Winter Sun - Where to go & What to Pack


sunshine holiday

If your like me you're probably feeling like January is dragging on that little bit too long and the realisation that spring on really starts to get going late March and the need for warm sunshine and a sipping a cocktail on the beach is on your mind then your not alone. I am really longing for temperatures that mean I can wear a t-shirt and not layers, to kick my shoes off and walk through the sand and there are some really good bargains for off-peak European destinations right now of if your feeling like really getting away then why not opt for a last minute long haul adventures.

Here are 3 fantastic destinations to get that winter sunshine fix

beach sunset

1. Tenerife

This is probably the most popular choice mainly because it's one of the closest and most reliable destinations for winter sun and because so many low-cost airlines fly there even from the smaller airports all across the UK it's easily accessible as well as being a hot spot for picking up cheap flights and a bargain off-peak break for the family. Tenerife also offers a lot of variety, I know it can sometimes get a bad name for being just a party island but that's a very short-sighted view as not only does it have beautiful beaches but also deserts, mountains, volcanoes and lush forests with activities for all interests.


2. Cuba

If your up for a long haul trip than why not tick one off the bucket list and head to Cuba, take in the colourful cosmopolitan capital of Havana before heading down to of many fantastic coastal regions such as Jardines Del Rey or Santiago de Cuba and take in that Caribbean lifestyle. The best time to go is actually now until April before it gets too hot. This is a fantastic destination for those who want to mix culture with a slower beachside lifestyle and a trip to Cuba really is a trip of a lifetime.

3. Cape Verde

If your looking for somewhere that truly feels far-flung but don't fancy a flight that is too long than Cape Verde is the perfect choice as it's only a 6hr flight from the UK to these beautiful islands off the coast of Senegal, West Africa but don't be put it, it has the most stable democracy in Africa as one of the most politically liberal nations in the world as well as a low crime rate. The Cape Verde islands are perfect for adventure seekers because besides the pristine sandy beaches you can also have a go at  kite surfing, jet-skiing, canyoning or hiking or if your a foodie there is plenty of local cuisines to get stuck into.


Once you have decided on a destination now you just have to make sure you pack everything you need. It's not something we often think of but packing for a different season to that of your own home country can be quite a tricky thing when your fashion needs are out of sync with what is in stores. Places like ASOS are great for sunglasses which you will need and of course pharmacies have sunscreen in stock all year round.

It's really important to remember sun safety no matter what time of the year it is, in fact I have written about this before, check my post out. Like most people, I always have some sandals on hand as I usually pick up at least one or two pairs every season but of course if your heading off on a beach break the one thing you do want is a stylish swimsuit.

summer hat

The best place for making sure you get the latest on-trend style no matter what time of the year is the shopping online, stores such as Simply Beach have everything you need for a winter sun holiday from designer swimsuits and beachwear, its a great one-stop shop for all your beach style needs. If your planning on spending most of the time on the beach than also make sure you pack a light and loose fitting kaftan or kimono, pair these up with some nice sandals and you can easily go from beach to cafe during the day.

winter heat

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  1. I love winter sun but it is sadly lacking in my life at the moment!

    1. Mine too, next year I am going to book a trip somewhere warm this time of the year

      Laura x

  2. I've never done a winter sun trip before! I think Cape Verde would be a great choice.

    1. I know it's very much on my bucket list - looks amazing

  3. I'd love to go to Tenerife - my uncle lives out there and my dad went a few times to visit him. Would love to see what it's like!

    1. Do it!!! Its great you have family there, more reason to plan a trip

      Laura x

  4. Id like to visit cape verde. Looks like a good winter sun destination

  5. I've been thinking about going to Cuba for a long time, it looks just beautiful

    Mel ✨

  6. We went to cape Verde November 2016 fully reccomend for a winter holiday we had an amazing time. I'd definitely love to visit Cuba at some point as it sounds like such an amazing destination.

  7. I would love to visit Cuba one day. Heard a lot about the place.

  8. We are off to Portugal next month but I am slightly disappointed with the temperatures - was expecting low 20's but aparently its only 15

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