Winter Sun: 5 Top Destinations to Escape the Cold
November 3, 2017

Summer may be over, but that doesn’t mean saying goodbye to sunshine and balmy weather.

We’ve rounded up five destinations ideal for soaking up the winter sun. It doesn’t get much better than this!

1 Florida

Winter beach holiday in Florida

Nicknamed the “Sunshine State”, Florida won’t leave sun-worshippers disappointed this winter. With an average of 24°C in October and 16°C in December, Florida’s temperatures mean that you can explore the state in comfort.

Florida’s 1,350-mile-long coastline is packed with gorgeous beaches, popular tourist attractions and famous cities including Miami, Jacksonville and Orlando, which is home to the Walt Disney World Resort. The heat and humidity can be a little overwhelming during the summer months, so visit when it’s cooler.

2 Thailand

Boats on a white beach at Phuket, Thailand

Thailand stays hot all-year-round, which is excellent news for heat lovers. Temperatures in Bangkok vary between 26°C and 29°C during the autumn and winter months so you can leave your winter woollies at home!

Bangkok is filled with dazzling architecture, exotic foods, cultural scenes, vibrant nightlife and more. Visit the Temple of the Reclining Buddha (Wat Pho), which houses an incredible 46-metre-long gold Buddha statue.

If you want to venture outside the capital, Phuket offers calm, tranquil beaches and awe-inspiring scenes, such as Phang Nga Bay. Chiang Mai is another popular location that culture and wildlife enthusiasts will delight in.

3 The Gambia

Beach holiday in The Gambia

The smallest country in Africa has plenty to offer its tourists. The Gambia only has 80km of coastline, but with its golden beaches, enchanting lagoons and tropical scenery, it truly is paradise on Earth.

The Gambia is ideal for those looking to top up their tans, or animal lovers wishing to immerse themselves in the local wildlife. Check out the incredible Bijilo Forest Park, or the Crocodile Pool in Bakau.

The temperature stays toasty throughout the year, varying between 24-27°C during autumn and winter.

4 Morocco

Koutubia mosque in Marakech, Morocco

Morocco is a country with a rich heritage and vibrant culture. Hollywood may have made Casablanca famous, though there are plenty of other wonderful places to visit.

Marrakech is the country’s top tourist destination, and it’s not hard to figure out why. The lively bazaars, stunning mosques and art scene are not to be missed.

Temperatures in Marrakech drop from an average of 21°C in October, 17°C in November and 14°C in December.

5 Canary Islands
El Duque beach, Tenerife, Canary islands, Spain

The glorious Canary Islands are situated just off the coast of North Africa. Tenerife is the largest of the isles, and one of the most popular. There are attractions and activities to suit all ages – why not visit Loro Parque, which is home to dolphins, penguins and over 1,400 parrots, or discover the mysterious Pyramids of Guimar?

There’s plenty of beautiful places to visit in Gran Canaria including the sea resort Playa del Inglés, the beautiful Maspalomas with its coastal dunes, and Las Palmas for the ultimate beach/city experience. Check this guide to find the perfect resort for you.

Temperatures vary between 17-22°C between October and February.

Remember to keep you and your loved ones safe on your ‘winter’ holiday with plenty of sun lotion and mosquito repellent. Read the benefits of our natural, DEET-free mosquito repellent bands here.

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