5x Winter sun destinations
Oh, winter. A period of fireplaces, snow, ice and hot chocolate or mulled wine. Often cozy, but not everyone’s favorite season. Are you also someone who prefers to get through the winter months in a warm destination to soak up some extra vitamin D? Especially for you, we have listed the top five destinations where you can still fully enjoy the warm sun during these colder months.
1. Florida, USA
This popular sun destination among Americans is also becoming increasingly popular among Europeans. The great thing about this state is the variety between the big, bustling cities like Miami and Orlando and the beaches and subtropical wilderness of Everglades National Park. During a visit to Universal Studios is great weather guaranteed. Plenty to do and explore. Pick up your rental car from one of the many airports such as Tampa or Orlando. The whitest beaches can be found in the Keys, the archipelago in southern Florida or the Gulf Coast in western Florida.
2. Faro, Portugal
Faro lies in the most southern area of Portugal. A place with beautiful beaches and, despite the still cold sea water, very popular among surfers. Faro is already a wonderful winter sun destination in spring. In March the temperatures vary between 16 and 22 degrees. Great for walking, cycling, and exploring the surrounding area. The city itself also has plenty of sights such as the impressive São Pedro church in the old center. If you have a more time available and want to see more of the country, a one-way between Faro and Lisbon is a good option. Here you hand in the car at a different place than where you picked it up.
3. Spanish Islands
The Spanish islands have been a popular destination among Europeans for years. The best known are Gran Canaria, Tenerife, Lanzarote, and Fuerteventura. Each island has its own unique charms, but one thing they all have in common is a good dose of sun all year round! In fact, it is spring all year round, with temperatures between 20 and 27 degrees. Do you prefer to walk in distinct nature during your winter getaway? Then you will feel most at home on either El Hierro, La Gomera or La Palma.
With temperatures of 30 degrees, little rain, and a Caribbean wind in winter, Curaçao certainly belongs on this list. Due to the tropical temperatures, a visit to the islands in winter is recommended. There is also plenty to do on the island, such as visiting colorful Willemstad or going to Jan Thiel Bay. The latter is located on the south of the island and has a beautiful snow-white beach and several beach clubs. Curaçao is a large island, and the sights are very spread out. When you drive from the east to the west, it will easily take you an hour. It is therefore advisable to rent a car on Curaçao, also due to the high costs of public transport.
5. Cape Town, South Africa
In Cape Town it is summer from December to March, with an average temperature of 26 degrees. Cape Town is loved by both sun lovers and culture buffs. Besides working on your bikini line, a trip to this city is not complete without climbing Table Mountain or a visit to Robben Island. And if you book a rental car, a drive on the famous Garden Route is a must. On this route the landscape changes every hour, and you pass the beach-rich Wilderness, tropical Knysna and you end on the snow-white beaches of Plettenberg Bay.