Best Caribbean escapes this winter

Looking for the best wniter escapes? Plan your trip to the glistening shores of the Caribbean with our roundup of top Caribbean getaways...

As the days get shorter and the dreariness of winter sets, there's never been a more convincing time to search for the best Caribbean escapes this winter.

So, ditch those winter blues and get inspired by our roundup of Caribbean destinations and activities ...

Best Caribbean Escapes This Winter: Dominican Republic

With some of the cheapest and best-value beach holidays available, it's no wonder so many people choose the Dominican Republic as their go-to Caribbean getaway. Offering 32km of white, sandy beaches and crystal-clear waters, it's the perfect place to soak up some winter sun. Looking for a bit more adventure? Then dive right in to the wide range of water-sports on offer at Bavaro Beach, including snorkeling, windsurfing and parasailing.

Located on one of the top ten beaches in the world, the Barceló Bavaro Grand Resort offers guests the perfect place to retreat after a busy day at the beach. Consisting of two separate hotels Barceló Bavaro Beach (adults only) and Barceló Bavaro Palace , there is a room just right for you - if you're after a romantic break for two or a family-friendly getaway.

Best Caribbean Escapes This Winter: Riviera Maya, Mexico

While it may be tempting to chill out at your resort and do nothing, there is plenty to see and do on the northeastern Yutacan Peninsula. Grab your snorkeling gear and take a dip in one of the thousands of Cenotes dotted around or explore the Great Maya Reef which offers some of the best snorkeling and scuba diving in the world.

Stay in one hotel and enjoy the facilities of five at the Barceló Maya Grand Resort . Made up of the Barceló Maya Beach, Barceló Maya Caribe , Barceló Maya Colonial , Barceló Maya Tropical and the Barceló Maya Palace Hotel - there will be no reason to ever leave the comfort of this all-inclusive resort. Picture ten swimming pools set amidst lush tropical gardens, 22 restaurants offering a variety of cuisines, two nightclubs, three theaters, a waterpark and a pristine private beach - all just a few feet away from the comfort of your hotel room.

Best Caribbean Escapes This Winter: Cancun, Mexico

While Cancun offers unrivaled nightlife and pristine beaches, there are plenty of activities to keep you entertained on your next Caribbean getaway. Transport yourself back in time and explore the architectural sites of El Rey which contain perfectly preserved Mayan ruins. While the site does not have any large pyramids, it's a unique way to appreciate the rich history of the land and get up close with the masses of iguanas that reside here. Alternatively, head for the natural paradise of Nichupte Lagoon   which is home to a variety of animal species including white turtles, crocodiles and iguanas.

The Occidental Tucancun is considered one of the best hotels in Cancun, located right on the idyllic Tucancun beach and just footsteps away from the vibrant nightlife in the city of Cancun. Boasting views over the Caribbean Sea and Nichupte Lagoon, you'll want to get exploring straight away with one of their pre-booked excursion packages.

Best Caribbean Escapes This Winter: Varadero, Cuba

Varadero  is a great place to relax and enjoy some peace and tranquility. But move away from the incredible beaches and there is plenty to explore in this idyllic resort town. With Cuba widely known for its love of rum, what better place to learn more about this tasty liquor than at the House of Rum in downtown Varadero? Be sure to take a bottle or two home with you, as you will not find these local Cuban brands at the airport! Prefer to spend your time under the sea? Then grab your diving gear and head to Cayo Piedra - an underwater park located north-east of Varadero. Here you can get up close and personal with thousands of vibrant underwater species, fabulous topography and unusual wrecks that are just waiting to be explored.

Offering the pleasures of an all-inclusive hotel right on the iconic Varadero beach, The Barceló Solymar and the Occidental Arenas Blancas are the perfect places to enjoy the Cuban pace of life. Indulge in one of the many a la carte restaurants in the resort - offering everything from Italian to Spanish and Asian cuisines, before dancing the night away at one of the resort's two nightclubs.