Family winter sun holidays

When the weather’s getting you down, jet off!

Russell Bowes

Sophie Gackowski
HomeAway travel expert

Family winter sun holidays As the snow begins to settle and cold winds blow their worst, a little sunshine and warmth can certainly bring on a smile. So why brave the winter when you could jet off somewhere sunny? Whether you need to unwind and relax after the New Year celebrations, or your little ones just can’t wait for Santa to arrive come Christmas, treat the whole family to some winter sun overseas. As the UK starts to cool down, plenty of destinations come into their best: from the Caribbean to the Canaries, there are lots of lovely destinations to visit between October and March.

Of course, whether you fancy a family camel ride in North Africa or a day or two in Disney World, HomeAway Holiday Rentals can provide your home from home. We have thousands of properties in the world’s best destinations, and something to suit every budget, need or desire: whether you’re travelling in a small group, or even with a few other families, you’re bound to find your perfect property when you browse through our extensive collection. So don’t sit and suffer the notorious British weather this year: jet off somewhere warm this winter!


Top 5 family winter sun destinations


Winter sun holidays in Florida Winter sun holidays in Florida

Home to the ultimate family destination, Disney World, Florida’s a fantastic choice for winter sun holidays: with temperatures topping 30 degrees Celsius, it’s certainly sunny and warm! You can stay next to Disney World, where the kids will meet Mickey Mouse, or opt for somewhere by Orlando, and enjoy a multitude of other theme parks. If you’d rather strike a balance between roller-coasters and the Florida coast, why not stay along Miami Beach? With its white swathes of sand and warm, clear waters, it’s a good base for keeping Mum, Dad and the kids happy!

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Winter sun holidays in the Canary Islands Winter sun holidays in the Canary Islands

There are many reasons to choose the Canary Islands for winter sun holidays: not only will you enjoy guaranteed heat during December, but it’s the nearest destination to the UK with satisfactory sunshine! There are a number of islands to choose from, including peaceful La Gomera, tiny El Hierro, beach paradise Gran Canaria and Tenerife - the largest of them all. Many families head for Lanzarote during winter, opting to laze on its black-sand beaches. So coloured due to the island’s volcanic landscape, they enjoy temperatures in the mid-twenties during December.

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Winter sun holidays in the Caribbean Winter sun holidays in the Caribbean

What could be better than spending winter on white, sandy beaches? Yes, the Caribbean has long been a favourite for winter sun holidays, offering families a huge range of exciting attractions and activities. You and the kids could get to grips with a wide range of watersports, trying your hand at sailing, scuba diving and windsurfing, or you could go trekking into the jungle in search of exotic birds and plants. There are also plenty of excursions to enjoy too: ever fancied dolphin watching or spotting sea turtles laying their eggs? Then the Caribbean in October’s a must!

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Winter sun holidays in Egypt Winter sun holidays in Egypt

Egypt’s a great choice when you want warm, sunny days, without scorching temperatures which render sightseeing impossible! During January, Egypt usually sees temperatures reaching the mid-twenties, so it’s the perfect time to visit the Pyramids of Giza, the Sphinx, the temple of Luxor and Cairo’s bustling markets. You could go on a Nile cruise or enjoy snorkelling along the Red Sea Coast, and kids will find plenty to keep them entertained. While history buffs will certainly find no shortage of ancient sites, kids will revel in the light and sound shows of the evening.

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Winter sun holidays in the Seychelles Winter sun holidays in the Seychelles

The Seychelles is an ideal winter sun destination, made up of over 100 islands scattered amidst the Indian Ocean. A paradisiacal spot for family breaks away, it offers white, sandy beaches, warm, turquoise seas, and a myriad of picture-postcard landscapes. Kids can learn to swim in shallow, safe waters, and even try their luck with snorkelling, if they wish! Mum and Dad, meanwhile, will find a range of exciting watersports, if they’re not simply lazing on soft swathes of sand, that is! With tropical vegetation and endless sunshine, the Seychelles is a fantastic family destination.

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