The 7 best winter sun destinations in December

By Emily Waddell

Don’t get us wrong, there are lots of things that are great about winter

However, sometimes when you’re sat in your flat in front of a space heater because your flatmate won’t let you turn the heating on, it’s easy to daydream about warm beaches. So, because we’re so nice, we searched across Europe for cheap winter sun holidays so you don’t have to. But don’t just dream it, do it! Here are the 7 best winter sun destinations that are still toasty in December.

1. Feelin’ hot, hot, hot in Marrakesh

Marrakesh Winter Sun Destinations
Explore the labyrinth of souks in Marrakesh this winter © zodebala/

Only a four-hour flight from the UK, the North African wonderland of Morocco is one of the few hot destinations in December with a snug temperature of 23°C on average. Explore one of Marrakesh’s world-renowned souks and grab yourself a bargain but remember to haggle, haggle, haggle for a good price.

2. A fabulous winter holiday in Fuerteventura

Fueteventura Winter Sun Destinations
Look forward to 22 degrees in December in Fuerteventura © Mavermick/

Fuerteventura enjoys an average high of 22°C in December thanks to its proximity to the African coast. It also enjoys a light breeze throughout the season, giving it the nickname of ‘the island of eternal spring’. So if you’re looking for sun, beaches, and relaxation, Fuerteventura is your place.

3. No jacket required in Cape Verde

 Cape Verde Winter Sun Destinations
A tropical island paradise, Cape Verde © cinoby/

This lesser known island gem sits just off Senegal in West Africa. Cape Verde is famed for its pristine beaches, rustic seafood, and its climate – which stands at a toasty 24°C or 25°C during the day. A popular winter sun retreat, book now to avoid disappointment.

4. Not feeling crabby in Krabi, Thailand

Krabi Winter Sun Destinations
Beaches in December in Krabi © simongurney/

Shun jumpers, woolly hats and gloves this winter. Instead dig out your swimming costume and jet off to the crisp sunny shores of Krabi, Thailand. Expect jungles, idyllic cliff walks, and shrines galore in this hidden paradise that has a perfect average temperature of 26°C.

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5. The Ultimate Winter Sun Destination: Perth, Australia

Perth Winter Sun Destinations
Perth knows how to do winter correctly © Eden Nguyen/

As the majority of the world bundles up for a long winter, Australians are grilling Christmas dinner on the beach. Perth is the perfect place to enjoy a winter sun holiday, as the city is a relaxation masterclass with surfers littering the beaches and bars serving up refreshing fruity cocktails. With an average temperature of 26°C – who could say no?

6. Sizzlin’ in the Sri Lankan Sun

Sri Lanka Winter Sun Destinations
Escape the winter weather in Sri Lanka © MalgorzataDrewniak/

Sri Lanka has a surprisingly chaotic climate, but in December the dry season starts and you can say ‘hello’ to the perfect 27°C holiday in the sun weather. The southern coast of Sri Lanka where Colombo and Galle meet the sea is where you’ll find the most picture-perfect beach scenes and relaxation away from the hustle and bustle of city life.

7. December Heat in The Gambia

The Gambia Winter Sun Destinations
The Gambia is a winter wonderland of sun in December © Damian Pankowiec/

The Gambia rounds out our list of best winter sun destinations. With only 80 km of coastline, you might think that the smallest country in Africa, wouldn’t be known for its beaches. But for what little it has, the beaches are world-renowned for being paradises of sweeping palms, lagoons, and sleepy fishing villages. Enjoy scorching average temperatures of 32°C and remember your sunscreen. For deals and some December sun, browse our Black Friday travel deals.

Note: These rates are based on search queries made on on October 12th, 2017. The prices are quoted in GBP. Flight prices are based on results for a return economy flight search. Hotel prices are for double occupancy and include taxes and fees. Prices are subject to change, may vary, or no longer be available.