Winter sun Destinations - wheres hot now?

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Need to know where's hot now? Want to find out the top winter sun destinations for this year? Why wait till summer for sun, sand and cocktails when you could pick a great winter sun holiday and escape the cold today! We've rounded up the sunniest hotspots for winter sun, along with their average temperatures, so you can find a great holiday in January, Febriuary, March or April. On top of having more choice and availability during the winter months, you'll find cheaper prices and fewer crowds, but just as many gloriously sunny beaches to choose from. 

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Gran Canaria benefits from that gorgeous Canary Island climate. It might not have the big clubbing resorts of Tenerife and Lanzarote but its vast golden sands, tons of fun activities and refreshing excursions in the mountains make for perfect family holidays. Climb the spectacular sand dunes at Maspalomas, bar hop and sandcastle build in Playa del Ingles or relax in family fave Puerto Rico. With lashings of sunshine all-year round there’s never a bad time for holidays in Gran Canaria - if you want to find out more, check out our fly away to the Canary Islands guide and settle on a resort that suits you!

Average Hours of SunshineAverage Rainfall (mm)
January       18             6         25
February       18             7         24
March       19             7         12
April       19             8           6
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Tenerife Santa Cruz Beach Canary Islands
Tenerife holidays are a firm family favourite even outside of the main summer season, thanks to loads of sunshine, low chance of rain and the island’s brilliant fun attractions. Siam Park is one of the best waterparks in the world alongside awar-winning zoo anf aquarium Loro Parque, and both are open all year round! Grown-ups will find the resorts quieter outside of summer and while some bars and clubs will still be open, party resorts like Playa de las Americas won’t be as wild. Classy Costa Adeje is a good choice if you like the finer things in life, while sleepy Playa Paraiso offers a healthy dose of laid-back rest and relaxation.
Average Hours of SunshineAverage Rainfall (mm)
January         17            6        43
February         17            8         42
March         18            8        38
April         18            8        19
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Lanzarote is one of the warmest and driest Canary Islands through the winter months, which makes it a safe bet for some out of season sunshine. Hikers who want to explore the Mount Timanfaya National Park will find the weather conditions ideal from Sept onwards – with no sweltering in your hiking boots! Same goes for the Rancho Texas animal park, which is open all year round. Whether you choose lively Puerto del Carmen, laid-back Costa Teguise or pretty Playa Blanca, you can guarantee some short haul fun in the sun with Lanzarote holidays.
Average Hours of SunshineAverage Rainfall (mm)
January        17               7          17
February       18               7          18
March       19               8          12
April       20               9            5
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Quieter than its Canary Island siblings, Fuerteventura holidays are perfect if you're after an "away from it all" escape this winter. Couples and families with young children will love the peaceful vibe, and the resorts remain unspoilt with low-rise hotels and clean sandy beaches. You’ll find the most life in Costa Caleta, Corralejo and Jandia, but expect pretty old towns and fishing harbours – this isn’t the place to party!
MonthAverage TemperatureAverage Hours of SunshineAverage Rainfall (mm)
January             18               6           14
February             18               7           16
March             18               8           12
April             20               8             5
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Aphrodite’s island is a beauty that’s well worth visiting in winter, especially if you’re into your ancient history. Cyprus is a great spot for those that want blue skies but don't want to sizzle on their spring holidays. The Tombs of the Kings are a must see, and you can swim around Aphrodite’s rock. In the Paphos region, choose from its pretty namesake town, quiet Coral Bay or livelier Limassol. Or stay in the Larnaca area where you’ll find Protaras, white sand Nissi Beach and party central Ayia Napa – which is still fun during the winter months. Wherever you stay during your Cyprus holidays, you're sure to lap up the sun, sea and sand.
Average Hours of SunshineAverage Rainfall (mm)
January      13             5          80
February      13             7          64
March      14             7         34
April      17             9         19


Whether you fancy hitting the souks and the sights on city breaks to Marrakech, or a seaside spot is more your holiday style, Morocco gets great sunshine and very little rain. Lively Agadir actually chalks up 300 sunny days a year! Temperatures drop just below 20 degrees in Nov and Dec, making wandering the Marrakech old town maze far more comfortable. And you’ll find some great value luxury hotels both within the medina walls and on the quieter outskirts. If you really want to escape the hustle bustle of the city, head for the Atlas mountains or sleepy seaside Essaouira to add tranquillity to your trip!
Average Hours of SunshineAverage Rainfall (mm)
January        13               7         32
February        14               8         38
March        17               8         38
April        18               8         39


This Mediterranean island and its neighbouring isles of Gozo and Comino, is a dream for those looking for winter sunshine and great atmosphere.
Waterside capital Valletta and the ancient Mdina serve up the best kind of history lesson, with palaces, churches and temples to discover and the pretty coves, cliffs and caves of the coastline have geography class covered, too. Try St Julian’s and Sliema is you want sophisticated nightlife, or head to the rare sandy beaches at Mellieha. Bugibba is really family friendly with fun amusements and attractions for the kids, or if you're enjoying couples holidays, take a boat trip to Gozo for super scuba diving sites and spectacular scenery! 
Average Hours of SunshineAverage Rainfall (mm)
January        13              5          95
February        13              7          63
March        14              7          37
April        16              8          26
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Go totally tropical with a trip to Antigua, guaranteed to brighten up your winter with 9 hours of sunshine a day. The temps here hardly ever drop below a warm 25 degrees – so it’s a great escape from the weather we suffer at home. Tiny and not at all touristy, Antigua holidays offer a real taste of the Caribbean. That includes a 50/50 chance of rain, but warm tropical showers can actually be quite refreshing! Delve into the island’s maritime history at the English Harbour, visit Nelson’s Dockyard and see the sunken shipwreck at Galleon Beach. Dickenson Bay and Jolly Harbour have the most gleaming beaches, and the Shirley Heights clifftop trail boasts breathtaking views. Take a look at the 8 best caribbean islands and discover your dream holiday, today. 
Average Hours of SunshineAverage Rainfall (mm)
January       25              9            21
February       26              9            41
March       26            10            30
April       26              9            27


Beautiful Barbados is a dream holiday destination, with sunshine aplenty through the winter months. Expect the island to be lively and relaxed in equal measure – but always 100% glamorous! Head to UNESCO listed capital Bridgetown for culture and beaches, or put on your party shoes and hit St Lawrence Gap where the best nightlife can be found. Cricket fans can see the famous Kensington Oval, or have a taste of tradition during your Barbados holidays and visit the Sunbury sugar plantation for a sweet welcome to the Caribbean. 
Average Hours of SunshineAverage Rainfall (mm)
January      26              9          21
February      26              9          41
March      26            10          30
April      26              9          27



Loud and lively Cancun in Mexico is a classic winter sun destination, with sun-seekers flocking to take their place on the white sand beaches and swim in the turquoise waters of the Caribbean Sea. It’s an ideal choice for those who like to stay occupied with lots to see and do. The adventurous can spend their Cancun holidays visiting offshore Isla Mujeres, where you can swim with dolphins, scuba dive and expore underwater caves or if you like to stay a little drier, shop in shiny malls and downtown markets, hit the tequila bars and stop for a bite to eat by the waterfront, the list goes on and on! If you're eager to find out more, here's 10 things you didn't know about Cancun.

Average Hours of SunshineAverage Rainfall (mm)
January        23             8            43
February        23             9            46
March        25             9            40
April        26           10            27

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Cool as a cucumber Cuba is an undeniably hip destination, with bags of charm to go with the gorgeous sunshine. Varadero holidays are where you’ll find the best bright white sand beaches, but capital Havana is a must visit to see the 1950s American classic cars cruising by the colourful line up of houses. Visit a cigar factory, hit a salsa club, and consume as many mojitos as you can handle (well, within sensible limits, obviously!) when you stay at one of our all inclusive hotels in Cuba. Rainfall increases towards April so best to travel earlier. December is also a great time of year for a Cuban adventure! 

Average Hours of SunshineAverage Rainfall (mm)
January       21              7          20
February       22              8          10
March       23              9          40
April       25            10          30


It’s hot, hot, hot here from January right through to March - and the wealth of hotels to choose from make it a perfect place to rest and relax under a sun umbrella. If the 9 hours of sunshine get too much for you, escape beneath the surface of the sea on a scuba dive to the coral reefs or an underwater wreckage. Take a look at our all inclusive luxury holidays in Dominican Republic and get ready for the ultimate winter warmer!
Average Hours of SunshineAverage Rainfall (mm)
January       25                  9           85
February       25                  9           49
March       26                  9           55
April       27                10           85


Santa Claus certainly brings the sunshine to this Caribbean island as December sees temps of 26 degrees and 9 hours of sunshine a day! Relax on Bob Marley’s home island, where the beaches of Montego Bay and Negril beckon on the coast and wonderful waterfalls and mountains await inland. And there’s plenty going on when the sun sets too, so get swaying to the reggae beat in a beach bar, or hit a cool cocktail club on the sand during your holidays to Jamaica.
Average Hours of SunshineAverage Rainfall (mm)
January        25              9           70
February        25              9           30
March        26            10           30
April        26            10           60


St Lucia is one of the most popular honeymoon and winter sun destinations and the beaches are simply out of this world. With amazing weather from December to April, you can't beat St Lucia holidays for sun, sea and tropical beats. If you fancy trying something different, why not give SNUBA (a mix between snorkelling and scuba diving) a go while you're here? Or simply sit back and admire the beautiful Piton mountains, go for a ride through the rainsforest or hit the sea on a sunset cruise. Bliss! 
Average Hours of SunshineAverage Rainfall (mm)
January      26                 8            92
February      26                 9            57
March      27               10            27
April      27                 9            66



Nowhere does winter sun quite like dubai! Home to the largest mall in the world – plus many more besides – as well as the traditional gold, textile, perfume, spice and old town souks, you’ll find the perfect gift for everyone and bag a bargain for yourself, too! Dubai doesn’t skimp on things to do, from the stunning beaches lined with skyscrapers and the world’s tallest building, to Palm island and the authentic Dubai creek. Oh, and you’ve got stunning sunshine and practically no chance of rain, too! Our full board holidays in Dubai are ideal if you're looking for fun in the sun with fantastic hotel facilities to come back to at the end of the day!
Average Hours of SunshineAverage Rainfall (mm)
January      19                8          10
February      20                8          40
March      23                9          10
April      26              10          10


Florida is a huge and incredibly varied US destination. At one end you’ve got the magical theme parks of Orlando and at the other the tranquil Florida Keys, with Miami, the Gulf Coast and much more inbetween! Whatever you want from your holiday, you're sure to find it in Florida – with plenty of sunshine to go with it, too! Winter is a fantastic time for Florida holidays as you’re out of the wet and wild hurricane season but still have lovely warm temperatures. Why not make the most of it with a twin centre holiday, mixing thrills with some chill time?
Average Hours of SunshineAverage Rainfall (mm)
January      20                6          71
February      20                6          53
March      22                7          64
April      23                9          81
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