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Canaries knock Caribbean off perch

20 November 2014 08:51

The Natural Reserve of Maspalomas Dunes in Gran Canaria

The Natural Reserve of Maspalomas Dunes in Gran Canaria

Think of a far-away exotic beach destination and you might be tempted by the seductive charms of the Caribbean, the Maldives or Goa.

But a leading online break reviewer is recommending the Canary Islands as the best-value winter holiday for families.

TripAdvisor's heads-up suggests that Fuerteventura and fellow Canaries favourite Tenerife are the cheapest resorts. Turks and Caicos, along with Barbados, are the most expensive, it says.

The report analysed 29 holiday hotspots in terms of costs for a week in winter for a four-strong family. These included grocery basics, one meal out, motor hire and rented accommodation, and don't factor in the small cost of peace of mind that travel insurance brings.

The item sets cost £525 and £574 in Fuerteventura and Tenerife respectively, but £3,952 and £2,095 in Turks and Caicos and Barbados.

India's beach paradise of Goa also provides good value for winter sun money with the same items costing £606.

Egypt's Sharm el Sheikh (£608) and Morocco's Marrakesh (£633) come reasonably priced.

At the other end of the scale, the Caribbean again features strongly with Jamaica (£1,641) and the Cayman Islands (£1,836) among the most expensive getaways. Dubai will also stretch the purse-strings at a typical £1,753 for the week.

To put the disparities into context, families of four could enjoy more than 10 weeks sunning themselves in a Goa holiday rental at £352 a week for what they could afford at Turks and Caicos.

Goa also scores highly on cheap dining out. It offers the least expensive meal out for a family of four at only £21. The Cayman Islands comes in as over four times more costly at £86.

Holidaymakers who like a tipple or two may think twice before visiting Dubai. It "boasts" the most expensive drinks at £28 for a round of two beers and a couple of soft drinks.

Mauritius bread lovers will enjoy the low cost of a loaf at only 29p, but may baulk at the price in Turks and Caicos, where it is more than 10 times more at £3.

Car hire costs the least in Tenerife. A family of two adults and two children can rent a vehicle from £89. Tourists to the Caribbean's St Lucia would have to pay about quadruple that amount for the privilege, at £351.