Ten Best Places to Escape Winter

| Is there anything better than jetting off on a warm holiday? Well there is, jetting off to the warm sun in the middle of cool winter weather.

Pull yourself out of bed, pack your case, and travel through the sleet to the airport and find some sun and a beach to lay your weary head.

1. Cape Verde

About an hours flying time from the Canaries, Cape Verde lies around 350 miles off the coast of Senegal, so you will get some sun and heat here. The temperature in Cape Verde averages around 20 degrees throughout winter.

2. Cuba

Being back in favour with America means that there will be more tourists to join those who had already discovered the charms of Cuba. The North of the island has some stunning beaches just waiting to be discovered.

3. Florida

It’s not called "The Sunshine State" for nothing, Florida is an old favourite for family holidays. For theme parks in the sun head to Orlando or try a fly-drive and explore more of the hidden side of Florida away from the tourists.

4. The Canaries

From the parties in Playa del Ingles or the sand dunes and camels at Maspalomas, Gran Canaria has something to keep everyone happy, and sunny and warm. The largest island, Tenerife, has party action as well but with the added feature of having its own volcano, Mount Teide, that you can explore thanks to a cable car which takes you near the summit.

5. Barbados

Fancy a piece of the UK in the Caribbean? Then Barbados is the one for you. Hire a car and explore. They drive on the left or visit one of the luxury resorts on the island.

6. Vietnam

Ho Chi Minh City is renowned for its food scene, or visit colonial Saigon. Gorgeous scenery and history surround you in this tropical country.

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7. Morrocco

Dive into the souks and haggle for some spices or some finely crafted leather goods. From mountain ranges to city breaks as well as stunning coastal resorts, Morrocco has got to be visited to be believed.

8. Rio de Janerio

Head to Rio de Janerio for the Rio Carnival in February. Party with some samba rhythms, visit Christ the Redeemer and then recover on Ipanema beach.

9. Madeira

Rugged, green and perfect for those who love to explore nature or for those who just want to relax and chill out. Find yourself a quinta, a local small hotel and soak up some of the Madeiran ambience.

10. Costa Rica

Known more for its coffee than holiday destination, Costa Rica not only has warm weather and perfect beaches but two seas, the Pacific and Caribbean. Take your pick of a sea and relax.

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