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Where is hot in January?


Looking to find where is hot in January? The perfect holiday could be closer than you think.

We’ve put together a list of our favourite hot destinations for January to help you plan the perfect holiday to escape the cold. But remember, there’s a whole world out there, so don’t forget to use our destination finder at the top of this page to discover the best places to visit this January.

Where’s hot in January


Av. High Temp


Cuba 27º 7 hours
Mauritius 30º 9 hours
Antigua 28º 9 hours
Dubai 23º 8 hours
Maldives 29º 12 hours
Florida Beaches 24º 7 hours
Phuket 33º 8 hours
Orlando 22º 7 hours
Lanzarote 20º 7 hours
Hurghada 22º 9 hours


  • Temperature: 27º
  • Sunshine: 7 hours
  • Rainy days: 5
  • Flight Time: 9 hours 45 mins

Cuba resides on the bucket lists of many travellers, famous for its idolisation of Che Guevara and Fidel Castro, this archipelago nation has a lot to offer its visitors. From plush hotels and resorts to its vibrant culture.

If you’re going to Cuba, be sure to visit the capital city of Havana. It’s here where you’ll see much of the beautiful quirks that the country is famous for, such as the classic cars and colourful buildings — it’s also one of the best places to order a mojito or a cuba libre.

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Woman crossing the road in Havana, Cuba


  • Temperature: 30º
  • Sunshine: 9 hours
  • Rainy days: 9
  • Flight Time: 12 hours

One of the many jewels of the Indian Ocean, Mauritius sits east of Madagascar and is famed for its diverse landscapes. From beautiful beaches and lush lagoons to rainforests and majestic waterfalls, this island nation is a dream come true for luxury travellers and adventurers alike.

It’s worth knowing that although Mauritius makes for a great hot January destination, it still gets a fair amount of rain (hence the rainforests!). You should expect light to moderate showers at this time of year, with the potential for thunderstorms. Although it might rain hard, showers tend to finish quickly, so don’t let this dampen your spirits.

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Sandy beach of Le Morne, Mauritius


  • Temperature: 28º
  • Sunshine: 9 hours
  • Rainy days: 18
  • Flight Time: 8 hours 40 mins

As one of the most stunning islands in the Caribbean, Antigua is famed for having some of the best beaches in the world — 365 of them to be precise. As well its soft and sandy white beaches, Antigua and the neighbouring island of Barbuda are home to stunning and diverse coral reefs and marine life, perfect for anyone who’s up for a bit of snorkelling.

Antigua also has a rich history, inhabited first by ancient indigenous tribes and later colonised by Christopher Columbus who named the island after the ‘Virgen de la Antigua,’ a depiction of the Virgin Mary found in Seville Cathedral.

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Sea grapes on the beach - Simply Antigua & Barbuda


  • Temperature: 23º
  • Sunshine: 8 hours
  • Rainy days: 6
  • Flight Time: 6 hours 45 mins

Of all the seven emirates that make up the UAE, Dubai is the most famous. With 5* hotels, man-made archipelagos, luxury shopping and a stunning skyline, there’s no shortage of things to do in this sprawling metropolis.

Whether you want to visit the world’s tallest building, relax at the poolside or head to the theme parks, Dubai has it all. What’s more, there aren’t many destinations that offer so much sunshine in January, so don’t forget your suncream!

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Burj Al Arab viewed from Madinat Jumeriah, Dubai


  • Temperature: 29º
  • Sunshine: 12 hours
  • Rainy days: 5
  • Flight Time: 10 hours 35 mins

There are more than 1,000 islands in the Maldives, all of them boasting the natural beauty that you would expect of a tropical paradise. About 600 miles south of Sri Lanka, this island nation is a gem in the Indian Ocean. Whether you’re looking to stay in a luxury resort for a romantic getaway or a friendly hotel for all the family, the Maldives has something for everyone.

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Aerial view of Maldives over-water villas

Florida Beaches

  • Temperature: 24º
  • Sunshine: 7 hours
  • Rainy days: 22
  • Flight Time: 10 hours (based on a flight to Miami)

Believe it or not, there’s much more to the sunshine state than theme parks. Florida’s west coast stretches for 300 miles, where you’ll find a wide array of hotels and resorts for family holidays and romantic getaways.

Although Florida gets more than its fair share of rain, especially in the rainy season (May-October), January is one of the driest months and gets an average of just 10 rainy days in total, which certainly beats the average 19 days of rain in the UK.

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Playing in the sea at Virginia Bay Beach, Florida


  • Temperature: 33º
  • Sunshine: 8 hours
  • Rainy days: 4
  • Flight Time: 12 hours

As the largest island in Thailand, Phuket has plenty to offer. From its diverse history and culture to idyllic tropical beaches and luscious landscapes, both on ground and underwater. Whether you want to go diving, explore the national parks, learn about the local heritage or relax on the beach, you can’t go wrong with Phuket.

Whilst a holiday to Phuket won’t disappoint, it’s worth knowing that January is one of the peak travel months, which means it’s likely to be busier and hotel accommodation may be more expensive (relatively speaking!). Still, we’re pretty sure you’ll have a great time!

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James Bond Island near Phuket, Thailand


  • Temperature: 22º
  • Sunshine: 7 hours
  • Rainy days: 10
  • Flight Time: 9 hours 25 mins

Found at the top of most children’s (and many adults’) bucket lists is Orlando — the undisputed theme-park capital of the world. Located in the heart of Florida, this is a destination that has plenty of adventure for the whole family, in and out of the parks. You could go airboating on the everglades in search of alligators or embark on a mission like no other at the Kennedy Space Center.

Some visitors see Florida as the perfect twin-centre destination and split their trip between seeing Mickey & Minnie and relaxing on the beach. After all that excitement, it’s no surprise that people find themselves wanting another holiday!

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The Orlando Eye in Orlando, Florida


  • Temperature: 20º
  • Sunshine: 7 hours
  • Rainy days: 2
  • Flight Time: 4 hours 10 mins

If you’re looking to travel somewhere a little closer to home, then Lanzarote makes for a great European short-haul destination with plenty of sunshine — even in January. As one of the better-known Canary Islands, Lanzarote is a great family destination packed with child-friendly resorts and local attractions, including a volcano!

What’s more, Lanzarote and its sister islands share a delicate ecosystem that supports the life of more than 1,000 species of marine animals. This makes it one of the best places in Europe to see wild dolphins — and if you’re really lucky, you might even see some whales!

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Parrot Beach, Lanzarote


  • Temperature: 22º
  • Sunshine: 9 hours
  • Rainy days: 0
  • Flight Time: 5 hours 30 mins

This popular Egyptian resort boasts a 40km coastline that looks out onto the Red Sea. Hurghada has evolved from a small fishing village that was founded in 1908, to the city that it is today. As well as sandy beaches, warm weather and unforgettable cultural experiences, Hurghada has a decent nightlife with several bars and nightclubs.

Moreover, Hurghada has become one of Egypt’s best diving and snorkelling locations in recent years, giving tourists the chance to see a diverse range of marine wildlife.

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Hurghada Marina, Egypt

Can’t Find Somewhere Hot in January?


If you can’t find your perfect destination for January we have it covered. Changing your travel months can certainly open up the selection of destinations offering warm weather. Use the links below to view the hottest destinations for all other travel months. Alternatively, you could use our awesome destination finder found at the top of the page. 

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