The Best Places for Escaping the Winter

For many of us the dreary winter weather inspires only one thing   a couple of weeks away enjoying guaranteed sunshine! Trade the grey skies and chilly air for wall to wall blue, the armchair for a sun lounger on the beach and day to day humdrum for some sightseeing or adventures. There are plenty of ideal destinations for taking a break during the winter months   some on the other side of the world and others just a short flight away. The first thing to do is to decide where to head.

Closer to home

The Canary Islands are an obvious choice, with perfect temperatures and a different atmosphere on each island, meaning you can pick the place which will offer you the right kind of break   fun on Tenerife, action packed adventure on Fuerteventura or pure relaxation on La Palma. Being closer to the UK means flights are cheaper too. Glitzy Dubai with its non-stop shopping, fine dining and hip bars and clubs is the glamorous option promising full on flash and razzmatazz and just a 7 hour flight away. The Red Sea resorts offer atmospheric bazaars, glorious beaches, awe-inspiring diving and snorkelling and lots of night time entertainment.

Heading further afield

Whatever your budget it is always nice to make savings on a holiday whether that’s by getting the best deal on flights, complete packages or travel insurance and going further away is not always the expensive option.

The warm waters of the Caribbean are a perennial favourite, the appeal of this region drawing visitors back year after year for a dose of paradise, spent lying in the sun on the beach, exploring the underwater life either snorkelling or diving, or enjoying tours into the forests to spot wildlife, gaze at the spectacular waterfalls and dispel the winter blues with some good hiking. The Bahamas, Dominican Republic, Puerto Rico and Jamaica are popular destinations for good reason; coral reefs, palm-edged beaches of soft golden sand and first class resorts catering for all your needs under one roof make for the perfect relaxing break. This really is a glorious region for breaking away from the grey skies of winter at home, whether you are simply seeking sunshine or looking for some adventure whilst on your trip.

Mexico shares some of its shores with these Caribbean destinations and adds to them Mayan ruins, desert sands and the fabulously hot and spicy cuisine. It too is a popular return destination as with so much to enjoy, one visit is rarely enough. Cancun is the number one spot with a wide range of hotels and resorts to stay in. The Riviera Maya stretches south from Cancun and the region has archaeological sites of interest, theme parks and spas as well as the spectacular coast.

Florida with beach resorts along the Gulf of Mexico, also has Disney, numerous other theme parks, the Everglades and The Keys making it another place with something for everyone and an atmosphere all of its own. And on the other side of the United States, Southern California is jam packed with possibilities as it is positively overloaded with theme parks, attractions, museums and fantastic places to eat, drink and shop.

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