A firm favourite for many Brits over the winter months is the Canary Islands where daily temperatures are in the 20s. Tenerife, Gran Canaria, Lanzarote and Fuerteventura are the most popular islands, but you should also consider the smaller La Gomera and La Palma which offer a quieter and simpler offering. Many of the resorts are ideal for cheap winter sun breaks and you'll find some great value deals.
Two other great options in the Atlantic are Madeira with its fantastic dramatic sea cliffs and the Cape Verde islands, a Caribbean-style paradise only recently being opened up.
The Caribbean itself is a fantastic collection of more than 7,000 islands organised into 28 separate island nations. The winter months are the best time to visit as hurricane season is over and temperatures regularly hit 30 degrees.
The value-led islands of the Dominican Republic and Cuba have direct charter flights from the UK and offer all-inclusive deals at budget prices. The classic islands of Barbados, Jamaica, St Lucia and Antigua offer excellent quality and picture-postcard beaches and cater for all price points from self-catering to luxury all-inclusive winter sun breaks.
And there are other great options in the Caribbean to explore too such as the Cayman Islands and the Bahamas(excellent for diving), Grenada(the Spice Island), and Trinidad and Tobago (renowned for carnivals). And, of course, pretty little St Kitts and Nevis or St Vincent and the Grenadines including Mustique, one of the favourite hideaways of the rich and famous.
If you are looking for somewhere with the wow factor then head to Dubai or Abu Dhabi in the UAE with their high-end hotels, amazing service, shopping malls and spotless beaches. Nearby Oman is the new luxury destination of choice for many, with hotels offering exceptional service, amazing design and world-class food and drink.
To the west, Egypt is known for its Red Sea resorts around Sharm el Sheikh and Hurghada with their fantastic diving and snorkelling and extensive hotel choices giving something for every type of budget. This African country is joined by Morocco and Tunisia in the year-round sun stakes with both countries having great beach options. Check out Agadir for a French-influenced break and trips to Marrakech.
Fun in Florida
For many, Florida remains an exciting winter sun destination, whether you head to the theme park areas of Orlando complemented bya spot of sunbathing by the pool or you opt to stay in the Gulf Coast resorts such as St Petersburg or Clearwater. Alternatively, go for the trendy option of South Beach in Miami for sunbathing by day and partying with the in-crowd by night. Add in a drive down to the Florida Keys and you have an ideal winter break organised and ready to go.
The Indian Ocean
Indian Ocean destinations are also big hitters. On its eastern shores lies Thailand with the resorts of Phuket and the Phi Phi islands. But don't forget Thailand's other great winter sun locations of Koh Samui, Pattaya and Krabi - all firm favourites with Brits. South of Thailand you'll find Malaysia with Penang.
Heading west you'll hit Sri Lanka, shaped like a tear drop at the southern end of India and lined with glorious beaches, Buddhist temples and its famous elephants.
Next up is Goa with its mix of Indo-Portuguese culture, full moon parties and sweeping golden sands. Or, head over to the Maldives for a tropical island paradise and the stuff of desert island dreams.
Then there's the Seychelles, a location for honeymooners including Prince William and Kate and Mauritius, an island circled by its own barrier reef with white-sand beaches, huge sugar cane plantations and craggy pitons.
Finally, the Kenyan coast around Mombasa offers lazy days on Indian Ocean beaches and the chance to couple up your holiday with a mini safari to see the wildlife of Africa.
Of course, much of the Med is still great to visit in winter with regular blue skies and warm days to brighten up your winter sun break. The Spanish Costas, Algarve, Cyprus and Malta are open year round along with many resorts in Majorca and Turkey. And many are ideal as cheap winter sun destinations with low prices outside of school holidays.
Finally, why not really go for it and consider South Africa's Cape Town and Durban areas, the beaches of Brazil and Argentina, Australia's cities and coasts or the west coast of the USA south of Los Angeles?