With summer on its way out, we think now’s the time to start looking for a bit of winter sun. There’s still plenty of places where the sun is still shining, meaning it’s not too late to work up a tan! From somewhere close to home like Malta or somewhere more exotic like Dubai, we’ve rounded up a list of sizzling places to visit this winter.
Average temperature during winter: 26°C
Barbados is at its best this time of year, with the sea temperatures just as warm as the weather. Some of the best hotels and restaurants can be found on the Caribbean’s west coast, where the beaches are also calm. The best months to go are from December to April, as they are the driest and least humid, making days at the beach long and lazy!
Barbados is part of the British Commonwealth, which means that afternoon tea and cricket sit comfortably next to drinking rum and scuba diving! How better to spend your time?
Average temperature during winter: 29°C
There is no bad time to head to the Maldives, really! Even rainy season is fairly dry compared to similar destinations. Twenty-six coral atolls are made up of hundreds of tropical islands, nearly all geared towards luxury tourism.
A 10 hour flight from the UK is definitely worth it if your reward at the end is a Maldivian paradise! Accommodation in the Maldives ranges from over-water beach huts to 5 star luxury hotels – take your pick.
Average temperature during winter: 25 °C
The city where winter lasts approximately six weeks (if you can call 20°C winter), Dubai is a great choice for some winter sun. But with temperatures rising to 52°C degrees in the summer, many prefer to go to Dubai during the UK’s winter period, as the temperatures are way more comfortable – ideal for Brits in search of winter sun.
The Dubai Rugby Sevens is taking place in Dubai this December, which is another good excuse to visit.
Temperature during winter: 24°C
For some sunshine and culture, visit Cuba! See the beautiful capital of Havana which is full of wonderfully colourful buildings and classic cars, and then take a day trip to the white sandy beaches of Varadero. The weather is hot and dry all through November to February.
Cuba is actually a Caribbean island – not South American, as many think – with a fabulous mix of white sandy beaches, densely forested mountains, cigars and salsa dancing. So, whether it’s a city hotel in Havana that you’re craving or a beach cabin, Cuba has quirky accommodation to suit everyone.
Average temperature during winter: 20°C
A little closer to home, Malta is renowned for enjoying more daylight hours than anywhere else in Europe – about 10.3 hours of daylight during December, compared to London’s 7.8.
St. Julians and Sliema are the perfect year-round locations, with plenty of entertainment, restaurants and hotels offering something for everyone.
Malta has a subtropical Mediterranean climate with very mild winters. So even in winter you can take a trip to Gozo, Malta’s quieter sister island, and enjoy its stunning beaches.
Average temperature during winter: 26°C
No matter what time of year you go to Thailand, the country will always be sizzling hot! However, it’s best trying to avoid the rain which can be torrential at certain times of year. Therefore, the best time to visit is from November to February, when the monsoon is blowing dry air, lessening the chance of rain, whilst temperatures can still hit up to 35°C during the day.
Whether you’re a budget backpacker or a luxury traveller, there is a slice of paradise on every island of Thailand.
Average temperature during winter: 24°C
A six hour flight away from the UK, sitting on the Atlantic Ocean, are the islands of Cape Verde, just off the northwest coast of Africa.
The former Portuguese colony is still relatively unknown and therefore is a fairly new destination for UK travellers. However, the number of visitors is increasing every year, due to its gorgeous year-round weather – pleasantly tropical but not too humid and long daylight hours, so get in quick before it becomes to popular!
There are a few different islands to choose from, all offering something different. Santo Antão’s mountainous peaks hide bright green valleys, ideal for beautiful walks. São Vicente is home to the cultural capital of the islands, Mindelo, which is packed with bars and clubs. Boa Vista, Sal and Maio all offer white sandy beaches with indigo-blue seas, all catering for tourists with a host of accommodation options.
We think it’s easy to fall in love with the Portuguese-African culture and the many beautiful beaches that the islands have to offer.
Rio de Janeiro
Average temperature during winter: 40°C
Want to visit Brazil but not sure when it’s a good time of year to go? We think December and January are the best months, and here’s why: if it’s winter sun you want, then these are the hottest months of the year, with temperatures rising above 40°C so you can really make like the locals, spending your time cooling down on the incredible beaches.
Another reason is that the new year celebrations are huge, with free music festivals at the beach and impressive firework displays.
Best of all, the prices rise substantially around February and March because of the carnival season, so visiting in the winter gives you the famous Brazilian party atmosphere at a fraction of the price! There are thousands of hotels, hostels and apartments to choose from, all of which are also cheaper out of festival season.