In no particular order, here are our top ten worldwide destinations for those who are seeking some winter sun.
The Canary Islands offer a tropical climate all year round, but stick to the south of the island if you want to discover the best beaches. Like all the islands in the Canaries, Lanzarote emerged from the sea as a result of volcanic activity, but only a few of its beaches have black sand. If you fancy taking part in other activities other than laying on the beach, then why not have a go at kite surfing, paddle boarding, diving, snorkelling or one of the many other water sport activities.
2. Costa Rica
Central America has recently become a popular choice of destination for some winter sun, it’s no wonder when Costa Rica boats shorelines on both the Caribbean Sea and Pacific Ocean – so you can take your pick of beaches! You’ll be hard pushed to pick a bad spot, with plenty of restaurants, hotels and water sport centres up and down the coast – but Playa Jaco near San Jose is known as the popular spot.
Cuba is one of the largest Caribbean Islands, and is famous for its white sandy beaches, rolling hills, rum and fresh fish. Havana is the capital of Cuba and offers a delightful mix of unspoiled Spanish colonial architecture, whilst offering dance clubs, cocktail bars and cabaret shows that performing every night. Havana is one of the most popular places to visit, offering well-preserved Spanish colonial architecture, plenty of dance clubs, cabaret shows and bars to entertain you in the evening.
4. Gran Canaria
Gran Canaria is one of Spain’s Canary Islands, off north-western Africa, so you know it’s going to be warm most of the year round! It’s well-known for its glorious white-sand beaches stretching along its southern coast, from happening Playa del Inglés and Puerto Rico to quieter, family-oriented Puerto de Mogán and San Agustín. Whereas, the northern capital, Las Palmas, is a popular stop for cruise ships and duty-free shopping.
Dubai is the most extravagant city in United Arab Emirates, renowned for its luxury 24/7 shopping malls, ultra-modern buildings and lively nightlife includes hundreds of bars, clubs and casinos – is it the new Vegas? With the year-round sunshine, you can visit at any time and you won’t be disappointed with the weather.
6. Sharm El Sheikh
Sharm el-Sheikh is an Egyptian resort area known for its long beaches and clear waters. Naama Bay, a palm-tree-lined promenade, is filled with lively bars and restaurants. Although if you fancy something a little more laid back then try the Ras Muhammad National Park, it offers a great diving destination with vibrant coral life.
Crystal seas and clear skies? Like in the magazine? Look no further than Antigua (also known as Waladli or Wadadli by the native population) is an island in the West Indies. It’s a great holiday spot for beach lovers and families with young children. There is plenty of activities for all ages – so get stuck in with the different type of water sports on offer!
Vietnam is a Southeast Asian country visited for its sandy beaches, bright blue rivers, Buddhist pagodas and bustling cities. With over 2000 miles of coastline, Vietnam has plenty of secluded coves with white sands and waters fit for snorkelling and diving. For days spent sunbathing and evenings watching stunning sunsets, check out Long Beachin in Phu Quoc and City beach in Nha Trang.
9. Riviera Maya
The Riviera Maya is a stretch of Caribbean coastline on the northeast of Mexico, with numerous all-inclusive resorts, long beaches, yoga retreats and surf clubs this is truly a luxurious experience – best for adults who want some romantic rest and recovery time.
With deep pink sunsets and crystal clear waters ideal for snorkelling and diving, it’s a wonder how the beaches of Cambodia have remained hidden gems for such a long time. With people discovering more and more of these wonderful beaches along the coastline, it is set to be a popular beach destination for 2016. Check out Southwestern Beach, Koh Rong and Lazy Beach, Koh Rong Saloem for some of the clearest water.
So once you’ve decided on your perfect destination for some well-earned winter sun, book your flights, grab a London airport transfer, buy travel insurance and get packing your swimsuit because, well…why not?