The 7 Best Winter Sun Destinations

The 7 Best Winter Sun Destinations

As summer slowly creeps to an end, the only thing we can think of is how to get the most sunshine as possible into our lives. This is where the idea of a cheeky winter getaway looks promising… There’s some great winter sun destinations that will tide you over between autumn-spring.

Here’s our top picks…

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1. St. Lucia, Caribbean

One of the most picturesque Caribbean islands and a perfect place to come for a luxury holiday to lose all sense of time. Stay in some of the best high end resorts where your every whim is catered to and you’ll find yourself blissfully sipping on cocktails with your feet in the sand.

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2. Koh Samui, Thailand

Koh Samui is a stunning island that attracts tourists from all over the world with its warm weather, pristine beaches and friendly locals. One trip here and you’ll easily fall in love with the place. Whether you want a party vibe or a week chilling on a private beach, you’ll find it here.

Easily one of the best winter sun destinations in the world.

Koh Samui Winter Sun

3. Sydney, Australia

The great thing about Australia is that it’s hot here in winter when it’s colder in most other places across the world. With beautiful beaches, historical sites, great food and heaps of culture, Sydney is full of memorable experiences. You can enjoy the best of urban city style with incredible natural parks and views – the best of both worlds.

Sydney, Australia winter sun

4. Tenerife, Spain

Tenerife is one of those classic holiday islands that attracts people all year round because of its wonderful weather, great food and beautiful scenery.

Sitting just off the coast of Africa, it is the largest of the Canary islands (which belong to Spain). As well as mountains with hiking trails, Tenerife also has endless beaches with both white and black sand that have been a location for many famous movie shots over the years.

Tenerife Winter Sun

5. Marrakech, Morocco 

You can’t miss out on Marrakech when it comes to winter sun destinations. This ancient walled city is home to mosques, palaces and lush gardens.

It’s known as The Red City thanks to the colour of the brick walls surrounding the city. Plus, the medina is a UNESCO World Heritage Centre. Temperatures are positively balmy.


6. Tulum, Mexico

It may no longer be Mexico’s best-kept secret, but the jungle paradise that is Tulum is still one of the most beautiful winter sun destinations you’ll experience.

The beach town has a laid-back vibe (think no streetlights and cash only bars) and the dazzling blue waters in the many cenotes dotted around the outskirts will leave you feeling restored.


7. Bali, Indonesia

The Indonesian island of Bali has long been a huge draw on the travel route, for everybody from surfers and backpackers through to honeymooners and luxury travellers.

It’s the paradise island that has something for everybody. Plus, you can be pretty much guaranteed sunshine and tropical temperatures!


Sarah Clayton-Lea

Co-founder of Big 7 Travel, Sarah created the company through her passion for championing the world's best food and travel experiences. Before her career in digital media, where she previously held roles such as Editor of Food&Wine Ireland, Sarah worked in the hospitality industry in Dublin and New York.

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