Search for the best winter sun holidays from the big name providers
Shake off the fleecy shackles of winter and let your skin be kissed by the sun. Winter-holiday destinations are closer and more affordable than you think and there are health benefits to topping up your vitamin D levels as well as your tan. So what are you waiting for? If it’s a pointer in the right direction you need, TravelSupermarket is here to help.
Here are the most popular winter-sun destinations according to your fellow travellers on TravelSupermarket:
Home to sun baked islands that have become our favourite winter-holiday destinations, the Canary Islands are a four-hour flight but a world away from the bleak dampness of the British winter. Tenerife, Lanzarote, Gran Canaria and Fuerteventura are ideal for cheap Christmas holidays, though you can enjoy bargain breaks here throughout the warm winter months.
Pack your warm-weather wardrobe and jet to the theme-park capital of the USA this winter. Magical Christmas holidays are guaranteed in family favourite Orlando, where daytime temperatures of between 21-24C come without the intense humidity and afternoon storms of the summer months.
More tropical loveliness is on offer where the soothing shores of the Caribbean Sea meet sands more dazzling than fresh British snow. Book luxurious winter-sun holidays in Cuba, Jamaica, Barbados, the Dominican Republic (see below) or on one of the many other beach-fringed islands.
Winter sun in a tropical paradise is what you get in this vast ocean’s top destinations, which include the Maldives, Goa, Sri Lanka, Mauritius and the Seychelles. From palm-shaded beaches on private resort islands to cool tea plantations and jungle wildlife, these diverse destinations have a few things in common: hot days, warm nights, amazing scenery and beaches that kick away the January blues.
From the Caribbean coast, where the Mayan Riviera, Cancun and Cozumel party hard by night and lounge by day, to the shores of the Pacific, where Puerto Vallarta and Acapulco ooze luxury and seaside tradition, the beach resorts of Mexico bask in hot winter sun and none of the humidity and rainfall of summer.
Winter holidays rarely get more exotic than in Thailand, where ancient temples and turquoise seas form the most sensational backdrops to your time in the winter sun. The west-coast island of Phuket is one of the best winter-sun destinations, with low rainfall and daytime temperatures that top 30C. Bustling Bangkok is also dry but hot in winter.
Book winter holidays in Dubai and enjoy this sunny slice of the Middle East at its best. Pleasant daytime temperatures in the mid-20s, cloudless skies and zero humidity are your rewards for winter-sun holidays in Dubai. Some of the best annual events here take place in winter – did someone say Shopping Festival?
Sip that cocktail, lie back on the lounger, and breathe in the relaxed vibe of this welcoming Caribbean destination on luxurious winter-sun holidays. Winter is the season of carnivals and dry weather, so it really is the best time to visit.
For cheap winter holidays a little closer to home (with beaches that are just as alluring as those in the Caribbean), consider the Cape Verde islands. The island of Sal has become the package-holiday darling of this Portuguese archipelago in the Atlantic, while Boa Vista features mile upon mile of deserted, honeyed sands.
Are you dreaming of trading your snow boots for flip-flops? Then follow our tips to land a superb long-haul deal:
• You’re already on to a winner by looking for winter holidays, as summer is the peak time for travel to the sun. You can go one better when it comes to looking for cheap holidays, by travelling outside of the school Christmas holidays and avoiding the Easter break. Demand is higher during these times and this pushes winter prices up.
• If you can be flexible, compare holidays on TravelSupermarket with slightly different departure dates – flying on a Tuesday is usually cheaper than flying on a Saturday, for example.
• Think you can only afford bed and breakfast? Think again. Sometimes, upgrading to half board or even all-inclusive can be remarkably affordable.
• Compare the cost of a package holiday against the cost of booking flights and accommodation separately. You might save a packet on your winter-sun break.