We know that traveling is particularly difficult at the moment. But alongside the latest travel tips and COVID-19 updates, we want to continue to inspire you with new travel content so that when the world opens its doors again, you’ll be ready.
Want to start 2021 with a cocktail on the beach? You’re in luck: there are plenty of hot places in January, with temperatures over 25 Â° C, from Thailand to Cuba, from Brazil to Australia.
To note: While some of these destinations are not open for travel at this time, we hope that travel restrictions will ease soon. Until then, always consult local government guidelines before booking a trip and learn how to plan a vacation in uncertain times with flexible booking policies in mind.
11 hot spots in January
January destinations open now
These destinations are safe for air travel now, so you can start planning your January vacation.
1. Koh Samui, Thailand
Thailand’s second largest island is also the most famous, and not just because it’s hot in January (although that helps). Here you will find mountainous tropical forests, palm-fringed beaches, waterfalls and a vibrant local culture. Head to the north coast, where the famous 12m tall golden statue of the Big Buddha makes an impressive figure, and then complete the experience by visiting the ornate Buddhist temple of Wat Plai Laem (if you donate money for the temple, you can feed the fish in the lake).
Then it’s off to nature. With Koh Samui as your base, you can explore Mu Ko Ang Thong National Park (pictured above), an archipelago of 42 islands. Or you can stick to the island itself and visit its picturesque Na Muang waterfalls that form a natural staircase, as well as the secret Buddha garden that a farmer created in a forest. Book a jeep safari to help you explore the sites.
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2. Varadero, Cuba
Cuba is much more than Hanava. Consider swapping the colorful capital for the stunning resort town of Varadero, in the province of Matanzas. Also known as Playa Azul (Blue Beach), Varadero’s beaches are some of the best in the world, some stretching for 20km of white sand. There are several all-inclusive resort hotels in Varadero, so planning a hot January vacation is easy.
When you have had enough of the endless beaches (if possible), head to the Varahicacos Ecological Reserve for a unique history lesson. In the scrub forest of the reserve, you will have the chance to visit the Cueva de Ambrosio to observe ancient pictographs and the Cueva de Musulmanes where human remains dating back over 2,500 years have been found.
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3. Roseau, Dominica
The mountainous Caribbean island gets pretty warm in January, but that’s not the only reason you’ll love it. Coastal villages, wooded hills, lush rainforests and waterfalls, natural hot springs and stunning mountains, Dominica will steal your heart. The best way to find out all about it? Climb the Waitukubuli National Trail, a long-distance hiking trail unique in the Caribbean and covering the entire island, from Scotts Head in the south to Capucin in the north.
Thanks to the island’s many active volcanoes, there are several hot springs and volcanic water pools and lakes around. Boiling Lake, in Morne Trois Pitons National Park, captivates with its wet waters. But if you’re looking for the experience of a lifetime, head to the Champagne Reef. The bubbles in the water come from volcanic hot springs at the bottom of the ocean, making you feel like you’re swimming in champagne. Champagne Reef is also great for snorkeling, ranging from coral reefs to the remains of the 17th century Spanish shipwreck. Diving Dominica can help you organize underwater adventures.
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Do you miss the CÃ´te d’Azur? The small island of Saint-Barth, as the locals call it, is the equivalent of the French West Indies, with dizzying temperatures in January. With the capital Gustavia as your base, you can explore French Caribbean culture at its best: think colorful wooden houses with red roofs, a 17th-century fort, a bustling harbor, and streets filled with upscale restaurants and restaurants. chic boutiques. Visit Saint-Barth Line, the official cosmetic line of the island where you will find products made from local plants, fruits and flowers.
St. Barts is also home to white sand beaches: 14 of them to be exact. On your radar should be Anse de Grand Cul de Sac, a great beach for water sports; the Bay of St-Jean, for its CÃ´te d’Azur atmosphere and its beachside bistros; and of course Anse des Flamands, for its palm trees. The sand of Anse Marigot may not be white, but its coconut grove will make your visit to this protected place very interesting.
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5. Kingstown, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines
The main island of St. Vincent and its 35 surrounding islands in the southern Caribbean are a lesser-known destination, making them even better suited for a hot January vacation. The main island of St. Vincent is home to the capital, Kingstown, where you can stroll the cobbled streets and contemplate the colonial architecture. Saint-Vincent is volcanic, so the beaches here have wonderful black sand. Try Indian Bay Beach on the south coast, Argyle Beach on the south, and Mt. Young Beach at Black Point (one of the islands’ longest stretches of sand).
We would be remiss if we didn’t urge you to explore some of the other surrounding islands. Especially the reef-lined Bequia Island, where you can visit the pretty Princess Margaret Beach and learn about the maritime history of the island at Bequia Maritime Museum. Don’t forget to take in the panoramic bay views from Fort Hamilton. Another must-see in Saint Vincent and the Grenadines? The Tobago Cays archipelago. The five islands that make it up may be small, but their coral reefs, clear waters and sandy shores will make a big impression.
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Dreamy and warm destinations in January which we hope will open soon
These places are currently not open to travel from the UK, but with the list of travel lanes changing all the time, we hope they will be bookable soon.
6. Willemstad, Curacao
With average temperatures of 30 Â° C throughout the year, this Dutch Caribbean island is ideal for the hot January holidays. Its 35 beaches seduce you with their clear blue waters while the rich marine life makes CuraÃ§ao an ideal destination for diving and snorkelling. Westpunt Beach is particularly ideal for water sports.
But the island has much more to offer than the beaches. The colorful colonial architecture speaks of Curacao’s past: a stroll across the Queen Emma Bridge in the capital city of Willemstad will give you a perfect view of the pastel-fronted buildings of St. Anna’s Bay. And when you’re ready to immerse yourself in nature, head to Christoffelpark at the northwest end of the island. The national park is teeming with flora and fauna, one of which is the endangered CuraÃ§ao white-tailed deer. There are eight hiking trails, one of which leads to the top of Christoffel Mountain.
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7. Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
The metropolitan city of Brazil is definitely on the list of things to do. Hope you can soon stroll along the shores of Copacabana and Ipanema and be breathtaking by the iconic statue of Christ the Redeemer. Until then, you can explore Rio de Janeiro virtually from the comfort of your home.
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8. Tulum, Mexico
Tulum can be hot in January, but it’s also unmistakably cool. Located on the Caribbean coast of Mexico’s YucatÃ¡n Peninsula, Tulum combines ancient Mayan ruins (pictured above), white-sand beaches, and first-rate hospitality. Plus, it’s one of the safest places to visit in Mexico.
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9. Gold Coast, Australia
Is the Gold Coast one of the best places to visit in Australia? We think so. The metropolitan area south of Brisbane combines long sandy beaches, hiking trails and theme parks like the Warner Bros. Movie World.
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10. Ubud, Bali
Mindfulness, sustainable design using bamboo and rice terraces dotted with Hindu templesâ¦ Ubud is one of those places you can visit for a vacation in January and decide to stay all year round. Visit the intricately carved Elephant Cave (Goa Gajah) and Sacred Monkey Forest Sanctuary where 1,049 long-tailed monkeys live.
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The mountainous island in the Indian Ocean is a great destination for surfing (try Le Morne for its spectacular waves), for wildlife photo safaris, and for collecting rare seashells at beaches like La Cuvette. Not a bad way to start the year.
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Hot in January: FAQ
The first thing you need to know is that local government guidelines can change between booking and boarding the plane. Keep an eye on our interactive world map to find out which borders are open and sign up to receive email updates when your top destinations reopen.
January is officially the start of the dry season in the Caribbean, so it’s no coincidence that we have recommended so many Caribbean destinations. You can expect temperatures of around 26C in the Caribbean in January, which is cooler than other months, but quite warm by UK standards.
Spanish Canary Islands, off the Moroccan coast. Average temperatures are 20 Â° C, so it is an ideal destination for the reopening of borders.