January in the UK is famously wet, cold and miserable. Inject some sunshine back in to your day by flying away to warmer climes. Here are the best destinations for you to head to if you’re looking for some much-needed winter sun…
Average temperature in Mexico in January: 23°C
High temperature in Mexico in January: 28°C
With year-round sun, Mexico is the perfect warm destination whatever time of year. And despite January being the coldest month for Mexico, with June being the hottest, you’ll still find average temperatures falling at about 23°C, with sizzling highs of 28°C.
Make the most of that sunshine by joining the Tulum Jungle Maya excursion, which lets you explore all the best bits Mexico’s land and sea has to offer. Cool off by snorkelling in Sac-Actun Cenote, the world’s longest underground river, before jumping on a 4×4 to roam through the rainforest. You’ll also get to see ancient Mayan site, Tulum, before exploring the jungle the proper way – by zip-lining through it.
Average temperature in Cape Verde in January: 22°C
High temperature in Cape Verde in January: 25°C
If you’re looking to escape the rain and the cold, Cape Verde is a great hideout. Rain is rare here, with just a few downpours falling between August and October, and the weather stays toasty all year round. January sees Cape Verde’s temperatures hovering around the 22°C mark, with highs reaching 25°C.
And why not enjoy the sunshine on Cape Verde’s beaches, which are some of the loveliest around. You can check out Boa Vista’s 55km of coastline on our Catamaran Cruising and Beach Visit excursion. Hop on a luxury catamaran and explore the sea’s glittering waters from above. And, when it all gets too tempting, you can jump straight in to the warm waters. Or, stay on the boat and top up your tan. The choice is yours.
Average temperature in Cuba in January: 22°C
High temperature in Cuba in January: 27°C
With Cuba’s average temperatures reaching 22°C in January, you’ll be swapping your winter boots for flip flops in no time. And the best way to cool down in the sun? Enjoying a rum cocktail, of course. And Cuba is famous for its sweet tipple, with late author Ernest Hemingway returning to the country again and again to sip on his favourite drink – a mojito.
On our Cuba: Sugar, Cigar and Rum excursion, you’ll get the chance to learn all about the country’s famous liquor. You’ll be transported back in time, swotting up on Cuba’s great exports including sugar, cigars and of course rum. You’ll get the chance to try Rum Mulata, one of the best rums in the world, and you can even take a bottle home for a tasty keepsake.
Average temperature in Tenerife in January: 17°C
High temperature in Tenerife in January: 20°C
Fancy something a little closer to home? Tenerife, which takes four hours and 30 minutes to get to from Gatwick Airport, has temperatures settling around 17°C – which is scorching compared to the UK’s chilly 6°C.
Tenerife, which is the biggest of the Canary Islands, is all about the beaches. From Playa de la Arena, with tapas bars and secluded sands, to the lively Playa de las Americas, complete with a waterpark and an 18-hole golf course. Wherever you choose to lay your beach towel, you’ll find somewhere to get that dose of winter sun you’ve been craving.