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5 ways to escape the polar vortex

With weather experts predicting the return of the Polar Vortex in February, there’s never been a better time to get away. We’ve come up with our five favourite ways to trade in the snow and freezing temperatures back home for warmer climates and sunnier skies down south.

A bright blue classic car parked on a historic street in Havana
Classic car ride in Havana

We’ll take convertible weather over snow-tire weather any day! Exploring the cobblestone streets and colonial architecture of Havana from behind the wheel of a classic American car is a must for any trip to Cuba. Soak in the vibrant culture and sample famous products including Cuban rum and cigars as you cruise the picturesque capital from the back of your very own classic convertible! After exploring Havana, you can head back to Memories Varadero for some relaxing time soaking up the sun by the beach or lounging by one of the four sparkling pools – one of which has a twisting water slide.

Catamaran cruise overlooking the famous Piton mountains
Catamaran cruise of the pitons in Saint Lucia

Trade in the frigid winter squalls back home for a warm ocean breeze as you cruise the beautiful coast of Saint Lucia aboard a catamaran! The ocean winds will blow through your hair as the catamaran cruises down the lush shore and past the majestic Piton mountains. After an exciting sightseeing cruise around the island, the luxurious Royalton Saint Lucia Resort and Spa features plenty of exciting activities and lavish amenities for you to enjoy.

Scuba diving in bright blue waters surrounded by schools of fish
Scuba diving in Bonaire

Instead of shovelling through the snow, swim through the warm Caribbean waters on an underwater adventure in one of the world’s best scuba diving locations – Bonaire! With over 470 species of colourful tropical fish, incredible shore diving conditions and more than 80 dive sites across the island, Bonaire is a must-visit destination for beginner and expert divers alike. Buddy Dive Resort offers an on-site five-star PADI dive centre with specialty dive courses and a range of dive packages to choose from for all experience levels.

Three people taking a selfie during a cable car ride
Cable car ride in Puerto Plata

After being cooped up inside all winter, get some fresh air with an excursion that will take you to new heights. Ride up the majestic Isabel de Torres Mountain and admire panoramic views of the coast on Puerto Plata’s famous Teleferico Cable Car ride! The only cable car in the Caribbean, the Teleferico will take you high above La Isabela National Park to the summit which offers a lush botanical garden and magnificent views of the ocean in the distance. You can stay at the newly-renovated Emotions by Hodelpa Playa Dorada, just a short distance from the cable car, which offers luxurious accommodations in a tropical setting.

Beach with white sand and bright blue water
Swim with stingrays in Antigua

Trade in your snow suit for a bathing suit for an unforgettable experience swimming with stingrays in Antigua! Visit Stingray City for the chance to touch, pet and feed these magnificent creatures in their natural environment while soaking in the beautiful scenery and warm waters of Antigua. After an exciting day interacting with stingrays, you can return to Starfish Jolly Beach for some rest and relaxation within the resort’s 40 acres of lush gardens and on the sparkling white sand beach.

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