Wondering where to get away to this winter? To get you started on your search, we’ve picked out our favourite destinations…
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Los Cabos, Mexico
You can join the A-listers in Mexico Los Cabos. This swanky spot has celebs flocking to its shores. And it’s no wonder, this place offers a hall of fame-worthy line-up of shops, bars, and beaches.
Fuerteventura, Canary Islands
The Canary Islands are a holy grail for sun-seekers between November and March. Fuerteventura is the island closest to the African coast – so expect sand dunes stretching for miles between the dormant volcanoes. There are 125 days of sunshine a year here, only a four hour flight from the UK. For the adventurous, wind sports are popular due to the famous coastal breeze. Surfers flock to the island every year for competitions like the Windsurfing and Kitesurfing World Cup near Costa Calma, now in its 32nd year.
Sal, Cape Verde
A small cluster of islands off the western coast of Africa make up Cape Verde. Often overlooked due to being further from the UK than the Canaries, it’s still only a six hour flight from London and once you’ve arrived you can look forward to average temperatures of 25 degrees in the winter months. Escape the crowds in Sal, one of ten islands, where you can top up your tan on an eight-kilometre beach in the town of Santa Maria.
St Lawrence, Barbados
Winter is, of course, the perfect opportunity to venture a little further. The Caribbean island of Barbados is famous for having crystal clear warm waters and is home to the world’s oldest commercial rum distillery. December to May avoids the rainy season so it’s a perfect location to escape to while it’s cold and damp in the UK. You can even enjoy a taste of home while you’re there – the Turtle Beach Resort near St Lawrence Gap offers afternoon tea.
El Jobo, Costa Rica
Costa Rica‘s known as one of the world’s happiest countries – what better excuse could you need to visit Central America during the UK’s gloomy winter months? Beat the misery by adopting the Costa Rican greeting of pura vida – pure life. Explore coffee plantations, visit the Green Turtle Museum, and finish the day by watching the sun go down on the beach. With the mercury reaching the top twenties, you’ll be lounging in a bikini and flip flops instead of shivering in your winter coat and boots.
Phu Quoc, Vietnam
For a real adventure, head to Vietnam this winter. Dry season is from November to April – the perfect time to visit the island of Phu Quoc. Explore temples and marketplaces, and make the most of the balmy summer evenings you’ve been longing for at the famous Night Market. There you’ll find freshly caught fish and arts and crafts created by the locals. Closer to Ganh Dau Beach go hiking in Phu Quoc National Park to discover gorgeous waterfalls and meet the local wildlife – ever wanted to meet a monkey in the middle of the rainforest?