These top five Winter Holiday destinations for escaping the grey and damp weather for a few weeks during the winter have been chosen because they offer not only the chance to enjoy long hours of sunshine but are also places where visitors can do more than just lie back on the beach to enjoy the weather.
Lionfish on a coral reef at the Blue Hole, Dahab, Egypt
Dahab on the Sinai Peninsula of Egypt lies on the coast where visitors can enjoy the long stretch of golden sand or go snorkeling and diving in the Gulf of Aqaba. There are many other water sport activities available including windsurfing and kayaking. Heading away from the coast, this is a great place for an adventure on horseback, on a camel or a quad bike. Hiking up to St. Catherine`s Monastery on Mt. Sinai in time for sunrise is a truly memorable experience and can be done with a guide or independently.
Stay at the Kempinski Hotel Aqaba Red Sea in Aqaba, Jordan. This 201 room/hotel/resort is located on the Red Sea has many amenities including room views of the sea, swimming pool, fitness center and free parking.
Florida is a classic winter sun destination, especially southern Florida where the winter season is warm and dry. The Keys offer diving and sailing opportunities as well other water-based fun. Bahia State Park has nature trails and cycling is very popular here.
Stay at the Island Bay Resort in Tavernier, Key Largo. Located between Key Largo and Islamorada, two hours from Key West. The resort has all the amenities for an active tropical vacation including swimming, snorkeling, boating and beach sunbathing on an excellent private beach with snorkeling gear, kayaks, beach chairs, covered tiki huts with beach furniture, etc.
Sri Lanka with beautiful beaches and ideal locations for relaxing in the sunshine, is a country with a rich cultural heritage and visiting the southern half of the island during the winter will mean sunshine all day and lots of sights to visit. There are ample opportunities for hiking, climbing or whale watching for those looking for some adventure.
Stay at the Kandy Samadhi Nature Resort in Kandy, Sri Lanka. This 13 room boutique hotel is a great place to get away and experience nature in a remote jungle environment. It's set in a valley with some steep paths and lots of foliage. Here you can enjoy Yoga Ayurvedha and nature walks.
Mexico is an ideal location during the winter months. Your trip could coincide with one of several festivals that take place each year. Mexican festivals are fully charged affairs and add a really exciting element to a winter break. The beaches are superb along the Yucatan Peninsula. Beyond the sand and sea are fascinating Mayan ruins and jungle to explore. Ecotours on bikes or kayaks introduce visitors to the natural history of the area.
Stay at the Romantic Hotel Santo Domingo in Izamal, Mexico. This 10 room boutique hotel is located close to the historic downtown of Izamal a setting in the middle of jungle with fan palms and multicolored tropical flowers. It is a perfect location to serve as a base for exploring the many Yucatan attractions. Here you can enjoy relaxation and comfort as well as adventure, nature and culture. Explore Mayan culture, mystic jungle Cenotes, old Haciendas or the exotic nature and wildlife. .
South Africa offers a marvellous blend of great scenery, interesting cities and game parks for safari trips to see the best and most fascinating wildlife anywhere. There are mountainous regions for hiking and superb beaches along the Garden Route for sunbathing and relaxing.
Stay at the Ulusaba Safari Lodge in Kruger National Park, South Africa. This 10 room safari lodge offers guest that out of the ordinary stunning and unforgettable memory. This is for the traveller who enjoys exotic wildlife in an awesome setting with safari drives that get you close to lions mating, hyenas after a kill, leopards, families of elephants, and more.
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