Warm Winter Destinations

Give yourself a break from the cold and check out these relaxing holiday spots.

  • Warm Winter Destinations
  • Warm Winter Destinations
  • Warm Winter Destinations
  • Warm Winter Destinations
  • Warm Winter Destinations
  • Warm Winter Destinations
  • Warm Winter Destinations

We love the Caribbean as much as the next person, but here are a few more options for you to consider:
Mozambique is known for its paradisal golden beaches that are largely undisturbed by loud, sunburnt tourists. Tofo is probably most well known as it is a relatively popular spot for swimming with whale sharks. Alternatively, Vilanculos is home to many well-protected coral reefs which have great visibility- perfect for diving. Plus, the Bazaruto Archipelago is just off of the city. Aside from surfing and sandy beaches, Bazaruto is famous for its wildlife- it’s home to many endangered species like the dugong, humpback whale, and leatherback turtle. Santa Carolina is a rock island and considered the paradise island of the archipelago. The one thing to keep in mind when on the idyllic coast of Mozambique is to be a savvy traveler: be careful with valuables, don’t walk alone at night (especially women), and so forth. December to April is the summer season there- so you definitely have time to plan your trip before the word gets out about this hidden gem.
This Indian state is one of the biggest party cities in the world, and the attraction only multiplies in the winter especially around Christmas and New Years. Of course, you can expect great food, amazing beaches, flea markets, water sports, and the like, but Goa is also home to amazing cultural heritage sites. Be sure not to miss Basilica of Bom Jesus (UNESCO World Heritage site), Tomb of St. Francis Xavier, Mangeshi Temple, Shantadurga Temple, and a variety of ancient ruins, to name a few. Boasting insanely beautiful beaches and architecture in addition to being one of the worlds best party destinations- Goa has a lot to offer and there is no better time to go than in the winter.
French Polynesia
Bora Bora is the most popular island in French Polynesia thanks to it’s luxury status, where you can stay in overwater bungalows. This is mainly a honeymoon destination, though. Tahiti is another big island in French Polynesia but it is primarily the stopover to get to other islands, rather than being the destination itself. Another popular island is Moorea, which is similar to Bora Bora in that it is also a honeymoon destination, but it has a little more of a mix, with hiking and archaeological sites. Even more discreet is the Tuamotu Archipelago which is great for scuba diving and snorkeling, although there's not much to do on shore, except visit a black pearl farm, if that's your thing. There are so many islands to choose from, it’s worth spending time researching which you want to go to as some islands are better for water sports, some are better for luxury resorts, and some are better for sunbathing and other outdoor activities. The weather is pretty consistent all year round, but “summer” there is from November to April.
Note: people often compare The Maldives to Bora Bora because both have the overwater bungalows, however, The Maldives receive over a million visitors per year while French Polynesia receives just a fraction. There is little privacy in The Maldives and many accounts of people disrespecting the marine life. If you want a secluded and romantic getaway, French Polynesia is for you, but if you want a busier and more budget friendly place look to The Maldives.
Canary Islands
These volcanic Spanish islands off the coast of Africa have both black and white sand beaches. Tenerife, the biggest and most famous island, is particularly popular with British holiday makers, but is nothing like Magaluf of Ayia Napa- it’s more refined as there is much more to do besides drink. One of the most popular attractions is Teide National Park, named after the eponymous volcano where you can hike and explore. The difference in climate can change depending on where you are on any of the islands so here is everything you need to know: choosing to stay on the south or southeast coast of any of the islands is where you’re most likely to get the most sun exposure. It does rain sometimes, but more on the western parts of the island because of the mountains and that the wind blows west to east. However, Lanzarote (another popular island) and Fuertaventura aren’t as mountainous so they’re less likely to get rain- but this also means that there’s more wind. Fuertaventura is one of the most windy islands so deciding on which island to go to is up to personal preference.

Costa Rica
It’s driest during the winter months which attracts people from all over to visit Costa Rica’s tropical beaches and see the incredible wildlife. In San Jose temperatures are steady all year at around 70 degrees F but if you’re really seeking warmth you can go along the Northern Plains coast for temperatures around 90 degrees F. January is one of the best months to visit because the “peak” season slows down a bit when tourists have returned home from their Christmas and New Year’s getaways. However, you can expect lots of Costa Rican families traveling during this time as it’s considered summer for them. With the North Pacific (expect strong winds), Central Pacific, South Pacific, and Caribbean coasts, you have plenty of options to choose from to decide what best fits your preferences.

Author : The Slowear Journal



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