• Posted: Thursday, January 21, 2010
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Top 10 Winter Sun Holidays

It’s that time of year where in some parts of the world there are many who are fed-up with the winter chill, the snow, and that general darkness and gloom that’s in the air despite what time in the day it is! And even if you’re currently roasting in the heat of the sun you might still be in need of an escape from your normal surroundings! Here at Hostels.com we’ve started to look for the sun instead of waiting for it to find us and we’ve picked out some amazing places where the sun is beaming from a cloud-less sky! And we’ve even included some great hostels for you to stay in to make them cheap winter sun holidays so you can just catch up with the sun and relax!


1. US Virgin Islands


Top 10 Winter Sun Holidays The US Virgin islands are mainly made up of St John, St Thomas, St Croix and Water Island and they offer the ultimate island paradise to relax and unwind in. When most of the northern hemisphere is dropping to freezing temperatures, the US Virgin Islands are basking in sunshine and make them the ideal escape for a winter break. The area is full of luxury resorts, great hotels and restaurants, and has plenty to offer tourists of all tastes.



2. Cancun, Mexico


Cancun approaches its high season for tourism around February as holiday-makers take advantage of its all year round sun. Cancun has so much to offer all tastes for a winter break, from water-sports and eco-parks to great nightlife and restaurants. It’s located on the south-east coast of Mexico and boasts beautiful white sand beaches and clear blue waters, making it the ideal spot for a winter escape.


3. Playa del Carmen, Mexico


Top 10 Winter Sun HolidaysThe stunning town of Playa del Carmen in Mexico has more than doubled in size in recent years due to its popularity with tourists looking to enjoy the white sand beaches, coral reefs and clear blue waters! This has resulted in the opening of some amazing restaurants and luxurious hotels to cater for all your needs on your winter sun holiday in Playa del Carmen. You can avail of the beautiful beaches here for swimming, snorkelling and diving. And there’s also a great golf course and spectacular beach walks if you prefer to stay dry!



4. Dominican Republic


This island paradise offers all you could need on your winter vacations – sun, sea and sand! The Dominican Republic boasts a colourful and energetic cultural experience with some amazing landscapes, tasty cuisine and a broad selection of arts and entertainment.  Whether your thing is sports or shopping, nightlife or walks in national parks the Dominican Republic has it all and is an ideal spot to catch some sun on your winter sun holidays!



5. San Juan, Puerto Rico


Top 10 Winter Sun HolidaysThe capital of Puerto Rico, San Juan is a popular tourist spot and once you’ve been you will easily see why. With miles of beautiful, clean beaches, luxurious to budget accommodation and exceptional, traditional restaurants, it’s hard not to view this beachside city as paradise. Old San Juan is just as stunning with historic sites and buildings by the crashing waves. A visit to San Juan is a must for a winter escape. Have a look at our selection of hostels in San Juan for some cheap winter sun holidays this year!


6. Honolulu, Hawaii


Located on the island of Oahu, Honolulu is one of the most popular spots in Hawaii. Typically Oahu gets more tourism than its island neighbours of The Big Island, Maui and Kauai. It is full of museums, arts and culture, and historic buildings. This island city also boasts a bustling downtown area during both day and night time. Honolulu’s bars and restaurants come to life in the evenings as both tourists and locals enjoy the speciality drinks and traditional cuisine. All of this surrounded by the amazing island landscapes put Honolulu at the centre of this tourist paradise. So don’t forget Honolulu when planning your winter vacations this year.


7. Orlando, Florida


Top 10 Winter Sun HolidaysOrlando is renowned as one of America’s top tourist destinations in the USA. Alongside Miami, Orlando is a very popular spot for winter sun holidays, and for family vacations in particular due to its pleasant climate all year round. And if you’re looking for a fun holiday with lots of entertainment for all ages, then Orlando in Florida really is the place to be! Orlando is home to Disney World, Universal Studios, Sea World, and lots of other theme parks. And if you possibly could get sick of all these theme parks then don’t worry as Orlando has some great golf courses, museums, arts and culture, shopping and great restaurants to avail of. This Florida city really is an all rounder when it comes to winter breaks.



8. Cozumel Island, Mexico


Cozumel Island calls itself a paradise with a Mexican heart but a Caribbean soul. This Mexican paradise is known all over the world for its coral reefs, beautiful beaches and clear blue waters. And with all of these on its doorstep, it’s no wonder that water sports such as snorkelling, diving and deep-sea diving are popular things to do for visitors to the island. The island itself is mostly undeveloped which allows you to experience the real island life. It has a large territory of jungle and lagoons, and a national park and ecological reserve. Cozumel really has everything you could want from a winter sun holiday and is a true island paradise escape.



9. San Diego, California


Top 10 Winter Sun Holidays California’s second largest city, San Diego is popular for its idyllic climate, beaches and many things to do around the area. Attractions in San Diego include Legoland, Sea World and San Diego Zoo. There are also lots of lovely little neighbourhoods in the city such as the Gaslamp Quarter, Little Italy and La Jolla to name but a few. San Diego is also a city full or arts and culture, shopping and great bars and restaurants. It really is the perfect place for a winter vacation that offers a scenic beach setting coupled with all the best from a city break.


10. Trinidad and Tobago


These two unique Caribbean islands call themselves the ‘True Caribbean’. The two popular islands of Trinidad and Tobago are steeped in history and a rich and colourful culture. This dual nation has so much on offer including breath-taking beaches, beautiful coral reefs for diving, exotic rainforests and an annual two day Carnival that is the highlight of island events. Tourism is on the up in Trinidad and Tobago, but the islands remain true to their surroundings and culture. A winter sun holiday in Trinidad and Tobago comes highly recommended and offers great value as you get two island paradises for the price of one!


By Tracy Lynch


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