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Where is hot in January

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By Mark Hodson, Sunday Times Travel Writer and Editor of 101 Holidays

January is an ideal month to get away for some warm weather. With Christmas behind you and a few more months of grim weather in prospect before the arrival of spring, it’s a real treat to stretch out under a tropical sun. So where is hot in January?


The Caribbean is hard to beat

The Caribbean offers perfect conditions, with reliable sunshine, gentle breezes and temperatures hovering around 30°C. In Barbados, Tobago, Grenada, the Cayman Islands and Jamaica, you can expect an average of 9 hours of sunshine a day with only the occasional short sharp rain showers.

Our favourite Caribbean hotels include Round Hill in Jamaica, Beaches Turks & Caicos and – for families with young children – there’s the all-inclusive Verandah Resort & Spa in Antigua. If you want a luxury all-inclusive, check out Club Med which has 80 beach and ski resorts around the world.

In Cuba we recommend a beach-and-city combination. It would be a pity to visit this fascinating country without exploring the capital, Havana. This 10-night Affordable Luxury in Cuba trip features three nights in a luxury hotel in Havana, three nights in the colonial city of Trinidad and four nights on Cayo Ensenachos.

See more Caribbean holiday ideas and details of the Caribbean weather in January.

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January is also a great month to explore south east Asia. Thailand is the most popular destination amongst British travellers with reliable temperatures of 29 – 32°C. With great beaches, delicious food and low prices it’s a guaranteed winner, though you should avoid the east Gulf coast in January, when heavy rainfall is possible. Phuket on the west Andaman coast is better than Koh Samui.

Elsewhere in Southeast Asia, January is a great month to explore Malaysia or Vietnam, or discover the cultural treasures of Burma, a country that is just opening up to tourism. Further south, Bali offers glorious beaches and a colourful local culture, though rain is a risk in January.

Feeling more adventurous? Head to India to combine culture, adventure, beach and great food. Northern India and Rajasthan experience mild temperatures in January – ideal for sightseeing – with Delhi at around 20°C. Though head further south to Goa and you’ll find temperatures of around 28°C – perfect for lazing in the sun. Find details of private tours from TransIndus.

If you would rather not fly to far, head to Tenerife in the Canary Islands for beaches or La Palma for hiking and sightseeing. For budget beach breaks, try Egypt’s Red Sea resorts where you will find daytime averages of about 20°C, though evenings can be a bit chilly.

It’s only 7 hours flying time to Dubai where you’ll find great beaches, endless sunshine and an impressive collection of glitzy hotels, fine restaurants and entertainment venues.

For more culture, head to neighbouring Oman where you’ll find souks, desert safaris, historic forts, remote beaches and mountains. For a luxury hotel in Oman, we recommend Six Senses Zighy Bay.

In Morocco, Marrakech is sunny and bright, though not hot, while Jordan is great for sightseeing. Find out more cheap winter sun destinations.

We also recommend The Gambia for hot holidays in January. The West African country offers great value beach holidays and has temperatures of around 32°C with 8 – 10 hours of sunshine. It is only six hours flying time from the UK with no jet lag.

Florida is a good bet, whether you want to enjoy a stylish boutique hotel in Miami, hit the theme parks, explore the beaches of the Gulf Coast or drive south along the Keys. Try a two-week fly-drive to discover the highlights of Florida or search for cheap deals in Orlando.

Elsewhere in America, you could explore Hawaii on a small ship cruise or join a two-week escorted tour that will introduce you to the astonishing beauty of these diverse and lush volcanic islands. You can also take a cycling tour of Hawaii, as well as other regions in the US, with Bicycle Adentures.

Another option is to head to the Nevada desert. Combine a few high-octane days in Las Vegas with a trip out to the Grand Canyon. You can also take a helicopter tour out of Vegas, with an overnight stay at the Grand Canyon Ranch.

Many people are looking for a healthy holiday in January. We recommend in:spa for health and fitness retreats, and its sister companies, fitscape, which runs fitness breaks in the Atlas Mountains of Morocco, and destination yoga, where you get daily lessons from one of the UK’s leading yoga instructors, as well as all your food and group activities.

If you’re ready to splash out on a tropical island, we could think of nowhere nicer to be in January than the Indian Ocean. How about a spa hotel in Mauritius, an over-water villa in the Maldives or a white-sand beach in the Seychelles.

If you’re looking for adventure, breathtaking sights, activities and superb beaches, look at South America. We recommend both Brazil and Argentina.

Find more expert tips on holidays in January and honeymoons in January.

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