WHERE IS HOT IN DECEMBER?
If you're looking to escape the winter frost or fancy spending the festive period on warm beaches, then plan a wonderful winter holiday today. Wondering where is hot in December? Whisk your loved one away on a spectacular trip to Thailand or the Maldives, book a sunny beach holiday to Lanzarote, and as the kids are off school for a while, why not treat them to a fantastic holiday in the theme park capital of Florida?
Wherever you're dreaming of, we've rounded up the hottest destinations for December holidays...
Thermometer says: Average temperatures of 20°C and you're almost guaranteed to have flawless blue skies.
Rich in history, colour and culture, Lanzarote holidays are perfect if you want to escape from the chilly December weather. Lanzarote is full of beautiful beaches and stunning scenery, but to fully appreciate its natural beauty take a trip to Timanfaya National Park. Hikers will find the weather conditions ideal from September onwards. Same goes for the Rancho Texas animal park, open all year round. Try your hands at some watersports on the beach of Famara and take your pick from surfing, windsurfing, or even kiteboarding. If you fancy a more relaxing day on the sand, Papagayo beach is the perfect spot for sunbathing, snorkelling and swimming. So, whether you plan a trip to lively Puerto del Carmen, laidback Costa Teguise, or gorgeous Playa Blanca, Lanzarote is a perfect place to recover from the winter blues this December.
Thermometer says: Expect temperatures of about 26°C every day, meaning warm sunny days on the beach!
If you fancy stunning beaches, plentiful sunshine and relaxed way of life, then gorgeous Dominican Republic has all the reasons to sway you. From white sand, swaying palms, beachfront shacks, exotic seafood and crystal-clear waters, this Caribbean island has covered it all. Twice of Wales in size, you’ve myriad of things to do, including scuba-diving, snorkelling, surfing, and of course, fishing. Kick back and relax on the powdered-white sands of Playa Rincon beach, which is one of the famous beaches in all the Caribbean islets. But, if you want some action-packed beach scene, head to Cabarete Beach and check out its windsurfing and kitesurfing options.
Thermometer says: Inviting temperatures of 27°C and 10 hours of sunshine make this a top pick.
December is the perfect time to indulge in idyllic getaways to Goa, where exotic beaches, UNESCO-listed cities and spiritual retreats are all to be expected. If you're looking to get into the true spirit of Goa, joining the backpackers in one of the many comfortable beach huts is the perfect way to unwind and embrace beach life. Palolem beach in South Goa will bring out the hippy in you and woo you with its chilled out vibes and calming way of life. Or if you're after a slightly livelier experience, head north to Calangute, Candolim and Baga. These three towns merge into each other and are where the party happens, such as Sunburn Music festival, where all the international DJs play their tunes.
Thermometer says: Phuket is a far flung paradise with temperatures averaging at 28°C and approximately 8 hours of sunshine a day.
Phuket, Thailand's largest island lying in the Andaman sea off the south western coast, gives you plentiful sunshine, idyllic sandy beaches, luxurious hotels, indulgent spas and a vibrant nightlife – making December one of the best times to visit this tropical island. The west coast on the Andaman Sea boasts long sandy beaches, crystal clear water and some of Thailand's best hotels. If you're really seeking peace, head to the north-west coast for Mai Khao, Nai Yang, Nai Thon and Kamala. To the south you’ll find the pretty beach of Nai Harn, famous for its scenic sunsets.
Thermometer says: It tends to be around 27°C in December, and all year round for that matter, so it's the ideal destination to catch up on some much needed sun.
With unmatched luxury, endless sunshine and pristine white-sand beaches, the Maldives is an ideal beach holiday of a lifetime. Its natural beaches, fringed with swaying palm trees and surrounded by crystal-clear turquoise waters are the main attraction of these small islets. Whether you’re seeking pampered nights in a 4-star resort or a gorgeous beachfront bed & breakfast, your tropical wishes are sure to come true in Maldives. Since it proves its worth to be a perfect place to unwind and do nothing, don’t feel guilty for sun-soaking on the beaches and indulging in some scrumptious local cuisine!
Thermometer says: Florida enjoys on average, seven hours of sunshine a day in December.
Florida holidays are every kids fantasy. Known as the 'Sunshine State' it serves up the best combination of beach, adventure and city with balmy weather, a beautiful coastline and magical theme parks abuzz with entertainment. Orlando is a thriving resort full of famous Disney theme parksa and attractions, not to mention the enchanting Downtown complex for lively evenings with the family. Cosmopolitan Miami combines scintillating nightlife and chic boutique towns with the turquoise waters of South Beach.
Thermometer says: Alluring temperatures of 26°C will be sure to clear up wintery blues!
Everything you have heard about Barbados is true, it really is just a gorgeous, golden pile of sand floating gently in the balmy Caribbean Sea. It's the only place you'll need to go to get rid of those wintery blues - lie back in the warm ocean with a refreshing rum cocktail in your hand. You won't be short of beautiful beaches to explore here, one of the more secluded stretches being Bottom Bay, which offers privacy and peace. Or, if you fancy a change of pace, most of the resorts host an array of activities and attractions to get involved in – from watersports during the day to live music lounges in the evening.