Great choices for November holiday destinations in the Caribbean and West Indies

If you feel like you need just a little more summer before confronting the upcoming winter, why not head out on a tropical holiday. Our November holiday guide points you in the right direction.

Kick back, these November holiday destinations promise to be relaxing

In most places, November is a month that sees the weather start to turn cold. But that's not the case in Barbados and the Dominican Republic, where the November temperatures are just beginning to go from hot to mild.

Laid back villa rentals in the Dominican Republic

November in the Dominican Republic is best associated with one word, warmth, with the average November temperature clocking in at a balmy 27 degrees. November is also the start of the busy winter tourist season along the country's sprawling Coconut Coast, an area lined with all-inclusive resorts and luxury villa rentals. Popular spots for windsurfing, scuba diving and snorkelling are found all along the coastline. For a change of pace, order up a dish of La Bandera Dominicana a tri-colored meal patterned after the country's flag.

Sunny holiday cottages in Barbados right on the beach

Slowing down won't be a problem in Barbados, as the island is finely attuned to a more tropical mindset with lots of sunbathing and beachcombing enjoyed and encouraged. Some of the best beaches for snorkelling and scuba diving are found on the island's western side near the capital of Bridgetown. For a unique culinary experience try the country's unofficial national dish, Cou Cou and flying fish, and wash it down with a Mauby Drink, a mixture of rum, sugar and the bark of a small tree native to the island.

Great November holiday destinations that are closer than you think

If you feel the need for a trip to warmer climes, but don't want to travel too far afield, consider a holiday to these European islands.

Finding wine and sun at your holiday rental in Madeira

With the average December temperature at near 20 degrees, Madeira is the perfect place to enjoy warmer temperatures. The island is known for its hiking, with numerous trails dotting the landscape and some of the more popular found on Pico Ruivo, Madeira's highest mountain. Madeira wine has been highly sought after for more than 200 years. Usually fortified with brandy, it was first made popular by sailors visiting the island to reprovision their ships. There are several wine shops with extensive cellars in the capital city of Funchal, where you can taste different vintages.

A volcano inspired getaway in the Canary Islands

Lanzarote is part of the Canary Islands off the northwest coast of Africa. Known as a more laid back version of its larger cousin Tenerife, Lanzarote is the perfect spot for kicking back. With its otherworldly volcanic landscape, the island's Timanfaya National Park is a popular spot to hike. The Papagayo beaches at the southern tip of the island have a reputation as some of the most beautiful in the Canary Islands but be warned, several are considered clothing optional, so don't be surprised if you see a naturist or two enjoying the sun.

November holiday destinations for fun and sun

If you can take the time, these November getaways will find you snorkelling in the waters off Mauritius or enjoying the sunset off the northwest coast of Africa.

Red hot holiday rentals in Mauritius

The island of Mauritius was once a sleepy backwater but today it's a booming tourist hotspot. That's because its beaches are widely considered to be among some of the finest in the world with the oddly named Flic-en-Flac being a prime example. The island is also dotted with hiking trails, including numerous choices inside the Black River Gorges National Park. Clubbing and a vibrant nightlife are also a part of the island's DNA with a great selection of spots found in the nation's capital of Port Louis.

Stylish holiday rentals in Morocco

Found along the banks of the Bou Regreg River and the shores of the Atlantic Ocean, Rabat is Morocco's capital city. Cosmopolitan and chic, it's cuisine is a unique blend of Mediterranean and African cultures. Perhaps the best place to get a taste of the city is in its Medina Quarter where you can sample Moroccan fare such as tajine and couscous. The city's Plage de Rabat is widely considered to be one of the best beaches in North Africa. Usually crowded, it is a perfect place to people watch and cool off.