10 best winter sun holiday destinations for 2021

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18th December 2020

Looking for a winter sun holiday with kids?  We did the research for you and, from basking on beaches in the Seychelles to family safaris in South Africa, we’ve found all the best winter sun holiday destinations for families all over the world in 2021. Now you just have to decide where you want to go.


10 best winter sun holiday destinations for 2021

1/10  Morocco

Why go? Morocco is great for winter sun holidays. Average temperatures of 20°C are ideal for surfing and sunning on the Atlantic coast’s long, sandy beaches. And inland, comfortably warm weather makes exploring Marrakesh much more fun with kids. Short flights from the UK are another reason to consider Morocco this winter.

Where to visit?

Top tip: kids will love the astonishing Jemaa el Fna night market in Marrakesh.

Flying time: Direct flights from UK to Morocco take from 3 hours,  40 minutes.


10 best winter sun holiday destinations for 2021

2/10  Seychelles

Why go? Visit the Seychelles for winter sun and average temperatures of  28°C, quite a few of the world’s most photographed beaches, giant Aldabra Turtles and heavenly Vallée de Mai – said to be the original Garden of Eden. Kids will love island hopping, jungle ziplining, cycling instead of driving and some of the most spellbinding pirate history in the Indian Ocean. The Seychelles is also famous for magnificent walking trails and it’s an iconic winter holiday destination for diving and snorkelling.

Where to go?

Top tip: don’t miss a ride in a colourful ox-drawn wagon on La Digue.

Flying time: Direct flights from UK to the Seychelles take from 10 hours, 15 minutes


3/10  Cuba

Why go? Cuba is the largest island in the Caribbean which makes it both fascinating and very reliable for winter sun. Temperatures hover around 27°C, even in January and February, and there’s plenty of clear, blue skies. As you might expect, Havana is a dazzling, majestic and musical city but don’t miss out on Cuba’s beautiful beaches, lagoons and even swimmable caves – the country’s coastline runs to over 5000km.

Where to go?

Top tip: Choose the north west coast of Cuba and mix Havana with a family beach holiday.

Flying time: Direct flights from UK to Cuba take from 10 hours.


10 best winter sun holiday destinations for 2021

4/10  Canary Islands

Why go? Winter in the Canary Islands is similar to summer in the UK. The weather’s mostly warm with average temperatures around 20°C and there’s a chance of breezes – not for nothing are Lanzarote and Tenerife top European surfing destinations. Every island is geared up for family holidays and you’ll find plenty to do and see with kids, even in January and February. And it’s a great time of year to get into more strenuous activities like climbing and walking or even a spot of camel trekking. Tenerife, Lanzarote, Fuerteventura, Gran Canaria and La Palma are the main holiday islands and each one’s highly recommended for winter sun and beautiful beaches.

Where to go?

Top tip: Explore inland on Tenerife it’s a completely different, and enchanting, perspective on the island.

Flying time: Direct flights from UK to the Canary Islands take from 4 hours.


10 best winter sun holiday destinations for 2021

5/10  Maldives

Why go? The Maldives is where to choose if you want winter sun with temperatures around 30°C and you like the idea of having your own private holiday island. The world’s most famous archipelago lies in the Indian Ocean so it’s great for water sports, sailing, snorkelling and truly remarkable diving. Luxurious doesn’t even begin to describe the glorious resort islands here and families are indulged with everything from marine conservation adventures to dolphin cruises, enchanting kids’ clubs, fabulous restaurants and almost deserted, sugary white sand beaches.

Where to go?

Top tip: Look for all-inclusive family resorts which include water sports.

Flying time: Direct flights from UK to the Maldives take from 10 hours, 25 minutes.


10 best winter sun holiday destinations for 2021

6/10  Mauritius

Why go?  If it’s frosty in the UK, it’s summer in Mauritius and that means temperatures of  30°C and up to eight hours of sunshine a day. Occasional rainstorms keep this lovely island green and glowing and also add to its spectacular, swimmable waterfalls. If kids are up for jungle adventures, wildlife spotting, pirate legends and endless water sports, Mauritius could have been custom-designed for them. Drama defines the landscape which covers just about everything from towering volcanic mountains to rainforests, and it’s in the Indian Ocean, so on top of winter sun, the beaches are stunning too. 

Where to go?

Top tip: The best beaches in Mauritius are found along the island’s north coast. 

Flying time: Direct flights from UK to Mauritius take from 12 hours.


10 best winter sun holiday destinations for 2021

7/10  Florida

Why go? Plenty of warmth and calm weather are just two reason reasons to have a winter sun holiday in Florida with kids. Temperatures sit at about 25°C most days and you can expect up to eight hours of sunshine. Orlando and its many, many theme parks is big pull for families. But don’t ignore the lovely Gulf Coast for barrier islands, beaches and fun cities. Miami and Palm Beach are glossy and packed with winter activities for kids. And if you’ve a moment left, try the Everglades National Park or a mini family road trip from Key Largo to Key West.

Where to go?

Top tip: Don’t forget to book early, Florida is always popular during UK school holidays.

Flying time: Direct flights from UK to Florida take from 9 hours, 45 minutes.


10 best winter sun holiday destinations for 2021

8/10  Kerala

Why go? Kerala has almost no rain in winter, average daily temperatures of 30°C and the sun shines for about 10 hours a day. Perfect weather in the South Indian region that’s known for its captivating waterways and traditional houseboat holidays as well as lovely Malabar Coast beaches. If you’re feeling adventurous, the Ghat Mountains are in Kerala and it’s also home to Periyar National Park – known for its excellent tiger reserve.

Where to go?

Top tip: Head to Mararikulam for best beaches in Kerala.

Flying time: Direct flights from UK to Kerala take from 9 hours, 45 minutes.


10 best winter sun holiday destinations for 2021

9/10  South Africa

Why go? South Africa should be top of every winter sun wish list for families. With daily average temperatures of 26°C and up to 11 hours of sunshine a day, the weather’s great for beaches. But winter’s also good for family safaris in Kruger National Park or marine safaris on Durban’s Dolphin Coast. And it’s the perfect season for a road trip along the dramatic Garden Route – or at least far enough along to see the boisterous Boulder Beach penguins.

Where to go?

Top tip: There’s only a two hour time difference between UK and South Africa which means no jet lag.

Flying time: Direct flights from UK to South Africa take from 11 hours, 40 minutes.


10 best winter sun holiday destinations for 2021

10/10  Egypt

Why go? Dry heat, cloudless skies and average daily temperatures of 25°C put Egypt firmly into the top 10 pick of winter sun destinations. Try Luxor for the spectacular Valley of the Kings, sailing on the Nile and 10 hours sunshine every day. Or head to the Red Sea and lively beach resorts like Hurghada or Sharm El-Sheikh for water sports, luxury family hotels, diving and more endless sun in winter.

Where to go?

Top tip: Look for small group, family tours to see the monuments at Luxor with kids.

Flying time: Direct flights from UK to Egypt take from 5 hours, 30 minutes


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