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Top 10 Winter Destinations of The World
Famous for its golden beaches, rich flora and fauna, and architecture, Sydney has a temperate climate with mild winters.
Kids can have a great time at Taronga Zoo which has around 350 species and over 4,000 animals. Party-lovers will be happy to discover Sydney's lively nightlife. One can go surfing on the challenging waves of Bondi beach or jet boating on Sydney Harbor. And don't forget to visit the Sydney Opera House, Sydney Tower, Luna Park, and Royal Botanical Gardens.
Muscat is known for its authentic Middle Eastern experience and stunning architecture. The best time to visit Oman is from November to March. Winter is pleasantly warm and perfect for sightseeing.
However, your trip won't be complete without a shopping excursion to Muttrah Souk. It's a traditional Arabic bazaar, filled with merchants selling local spices, fabrics, handmade jewelry, and perfumes. With its beautiful landscape, aesthetic architecture, and rich culture, Muscat definitely earns its spot on this list.
The southernmost region of Portugal, Algarve is a unique destination. Its winters are comparatively warmer than most of Europe which makes it a good choice for your winter holidays.
It is said that the population in this region triples during holiday season; evidence of a good holidaying experience. Praia da Marinha and Armação de Pêra are two famous beaches in this region among many others such as Praia da Arrifana, Praia dos Pescadores, Praia da Ilha de Tavira and Praia do Vau.
Bali has been a famous, global, and a must-see destination for decades. As a winter destination, you couldn't have asked for more. Must-see places include Sanur, Kuta, Legian, Seminyak, Nusa Dua, and Pecatu.
Sanur was the earliest recorded tourist spot in Bali. It is also a part of the island of Ubud, which got international acclaim after the release of Elizabeth Gilbert's movie Eat, Pray, Love.
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Anytime of the year is perfect to go to Rio de Janeiro. It really is temperate all year long. The festive season starts from December and lasts throughout February and attracts many tourists to this beautiful beach paradise.
Johannesburg, South Africa
Johannesburg is pleasantly warm and perfect for traveling and exploring in December, January, and February. The African Museum in central Johannesburg should be on your the 'must-see' list.
You can also witness conventional South African Theater at the Market Theater. The South African trip will be incomplete if you don't see the diverse and well-preserved wildlife. Lion Park just outside Johannesburg, where lions can be seen in their natural habitat should not be missed.
Thailand's largest island, Phuket has evolved as a famous holiday destination. Due to its location along the southern peninsula in the Andaman Sea, summers in Thailand tend to get a little hot and humid, but winters are pleasant.
With white sandy beaches, stunning resorts, luxurious spas, pleasant weather, and Thai hospitality, Phuket makes it one of the top winter destinations. Kata Noi, Hat Patong, Hat Karon, Hat Kamala, and Koh Kaeo Yai are some famous beaches you must visit.
Cuba is known for its laid-back nature, faded yet colorful Spanish colonial architecture, vintage cars, cigars and of course the climate. It gets very hot during summers, but winters are comparatively better.
Cuba has rich culture and diverse wildlife, not to forget the pristine beach experience. We recommend you stay in casa particulares, which is similar to bed and breakfast. This will give you a chance to interact with the local people. All in all, Cuba is a beautiful place with lots of activities, a pleasant climate and friendly people.
The tropical climate, beautiful beaches, and the vibrant nightlife contribute to the popularity of Miami. If you want to celebrate a snow-free, sun-filled Christmas then this is the place to be. Christmas is a grand celebration in Miami.
However, the highlight of Miami winters is New Year's Eve. The city of Miami Beach hosts its own New Year's Eve party on South Beach with a fireworks celebration at midnight.
Goa is definitely among the best winter destinations in the world. Millions of people from the west visit this small Indian state between December and February.
There are also some popular music festivals during this period. Known as Intruz, the carnival of Goa is a 3-day festival in February that should not be missed. Apart from this, Goa also has museums and adventure sports. But the highlight of any Goa trip would be its beautiful, silvery, sand beaches. Avoid going to central Goa if you want secluded beaches.
Top Beaches to Visit in Winter
Tourism arrived in the Maldives as late as 1972. Now, it's the most important economic sector. It is famous for its crystal-clear blue waters and pristine beaches. Famous for recreational diving, it is a perfect destination to just sit back and relax.
Most resorts comprise of an entire island, with no local population. Among the many activities you can indulge in, scuba diving, windsurfing, water-skiing, snorkeling, and kiteboarding are a few. The temperature throughout the year stays between 24 - 33 degrees Celsius.
Isolated beaches, over-water hotels, and a quiet atmosphere is what you will find at Bora Bora, an island in the Pacific Ocean. Located near Tahiti, it is famously known as 'Romantic Island'. The island is famous for its aqua-centric luxury resorts.
You must note that there is no public transport on the island, and renting cars is an additional cost. Dive operators are there at almost every resort. Every beach will offer you something special. January is a preferred month to visit the island due to less rainfall.
The easternmost of all Caribbean islands, Barbados is an island country like no other. With 60 beaches, the turquoise waters have their own stories to tell. All the beaches are open to tourists.
Along with coral reefs, you can also see sunken ships. Now that's a first, isn't it? Submarine rides are famous on the west coast, where you dive 150 feet below the waters to see amazing ocean life.
Other tourist attractions include Harrison's Cave (accessible by tramway), Barbados Wildlife Reserve where animals roam freely and the Morgan Lewis Windmill (one among the 2 sugar windmills left in the world). The Platinum Coast, Bottom Bay (secluded), The Crane and Miami Beach are some popular beaches.
Palm Beach, Aruba
Palm beach is a city in Aruba, an island in the Lesser Antilles. Believe it or not, this beach gets featured in most travel magazines, although it is just 2 miles long. The snow-white sand, calm waters and the fresh air, make this an ideal spot for a vacation.
Waters at the beach are safe for water activities; the beach is also considered children-friendly. Along the coast, you will see excellent bars, shops and restaurants. Piers are also available for those who love fishing. A lot of luxury hotels are located in and around the beach; accommodation is never a problem.
Popular Winter Cruises
The Caribbean, with its multiple islands, is packed with things to see and do. Don't misunderstand that the Caribbean is only limited to its islands. A few parts of countries like Venezuela are also included in the region that is geographically known as the Caribbean.
Mexican cruises are basically divided into two groups. One type of cruise takes you either on the west or east coast of Mexico.
The cuisine, the Polynesian culture and some magnificent backdrops make this cruise truly different. A fortnight is more than enough to have a good experience. The four islands you just can't afford to miss are Oahu, Maui, Kauai and The Big Island. Go prepared as rain will be a part of your vacation.
Some cruises also take you all the way to Cairo in Egypt (travel by land after you're on mainland) and other countries and places like Morocco, Greece, and Gibraltar. This particular cruise is designed for a long duration, something you must be prepared for.
The best winter vacation destinations will vary depending on a person's preference. Thus, we have given you more options to choose from for your holiday. This Christmas, have an experience you never had before. Happy Journey!