top attraction in Belize. Snorkelers swim through translucent seas, gazing at a kaleidoscope of coral, fish and turtles; divers go deeper, investigating underwater caves and walls and the world-renowned Blue Hole.

Inland, a vast network of national parks and wildlife sanctuaries are on offer and Belize is the home to one of the world’s most mysterious civilizations – the ancient Maya.

Currency: Belize Dollar

Flight Duration (From London): 10 Hours 10 Minutes

Language(s): English

Time Zone: UTC -07:00

The dry season in Belize runs from December to May and this is when tourists flock to the country. However, most hotels and resorts are more expensive during this period.

The biggest influx of tourists comes between December 15 and January 15, and during the weeks around Easter.

No visa is required to travel to Belize but 6 months must be valid on your passport.

For more information please visit:

https://www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice/Belize/entry-requirements

Immunisations required are

Hepatitis A, Typhoid, Hepatitis B, Rabies, MMR, Tetanus-diphtheria and Yellow Fever

For more information please visit:

https://www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice/belize/health

Bermuda

Bermuda is surrounded by a beautiful coral reef that harbours colourful fish and scores of ancient shipwrecks, making for memorable diving and snorkelling at spots like Elbow Beach in Paget Parish. Elsewhere, the crystal-clear waters provide perfect conditions for kayaking and yachting.

The offerings on land are splendid as well. You can play a round at a world-class golf course, hike peaceful trails and sunbathe on glorious pink-sand beaches. Or stroll the crooked streets of the colonial settlement of the Town of St George, Britain’s oldest surviving town in the New World, which is so well preserved it’s been made a World Heritage site.

Currency: Bermudian Dollar

Flight Duration (From London): 6 Hours 45 Minutes

Language(s): English

Time Zone: UTC -04:00

Bermuda boasts a balmy climate that’s comfortable all year round. In terms of tourism the island has two seasons; the summer season between April and October, when Bermuda enjoys its warmest air and water temperatures and sees perfect conditions for swimming, snorkeling and diving.

The winter season is between November and March, when daytime highs average around 70°F. This time of year is too chilly for swimming but the temperatures are a delight, however, for playing golf or tennis, hiking and general sightseeing. Also on the plus side, there are fewer visitors to compete with and most hotels drop their rates in winter, so you can find tempting deals, even at the nicest resorts.

No visa is required to travel to Bermuda but 6 months must be valid on your passport.

For more information please visit:

https://www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice/Bermuda/entry-requirements

Immunisations required are

Influenza (during flu season between November and April), Tetanus-Diphtheria, Measles and Varicella

For more information please visit:

https://www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice/Bermuda/health

British Virgin Islands

The British Virgin Islands is a British overseas territory located in the Caribbean to the east of Puerto Rico. A sailing fantasy land, there are more than 40 islands in the group providing a vast number of stunning beaches. 15 of these are currently uninhabited and great for exploring.

Nature is the main attraction on the islands, with coral reefs, white sandy beaches and scenic seaside villages the main draw.

Other attractions include historic villages, churches, and, if the sun is too much for you, a museum in Road Town, the shady Botanic Gardens or the rain forest on Sage Mountain in Tortola.

Currency: US Dollar

Flight Duration (From London): 8 Hours 5 Minutes

Language(s): English

Time Zone: UTC -05:00

Reliably balmy with gentle trade winds, the British Virgin Island’s temperature ranges averages 25⁰C in winter (December through to March) and 28⁰C in summer (June through to August). Though the islands get less than 50 inches of rain each year, you can count on brief tropical showers between July and November.

The British Virgin Islands’ high season is from December 15 to April 15. November, early December and May are good times to visit too, as hotel prices are lower.

You do not require a visa to enter the British Virgin Islands but 6 months must be valid on your passport.

For more information please visit this website:

https://www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice/british-virgin-islands/entry-requirements

Immunisations required are

Hepatitis A, Hepatitis B, MMR, Tetanus-Diphtheria and Typhoid.

For more information please visit:

https://www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice/british-virgin-islands/health

Canada

Canada is a country, consisting of ten provinces and three territories, in the northern part of the continent of North America. It extends from the Atlantic to the Pacific and northward into the Arctic Ocean, covering 9.98 million square kilometres (3.85 million square miles) in total, making it the world’s second-largest country by total area and the fourth-largest country by land area. Canada’s common border with the United States forms the world’s longest land border.

Awe-inspiring scenery, vibrant cities and a welcoming atmosphere all make Canada a popular tourist destination. As the largest country in North America, Canada is a vast land encompassing majestic mountains, spectacular coastlines, virgin forests, spacious prairies and Arctic tundra. While much of the nation is of British and French descent, Canada is home to a mosaic of multicultural communities

Canada has a large domestic and international tourism market and is a popular tourist destination all year round. Tourism accounted for two percent of Canada’s GDP in 2008.The main tourist destinations in Canada are its major cities; Toronto, Vancouver, Ottawa, Quebec City and Montreal. Canada’s National Parks, for example Banff and Jasper National Parks, are also very popular tourist destinations.

Currency: Canadian Dollar

Flight Duration (From London): 7 Hours 35 Minutes

Language(s): English

Time Zone: UTC -05:00

Australia experiences temperate weather for most of the year but the climate can vary due to the size of the continent. The northern states typically experience warm weather, with the southern states experiencing cooler winters.

Summer falls between December and February, Autumn between March and May, September between June and August and spring between September and November.

Your passport should be valid for the proposed duration of your stay.

For more information please visit: https://www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice/canada/entry-requirements

Cuba

You can never stop learning in Cuba; just when you think you’ve seen all there is to see and heard all there is to be heard, something else will spring itself upon you, confounding you with another browbeating riddle.

Cuba promises to be like no other place you ever have or ever will experience. Get ready for the shock and surprise of your life. Twenty-first century Cuba is economically poor but culturally very rich; its architecture and history is second to none and the intricacies of its troubled past are rife. Enjoy!

Currency: Cuban Peso

Flight Duration (From London): 8 Hours 50 Minutes

Language(s): Spanish

Time Zone: UTC -05:00

The height of the Cuban tourist industry is July and August, Christmas and Easter, though the former periods can be scorching  The ideal time to visit is January to May, when it’s warm, un-crowded and there’s no threat of hurricanes (which can be a problem on the coasts from June to November). Festivals happen all year round so your trip will be dependent on which of these you’d like to go to.

Make sure you get the correct visa for the purpose of your visit. As well as tourist visas, there are other visa categories for different types of visitors

If you are entering Cuba as a tourist, you will need to get a tourist card before you travel.

For more information please visit this website:

https://www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice/cuba/entry-requirements

There are no compulsory vaccinations for Cuba, though travellers should be up to date with Typhoid, Hepatitis A, Tetanus-Diphtheria and Polio.

For more information please visit the below website:

https://www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice/cuba/health

Dominican Republic

The Dominican Republic is much more than just beach resorts; this is one of the Caribbean’s most geographically diverse countries.

From stunning mountain scenery to desert scrublands, evocative colonial architecture to warm, welcoming people, it has it all.

Whether it’s the quaint fishing villages you’re after, or to indulge in tourist heaven surrounded by aquamarine waters, the sea is all around you, symbolising both limits and escapes. Some of the bays and coves where pirates once roamed are now the homes of thousands of migrating humpback whales, and part of an extensive network of parks and preserves safeguarding the country’s natural beauty.

Currency: Dominican Peso

Flight Duration (From London): 5 Hours 20 Minutes

Language(s): Spanish

Time Zone: UTC -04:00

Temperatures don’t vary much in the Dominican Republic, averaging between 28ºC and 31ºC in most places for much of the year. Tropical humidity can make the temperatures feel higher, though sea breezes do help.

The main foreign tourist seasons are December to February and July to August and Semana Santa (the week before Easter). Expect higher prices and more crowded beaches at these times – Semana Santa is especially busy. February has great weather and you can enjoy Carnival and the whales in Samaná.

A tourist card is required to travel to Dominican Republic and 6 months must be valid on your passport.

For more information please visit:

https://www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice/Dominican-republic/entry-requirements

Greenland

If you didn’t think Greenland was your typical tourist destination, you were right. But it is definitely a place of beauty and we urge you to experience it in all its glory!

It’s not cheap, but very few places can lay claim to having both magnificent scenery and a truly unique history and culture. Adventurers, you’ll be in your element here: whether on foot, by ski or by dogsled, transportation is a whole difference experience, with virtually no roads and some of the planet’s most spectacular fjords. It can be expensive, but it’s worth every penny.

Currency: Danish Krone

Flight Duration (From London): 4 Hours 40 Minutes

Language(s): Greenlandic

Time Zone: Same as UK

If you want to experience the Arctic at its best, spring is the time to go. It boasts long days, bearable temperatures and great snow cover. Spring falls anywhere between March and May, with most trips to the North Pole taking place in April.

However, peak tourist times are late June to early August, when daytime temperatures average 10-18 degrees, though it can be wet and windy at this time.

There is no visa required to travel to Greenland

For more information please visit this website:

https://www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice/greenland/entry-requirements

In general, no special immunizations or medications are necessary for travel to Greenland

For more information please visit the below website:

https://www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice/greenland/health

Grenada

Made up of one big island and two small ones floating in the southeast corner of the Caribbean, Grenada is undiscovered and rarely visited.

Underrated beaches line the coast and sublime scuba diving is on offer just below the surface. St George’s has one of the most picturesque waterfronts in all of the Caribbean, with stone buildings, forts from a forgotten time and houses of all colours. Friendly, welcoming locals go about their lives and are happy to include you in the process.

Currency: East Caribbean Dollar

Flight Duration (From London): 8 Hours 30 Minutes

Language(s): English

Time Zone: UTC -05:00

January to April are the best time to visit as they are the driest months and least likely to pour with rain. Although the climate is tropical and hot, it’s tempered by the northeast trade winds. In St George’s, the average daily high temperature in January is 29°C and the average low is 24°C. In July the average daily high temperature is 30°Cand the low is 25°C.

No visa is required to travel to Grenada but 6 months must be valid on your passport.

For more information please visit:

https://www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice/grenada/entry-requirements

Immunisations required are

Hepatitis A, Hepatitis B, Typhoid, Rabies, Yellow Fever, MMR and Tetanus-Diphtheria

For more information please visit:

https://www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice/grenada/health

Jamaica

Jamaica is located right in the centre of the Caribbean Sea, but despite this, it doesn’t always appear to blend in with the rest of the Caribbean archipelago. It still boasts the same scorching sun rays, sugary sands and pampered resort-life as most of the other islands, but it sets itself apart both historically and culturally.

Visitors are encourage to embrace the island’s unique character as it has much to offer; the world’s best coffee, world-class coral reefs for scuba-diving, off-beat hiking tours, the stunning Dunns River Falls and cosmopolitan cities. If this diversity appeals to you, we recommend you make the trip of your lifetime!

Currency: Jamaican Dollar

Flight Duration (From London): 9 Hours 10 Minutes

Language(s): Jamaican Patois

Time Zone: UTC -06:00

Jamaica is an all-year-round tourist destination, though there are seasonal differences to consider.

Weather-wise, temperatures are fairly consistent, with warm winters and hot summers.  The rainy season extends from May to November, with peaks in May, June, October and November, but it’s more than likely you’ll enjoy warm sunshine for the duration of your trip.

Tourism’s high season is in winter, running between early-December and mid-April.

No visa is required to travel to Jamaica but 6 months must be valid on your passport.

For more information please visit:

https://www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice/jamaica/entry-requirements

Immunisations required are

Hepatitis A, Typhoid, Hepatitis B, Tetanus-Diphtheria, MMR and Yellow Fever

For more information please visit:

https://www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice/jamaica/health

Mexico

Mexico truly is an endless adventure for the senses. With a climate that ranges from temperate to hot almost everywhere, everyday life is spent largely in the open air.

Take it easy by lying on a beach, dining alfresco or strolling the streets of the pretty towns, or get out and snorkel warm Caribbean reefs, hike mountain cloud forests or take a boat in search of dolphins or whales.

Mexico is packed with history and culture and top-class museums and galleries are dotted around the country, documenting Mexico’s long and fascinating history.

Currency: Mexican Peso

Flight Duration (From London): 10 Hours 40 Minutes

Language(s): Spanish

Time Zone: UTC -06:00

We’re sure you’ve been told but no time is really a bad time to visit Mexico, though the southern half of the country is fairly hot and humid between May and September.

The interior of the country has a more temperate climate than the coasts and in fact, it can be quite chilly in the north and the centre between November and February.

That said, July and August are peak holiday months for both Mexicans and foreigners. Other big holiday seasons are mid-December to early January (for foreigners and Mexicans) and a week either side of Easter (for Mexicans).

A Tourist card is required to travel to Mexico and 6 months must be valid on your passport.

For more information please visit:

https://www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice/mexico/entry-requirements

Puerto Rico

Welcome to Puerto Rico, with its endless sand, heroic history and wildly diverse tropical terrain. The sun-washed backyard of the USA is a place locals fittingly call the ‘Island of enchantment.’

This jewel box of delights can and will satisfy all manner of people, from the lethargic beach bum to the sunrise rainforest explorer and budding big-wave surfer – and probably all in a long weekend. Its coral reefs are home to a riot of tropical fish, its limestone caves resonate with the sounds of nature and its unique collection of forests – some of the wettest and driest in the Caribbean – harbour some of the rarest birds in the world. This is a place not to be missed.

Currency: US Dollar

Flight Duration (From London): 8 Hours 10 Minutes

Language(s): English & Spanish

Time Zone: UTC -05:00

The best time to visit Puerto Rico is between mid-December and late-April. The upside of visiting at this time is the weather, which is sunny (but not too hot) and free from the threat of hurricanes. The downside is that prices get hiked up and crowds are generally heavier. Skirt the edges of the high season, in November and May, and you could get lucky with both the weather and cut-price rates.

No visa is required to travel to Puerto Rico but 6 months must be valid on your passport.

For more information please visit:

https://www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice/puerto-rico/entry-requirements

Immunisations required are

Hepatitis A, Hepatitis B and Rabies

For more information please visit:

https://www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice/puerto-rico/health

United States of America

The United States of America is located on the continent of North America. There are 50 states in the U.S. Forty-eight of the states form the contiguous United States. The U.S. borders on Canada to the north, and Mexico and the Gulf of Mexico to the south. On the east coast, the U.S. is bordered by the Atlantic Ocean, and on the west coast it is bordered by the Pacific Ocean.

To the northwest of Canada is the state of Alaska. The state of Hawaii is located in the Pacific Ocean, southwest of California.

In addition to the 50 states, the U.S. has several territories and possessions, located in the Caribbean Sea and the Pacific Ocean.

Currency: US Dollar

Flight Duration (From London): 8 Hours 30 Minutes (depending on destination)

Language(s): English

Time Zone: Various

America’s size plays to the traveler’s advantage when it comes to weather: it’s always perfect somewhere in the US and just shy of Hades somewhere else.

In other words, either your destination or your trip’s timing may need tweaking depending on the season. For current forecasts, visit www.weather.com.

The main holiday season is, naturally, summer, which typically begins on Memorial Day (the last Monday in May) and ends on Labor Day (the first Monday in September). But Americans take their holidays mainly in summer because schools are closed, not because the weather’s uniformly ideal: yes, hit the beaches in August, because Manhattan is a shimmering sweat bath and the deserts are frying pans.

The seasons don’t arrive uniformly either. Spring (typically March to May) and fall (usually September to November) are often the best travel times, but ‘spring’ in parts of the Rockies and Sierras may not come till June. By then it’s only a sweet memory in Austin, while in Seattle, spring often means rain, rain, rain.

And winter? It’s expensive high-season at ski resorts and in parts of the southern US (blame migrating snowbirds), but planned well, winter can mean you have the riches of America’s landscape virtually all to yourself.

Whether you’re planning to join them or avoid them, holidays and festivals are another thing to consider.

Your passport should be valid for the proposed duration of your stay. You don’t need any additional period of validity on your passport beyond this.

The US Visa Waiver Programme (VWP) allows most British Citizen passport holders to visit the US for up to 90 days. The types of journey that are permissible under the VWP include tourism, certain types of business visit and transit to another country. If you have a British passport that describes your nationality as something other than ‘British Citizen’ you will need to get a visa.

All those travelling under the Visa Waiver Programme arriving by air or sea should provide details online at least 72 hours before travel. This is known as an Electronic System for Travel Authorisation or ESTA. If you don’t have an ESTA you’ll be refused travel to the USA. For more information, and to apply online, visit the official ESTA website.

For more information please visit this website:

https://www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice/usa/entry-requirements

In general, no special immunisations or medications are necessary for travel to the USA.

For more information please visit the below website:

https://www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice/usa/health

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