When planning your main holiday abroad, you need to be aiming for around June/July/August, when it’s hot and sunny, right? Wrong. Just because that’s when it’s *supposed* to be the best weather for us here in the UK, doesn’t mean that’s the only time you can be heading overseas for your annual fix of sun, sea and sand.
Sometimes commitments with work or family can make it difficult to get away in the summer months, or maybe you just prefer not to be heading abroad at the height of the holiday season? Don’t let these things get in the way of you getting a healthy dose of vitamin D this year…
To mark National Flip Flop Day, we’ve compiled a guide to where is hot year-round for each month, from January right through until December, so you can wear flip flops all the time!
Where’s hot? Cuba
Average high for January: 27⁰C
Escape the post-Christmas blues and enjoy a Caribbean getaway with a difference. Not only does Cuba have the unspoilt, white sandy beaches of Varadero and it’s inviting turquoise waters, but it also has fantastic history and a magical sense of culture. Book a holiday to Cuba and you can spend part of it basking in the Caribbean sun and the other part stepping back in time and exploring the vintage city of Havana.
Where’s hot? The Gambia
Average high for Febuary: 33⁰C
The ideal location for guaranteed winter sunshine, The Gambia is known as the ‘Smiling Coast of Africa’. It may be the smallest country on the mainland continent, but it certainly makes a big impression. Beautiful, yet incredibly affordable, The Gambia allows you to immerse yourself in the local way of life as well as being able to enjoy a fabulous beach location.
Where’s hot? Mexico
Average high for March: 29⁰C
Stunning beaches and a captivating history; what more could you want? Mexico is awash with beautiful beaches and impressive hotels. You can choose to spend your time lounging around the pool and golden shores or brush up on your knowledge of the Aztecs and visit ancient Mayan ruins such as the mysterious Kukulcan Pyramid.
Where’s hot? Egypt
Average high for April: 30⁰C
The sun-drenched resorts of the Red Sea are the ideal choice if you can’t wait until summer and instead want a bit of spring time sun. Sharm El Sheikh is popular with most British holidaymakers, but the ever expanding resort of Hurghada is ideally situated on the coast, but closer to Cairo and Luxor. This makes it easier for you to visit the Pyramids of Giza or the impressive Valley of the Kings.
Where’s hot? Turkey
Average high for May: 26⁰C
Breath-taking scenery, exhilarating activities and bustling bazaars – it’s easy to see why Turkey is up amongst the top of Brits’ favourite holiday spots. And what’s more, it’s great value for money! There are plenty of resorts to choose from, all with their own unique charm and quality. But visit Ölü Deniz with its stunning blue lagoon beach and you’ll be blown away by its spectacular beauty.
Where’s hot? Zante
Average high for June: 28⁰C
Type ‘Zante’ in to an image search engine and the top results you’ll see will be of the spectacular Smugglers’ Cove – the most photographed spot on the island. The beach and its famous shipwreck are only accessible by boat, so add that to your list of things to do! Aside from beautiful beaches, you can indulge in the island’s fabulously fresh and organic food or lose yourself in the nightlife!
Where’s hot? Portugal
Average high for July: 28⁰C
Quaint villages and a gorgeous stretch of coast, Portugal, in particular the glorious beaches of the Algarve, is a great place to spend your summer holiday. Albufeira’s vast golden beaches make it a particularly popular resort for British holidaymakers. If you prefer something a bit more active than just relaxing on the beach, make the most of the exceptional golf the area has to offer!
Where’s hot? Tenerife
Average high for August: 26⁰C
You’ll never be stuck for things to do on a holiday to Tenerife. The largest of the Canary Islands, it has a huge range of activities and attractions to suit both families and couples alike. Explore your surroundings on a boat trip or 4×4 tour or spend the day at one of the island’s most famous attractions such as Siam Park. You’ll definitely need a return trip!
Where’s hot? Ibiza
Average high for September: 28⁰C
There’s much more to Ibiza than just late nights and loud music. Having said that, the Ibiza closing parties are in September, if that is your kind of thing… The UNESCO-listed old town of Ibiza Town is well worth a visit, as is the peaceful and picturesque San Antonio Bay. Visit Es Caná’s huge Punta Arabi hippy market and then catch one of the awesome island sunsets to round off your day.
Where’s hot? Cyprus
Average high for October: 27⁰C
Cyprus is an island teeming with history and culture thanks to the Romans, Greeks and Arabs. Visit Paphos and you can spend time learning about the country’s rich history whilst exploring its many ancient ruins. Cyprus also benefits from some of the largest water parks in Europe, as well as great nightlife, attractive beaches and plenty for the nature lovers among us to enjoy too.
Where’s hot? Florida
Average high for November: 25⁰C
Florida is many people’s idea of a dream holiday, especially for those with children. With Orlando’s theme parks and water parks galore, it’s almost impossible to know where to start! Walt Disney World Resort is an absolute must if you want to meet your favourite Disney characters! Heading there without kids? Then shop ‘til you drop along International Drive.
Where’s hot? Cape Verde
Average high for December: 26⁰C
The current celebrity hotspot, Cape Verde is an excellent choice if you want some guaranteed winter sun. Endless stretches of pristine white sand, perfect water sport conditions, awe-inspiring scenery and a real taste of the colourful African culture. Remove yourself from the festive chaos back home and book your spot on a sun bed!