Warm Winter

Warm Winter Destinations

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


e love the Caribbean as much as the next person, but here are a few more options for you to consider for your much-deserved winter holidays.


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. 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 Year’s. 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.

Mozambique and Goa

French Polynesia

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. So, if you want a secluded and romantic getaway, French Polynesia is for you. Bora Bora is its most popular island thanks to its luxury status, where you can stay in overwater bungalows. This is mainly a honeymoon destination, though. Another popular island is Moorea, which 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. The weather is pretty consistent all year round, but “summer” there is from November to April.
French Polynesia

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, but is nothing like Magaluf or Ayia Napa - it’s definitely more refined, as there is much more to do besides drink. One of the most popular attractions in Tenerife 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 the south or southeast coast of any of the islands is where you’re most likely to get the most sun exposure. 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

Canary Islands


Because it is driest during the winter months, most people visit Costa Rica’s tropical beaches and incredible wildlife around Christmas. 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 is 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.
Costa Rica

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