Where is hot in December
While the UK is dressing warmly and gearing up for the festive season, December is also a great time to get away to somewhere sunny. The Caribbean is at its peak this month, and for good reason. Whether you feel like a change of scenery for Christmas and New Year, or just want to feel the heat for a couple of weeks, St. Lucia and Barbados will feel like a world away from the winter weather at home.
The Dominican Republic is another great choice for a tropical escape but if you fancy getting away with less flight time then Fuerteventura is still surprisingly warm this time of year.
Scroll down to find out more about our top picks of hot countries in December.
It may only take a few hours to get there, but Fuerteventura feels like a world away from home in December. It’s the closest Canary Island to the coast of Africa with temperatures to match and miles of sand dunes and beaches to enjoy. The island’s north shore has built a reputation as Europe’s answer to Hawaii due to its fantastic surf and the surf cafes, bars and restaurants offer the full holiday atmosphere in the middle of winter. Hiring a car is a great way to take time to explore the inland region of the island where you’ll find the typically volcanic scenery and pretty mountain villages like Betancuria. You will definitely get your December sun fix in Fuerteventura.book now Find out more Try these alternative destinations Barbados Dominican Republic Cancun Goa Orlando
Caribbean has always been a top destination for people looking for hot places in December. As a tropical beach destination with the kind of laid back way of life that only the Caribbean does best, we think that Barbados pretty much sells itself. Spending a couple of weeks here during December can be just the antidote to the hustle and bustle of the festive season at home. Whether you’re exploring the botanical gardens of the island’s interior, the busy markets of its colourful capital Bridgetown or the paradise beaches along the coast, you’ll leave here feeling relaxed and ready for another year.book now Find out more Try these alternative destinations Fuerteventura Dominican Republic Cancun Goa Orlando
Between December and late February, the weather in the Dominican Republic is at its optimum. The hurricane season has passed and the temperatures and humidity have cooled off from the height of summer. At this time every year Humpback whales begin to return to the shores after nine months of feeding in the North Atlantic, and by late January there are thousands populating the waters of the northern coast. This is a unique opportunity to experience something unforgettable while catching some sun in December and with an organised whale spotting boat trip – with each one closely regulated to make sure that the animals aren’t harassed.book now Find out more Try these alternative destinations Fuerteventura Barbados Cancun Orlando Goa
This isn’t the hottest month of the year for Cancun but with the temperatures on land and sea averaging in the balmy mid-20’s, it’s a welcome break from winter in the UK and perfect for getting some hot weather in December. If you’re travelling to Cancun in the first week of January you can take full advantage of the El Día de los Reyes (Kings' Day) which takes place during the Feast of Epiphany. Most restaurants put on a feast of traditional Mexican food like the delicious Rosca de Reyes (Three Kings) cake.book now Find out more Try these alternative destinations Fuerteventura Barbados Dominican Republic Orlando Goa
Goa's enviable location in South India, makes it a top destination for winter sun seekers. December temperatures of 26-33°C make Goa a fantastic place to spend your Christmas break, before the monsoon season rolls in from May-October. It's hot at night at around 21°C and the sea is warm enough to bathe in at 28°C, just bring a sunhat and suncream because the midday sun is roasting!book now Find out more Try these alternative destinations Fuerteventura Barbados Dominican Republic Cancun Orlando
Orlando's subtropical climate means that December is still a great time to visit. Daytimes see temperatures in the low twenties and evenings are mild, though you may want to bring a jacket just in case. December is Orlando's winter season and doesn't see much rainfall as opposed to the hot and wet summer months, making it a perfect time to bring the little ones without worrying about the heat.book now Find out more Try these alternative destinations Fuerteventura Barbados Dominican Republic Cancun Goa