Inspiring winter sun destinations

The winter season is the perfect time to jet off to a sunnier climate and leave your bobble hats and woolly scarves behind. Imagine how amazing it will feel stepping off the plane in tropical paradise to be welcomed by warm air and blue skies. Everyone wants to start off the New Year right and what better way than getting a dose of winter sun? We’ve selected some top winter sun destinations for those in search of a getaway.

1. Mexico

Mexico is a beautiful country with a variety of cultures, so there’ll be something to interest everyone. Winters in Mexico are warm and tend to average between 21-28 degrees celsius.

If you enjoy visiting countries with interesting historical backgrounds, then Mexico won’t disappoint. From world class archeological sites like Chichen Itza and Teotihuacan, to the circular pyramids of Guachimontones in Jalisco, there’s plenty to explore. Mexico is also home to some of the most stunning beaches in the world, including the white beaches of Tulum and the crystal clear blue seas of Cancun. So whether you’re looking for a relaxing beach holiday or you want to spend your time sightseeing, Mexico has it all.

You’ll also get to try a huge range of tasty Mexican cuisine and we promise it’s more than just Tacos and Quesadillas! Why not get stuck into some street food in Mexico City or try a Bionico fruit dessert in Jalisco? A myriad of tasting opportunities await.

Bursting with vibrant colours and home to the mariachi groups, Mexico is the ultimate fiesta destination – you won’t want to miss out…

 

2. Sri Lanka 

Sri Lanka is becoming an increasingly popular winter travel destination as more people become aware of its astounding beauty. Dry season in southern Sri Lanka runs from December through to March, so this winter escape will give you clear blue skies and high heat (average temperatures of 26-30 degrees celsius) – sounds like bliss! With virtually no rain and a calm shore, the beaches in the south are also perfectly suited to those looking for a stress-free escape.

If you love animals you’ll be glad to know that dry season coincides with whale watching season, so it’s the best time to spot dolphins and humpback whales. Sri Lanka is also famous for its National Parks where wild animals (including elephants and leopards!) can be spotted roaming through the grass. If you like animals, then why not book a jeep safari at Yala National Park – you might even spot a crocodile! Or why, not take a trip to a Turtle Hatchery to see where the next turtle generation’s journey begins?

Sri Lanka is big on sea food and is well known for its traditional curry dishes and tea. You’ll be spoilt for choice at Sri Lankan buffets which offer endless rice and curry combinations, whilst a trip to a tea planter’s cottage will leave you greatly satisfied as you get to enjoy your favourite cup of tea whilst seeing exactly where it’s grown.

Sri Lanka is a warm, colourful destination which will take you closer to nature in ways you can only imagine. If you’re looking for an experience of a lifetime, Sri Lanka awaits…

 

3. Morocco

Morocco is best known for its spas, cuisine and unique shopping experiences – not forgetting the sunshine! Moroccan ancient markets, also known as “souks” are jam-packed with unusual items that will make special gifts for friends and family. Get ready to haggle over that woven Berber rug, beautifully detailed stained glass lamp or delicious aromatic herbs and spices before heading into the high-end designer shops in “modern” Morocco. Or if you’re looking for a more laid back experience, the Moroccan spa, also called the “hammam” will give you a chance to kick back and relax as you enjoy one of the most luxurious bathing experiences in the world, ending in a blissful massage.

If this doesn’t sound tempting enough, Morocco has some of the finest cuisine around the globe. You’ll get to enjoy delicate spices and tantalising flavours from melt in your mouth tagine to a sweet sticky pretzel known as a Chebakkiya.

Or, if it’s sun your after, Morocco has some amazing beaches in Agadir and TanTan. Morocco is slightly cooler between December and March in comparison to some other winter sun destinations, with average temperature of around 14-18 degrees celsius during the day. This is great for those who like mild, but not excessive temperatures – and the sea is normally still warm enough for a refreshing dip!

 

4. Canary Islands 

The Canary Islands are in close proximity to the African coast which means they have an amazing climate, with an average temperature of 22 degrees celsius all year round. Flights are usually short and reasonably priced, but this certainly doesn’t mean there’s any compromise on quality. With an abundance of quiet beaches during off-peak seasons and the chance to stargaze under some of Europe’s brightest and clearest skies, there’s no better place to relax.

There’s also plenty to get involved in if you want a holiday full of variety. Between January and March, the Canary Islands gear up for an explosion of music, colour and fun during their annual Carnival. Every island celebrates in their own unique way from drag queen galas to talcum powder fights – however you like to have fun, they’ll be a way for you to get involved.

With sunshine all year round, the Canaries are also big on wine production so there’s plenty of opportunity to tour vineyards (and do wine tasting!). If you’re also a fan of the cheese and wine combo, you’ll be happy to know that the Canary Islands have won awards for their cheese production, with each island producing their own unique cheese creation.

One of the best things about the Canary Islands is that there will be something for everyone; with 7 unique islands including Tenerife, Gran Canaria and Fuerteventura, you’ll be sure to find at least one that takes your fancy.

 

5. Thailand

The best time of year to visit Thailand is between November and March, so it makes the ideal sunny winter escape. Between these months the monsoon is blowing in dry air, reducing the chance of rain and day time temperatures will sit around 35 degrees celsius during the day.

If you’re looking to have a culinary adventure then Thailand is the place to go; with such a wide selection of traditional dishes (including tom yum soup and pad thai) for both meat eaters and vegetarians, it’ll be hard not to fall in love with the cuisine. You’ll also find fresh coconuts are sold literally everywhere, so you’ll never find yourself far from a refreshing drink to cool you down.

Thailand has a bit of everything; beautiful fairytale-like beaches, bustling cities full of street food, markets and tuk tuks, and plenty of magical historic temples e.g. Chiang Mai. You’ll never find yourself getting bored in Thailand so if you’re looking to book a longer trip, this could be the ideal location for you.

People say it’s difficult to understand the true beauty of Thailand until you’ve been, but chances are your first visit won’t be your last.

 

However you like to travel, there’s a winter destination for everyone. Got a special bolt hole that’s simply too good to resist? We’d love to hear your suggestions at [email protected].

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