If you’re anything like me, you’re probably dreading the seemingly never-ending winter months. The constant darkness, rain (or snow, if you’re lucky), and freezing cold temperatures tend to put a damper on my mood every year, and I’m always reluctant to leave the comfort – and warmth – of my duvet. I’d much rather curl up in bed with some hot chocolate and start planning my next holiday than go out in the cold – and I’m sure I’m not the only one!
With the cold weather setting in and the temperatures having already plummeted quite drastically, thinking about warm lazy days on golden sandy beaches, sipping cocktails, just sounds more and more appealing.
If you want to soak up the sun somewhere warm this winter and are in need of some inspiration, you’re in the right place. From the exotic Caribbean to the sun-drenched Canary Islands and the more tropical locations further afield, here are some of the best winter sun destinations you should consider visiting this winter.
Tenerife (as well as several other places in Greece, Spain, or Portugal) is actually one of those destinations I’d much rather visit during off-peak seasons when it’s a bit more quiet and the heat isn’t unbearable. Although Tenerife is undoubtedly one of the most popular European holiday destinations in summer, you can still take advantage of its gorgeous beaches and endless sunshine during the winter months. November and December temperatures are usually around 24 °C, which means it’s not extremely hot and humid, but still warm enough for you to enjoy swimming in the sea and hotel pools.
With a reputation for being the ‘sunshine state’, Florida is a must-visit winter holiday destination for those who want to go a little further afield. From the excitement of Disney World to the exotic Florida Keys island and the dizzying lights in the lively city of Miami, there’s so much to see and do here. Known for its great food, friendly locals, warm weather, endless beaches and laid-back lifestyle, there’s no other winter sun holiday destination quite like it.
Crystal clear waters, tropical fish, powder white sands and lush tropical greenery… if there’s one place that will cure those winter blues, it’s Barbados. With tons to do for everyone, from adventure seekers who want to zip wire through the trees to kayaking in the sea and exploring the botanical gardens, whatever your interests, Barbados certainly has enough variety to ensure you have the winter holiday of a lifetime.
Thailand’s climate is subtropical throughout most of the country, leading to year-round hot and humid conditions. Although winter in Thailand is far from the icy, snowy winters we’re used to here in Europe, this is the season when the country cools off a bit – which makes it a perfect getaway for sun-seekers. The winter months are definitely Thailand’s most pleasant season, with temperatures averaging around 30 – 35 °C. Generally speaking, the best time to visit Thailand is between November and March, although a lot depends on what area you’re visiting exactly. If you need some help figuring out when to visit certain places and how to avoid monsoon season, Condé Nast has a handy guide here.
5) Gran Canaria
With a landscape ideal for hiking, bike riding, golfing and climbing, plus temperatures reaching the late twenties throughout the whole of winter, Gran Canaria makes for the ideal winter sun destination. It’s an island that’s ideal for families, couples and young people alike, with a variety of different resorts appealing to different age groups and interests.
Lively Puerto Rico is dotted with bars and clubs, where you’ll be sure to find a party late into the early hours with plenty of great restaurants, too. If you’re travelling as a couple, with its gorgeous white-washed buildings and romantic port Puerto de Mogan would be a perfect choice for a winter getaway – but if you’re looking for culture, the capital Mas Palomas has plenty to offer as well.
If you’re thinking of escaping the cold and soaking up the sun somewhere warm this winter, Iglu Cruises offers cruising holidays to all of these destinations calling at plenty of other amazing winter sun destinations too. What better time to get away than in the most depressing months of the year for a gorgeous summer break?
Have you been anywhere interesting during the winter months? What are your top recommendations for the best winter sun destinations? 🙂
Disclaimer: This is a collaborative post brought to you in partnership with Iglu Cruises. But as always, the views and opinions expressed in this article are my own.