Will the winter sun keep us warm, in these cold times?–Dishwalla, “Winter Sun” (2005)
Is your winter wonderland not so wonderful?
If the weather outside is frightful and not the least delightful, and you’d like someplace else to go, worry not. There are actually a few places that are perfect for warm winter holidays. According to a survey of veteran travelers, here are the best winter sun destinations:
Hit the islands of Thailand from now through March. Veteran visitors say they’re the stuff of castaway fantasies. They feature white, pristine sand, rustic-chic beach shacks, palm trees and turquoise waters. Enjoy the spas of Koh Samui, or the laid-back beaches of Koh Lipe or Koh Lanta.
Mexicos Yucatan Peninsula
Mexicos Yucatan Peninsula has winter sun as late as April. On the Atlantic Coast, swim in the green cenotes and soak in the sun on the beach in Tulum or Isla Holbox. On the less-visited Pacific Coast, surf or explore the rainforest-edged beach in Sayulita.
Cyprus is the place from March to May. In March, the flowers begin to bloom, and there comparatively few visitors. The recent economic issues there only mean that the locals welcome tourists even more than usual. So get your Euros ready.
Bali is hot all year and is cheapest to visit from now through April when it has short bursts of tropical rain. Its known for spas, raves in hidden coves, and hip spots such as the Potato Head Beach. Enjoy the elevated horizon pools overlooking the rainforest.
Visit Mozambique, Africa, anytime between April through November. Here the wild, dune-backed beaches are lapped at by the Indian Ocean which is inhabited by breaching humpback whales and neighborly manta rays. There is the protected marine park Bazaruto Archipelago with its sand-floor bars, thatched lodges, and bluer-than-blue waters.