Where to holiday for warmth this Winter

Escaping for a family holiday in the early part of the year has several advantages, especially as the main resorts tend to be quieter and cost less.

And there’s plenty of opportunities to enjoy some sun too, albeit not at the higher temperatures you may associate with the summer months.

If you’re on the lookout for some last-minute warmth to kick-start 2019, here are a handful of destinations that you might want to consider…

The Canary Islands

Even in the early part of the year, temperatures in the Canary Islands hover around the 20°C mark. Although some tourist attractions and hotels may be closed during the off-peak season, this quieter period is great for exploring the spectacular scenery and landscapes on offer.

Alternatively, put your feet up and relax on one of the many beautiful beaches – Tenerife and Gran Canaria still enjoy around six hours of sun a day in the early part of the year.

Sri Lanka

A country packed with opportunities and an abundance of sun in January, Sri Lanka can provide a relaxing beach getaway, an exciting safari experience or a mixture of both.

Having a hire car provides the flexibility to explore locations such as Galle Fort or Yala National Park, while the beaches and clear waters near Hikkaduwa are ideal for snorkelling and catching a glimpse of giant turtles.

Hikkaduwa in Sri Lanka 

Dubai

Temperatures are low when compared to the highs seen in the summer months, but even in January, you can expect anything between 20°C and 30°C.

The beaches are the obvious draw, but Dubai is also renowned for its shopping and adventure experiences, with dune surfing and sandboarding incredibly popular options.

Phuket

Having entered into the dry season at the start of the year, Phuket virtually guarantees sunshine in January to accompany warm temperatures.

Karon and Patang are popular resorts and offer exceptional beaches, while sea activities including diving, snorkelling, kitesurfing and sea kayaking can both enthral and excite.

Phuket in Thailand

India

The Indian region of Kerala enjoys temperatures of around 28°C in January and with numerous beaches, it’s an ideal spot to relax.

Alternatively, explore Goa in the early part of 2019 and discover an array of historic sites and temples to go with the beaches, It might be the coldest month of the year, but temperatures are still around the 25°C mark.

Costa Rica

With its golden beaches and glorious sunshine, the Central American nation of Costa Rica has plenty to entice visitors.

The Pacific beaches will be incredibly warm but expect accommodation to be in demand.

Beach in Costa Rica

If you are planning a last minute escape in the early part of 2019, make sure you have adequate travel insurance before you go.  If you’re planning to be adventurous and to partake in extreme sports or other activities, you may also want to question if you need any additional cover. Our online travel insurance tool will allow you to compare quotes from our trusted providers. 

Date Created: 17/12/2018

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