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Where's Hot in December?

Where's Hot in December?

While some people dream of a white Christmas, others prefer to chase some winter sun. If you’re searching for somewhere hot in December, there’s a range of unique destinations for your winter holiday, stretching from the Caribbean and Central America, to the Middle East and Australasia.

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Where should you go in December?

If you’re looking for the classic combination of sun, sea and sand, the Caribbean has it in spades. For the very hottest temperatures, book a holiday to the Dominican Republic, Antigua or St Lucia. Or, if you want a healthy dose of culture to match your tan, opt for a trip to Jamaica, Barbados or Cuba. Alternatively, visiting the Middle East cities – like Dubai and Abu Dhabi – during December allows you to see all the sights in comfortable temperatures, without getting too hot. Meanwhile, Central America offers ancient ruins, long beaches and tropical rainforests. But, if you’re seeking a real adventure, consider a holiday to Australasia. Prepare to see this beautiful corner of the world at its very best in the height of the southern summer – whether you’re in cultural Melbourne, iconic Sydney or the dramatic mountains of New Zealand.

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Hot Destinations in December

The Caribbean

A familiar favourite for all those wishing to flee the festive frost, the Caribbean offers an unparalleled beach holiday experience. And December is the perfect time to visit – hurricane season is over, but the temperatures remain in the high twenties. The largest island in the Caribbean, Cuba, is a great place to start. With average temperatures reaching 27 degrees Celsius during December, you can really make the most of the beaches, and explore the time-trap streets of Havana in comfort. Barbados is another option, where the days regularly reach 28 degrees during December. Both the Dominican Republic and Antigua are even warmer, with an average high of 29 degrees. Couples searching for a romantic break somewhere hot should head to St Lucia. With 30-degreee heat in December, it’s the hottest island in the region – perfect for snorkelling and sunbathing.

The Middle East

The Middle East is something of an anomaly here, as December is actually the coldest time of year. However, with temperatures in the United Arab Emirates regularly hitting 40 degrees Celsius in the summer months, winter is actually a very popular time to visit. Temperatures in Abu Dhabi – the capital of the UAE – reach a toasty 26 degrees in December, while beach-lined Fujairah is slightly cooler. If you’re looking for cultural attractions and quiet beaches, Oman is a great choice. Plus, in December, you can enjoy skin-warming sunshine in the mid-to-high twenties. And, of course, there’s the ever-popular holiday spot of Dubai. This crowd-pleasing destination is famous for having the world’s tallest building, the man-made Palm Islands and thrilling theme parks. You can experience it all in comfort in December, when daytime temperatures hover in the mid twenties.

Central America

Central America has a wealth of hot destinations in December, with temperatures spanning from the low-twenties to the low-thirties. In Mexico alone, you’ll find a variety of temperatures across the popular holiday hotspots. Brushed by the Caribbean Sea, Cancun has an unparalleled sun-and-sand feel, with balmy days of 28 degrees – just right for exploring the nearby Mayan ruins. By contrast, Mexico City is comparatively cool in December, with average temperatures of 23 degrees. This vibrant city offers all the thrills of any bustling capital, thanks to its legendary shopping district, rich cultural heritage and excellent dining scene. But, if you’d prefer to get back to nature, book a tropical trip to Costa Rica. With the mercury hitting 31 degrees in December, it’s a fantastic time to discover the country’s soaring volcanoes, lush jungles and exotic wildlife, including toucans, sloths and tree frogs.

Australasia

Australasia is the ultimate winter getaway for sun-loving holidaymakers. What better way to avoid the winter blues than to travel to the other side of the world? Australia is incredibly popular during the winter months, thanks to its reliable sunshine, sandy beaches and lively cities. In Sydney, you can enjoy daytime temperatures in the mid-twenties – perfect weather for visiting Australia’s most famous attractions, including the Sydney Opera House, Sydney Harbour Bridge and Bondi Beach. Further south, cultural Melbourne boasts botanical gardens, museums and rooftop bars, along with cooler days averaging 24 degrees. Or you could fly to New Zealand. At 20 degrees, it’s not as warm as Down Under, but the dramatic mountains and turquoise lakes more than make up for it. And, for adventure lovers, Queenstown is hard to beat – expect adrenaline-pumping activities like bungee jumping, skydiving and white-water rafting.

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