Seeking out some winter sun
February sits on the cusp of winter and spring and the weather here in the UK generally isn’t great.
The good news is that for those able to chase down some sunshine, there are plenty of warmer destinations to head to for a late winter break. And with school half-term falling bang in the middle of this month, this might be an ideal time to head off for a restorative holiday.
The Caribbean, Australasia and the Indian Ocean are obvious choices for a winter sunshine break. But we thought we would cast our net further afield and come up with some alternatives. So, here are five sunshine holiday ideas for February. Each slightly more off-the-beaten-track and with winter sun almost guaranteed.
It’s late summer in this part of the southern hemisphere, with temperatures on average ranging from 19-to an ambient 24C. An ever-popular destination for travellers despite the long flight, New Zealand is blessed with beautiful scenery and huge national parks. Indeed it’s regarded as one of the world’s best hiking destinations. With lovely beaches, ancient forests and deep fjords, this is very much an outdoor destination. There’s reliable public transport and, if you decide to take a road trip, sound main roads, And foodies will be pleased to know that the food scene is also good. You’ll enjoy a friendly welcome – this is a laid back and enjoyable destination for all. Somewhere to head off to for more than a week’s break! Flying time from London: 22 hours.
Oman is the quiet and unimposing neighbour of glitzy Dubai and grandiose Abu Dhabi. A beautiful country and rich in culture. Spend time here and experience a more authentic Arab world where you can still touch the past and experience its rich heritage. Visit Zighy Bay and Sur for a beach escape and explore the capital city of Muscat with it souqs, museums and diverse history. Temperatures here average between 25-29C which is as hot as you want if you’re planning to head out and about exploring. Flying time to this beautiful part of the Middle East from London: 7 hours.
Home to superb beaches and stunning scenery, St Lucia is a picture-postcard-perfect winter sun destination. The volcanic Piton mountains of Gros and Petit Piton are unmistakable and create an iconic backdrop to your Caribbean holiday. St Lucia’s west coast is home to some breathtakingly beautiful beaches. And there’s plenty to do, from hiking and horseriding to watersports. Foodies will love the delicious Creole cuisine. A great destination for couples and families alike with lots of good resorts to choose from. Temperatures range from 25-29C and flying time from London is approximately 8 hrs.
There’s no denying that this destination is a long journey and two flights away from the UK but it is worth the effort! Easy going and low key, Hawaii has a distinct and colourful multicultural identity where everyone will feel at home. A little piece of Pacific paradise with powdery sand beaches, stunning sunrises and sunsets and an outdoor, fun-loving vibe. And there’s plenty of activities to choose from including hiking, surfing, horse riding and watersports. Average temperatures range between 25-29C and flying time is in the region of 15 hours.
Our fifth February destination in much nearer home, just two and a half hours flying time from London. The region of Andalusía sits at the southern tip of Spain and embraces cities such as Ranada, Córdoba, Jerez, Cádiz and Málaga. With temperatures averaging between 19-24C, this is a pleasant destination for a winter break. You will find it rich in a culture blended from centuries of push and pull between Christianity and Islam. A colourful, energetic and surprisingly unspoilt region of Spain.
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