Where is hot in January?

While January heralds a new year and a much-needed fresh start, it also brings snow, cold winds and weather. Yes, January usually sees Britain in a state of general jadedness: we’re still recovering from December festivities, and the notion of some well-deserved sunshine doesn’t go amiss! Some might maintain that ski breaks can’t be beaten, but here at HomeAway we know what it’s like to need some warmth: that’s why we’ve compiled some of the world’s sunniest destinations come January, including the coasts of Cuba and the Caribbean, as well as the dry, sunny deserts of Dubai. Whether you want a short, sunny break or fancy day-long sunbathing sessions, January’s a great time to get away.

Top 5 places to stay for sunny climes in January

Of course, wherever you fancy going, and wherever you’d like to stay when there, HomeAway can provide the perfect property for January holidays. We have thousands of villas in the Caribbean and beautiful beach huts in Thailand, as well as properties in Mexico and central apartments in Dubai. Of course, our selection of private homes in Mauritius is also second-to-none! So why wait? When you book through HomeAway you enjoy superior privacy, space and value for money, so regardless of your budget, need or desire, you can find your perfect, private home.

January holidays in the Caribbean


With a few more months ahead of notoriously cold, British weather, why would you stay at home when you could be enjoying a post-Christmas break in the Caribbean? Its islands offer nothing short of perfect conditions for a holiday: balmy trade winds; temperatures of at least 30°C; reliable sunshine and gloriously warm seas! You can take your pick of dozens of islands, including Tobago, Jamaica and Grenada, and even visit a number of them when you hop on a boat for the day. Barbados is the best choice for those seeking relaxation, while Trinidad is ideal for beaches, bars and nightlife.

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January holidays in Mauritius


If you’ve been lucky enough to actually save money over Christmas, why not splash out on the ultimate tropical getaway? Mauritius is a beautiful destination located in the southwest Indian Ocean, characterised by outstanding natural beauty both on land and below the waters of its surrounding coast. Many tourists choose to spend their days lazing on sun-soaked sands, scuba diving or snorkelling as the mood takes them! With temperatures of at least 27°C, whether you head for the North, East, South or West coast of the island, you’re guaranteed an unforgettable break.

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January holidays in Mexico


Mexico’s a fantastic choice when seeking sun-soaked breaks in January, with daily highs averaging 24°C. You can easily spend your days simply sunbathing and swimming, but sightseeing’s an absolute must in Mexico: there are ancient Mayan ruins and seemingly unchanged Spanish colonial towns, as well as the white-sand beaches and warm seas of the Caribbean and Atlantic coastlines. Kids can spend their Christmas money in the colourful Mexican markets, or the whole family can enjoy splashing out on excursions: from whale watching to diving, there’s so much to see and do.

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January holidays in Thailand


Thailand is possibly the top-ranking destination for January holidays, boasting temperatures of at least 29°C, and topping 32°C at their best! What could be better than forgetting the British winter, for the white-sand beaches of Phuket on the Andaman coast? It’s important to point out that the likes of Koh Samui, on the east Gulf coast, experience heavy rainfall at this time of year, but the west is well and truly sun-soaked. Go trekking in the jungle, snorkelling in coral reefs, or meditating at one of the ancient temples in the area: whatever you fancy doing, Thailand’s unbeatable in January.

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January holidays in Dubai


For a luxurious January break in the sun, you can’t beat Dubai. Just 7 hours away by air, its dry climate and seemingly endless sunshine will provide some much-needed relief from the snow at home. It has glitz and glamour in the form of enormous, designer shopping outlets, some of the world’s finest restaurants, and a number of huge entertainment venues; but there are also beautiful beaches, colourful souks and desert excursions. Whether you want to spend a week lazing in the winter sun, or getting to grips with Dubai’s local culture and cuisine, you’ll enjoy the break of a lifetime.

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Holiday Rentals in Dubai for January Holidays

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