Unfortunately for us UK dwellers, the month of January is said to be the most depressing of the year. The thrill and excitement of Christmas and New Year gives way to colder, darker and quieter times. So why not give yourself something to look forward to and enjoy a much-needed bit of winter sun to get your year off to a great start? ‘But where is hot in January?’ I hear you say. Well take a look below for my choice of some of the hottest destinations to be heading to this coming January.
Mexico – Average highs of 27⁰C in January
Mexico offers the perfect blend of a Caribbean feel, surrounded by history and culture. You can expect average high temperatures of 27⁰C in the month of January; much better than what you’d be experiencing back in the UK. If you’re looking to spend your time relaxing, you’ll be spoilt for choice by the countless stunning beaches. But if you want to explore the country and learn about its rich history, you can visit some of the incredible Mayan ruins such as Chichen Itza.
Cape Verde – Average highs of 24⁰C in January
Dubbed the African Caribbean, Cape Verde is a great choice of winter destination to be heading to this January. You’ll find average high temperatures of around 24⁰C and a welcome breeze travelling over from Africa, creating perfect conditions for the numerous water sports on offer to you. Alternatively, you could enjoy a bit of whale and turtle spotting, or simply find your favourite spot on the 11 kilometres of golden, sandy beaches and just relax.
Florida – Average highs of 22⁰C in January
There's so much to keep you entertained on a holiday to Florida that you’ll need more than just the usual two weeks. Whether you’re travelling as a couple or a family, you're guaranteed to have the time of your life if you choose to visit any one of the world-class theme parks in Orlando; there’s no wonder Walt Disney World Resort is the number one holiday destination in the world. But if theme parks aren’t your thing, head to Miami for some great shopping and incredible, star-studded beaches.
Cuba – Average highs of 27⁰C in January
Head to Cuba this winter for a beach holiday with a difference and average high temperatures of a toasty 27⁰C for the month of January. Visit this unspoilt Caribbean island and you won’t help but be captivated by its culture and charm, especially in its historical cities of Holguin City, Santiago de Cuba and Havana. For an incredible beach experience, though, Varadero is the place to be. Its beach is world-renowned for its beauty, but there are also some great caves and cliffs to explore too.
The Red Sea – Average highs of 22⁰C in January
The Red Sea resort of Hurghada never fails to disappoint with their year-round sunshine and average January highs of 22⁰C. The sea remains warm throughout the whole of winter, making it ideal for trying your hand at scuba diving among the colourful coral reefs beneath you. If you’d rather get out and see the sights around you, you can explore the Great Pyramid of Giza or head into the dessert for a dune buggy adventure.
Dominican Republic – Average highs of 29⁰C in January
For a Caribbean holiday with a colourful, Latin flavour, escape to the beautiful Dominican Republic for a real taste of paradise. You’ll find high temperatures of around 29⁰C in January and you’ll be surrounded by scenery that you’ve only ever seen on a screensaver before. Spend your days soaking up the warm winter sun in the popular resorts of Puerto Plata or Punta Cana, but be sure to end your day by watching a stunning sunset disappear beyond the horizon.
How much would you love a holiday in the sun in the New Year? Where would you most like to go? Let me know in the comments below.