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As winter approaches many of us look to escape the cold, wet weather and search for sandy beaches, sunkissed, warm waters and an escape from the British winter. Winter Sun destinations vary all over the world but our selection of the best places to go for your winter sun holiday are the warm destinations with beaches. Below we have selected our best winter sun beach resorts and hotels.
The best places to go for Winter Sun are:
Whilst some people may assume that winter sun has to be long haul, many people forget about the Canary Islands. From around 4 hours from the UK, you can be just off the coast of Africa and leave behind your European winter blues. Although technically a part of Spain, the Islands enjoy a warmer winter with average lows of 20°C in January, making these sun-kissed islands the perfect winter sun destination.
Off the coast of Africa, Cape Verde is fast becoming a favourite winter sun destination. There's ten islands to choose from, with coastal towns, stunning beaches, year-round warm weather and an average temperature in December of 25°C. Be mesmerised by clear blue waters as your Facebook friends drool with jealousy.
In Agadir and Marrakech, the average temperature for winter is around 21°C, allowing you the perfect temperature to discover rolling sand dunes, bustling souks and waterfalls in hidden valleys. Morocco is a fantastic winter sun destination due to its deep blue skies and glorious climate.
Whether you are looking to escape outside the school holidays and make the most of great value prices, find a great family Christmas holiday or simply looking for a luxury winter break then the Middle East offers a guarantee of good weather, scintillating activities and world-class shopping. In the UAE you will find theme parks, children's activities, amazing shopping, the weather around 30°C and the ultimate in luxury hotels.
From November to May The Gambia offers temperatures of around 30°C, secluded sandy beaches, a relaxed atmosphere and unspoilt views. The Gambia is becoming a popular winter sun choice for its guaranteed sun.
Costa Rica doesn't have the typical seasons that the UK has, it has a rainy and a dry season. The best time to go to make the most of beautiful beaches and avoid the rain are from December to April, making Costa Rica the perfect winter sun destination.
In December the average high temperature for Florida is 23°C. A perfect temperature to celebrate Christmas on the beach for this perennial winter sun favourite!
As temperatures vary so little from season to season in the Caribbean you could say that the Caribbean and Mexico are year-round destinations. However, the driest season with the coolest nights is December through to April. Other times of the year can be prone to rain or hurricanes. This means that the Caribbean is a perfect hotspot for winter sun holidays.
Thailand has its coolest temperatures and driest season between November and early April. With temperatures from 18-32°C, it's perfect for sunbathing and relaxing in warm seas under clear blue skies, without the showers that occur throughout the other seasons. Winter sun holidays are popular in Thailand due to the stunning beaches and warm, bath-like waters.
A quintessential winter sun destination with powdery white beaches, azure waters lapping at the shores and a sublime temperature that rarely drops below 24°C.