Who’d love to avoid November’s cold and dreary weather by booking a holiday to sunnier shores? We’ve found some of the hottest destinations across the globe where you can swap fireworks and frost for sipping cocktails on the beach. You’re welcome…
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Mexico – Pacific Coast
Average temperature in Puerto Vallarta in November: 25C
High temperature in Puerto Vallarta in November: 31C
Pair long, golden beaches with warm weather and Mexico’s best dining scene, and you’ve got the recipe for the perfect pre-Christmas holiday. Temperatures reach 31C in November but Puerto Vallarta is nice and dry, making it ideal for topping up your tan on the beach. Mid November also sees the annual week-long Puerto Vallarta Gourmet Festival, where you can explore Mexico’s gastronomy scene through cooking demonstrations, themed nights at select hotels and restaurants, and food tours around the city. If you love sun, sea, beaches and food, you can’t go wrong with a trip to Mexico’s Pacific Coast.
Average temperature in Fuerteventura in November: 21C
High temperature in Fuerteventura in November: 24C
Fuerteventura’s temperatures peak at 24C in November, proving that you don’t need to go far for some winter sun. It’s warm enough for you to get a much-needed vitamin D fix, but not too hot for those hikes into the famous national parks and across the volcanic terrain. Some of the best beaches in the Canaries can be found in Fuerteventura, so you’ll be able to top up your tan before it fades. Stay at the Riu Oliva Beach Resort in the North of the island to take advantage of the miles of powder soft sand and turquoise waters right on its doorstep.
Average temperature in Cuba in November: 24C
High temperature in Cuba in November: 28C
November marks the start of the dry season on this famous Caribbean island. And, daily temperatures hover between 25 and 30 degrees, with up to 10 hours of sunshine a day. You can make the most of the sunshine by staying in Varadero, the island’s number one beach resort, which lines up 20 kilometres of sandy coastline plus an array of watersports to try. It’s easy to go on daytrips to Havana too, where you can experience the 1950s vibes and see the film-set scenery for yourself. Tour colonial palaces, visit salsa clubs, and sip mojitos in Ernest Hemingway’s favourite bars.
Average temperature in Mauritius in November: 24C
High temperature in Mauritius in November: 28C
November in Mauritius falls at the beginning of the hot season and the tail end of dry season – making it pretty much the perfect time to go. And, what goes best with sunshine and dry weather? Beaches lapped by crystal clear waters, of course. Mauritius lines up plenty of dreamy white-sand stretches for you to choose from, plus some of the best snorkelling spots in the world. The diving sites and protected coral lagoons near Le Morne are home to multi-coloured parrotfish, trumpet fish and clown fish, and if you’re lucky, you might spot some turtles too.
Average temperature in Vietnam in November: 27C
High temperature in Vietnam in November: 31C
The island of Phu Quoc, off Vietnam’s south coast, is southeast Asia’s hidden gem. It boasts amazing weather from November to March, so if you’re after a tropical pre-Christmas break, this is the place to be. Temperatures hit highs of 31C, and there are plenty of secluded, idyllic beaches where you can soak up the sun, including Ganh Dau Beach which is right next to the Vinpearl Phu Quoc Resort. You can also easily switch between beach time and sightseeing. Phu Quoc lines up forest hikes through national parks, traditional dishes to try at the local night markets, and historic attractions like the Coconut Tree Prison.