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Where is hot in November

Antigua is hot in NovemberDubai for hot holidays in November

* Fly for just 4 hours to find sun and 22°C

* Best deals on long haul winter sunshine

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

When November rolls in you know that summer is well and truly over. The evenings are dark, rain and wind dominates the weather forecast and even the autumn leaves are just a mulchy mess on the ground. It’s time to get away on holiday!

With many months to go before the arrive of spring, wouldn’t it be great to lie on a tropical beach soaking up some sunshine?

But how far do you need to fly to find hot weather in November? And where are the best travel bargains at this time of year? Here’s our guide to where’s hot in November.


Note: the travel companies featured in this article are personally recommended by our editors.

Egypt holidays in November

Flying time: under 6 hours

Let’s be realistic. You won’t find anywhere hot in November on mainland Europe, but if you fly for just 4 – 5 hours from the UK you can reach several destinations where sunshine and warm weather are guaranteed.

The Canary Islands is our top pick. The weather is fine and prices in November are low. Tenerife, Lanzarote and Gran Canaria are all great destinations. Even at the end of November you can expect long days of sunshine and temperatures of 22°C.

You’ll find similar conditions on the island of Madeira which boasts a wonderful selection of luxury hotels and traditional quintas. This is not just an island for sunbathing – it’s wonderful for walking in rugged countryside and discovering countryside and villages.

North Africa is easy to reach and great value. There is plenty of sunshine, but it’s not too hot for sightseeing. Morocco is our favourite choice here – airfares are low and flying time is less than 4 hours from the UK. In the exciting city of Marrakech you can expect highs of 23°C with similar weather in nearby Fes. Temperatures are a little lower if you venture into the Atlas Mountains.

Egypt is just 5 hours flying time from the UK with many direct flights. In Cairo you can look forward to 8 hours of sunshine and highs of 25°C in November – ideal conditions for visiting the Pyramids and the treasures of the Egyptian Museum. If you want to lie on a beach, head directly to the Red Sea where a recent slump in bookings has led to severe price reductions at luxury hotels.

Don’t overlook the charms of Jordan where you’ll find the breathtaking desert landscapes of Wadi Rum, the Dead Sea and the mythical rock-carved city of Petra. Go in the first half of the months as the end of November brings the start of the rainy season.

The Gambia on the West coast of Africa is one of the world’s best value winter sun destinations. It’s only 6 hours flying time from the UK with direct charter flights and no jet lag. Average highs are 32°C with up to 10 hours of sunshine per day. And if that doesn’t warm your heart, you will also love the sandy beaches, low prices and friendly people. Check out the latest special offers.

There are lots of short break opportunities in Europe but none offer the guarantee of hot weather. We suggest you head to Tunis – just 3 hours flying time from London – and Istanbul, an exciting and atmospheric city that sits on the crossroads between Europe and Asia.

Flying time: over 6 hours

If you’re prepared to sit through a long-haul flight, you can discover some of the world’s most beautiful destinations in November. For bargain hunters, the Caribbean is first choice. The hurricane season is over but the busy tourist season doesn’t start until Christmas, so hotels are quiet and prices are very low. All in all, November is a great time to visit the Caribbean, and it feels like a secret as so few other tourists are around.

If you like quiet Caribbean islands with local flavour try Tobago or Grenada. Of the bigger islands, St Lucia is arguably the prettiest, with some very special hotels, while Jamaica has a genuinely friendly vibe with lots to see and do.

Barbados is known for its celebrity visitors and glitzy restaurants, but in November it too is quiet, so you can discover the natural beauty of the island and its friendly people. Antigua also has some lovely beaches and a great selection of hotels. See more Caribbean holiday ideas and details of the Caribbean weather in November.

You’ll also find good weather in The Bahamas and Bermuda (both of which are in the Atlantic, not the Caribbean). However, I would avoid the very end of November when the temperatures start to drop.

If you want a side serving of dazzling culture along with your tropical beach, try Sri Lanka. The high season is just beginning in November  but airfares remain at low-season prices. In the tourist regions of the south west the weather is excellent with high temperatures of 29°C and 6 hours of daily sunshine.

Oman in the Arabian Gulf is about 7 hours flying time from the UK and combines superb beaches and world-class hotels – such as Six Senses Zighy Bay – with dramatic mountain and desert scenery, forts, ancient villages and the vast Wahiba Sands desert. This is a great time of year to visit with highs of 30°C and an average 10 hours of sunshine every day.

Few can resist the heady charms of Dubai where the hotels, shopping malls and architecture will leave you open-mouthed.

The Indian Ocean is hot in November. The beaches of Mauritius are hard to beat with temperatures of 28°C  and 9 hours of sunshine. This is a great destination for couples with fabulous hotels and spas.

Also in the Indian Ocean, the Seychelles and the Maldives offer perfect beaches, warm seas and wonderful hotels such as Huvafen Fushi in the Maldives and Banyan Tree in the Seychelles.

How about Africa? You could take a private safari in Botswana or enjoy the spring sunshine in South Africa. November is a good time for walking safaris in Botswana’s Okavango Delta, while the unique island of Madagascar offers an exciting mix of tropical beaches, turquoise seas and thrilling wildlife encounters. See more of our recommended holidays in Africa.

The North of India is a great destination in November: in Delhi you can look forward to 10 hours of sunshine and temperatures of 28°C. This is also a good time to visit the “golden triangle” of Jaipur, Delhi and Agra. Find more about private tours of India.

November is also a good time of year to visit Southeast Asia. Take a small private tour of Burma, explore the amazing sights of Vietnam or relax on the beaches of Bali. In Thailand, November is generally not a good time to visit Ko Samui, but Phuket is dry and sunny with 9 hours of sun and temperatures of 30°C.

You can also explore more ideas on where to go on holiday in November. Getting married? Our sister site, 101 Honeymoons, has expert tips on honeymoons in November.

This articles was last updated on 4 October 2013.

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