Excellent alternatives in January are Dubai, Cancun, Cape Verde and Florida, all with excellent weather and great holiday destinations... Read more
Average January Temperature: 19°C
Average January Rainfall: 15mm
Average Hours of Sunshine: 8hrs
The hot and arid desert climate of Dubai is perfect if you're looking for where is hot in January as it guarantees hot and sunny weather all year round. In fact, it's almost too hot in the summer months, with temperatures reaching 40°C and above. A much more pleasant time to visit Dubai is from November to March when temperatures are more tolerable for sun seekers. Beautiful beaches line Dubai's coastline, such as Jumeirah Beach, home to Dubai's best holiday clubs and hotels. Dubai has even has a Spice Souk, Perfume Souk and Fish Souk which are well worth a visit. And the recently opened Dubai Mall has the world's largest number of retailers in one mall, with 1,200 shops in air-conditioned bliss.
Thrill seeking visitors should try a 4X4 desert safari which takes you on a tour of the awe-inspiring dunes. You can also stop at local Arabian settlements and even try your hand at sandboarding!
Average January Temperature: 28°C
Average January Rainfall: 66mm
Average Hours of Sunshine: 6hrs
Famed for its nightlife and white sandy beaches, Cancun is a top Caribbean holiday destination all year round. Despite a 10 hour flight time from the UK, Cancun is well worth the effort to guarantee a great party and a fantastic tan even in the depths of January. It's worth bearing in mind that the beaches of Cancun are split between the north and the east. To the north, Playa Las Perlas and Playa Linda are superb for watersports, in particular the excellent diving tours and turtle farm close to Isla Mujeres. While the eastern side of Cancun is home to Playa Ballenas, Gaviota Azul, San Miguelito and Playa Delfines. These are quieter beaches, though they are susceptible to stronger winds, but are ideal if you are seeking a peaceful January escape. Away from the beaches, Chichen Itza is an amazing Mayan ruins site with fantastic pyramids and stunning temples - well worth a day trip.
Average January Temperature: 24°C
Average January Rainfall: 2mm
Average Hours of Sunshine: 7hrs
Situated 500km off the coast of West Africa in the Atlantic Ocean, Cape Verde is an eclectic hybrid of African and Portuguese cultural influences. Although Cape Verde is not a mainstream tourist mecca, unlike the Canary or Balearic Islands, it does still attract large numbers of visitors to the stunning beaches of Sal and Boa Vista. For active thrill seekers, a holiday to Cape Verde could involve awesome hiking on hillsides layered with frozen lava, incredible surfing and windsurfing, and excellent deep sea fishing. If you're looking for something a little different and average daytime temperatures of 24 degrees, then Cape Verde could be the remote escape you're looking for.
Average January Temperature: 23°C
Average January Rainfall: 60mm
Average Hours of Sunshine: 7hrs
If you're looking for where is hot in January for a holiday, then Disneyworld and the Orlando theme parks, plus stunning beaches such as St Petersburg and Clearwater, make Florida a brilliant choice for a hot family holiday in January. With average temperature highs of 23 degrees and average January rainfall of 6cm compared to 20cm in June, it's definitely a safe bet for British holidaymakers desperate for some vitamin D.
If we haven't whetted your appetite with any of these options, you could also consider the Maldives, Goa, Mauritius, the Seychelles, the Gambia, Australia, South Africa and the Indian Ocean coasts of Kenya.