The Caribbean has been and continues to be a holiday favourite for most. Crystal-clear waters, soft golden sands and a warm climate that doesn’t disappoint… Why would you want to go anywhere else? Islands like the Dominican Republic, Barbados, St. Lucia and Jamaica have all of this to offer and so much more. But, for many, Europe has its own version of sun, sea and sand in the Canary Islands. Tenerife, Gran Canaria, Lanzarote and Fuerteventura are Europe’s answer to the Caribbean. But, can the Canaries rain on the Caribbean’s parade? Who will be victorious in this holiday smackdown? It’s the Canaries vs the Caribbean… let’s see who takes this one home!
The Caribbean: The journey to both the Canaries and the Caribbean differs quite a lot. Flying over the Atlantic to the Caribbean islands is no easy task as it can take between 9-11 hours to get there. So, a long stay in the Caribbean is needed in order to make the journey worthwhile.
The Canaries: On the other hand, the Canaries are only four hours away and share the same time zone as the UK. As a result, the journey is easier on us and jet leg isn’t a problem!
Winner: This is an easy one, the shorter journey to the Canaries definitely makes them more appealing. The Canary Islands are perfect for both a short break or a longer stay depending on your preferences.
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The Caribbean: These islands experience a tropical climate, so warm weather is guaranteed throughout the year. December – April is the optimum time to head to the Caribbean to enjoy the sunshine and hot temperatures. During this period, average temperatures are usually in the high 20s. Sometimes the islands experience highs of the low 30s. On the other hand, May – November is classed as rainy season. Also, hurricane season runs from June – November, resulting in heavy rainfall and strong winds, although dangerous storms aren’t a usual occurrence.
The Canaries: The Canary Islands don’t experience the same high temperatures as the Caribbean. However, the summer can be really hot in these islands. The weather in the Canaries has plenty of comfortable periods making it suitable for families travelling with young kids. The Canaries and the Caribbean are both popular winter sun destinations. But during this time the Canaries only hit highs of around 20°C in comparison to the Caribbean’s whopping 29°C.
Winner: This is a tough one as there are both pros and cons to each set of islands’ climates. But, the Caribbean is going to take this one! Who wouldn’t love to visit somewhere that has amazing temperatures all year round? Even if you visit during the rainy season, that doesn’t put the sunshine on hold!
The Caribbean: There’s plenty going on in the Caribbean, whether you’re looking for a peaceful getaway or an active adventure. Relax on beautiful beaches, hike up diverse terrain or sample one of the Caribbean’s most famous exports – rum!
The Canaries: There’s no doubt that the Canaries put up a good fight when it comes to fun activities. From water sports and national parks to museums and art galleries, there’s a varied selection of fun to be had. Siam Park and Loro Parque in Tenerife allow the kids to join in on the fun.
Winner: This is another close call… but, we’ll give it to the Canaries! Why? Well, there are loads of fun activities for the whole family to get involved in. The Caribbean can be kid-friendly too, but there is a wider variety of activities for the little ones to enjoy in the Canaries.
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