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Five of the best getaways to get some winter sun

As weather turns cooler, many people will be thinking about booking a winter getaway.

In fact, the Office for National Statistics (ONS) reported that UK residents made 3.9 million visits abroad in December last year – making it a popular month for those seeking some sunshine.

If you’re currently looking at destinations you can visit towards the end of 2018, or even in January next year, we’ve rounded up some of the best places to visit.

Dubai

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Average temperatures in autumn: 31-36°C

Average temperatures in winter: 26°C

Dubai lies directly within the Arabian Desert, where some of the planet’s hottest temperatures can be found.

If you want to feel like you’re still in the midst of summer, then this is an ideal destination for you.

Enjoy its luxurious hotels, visit the Burj Khalifa (the world’s tallest building) or soak up the sun on Jumeirah Beach.

The Dubai Mall is also worth a visit for shopaholics, it’s the world’s largest shopping centre and has a wide selection of high street, designer and boutique stores.

Morocco

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Average temperatures in autumn: 33-23°C

Average temperatures in winter: 20-21°C

Morocco borders the Atlantic Ocean and Mediterranean Sea. Here you can enjoy a rich mix of Arabian and European cultural influences.

Marrakesh is a former imperial city which sits in the western part of the country. It’s home to the The Majorelle Garden, which has stellar reviews on Trip Advisor as a must-see spot for tourists.

The botanical gardens took almost forty years to complete and boast banana trees, groves of bamboo, coconut palms and marble pools.

Elsewhere, you can visit Djemaa el-Fna – the largest square in the city’s medina. It’s full of market stalls selling everything from street food to Argan oil and exotic spices.

Thailand

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Average temperatures in autumn: 25-32°C

Average temperatures in winter: 31-33°C

As well as the mainland, there are a wide range of islands to choose from including Phuket, Koh Samui, Krabi and Pattaya.

The Phi Phi islands are great for snorkeling and scuba diving and the official tourist website recommends Hin Klang as their top snorkeling spot.

The underwater reef is located 2km offshore and its waters are very clear so you can see lots of colourful fish and corals.

If you’re after the hustle and bustle of a city, look no further than Bangkok. Here you can visit the floating markets or the Grand Palace which has been the official residence of the Kings of Siam since 1782. You’re not allowed into the palace itself, but can still take a look around the grounds.

The monsoon season ends in October, so if you’re looking for drier climates it’s advisable to visit Thailand from November onwards.

The Caribbean

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Average temperatures in autumn: 26°C

Average temperatures in winter: 26-27°C

Take your pick from a host of Caribbean destinations including Cuba, Dominican Republic, Jamaica, Barbados, Antigua, St Lucia, Trinidad and Tobago, Martinique, Aruba and the Bahamas.

Travel Supermarket recommends Costa Rica as an up and coming tourist destination. It is well-known for its sandy beaches and volcanoes.

It’s estimated that around 6 per cent of the world’s plant and animal species can be found on the island. There are plenty of jungle and rainforest tours you can do.

Tropical storms can occur in the autumn months, but rarely after mid-October according to the Met Office.

The Canary Islands

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Average temperatures in autumn: 23-26°C

Average temperatures in winter: around 20°C

Spain‘s Canary Islands consist of Tenerife, Gran Canaria, Lanzarote, Fuerteventura and La Palma. They are always a popular choice for British holiday-goers, with the average flight taking around four hours.

During the autumn and winter months the islands are still warm enough for you to enjoy the sunshine and top up your tan.

Travel Supermarket recommends heading to La Palma if you’re looking for a relaxing getaway, while it describes Tenerife as being a place for “full on fun.”

La Palma’s La Caldera de Taburiente National Park is actually a volcanic crater. It has plenty of hike trails to follow and some amazing views to soak up along the way.

Where can I book tickets for my winter getaway?

If you are looking for flight tickets SkyScanner is a handy website to use, especially if you’re able to be flexible with your holiday dates.

The website compares prices from lots of different airlines, and you can search the cost of travelling from different airports in the UK.

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