Where to grab a slice of sunshine this winter
As travel corridors open and weather in Europe gets wetter, colder and darker, there’s no better time for travellers to set sights on winter sun. Holidaymakers eager for a dose of vitamin D need look no further from these destinations that always deliver on sunshine; from Morocco, Japan, The Islands of Tahiti, and even the USA.
A short hop to winter sun adventures in Morocco
As Ryanair resumes flights to Marrakech and Agadir from London Stanstead and Manchester airports, winter sun is close at hand.
Home to the vast Sahara Desert and the soaring Atlas Mountains, Morocco is perfectly perched on both the Atlantic and Mediterranean coasts to provide a diverse range of landscapes. As well as trekking and hiking, Morocco offers a host of other adventure activities; from overnight camping in the desert, surfing and yoga retreats, cycling, rafting and kayaking, to kite surfing. Travellers can soak up the souks of Marrakech and enjoy a city break. Those in search of an off the beaten path adventure can head further south of Agadir and into the desert town of Dakhla. In addition to Ryanair, Morocco is also currently served by Royal Air Maroc. Operating from London Heathrow to Casablanca three times weekly, Air Arabia also departs from London Gatwick to Tangier twice weekly.
Feel the warmth of the Gulf in Florida’s Paradise Coast
With temperatures averaging 20C during the winter, Florida’s Paradise Coast is an ideal destination for those looking to feel the warmth of the sun, sand between their toes and fresh coastal air.
Tucked away in Southwest Florida, far from the crowds of Orlando and Miami, the aptly named destination spans Naples, Marco Island and the Everglades. It offers visitors 30 miles of expansive, pristine beaches looking out onto the turquoise waters of the Gulf of Mexico. And not mention adventures in natural wilderness and nature. Naples and Marco Island offer award-winning beaches, cultural attractions, boutique shopping, fine dining, spa and golf courses whilst the Everglades is a real portal to adventure. The best way to explore the UNESCO certified marshland is via a guided kayak tour through the mangroves. Visitors will encounter wildlife amongst nature and often paddle alongside dolphins, manatees and birds.
Winter waves in Tahiti, The Islands of Tahiti
Experience a tropical island adventure in the South Pacific this winter and travel to the sun-kissed Islands of Tahiti.
Home to the best waves, Tahiti is a surfer’s paradise due to its South Pacific position. There are two surf seasons – winter, April to September and summer, October to March. Teahupoo Beach, situated on the southwest of The island of Tahiti, is the go-to for surfers seeking winter waves. With the Tahiti Pro surfing event taking place in August, Teahupoo is an ideal choice to beat the beach crowds. With seven spots to choose from, all within five miles, surfers can often enjoy the waves solo.
Escape the cold and travel to subtropical Okinawa, Japan
Okinawa is a sub-tropical island range which rarely drops below 20C year round.
Okinawa offers gorgeous coral reefs, hosting 200 species of coral, crystal clear seas, white sand beaches and stunning natural scenery. Its waters are home to an abundance of marine wildlife including tropical fish, sea turtles, humpback whales, manta rays and sharks. The winter months are the perfect time to enjoy the humpback whale migrations, as well as diving and snorkelling. Stay in the newly opened luxury 4* Hoshino Resort RISONARE Kohamajima for a slice of beachside glamour.
Enjoy Japan in the Kagoshima Prefecture, Kyushu
Kagoshima is located in the South West of Japan on the island of Kyushu and as a result, boasts sub-tropical climates and warm weather during the winter months.
Kagoshima is overlooked by the stunning active volcano, Mt Sakurajima, which is situated just 4km away from Kagoshima City. The volcano provides thermal activity meaning the islands of Kyushu are well known across Japan for their natural hot springs and Onsen culture. Kagoshima is the 2nd largest hot spring prefecture in Japan with Ibusuki, Myoken and Miyanojo Onsens all worth a visit. Visitors can find beaches in all seven of the prefectures, as well have a coastal region. Many will have local food stalls and shops lining the beach offering freshly-caught seafood and locally produced goods.