When the snow starts to fall and the temperatures drop, it’s an ideal time to seek out the sun. These are some of the most popular spots when the winter hits the northern hemisphere.
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1. Orlando, Florida, USA
Orlando is an ideal family destination during the winter due to the usually fine weather and the endless amount of sites and activities the city has to offer. Some of the most popular locations with tourists include Walt Disney World, Universal Studios, and SeaWorld Orlando. There are plenty ofaccommodation and dining choices to suit all travel budgets. You’ll also find a vibrant nightlife, golf courses, and spas to enjoy.
2. Varadero, Cuba
Varadero is very popular with winter vacationers as a sun, sea, and sand paradise. There are numerous all-inclusive resorts to choose from and the weather is generally beautiful. The beaches are second to none and you’ll also be able to partake in boat trips, scuba diving, and fishing.
3. Punta Cana, Dominican Republic
This is another Caribbean island that draws rave reviews from winter travelers. It offers plenty of all-inclusive resorts where you’ll find beautiful white sandy beaches, fantastic golf courses and plenty ofcharming souvenir shops. You’ll be able to enjoy all sorts of outdoor activities such as swimming, fishing, diving, snorkeling, and horseback riding.
4. Cabo San Lucas, Mexico
Cabo San Lucas is well known as one of Mexico’s most popular and glamorous destinations. It offers plenty of outdoor activities to go along with its natural beauty. You’ll find scuba diving, kayaking, fishing, and hiking are all popular activities. The Sea of Cortez provides warm and wonderful waters while the local deserts and dry forests are ideal for exploring on foot.
5. Sydney, Australia
Sydney is arguably Australia’s most popular city. Of course, the seasons are reversed because it sits in the southern hemisphere. It’s filled with fantastic cultural sites, architecture, amazing outdoor activities, and natural beauty. There are over 40 beautiful beaches in the Sydney area that are ideal for swimming, surfing, and sunbathing. Some of the other popular attractions include the Sydney Opera House, the Museum of Contemporary Art, and Sydney Harbour Bridge.
6. Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
This popular South American spot offers spectacular scenery and sandy beaches such as Ipanema and Copacabana. The local culture is lively and diverse with the city full of historical and cultural sites. You’ll be able to see the famous Christ the Redeemer statue as well as traditional cafes and dance halls.
7. Dubai, United Arab Emirates
Dubai is quickly becoming one of the top tourist destinations on the globe due to its weather and manmade islands. Just about everything here is world-class, from the restaurants and hotels to the shops and sandy beaches.
8. The Mayan Riviera, Mexico
There are plenty of areas in Mexico to visit, but one of the hottest spots at the moment is the Mayan Riviera. It’s filled with numerous all-inclusive resorts, archaeological sites, crystal-clear blue waters and soft sandy beaches. The scenery is awesome and the food’s adventurous and tasty. Some of the most popular archaeological Mayan sites are Tulum and Chichen Itza.
9. San Francisco, California, USA
While it may not be the hottest city on the list, there’s still plenty of sun and warm temperatures in this historical coastal city. There are plenty of attractions such as museums, the Golden Gate Bridge, Alcatraz, Aquarium of the Bay, and Fisherman’s Wharf. The neighborhoods are historic and the coastline is amazing. Make sure you visit the Museum of Modern Art while you’re there and hop on one of the historic cable cars.
10. Negril, Jamaica
Negril is home to many beach side hotels and resorts. The beaches and ocean are among the best in the world and the lush countryside is exceptional. It’s an ideal spot for outdoor activities such ashiking, scuba diving, and snorkelling. The local weather, food, music, history, and culture are also quite an experience.