Some people are just not meant for winter, so when December comes around – all cold and frosty, a warm beach and a heated pool sound extremely tempting. You end up asking yourself (or Google) ‘ok I’m done with winter, where is hot in December?’ and you find yourself booking the next available flight.
Besides, who needs Christmas presents when you can have some winter sunshine instead?
Ok. Maybe the presents too.
Anyway, here are the top five destinations we think are the best places to visit in December if you want to ditch the knitted jumpers for shorts, sandals, and a sun lounger instead.
Weather: Max 21° | Min 16° (approx.)
What to do: The Canary Islands are one of the best places to visit in December if you want a bit of winter sunshine, without it being too intense. They’re beautifully volcanic, with striking coastlines, occasional black-sand beaches, lush tropical interiors, stunning national parks, and charming towns and villages. Plus, the waters are still warm enough to swim in.
Where to stay: Tenerife and Gran Canaria are slightly warmer in December, due to stronger winds in Lanzarote at this time of year.
Further reading: Which Canary Island is right for you?
Weather: Max 29° | Min 23° (approx.)
What to do: Barbados is one of the best countries to visit in December if you want to experience a vibrant culture. Soak up local Caribbean life on a Friday at Oistin’s Fish Fry (a Bajan party at a fish market), go rum tasting at Mount Gay Distillery, wander charming colonial towns and plantation houses, swim with sea turtles, or just chill on a beach.
Where to stay: We’ve got a great collection of stylish, luxury villas in Barbados.
Further reading: The best reasons to visit Barbados
Weather: Max 28° | Min 22° (approx.)
What to do: This is one of the best places to go in December for those looking for an outdoor adventure. The Dominican Republic may be famous for its white-sand beaches, but go beyond that and you’ll find stunning waterfalls nestled into lush jungle, the vivid ‘Blue Hole’ lagoon, dramatic canyons and caves, and the Unesco-protected neighbourhood of Zona Colonial in Santo Domingo (a must!)
Where to stay: Our handpicked collection of villas in the Dominican Republic will make you feel like an A-Lister.
Further reading: Top 10 Caribbean islands for a holiday
Weather: Max 31° | Min 23° (approx.)
What to do: The islands of Southern Thailand are one of the ideal places to visit in December for some well-deserved R&R – stroll along powder-soft beaches, try your hand at a watersport (or five), swim in crystal-clear water, meet friendly locals and sip cocktails while watching a beautiful sunset.
Where to stay: We’re continuing to expand our impressive Thailand portfolio, so you can find unique villas in lively Koh Samui, upmarket Hua Hin and stunning Phuket… with more in the pipeline!
Further reading: Best beaches in Thailand
Weather: Max 23° | Min 12° (approx.)
What to do: Beautiful golden beaches, ancient archeological sites that are steeped in history and mythical legends, and incredible cuisine. You’re not short of interesting things to do and see in Cyprus. Check out the Tomb of Kings, Blue Flag Nissi Beach, and Aphrodite’s Rock, to name a few.
Where to stay: We’ve got an extensive selection of handpicked villas to choose from in Cyprus.
Further reading: The local’s guide to authentic Cyprus
We hope we’ve managed to answer your question about where is hot in December… would you add any other countries to our list? If you’re interested in holidaying in any of the above places but not sure where to start, we’ve got a friendly concierge team who can help you find a villa to match your tastes and requirements. We’ve even made a list of our favourite villas for winter sun! Or if you’re thinking ahead, check out our best holiday destinations for 2020.