...Ditch your SAD lamp and bob hat and get ready for a winter of sun, sea and sand!
It’s called the sunshine state for a reason! Florida benefits from a warm climate year-round, but for Brits, December might be the best time of year to visit.
Florida’s winter climate is much better suited to British holidaymakers, reaching an average high of 24°C and a low of 17°C. Perhaps the most unexpected and enjoyable benefit of Florida in December is the sea temperature, which is a lovely 25°C!
The most visited tourist destination in the United States is just as attractive in winter as in summer. However, unlike many other US sunspots which are relatively quiet during December, plenty of American holidaymakers make a beeline for Orlando for the Christmas break to see Disney World in all its festive glory.
Frozen ice palaces, towering festooned Christmas trees, thousands of glittering lights and garlands as far as the eye can see, as well as parades and special themed events throughout the holiday season make Disney World even more magical. Of course, all your favourite rides and characters will still be waiting for you, so visit the land where dreams come true at Christmas.
With an average temperature of 23°C and less rainfall than during the summer months, Kissimmee is a sun-drenched paradise in winter. From exploring unique wetlands and seeing alligators in their natural habitat at Florida Everglades, to taking a hot air balloon or helicopter ride, Kissimmee is a popular destination for adventurous types. You’re still close to all the action of Disney World and Universal Studios, but with plenty of other activities to keep you occupied too in and around the vibrant city of Kissimmee.
Hawaii’s six unique tropical islands are a paradise for winter sun. Palm fringed beaches, lush verdant mountains ripe for exploring, and warm tranquil waters made for snorkelling, Hawaii is a far cry from winter back home. The first few weeks of December are markedly quieter than those around Christmas and New Year, when holidaymakers flock to the island for an alternative festive experience.
The island celebrates the Christmas holiday with a charming blend of aloha spirit, tropical themes and traditional details, and New Year’s Eve celebrations are second to none, with impressive fireworks displays and beach parties that go on till sunrise.
Aside from the warm and sunny weather, holidaymakers will love visiting Mexico in December thanks to the multitude of festivals and celebrations. 12th December marks the Fiesta of the Virgin of Guadalupe – Mexico’s Patron Saint.
Most towns and cities have a church or shrine dedicated to this manifestation of the Virgin Mary, and it’s an opportunity for parents to dress their children in traditional clothing and celebrate as a community. From then onwards the festivities rev up towards Christmas, with piñata fairs, processions and posadas culminating in Navidad (Christmas). Mexico’s vibrancy and passion is captivating, and you’re bound to fall in love with its culture and people.
Exotic beaches, crystal-clear waters and a multitude of islands with unique and exciting cultures, the Caribbean is an idyllic winter holiday destination. Whether you’re looking for unbridled luxury or more a pared-back and easy-going holiday, the Caribbean’s range of hotels and resorts, restaurants and excursions has something to suit every preference and budget. If you’re thinking of visiting over Christmas, the Bahamas’ Junkanoo festival on Boxing Day puts on a show to rival Rio Carnival.