Escape the snow and enjoy some winter sun!
When winter rolls around in the United Kingdom, the weather is at its worst: but why suffer the cold, wet snow when you could jet off on a sunshine holiday? Some destinations are at their best during the winter: exotic and exciting, with ample sunshine and sandy beaches, they offer just what you need for a magical winter abroad! Treat yourself to a beach holiday, and you'll be one step closer to beating those winter blues.
Of course, wherever you decide to go, finding the right accommodation is important. To really make the most of your time away, don't stay in a high-rise hotel - consider a beachside hut in Thailand or a spacious family home in Florida instead. Here at HomeAway, we have hundreds of winter beach properties: not only do they offer unrivalled space and privacy, but proffer cheaper prices when you book outside the high season.
Top winter beach holiday destinations
Renting properties in Egypt is a fantastic choice during the winter: temperatures average around 22°C, and rarely drop below 8°C at night. While it's just right for enjoying some sunshine on the beach, the climate also allows for sightseeing without breaking a sweat! When you're not swimming along the Egyptian Mediterranean coastline or Sinai Peninsula, you can take excursions to Cairo and Giza, seeing the amazing ancient monuments that Egypt's famed for. You could also enjoy a spot of diving, with outstanding marine life found along the whole Red Sea coast.
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For guaranteed temperatures between 20 and 30°C, choose to rent properties in Dubai. Exciting, contemporary and brimming with activities, it's an amazing place to spend the winter. There are lots of locations to choose from and so many beaches to enjoy: Dubai Creek offers warm shores and plenty of opportunities to try water sports, whilst Jumeirah Beach is located just outside Dubai, offering pristine, white sands. Once you've topped up your tan, head out to the desert on safari, enjoy world-class shopping and cuisine, or have a game of golf on one of Dubai's impressive courses.
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Is there anywhere better than the Sunshine State for guaranteed winter sun? Probably not! Rent properties in Florida during the winter, and you'll enjoy warm weather and ample sunshine, the perfect conditions for lazing on the beach. There are plenty of sands to choose from, including exclusive Palm Beach, from which you can travel to the Bahamas for a day, or locations along the stunning Gulf Coast, such as the Isles of Capri and their surrounding coral formations. For a great balance between the coast and the city, consider Miami: you'll enjoy miles of sand by day, and dozens of bars by night!
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We have thousands of properties in the Canary Islands, from Lanzarote and La Palma, to Tenerife and Fuerteventura: wherever you choose to go, you can expect warm winter temperatures and plenty of sunshine. The Atlantic beaches of the Canaries enjoy a warm breeze, so you'll never be too hot or too cold: this is the 'Land of Eternal Spring', after all! What's more, each island offers something unique: travel to El Hierro for hidden coves and abundant wildlife, or travel to Tenerife for ample entertainment that lasts well into the evening.
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Thailand has two distinct seasons, and during the winter, it's hot: temperatures average around 32°C, so it's an ideal winter beach destination! The most popular places to rent properties in Thailand are the country's blissful islands, including Koh Samui and Koh Phangan: while the former is a haven for sunbathing, snorkelling and water sports, the latter is best known for its all-night, full-moon parties. Wherever you decide to go, you'll find breathtaking beaches, and crystal-clear waters teeming with tropical fish.
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The Caribbean is a quintessential destination when in search of winter sun. With a tropical climate tempered by trade winds, lush rain-forests and pristine beaches, it provides everything you need for a fantastic break away. Of course, many people believe it's also a hugely expensive choice - on the contrary, there are lots of affordable properties in the Caribbean, in locations such as spectacular St Lucia and breathtaking Barbados. For guaranteed temperatures of over 25°C and truly paradisiacal beaches, there's surely no better choice than a winter break in the Caribbean.
Winter Wonderland: spending Christmas and New Year abroad
There's just one problem with winter breaks in the sun: while white winters sound more promising when they involve pristine, sandy beaches, many people worry that they'll miss out on traditional festivities. What would you do without a tree and a turkey, and wouldn't you miss eating too much trifle? Well, in short, no! Head off on holiday this winter, and you'll be able to sample something different, see how other countries celebrate, and return home with wonderful memories.
Some areas of Spain have centuries-old traditions: children don't leave stockings to be filled with small gifts on Christmas Eve, they leave shoes on the 6th of January to be filled by the Three Wise Men. Grenada, meanwhile, hosts a huge Caribbean Christmas market, where you'll find delicious festive treats such as sorrel punch and black cake. In the Canary Islands, it's customary to eat 12 grapes during the 12 strokes of the New Year bells: try to eat them all for a whole year of good luck!
But what to do if you still can't bear to part with Christmas decorations?
Put some up: when you book through HomeAway, you book a home away from home!