Chase the sun across the globe in search of some winter sun. Soak up the Caribbean rays, warm up in the Indian Ocean, laze around in Europe, take a fly-drive across the states or indulge in an exotic Middle Eastern retreat.
Winter sun can be found all over the world, so have a look at our holiday finder to see where is hottest in October to January. Leave the cold behind and enjoy days lazing on the beach, exploring new cities and sipping cocktails by the pool. Our winter sun holidays will chase those seasonal blues away.
Take a look at our top winter sun destinations
From the USA to the Middle East, choose from our favourite places to get some winter sun.
From city breaks in Miami and wild rides in Orlando to lazing on the beaches of the Gulf Coast, the Sunshine State has it all. With almost year-round sunshine, escape to Florida this winter and enjoy family fun in the many theme parks, world-class golf courses and the famous southern hospitality.
California in the winter is incredible, with epic road trips, stunning National Parks to explore and even skiing at Lake Tahoe. Visit Los Angeles, home of Hollywood’s glitz and Santa Monica Beach or venture to San Francisco’s beautiful streets. Cross the iconic Golden Gate Bridge to Napa Valley, deep into wine country.
When rainy season is over, the Maldives is truly a paradise on Earth. Long days of sunshine, scorching temperatures and stunning ocean views await you. Sample the exquisite cuisine, pamper yourself at a spa and snorkel in world-famous reefs. Take beach holidays to another level with a winter break in the Maldives.
A true year-round destination, Dubai is just as glamourous in the winter months, and might be even nicer in the cooler temperatures. Enjoy luxury shopping, fantastic food from all over the world and beautiful resorts – perfect for lazing the days away. Or take a trip into the desert to experience ancient Arabia.
Whether you choose an action-packed trip or a relaxing beach break, Barbados is an ideal destination for winter sun. Endless sunshine, historic sights, stunning beaches with golden sand, and a lively calypso scene make Barbados one of the most sought-after places to be in the winter months.
Said to have a different beach for every day of the year, winter breaks in Antigua are ideal for relaxing on the sand, drinking tropical cocktails. Try kayaking or sailing, or go snorkelling in the nearby reefs. A perfect fly and flop destination, any time of the year.
While not as hot as other destinations, Europe still has some cities which give some great opportunities for winter sun. Pleasantly warm rather than scorching hot, they’ll be plenty of sunshine to enjoy.
To experience the Indian Ocean at its best, you need to relax on soft white sands, snorkel in calm waters and take in the most colourful sunsets – the winter months are the perfect time to do just that.
It’s not just the warmth of its people that’s particularly alluring at this time of year. A European winter is their summer – the rainy season is over, the temperatures are high and the sun shines for longer.