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Nov 11, 2019

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Winter. That one word means a lot of things, including getting away from the land of ice and snow - even for just a bit.

Whether you’re looking for an all-inclusive experience or a choose-your-own-adventure, consider booking a WestJet Vacations package through the travel experts at CAA. WestJet Vacations provide a variety of affordable, bespoke vacations to more than 60 destinations with over 800 carefully-curated hotels, resorts, condos and villas across the Caribbean, Central America, Mexico and the United States.

Now all that remains is to choose a place to go! Tropical island, anyone? Check out these two incredible island destinations where WestJet Vacations can make your travel dreams come true.

Barbados: traditional, vibrant and sophisticated.

Barbados is an amazing destination, famous for gorgeous beaches, great shopping, delicious dining and vibrant nightlife. A breathtaking landscape that ranges from the rugged beauty of the eastern shoreline to the soft sand and serene waters of the "Platinum Coast," Barbados is as stunning as it is thriving and energetic.

The island is small and intimate - only 431 square kilometres (smaller than Toronto). Its people are known for being warm and friendly and its heritage is rich, meaning cultural offerings and festivals are plentiful, while Barbados is also imbued with international glamour and sophistication – a combination that makes it one of the most diverse destinations in the Caribbean. Among the over 350 churches (yes, over 350!) and local festivals you will also find some of the finest dining in the region and diverse shopping that ranges from roadside vendors to duty-free high-end malls selling luxury, designer goods at a steal. There are also five PGA golf courses on the island.

When it comes to accommodations, options range from elegant, luxury properties to romantic retreats and fun and family-oriented hotels. Barbados has something for every type of traveller.

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Turks and Caicos: tranquility and relaxation in an enchanting setting.

The Islands of Turks & Caicos are most famous for pristine, white-sand beaches that are considered among the best in the world. These beaches are the ideal place to relax and forget your cares surrounded by brilliantly blue water that you have to see to believe. This is what people come here for.

And when you’re ready for fun and action, there’s plenty to choose from! This includes snorkeling and scuba diving around the world’s third-largest barrier reef and several wall dive sites that, like the local beaches, are considered among the world’s best. Other water activities include parasailing, windsurfing, paddleboarding and kiteboarding, while on land you can enjoy nature walks, tax-free shopping, golf and fine dining. Many fine restaurants are located near the world-renowned Grace Bay Beach on the island of Providenciales. Be sure to sample the fresh seafood and try the conch. Locals are friendly and gracious and eager for you to love their home as much as they do.

Turks & Caicos, actually a collection of 40 islands, only eight of which are inhabited, is most suited to the refined traveler. You won’t find crazy nightlife or big crowds. You will find astounding beauty and extraordinary hospitality.  It’s the ideal place to slow down, breathe in the sea air, enjoy a sunset cruise and savour each moment in this tropical dream destination.

An aerial view of a beach with palm trees and a marina.

Can you already feel the sun on your face and the soft, warm sand between your toes? When you’re ready to make it a reality, let CAA book a WestJet Vacations package for you.

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