Starting the year off right means starting it with a hassle free month. So before we bid the previous year a farewell, we are already doing research on the best vacation destinations and making plans on where to spend our new year’s vacation.
When the temperature drops below 0 degrees Fahrenheit in January, you know it’s time to get out of town.
So here is a list to inspire your next warm-weather vacation.
1. Costa Rica
Ave Daily Max: 25°C- 29°C
It may be one of the smallest countries in Central America, but Costa Rica boasts warm weather and soft beaches like no other. It also has a lot of natural beauty and resources in forms of water, forest and volcanic terrain. Costa Rica is lapped by both the Pacific Ocean and the Caribbean Sea. You can and will become amazed at both bodies of water simultaneously from the top of the Irazú volcano, but also have cosmopolitan afternoons in the national capital San José.
2. Playa Blanca, Panama
Ave Daily Max: 20.8 °C
Playa Blanca, which means “White Beach”, is an invitation for an ideal winter escape from its name alone. One of Lanzarote’s most popular resorts, Playa Blanca is located on the eastern coast of Panama known as the “Arco Seco” and has the best tropical climate in the country. The climate is fairly humid with the sun shining for seven hours during the day accompanied by the cooling Atlantic breeze. This weather makes it a perfect time to enjoy water sports such as windsurfing, snorkeling and recreational fishing. Other activities include horseback riding and hiking.
3. Sydney, Australia
Ave Daily Max: 24°C
If basking in the sun, going swimming, and taking lots of pictures of scenic beaches sounds like your idea of a good vacation, you need to head over to Sydney, Australia NOW. True, the journey to reach the capital of New South Wales is not short, but a day on Bondi Beach is one of the best possible cures for jet lag. And even if the sands are crowded, and you can’t find the time to enjoy, just look around and bask in the views of Harbour Bridge and the Opera House.
4. Tenerife, Spain
Ave Daily Max: 21.1 °C
If you are up for an adventure, explore the Teide National Park, a Unesco World Heritage site that features a 10 mile wide volcanic crater and other unique landscape of craters, volcanoes and lava rivers to the top of Teide Volcano via a cable car. At the upper cable car station, there are viewing decks and walking trails which offers wonderful and breath taking views of the island. Aquatic and animal themed parks are an additional attraction, especially for kids. Tenerife is one of the top three whale and dolphin viewing destinations in the world, with the best diving destination and excellent hiking spots — not to mention the best beaches. You truly can’t ask for more.
Ave Water Temp: 28°C
Famous for its outstanding coral reefs and marine life, Grenada is also the best spot for Caribbean wreck diving. Its reefs are a real asset for diving, and one of the unique diver attractions is the Underwater Sculpture Park created by English Sculptor Jayson Taylor. This attraction, which is located in theMarine Protected Area, depicts Grenada’s rich history and folklore.
6. Cape Verde
Ave Daily Max: 23°C
15 tropical islands that steeply rise out of the Atlantic Ocean make up Cape Verde. From the white sandy beach resort of Praia de Santa Mari to the turquoise waters that entice you for swimming and hiking, up to the summit of the Pico do Foco that rewards you with the wondrous, idyllic view of the calderas below, Cape Verde has everything you could want in a winter getaway vacation.
Ave Daily Max: 20°C
If you are looking for a paradise here on Earth, there’s no place you would rather be than in the Caribbean. Barbados is a stalwart of Caribbean tourism, as it offers the best water sport experiences. Harrison cave will give you a different kind of excitement after seeing its magnificent crystallized limestone formation.
8. Cape Town
Ave Daily Max: 25°C
Cape Town is a port city on South Africa’s southwest coast. A flat-topped mountain forming a prominent landmark overlooking the city of Cape Town is called Table Mountain. it is flanked by Devil’s Peak on the left and Lion’s Head on the right, and is a perfect spot for a grand hiking experience or even just some once in a lifetime picture taking.
9. Dominican Republic
Known for its beaches, resorts and golfing, Dominican Republic is a Caribbean nation that shares the island of Hispaniola with Haiti to the west. It has Spanish landmarks like the Gothic Catedral Primada de America, which dates back 5 centuries. If you’re up for some historical adventure and discovering culture of the ancient times while enjoying the beauty and wonders of its present time, then add this to your list.
Ave Daily Max: 30°C.
The Maldives is a tropical nation in the Indian Ocean and deserves a top spot for a romantic getaway on anyone’s vacation list. The highlight of your Maldives vacation is the great waters and marine life of Bluetribe Moofushi diving center, which offers the best experience in terms of water sports activities. No doubt it will give you the most memorable vacation of a lifetime.
11. Punta Cana
Ave Daily Max: 25°C
Arguably the most-talked-about destination on this list, Punta Cana is a great creation on the eastern tip of the Dominican Republic, and one of the most popular tourist areas on the island. Packed with great adventures, beautiful beaches, world-class golf courses, Punta Cana is a can’t miss. If you need a little adventure on your vacation, make sure to check out Scape Park, which offers a zipline tour, dune buggies for thrill seekers, and spectacular sunsets.
12. Rio de Janeiro
Ave Daily Max: 29 °C
With a variety of activities to choose from, Rio de Janeiro is considered Brazil’s cultural capital, and boasts a hot climate year round. Best known for its carnivals, football, music, and great nightlife, you’ll never have a dull moment.
Ave Daily Max: 25.5°C
Goa is India’s smallest state, with just 63 miles of coast on the Arabian Sea. Known to the world as the former Portuguese enclave on Indian soil, it has a coastline worthy of a postcard; a haven for those keen to relax on warm sands – particularly in the resort areas Calangute and Candolim, Goa is famous for its excellent beaches, churches, and temples. Goan cuisine boasts combined influences of various different cultures, so it makes food tasting more interesting.
14. Manaus, Brazil
Ave Daily Max: 27.4 °C.
Situated on the banks of the Negro River in northern Brazil is Manaus, a port city and the capital of the state of Amazonas. If you love history, you can visit museums and historical places to bridge the gap of the old and the new. You may also enjoy river trips and safari adventures.
Ave Daily Max: 28°C
An East African country known for its vast wilderness areas, Tazmania is an important destination for those who love safari breaks. Whether you want to check out the spectacle of the Great Migration of wildebeest into the Serengeti, or the lesser known wildlife experiences to be had in Ruaha National Park, you can count on Tazmania for a wild and exciting adventure.
Ave Daily Max: 30.5 °C
The crystal clear waters, almost constant sunshine and the white sandy beaches of the city’s coast have been attracting millions of visitors each year. But beyond the irresistible beaches and ancient ruins lies a sunken treasure, Cancun’s underwater museum that will leave you astounded and speechless. This is just one of the many attractions that will leave you more in love with this tourist-heavy place than ever before.
17. Phuket, Thailand
Ave Daily Max: 27°C
A rainforested, mountainous island in the Andaman Sea, Phuket has the most wonderful beaches in Thailand. If you are travelling with the whole family, don’t miss the Phuket FantaSea amusement park. Trapeze artists, elephants on stage and pyrotechnics combine together in a Las Vegas-style show that the kids will surely enjoy. Try to visit Wat Chalong, one of Phuket’s most important temples and their spiritual centre.
18. Hong Kong
Ave Daily Max: 23 °C
Undoubtedly the most fascinating city in the Far East, Hong Kong, where many flowers bloom in January, will definitely capture our lenses with its beauty during the Spring Festival and fireworks show. Explore a floating fishing village at Aberdeen and try the famous floating seafood restaurant. Have a tour of the breathtaking natural beauty and fascinating Buddhist culture. When travelling with kids, bring them to the happiest place on Earth, Hong Kong Disneyland.
19. Los Angeles
Ave Daily Max: 20°C
Be sun-kissed in Los Angeles, California. An ideal January vacation is having fun in the beautiful beaches under the sun. Visit Universal Studios Hollywood and take pictures at the famous Hollywood Walk of Fame with the name of your favorite actor just beneath your feet. A lot of museums are also waiting to be discovered so you and your friends can unravel the mysteries of the past.
Ave Daily Max: 25 °C
Burj Khalifa, which at 829.8 meters is the tallest building in the world, can be found in Dubai. A trip to the observation deck on the 124th floor here is a must-do, and when you go back to the ground you won’t miss the Dubai Fountain, the world’s tallest performing fountain. The entry to the Burj Khalifa as well as the Dubai Aquarium is in the city’s famous Dubai Mall, which provides endless shopping and eating, events, fashion shows and concerts. Dubai Shopping Festival is just in time for your January grand vacation.
Ave Daily Max: 26°C
Those panning for a family or romantic trip should consider Singapore as one of their stops. With the Universal Studios, it offers movie amusement parks with sets and rides of themes from Hollywood and will definitely fill your day with joy and excitement. Night Safari, Gardens by the Bay and Singapore Zoo will make you crave for more wildlife adventures. You shouldn’t miss a pose at the Marina Bay Sands and Merlion Park. If you are with kids, make sure to hit up the Marine Life Park and Mint Museum of Toys, both which will make your January escape well worth it.