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Enjoy the luxury of travelling during the off-peak season and avoid the crowds
Get a breath of warm air in the middle of winter
Have a large selection of far away and exotic destinations
Trade in your winter coat for flip-flops, tank tops and shorts
Be able to travel at the last minute at really competitive prices
Would you like to just sunbathe and take a break away from the gloomy and cold January atmosphere. Thetraveler.net guides you to the most beautiful and sunniest spots on the planet. Anywhere from the golden sand of the Caribbean, to the clear waters of Thailand and the secret beaches of Sri Lanka, little paradises await you to make your dream holiday come true.
South East Asia
At the beginning of the year, the sun finds its way back to Vietnam and Cambodia, and their lush landscapes at the end of the monsoon season. This is the perfect time to explore the temples of Angkor and the Mekong Delta before finishing off your trip in the Gulf of Thailand sea. Surrounded by so many different turquoise shades, the Ko Rong and Phu Quoq islands are choice destinations for anyone looking for beautiful seaside resorts. But the islands of the 'Land of smiles', located not far away from there, may already be trying to tempt you!. Pleasant temperatures and little rainfall, January is the perfect time to lay down your beach towel on the sand of Koh Chang, Koh Phi Phi or Koh Tao with their lagoons and creeks where the water temperature is at 28°C . What more could you ask for... A fresh exotic fruit smoothie perhaps?
The Indian subcontinent
India is better known for its Rajput palaces than for its beaches. Yet, just near the Dravidian temples, the country of Gandhi shelters beautiful sandy treasures. To combine both relaxation and Ayurvedic care, or to combine water sports and hippie-chic vibes, Varkala and Goa are the perfect places to go. If you are looking for forgotten paradises, you may prefer the islands of Andaman and Nicobar, lost on the borders of the Bay of Bengal. Palm trees, fine sand, diving spots and primitive jungles - everything you need to feel like Robinson Crusoe!. Under the latitudes of Sri Lanka, the white sand of “the Tear of India” adds the perfect finishing touch to your immersion in the tea plantations. Not to mention the Maldives, which offer the key to a heavenly holiday. Huts on stilts, colourful dives and swimming: pure paradise.
In the Caribbean
The rain which leaves behind a lush vegetation that flourishes under the sun of Jamaica and Puerto Rico. Those who only have eyes for deep blue water can meet up under the coconut palm trees of the Dominican Republic. Its 27°C water, the Samana peninsula and humpback whales parading offshore make it a top destination in January. Spanish Colonial architecture amateurs will love Cayos de Cuba. Colourful cities, captivating music and a laid back atmosphere give this largest island in the Caribbean a unique atmosphere. Hedonists and sun tanning enthusiasts will love the heavenly coves of the French West Indies. From the Windward Islands to the Leeward Islands, you will be transported to paradise.
On the American continent
In Central America, both the rain and torrid heat have passed... therefore all the ideal conditions are gathered together to explore these parts of the New World during the first month of the year. Enjoy the biodiversity of Coast Rica, that extends from the Caribbean Coast to the Pacific, surrounded by fifty shades of blue. Blue like the water of the new Latin Eldorado, Colombia, and its colourful facades of Cartagena of the Indies. Colourful like Mexico with its blend of different cultures, Maya sites and golden sand. Golden like the sunshine of Florida that will lift your mood for a year. Of course, it is hot on the mythical beaches of Rio de Janeiro during the Austral summer, and the Carioca city is preparing for the most famous carnival of all. But the seaside resorts of Salvador de Bahia and of the Nordeste are also very pleasant at this time of year.
United Arab Emirates
January is the perfect time to travel to Dubai and Abu Dhabi in terms of weather. The 21°C sea, the gleaming skyscrapers and the cloudless sky are all the ingredients for an ideal winter break. Desert, palm groves and the dazzling wadis of Oman are pleasant to explore before the scorching heat season has not yet taken up its quarters in the Arabian Peninsula. Of course, beach culture is not really a part of the nomadic and authentic experience. But you can always extend your stay in a seaside resort, with your feet in the water. In fact, in the country of Sinbad the Sailor, there are many exceptional resorts, nestled in the mountains and facing the sea.
Destinations you should avoid in January
Going to Indonesia, Polynesia or the Seychelles are a bit too risky in order just to escape the cold weather. The heat and rain are rife there at the beginning of the year. The Indian Ocean islands off the coast of Africa, are also not the best bet, because of the rainy season that causes high risks of cyclones in Madagascar, Mauritius and the Reunion Island.