Where is hot in January
We all know that feeling in January when the festivities are over and summer seems like light-years away. So what better way to start the new year than enjoying some fun in the sun? Faraway destinations like Barbados with its white sand beaches and Cuba with its colourful culture and idyllic beaches will make the rain at home feel like a distant memory.
The miniature Galápagos archipelago of Cape Verde offers warm out-of-season weather and is just a short flight away.
We’ve picked out some of our favourite hot places in January spots below that will get you looking forward to the beginning of New Year.
If your idea of getting the year off to a good start is an adventure somewhere tropical, then Cape Verde is the place to go. It’s made up of a group of islands about 500km off the coast of West Africa and is home to some impressive mountain ranges and great beaches. The islands each offer something a bit different – from volcanic Fogo to historical Santiago – and temperatures in January average in the mid-20’s with waters perfect for swimming. This makes Cape Verde one of the hottest countries in January.book now Find out more Try these alternative destinations Cuba Caribbean Barbados Jamaica Dominican Republic
If you make it to Cuba for New Year’s Eve you can guarantee the year will start with a bang. The day also marks the anniversary of the Revolution and is a time when the colour and energy of Cuban culture explodes into life. Cuba has hot weather in January and it's the middle of the dry season so expect long, hot days and warm nights with the sea temperature at around 25°C, ready for you to grab your snorkelling gear and start exploring the many coral reefs that surround the coastline.book now Find out more Try these alternative destinations Cape Verde Caribbean Barbados Jamaica Dominican Republic
It may seem odd, but due to the Caribbean’s hurricane season in summer, you’re actually better off visiting in January, when the wind has settled and the beaches still hit a glorious average of 27°C. With water temperatures peaking at a warm 28°C, water sports and swimming are still a great choice, but the southern islands will have a slight edge in temperature if you’re a dedicated sun seeker.book now Find out more Try these alternative destinations Cape Verde Cuba Barbados Jamaica Dominican Republic
January is dry season for Barbados which means less humidity, little chance of rain and some slightly cooler nights. It’s also a month full of events that celebrate the best of this Caribbean island, from the flora filled St. Peter's Flower Show and Garden Festival to jazz and music festivals. It might be tempting to stick to the white sand beaches and beautiful resorts but there are plenty of ways to explore the island, whether you hire a car and take to the road or take to the seas with a sailing trip.book now Find out more Try these alternative destinations Cape Verde Cuba Caribbean Jamaica Dominican Republic
While January may be the coolest month in Jamaica, it's certainly not cold by anyone's standards! At a toasty 25°C average temperature, reaching to highs of 28°C, you'll still have plenty of sun to soak up. January is one of Jamaica's most popular months due to the absence of summer hurricanes and rain, both of which could affect your holiday between June and November. January it is then!book now Find out more Try these alternative destinations Cape Verde Dominican Republic Caribbean Cuba Barbados
Nestled in the sunny Caribbean, the Dominican Republic's weather is tropical all year round. January's average temperature lingers around a sunny 23°C with highs of 30°C very common - not bad for a winter month! The evenings can be a little cooler in January, however, and the odd light shower can blow across the island, so we recommend a light jacket for those sunset strolls along the beach.book now Find out more Try these alternative destinations Barbados Caribbean Cape Verde Jamaica Cuba