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    January in the UK is famously wet, cold and –  let’s be honest – more than a little bit grey. Inject some sunshine back in to your day by waving goodbye to winter weather and jetting off to warmer climes. Whether you’re after sizzling temperatures or just want to feel the warmth of the sun on your skin, here’s our pick of the best places to travel to in January…

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    Average temperature in January: 16°
    High temperature in January: 21°

    If you don’t fancy flying long haul for your January holiday, look no further than Lanzarote. Thanks to its setting just off the west coast of Africa, you can look forward to warm weather – we’re talking temperatures of at least 16C – when you step off the plane after just four hours flying time. Beach-lovers will feel right at home on this slice of the Canary Islands – you’ll have more than 100 stretches of sand to pick from, so you’ll be spoilt for choice. Once you’ve touched down, make tracks for Puerto del Carmen’s sweep of dark sand, or, head to towns like Playa Blanca and Costa Teguise for golden-tinted coves.

    Check out our holidays to Lanzarote

    Cape Verde

    Average temperature in January: 22°
    High temperature in January: 25°

    If you’re looking to escape the rain and the cold, Cape Verde’s a great hideout. Rain is rare here, with just a few showers between August and October, and you can expect toasty weather all year round. January sees Cape Verde’s temperatures hovering around the 22°C mark, with highs of up to 25°C. Make the most of the sunshine on Cape Verde’s world class white-sand beaches – they’re perfect for a spot of sunbathing, or trying out new watersports.

    Check out our holidays to Cape Verde


    Costa Rica

    Average temperature in January: 27°
    High temperature in January: 33°

    Thanks to Costa Rica’s oh-so-tropical climate, warm temperatures are guaranteed all year round, hitting a huge 30C in January. With beaches, tree-thick rainforests, and an A-to-Z of wildlife to discover, we can’t think of a better way to start the new year. And speaking of wildlife, the months between August and January are the best time to visit if you want to spot Costa Rica’s cutest creatures, like sloths, green turtles and hummingbirds – it’s when the country’s at its greenest.

    Check out our holidays to Costa Rica


    Average temperature in January: 25°
    High temperature in January: 29°

    If you want to start January in style, you’d better pack your suitcase pronto and jet off to Barbados. This Caribbean island has earned the celeb seal of approval, thanks to its string of swoon-worthy beaches, A-list restaurants, and some of the best snorkelling spots in the world. Not only that, you can expect nine hours of sunshine a day and temperatures that hit the 30C mark if you visit in January, making it the perfect spot for working on a winter glow. Oh, and don’t forget to look out for the likes of Rihanna and Simon Cowell while you’re there – this is just one of their favourite sun-soaked destinations.

    Check out our holidays to Barbados

    Dominican Republic

    Average temperature in January: 27°
    High temperature in January: 30°

    Want to tick off a Caribbean classic? Grab some winter sun in the Dominican Republic. Beyond its amazing beaches, you’ll also have rainforest-covered mountains and historic colonial towns on your doorstep, and you can even spot humpback whales. From mid-January to the end of March, around 10,000 humpback whales travel to the Samana Peninsula, which you’ll find around an hour’s drive from La Romana. Huge pods migrate here at this time of year to breed, using the bath-warm waters as a giant nursery for their young. Need we say more?

    Check out our holidays to the Dominican Republic


    Average temperature in January: 25°
    High temperature in January: 32°

    Holidays to Goa are a match made in heaven for culture vultures. In North Goa, you’ll find everything from 16th-century Indian buildings, to Mediterranean-style churches, and a mixture of eastern and western cuisine. Over in South Goa, meanwhile, there’s 60-kilometres worth of tropical beaches, huge markets, and tonnes of temples to explore. Want to know the best part? The temperature in Goa soars up to 32C in January, so you’ll definitely get your vitamin D fix.

    Check out our holidays to Goa

    FYI, this blog was posted before COVID-19.

    Ready to pack your bags for one of these toasty destinations? 

    Check out our winter holiday deals and get your January escape booked. Or, if you’re after some more inspo, read our round-up of the best Christmas holidays in the sun and the best beaches in the Caribbean.

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