Antigua is an island in the eastern Caribbean known for its large expanses of sandy beaches. It’s one of the more affordable winter destinations, though it won’t feel like a budget trip. The island is ringed with protected coral reefs that attract scuba divers and snorkelers from around the world. Antigua offers delicious Caribbean cuisine, art galleries, museums, dozens of water activities and year-round temperatures that hover around the mid-70s to mid-80s, according to data from the Antigua and Barbuda Meteorological Service.
Bali, Indonesia, sometimes referred to as “the Island of the Gods,” is an island known for its impressive volcanoes, expanses of rice paddies and gorgeous beaches. These landscapes are enjoyable to explore in any season thanks to Bali’s consistently warm temperatures and sunny weather. A popular destination for party-goers and families alike, Bali has a colorful culture and activities for any type of traveler. The beach at Menjangan is considered one of the best spots for swimming and snorkeling, and Bali’s ancient temples and bustling street markets make it a summery destination you don’t want to miss.
Cape Town, South Africa
The port city of Cape Town, South Africa, is bustling with activity and is rich with cultural history. Visit during the warmer months to spend your days sunbathing with penguins at Boulders Beach, and spend your nights dining on the waterfront and breathing in the warm ocean air. The coldest month of the year for Cape Town is June, when temperatures can sink to an average of 55 degrees, according to data from the South African Weather Service. But that’s still warm enough to spend the day outdoors and soak up some sunshine. When you’re ready to take a break from the sun, visit the city’s many museums and art galleries.
Costa Del Sol, Spain
Costa Del Sol, Spain, which translates to Coast of the Sun, is a must-visit for those seeking warmer weather. The coastal haven is lined with sandy, not-crowded beaches and has a vivacious local culture. Dance the night away and spend your days sunbathing and strolling through the pueblos blancos, quaint, white-washed houses hiding in the hills of the Spanish city.
Goa, located on the western coast of India, is a sunny region known for its beautiful beaches and pleasantly warm temperatures. The local cuisine and culture has both Portuguese and Indian influence, making it completely unique. Any time you don’t spend laying out on the sand you can spend sight-seeing at the city’s historic convents and cathedral (a UNESCO World Heritage Site) and outdoor flea markets.
You can experience great Cuban food, serene beaches and quaint historic districts in warm weather all year long in Cuba’s capital of Havana. Havana is known for being beautiful and vibrant, with Spanish colonial architecture and brightly colored buildings on cobblestone streets. Visit the historic district of Habana Vieja or spend a day on the Malecón, a 7-kilometer-long seawall and esplanade where residents will often relax, talk, eat and watch the sunset. There are still some restrictions on visiting Cuba, so ensure that you meet the current conditions required by the government for visitation.
Referred to as “the Jewel of Kedah,” Langkawi, Malaysia, is an archipelago in the Andaman Sea consisting of 99 small, beautiful islands. Average temperatures are frequently in the 80s, according to the Encyclopedia Britannica, which is perfect weather for enjoying the remote, practically untouched beaches and touring the natural greenery on land. Though it’s small, Langkawi is packed with outdoor markets, high-quality restaurants, craft villages, museums and boat tours through lush mangroves.
Luang Prabang, Laos
The weather in Laos stays comfortably warm all year, and the spiritual, calm town is surrounded by gorgeous natural features you’ll want to explore. Visit one of the city’s many UNESCO-protected sites, including ornate temples, babbling waterfalls, decorated caves and elaborate palaces. The cuisine is unique to the area and the buildings have rich histories with artwork that pays homage to the city’s deep spirituality.
A relatively lesser-known island located in the Indian Ocean far off the coast of Madagascar, Mauritius is home to a trove of paradisiacal beaches and unique wildlife. Visitors can go hiking on one of the many mountainous trails, doze lazily on pristine white beaches and view breathtaking waterfalls. Visit the city of Port Louis for a more lively bar and restaurant scene or travel to the west coast for vast expanses of forest and incredible mountain views. Here, you’ll also find hidden lagoons with calm, open water perfect for snorkeling, kayaking, diving and swimming.
Cairns, Australia, features a beautiful landscape of waterfalls, rainforests and beaches, which are often illuminated by a sunny forecast. Visitors can also spend a day in the city at Cairns Esplanade, which has not only a diverse selection of bars and restaurants, but also its very own swimming lagoon. But perhaps the most impressive thing to see in Cairns is one of the sights everyone should see in their lifetime: the Great Barrier Reef. Tour the waters over the reef on a guided boat ride or get up close on a snorkeling adventure.