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Where to go on holiday in January by the sea

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Il winter sea it is not just the title of a famous song by Loredana Bertè. If you think of warm and sunny beaches to experience in January as an unattainable mirage, well, you'll have to change your mind.
Some dream destinations are not only accessible in the first month of the year, but are also affordable for all (or almost all) budgets. Let's find out what they are the most popular destinations in January for those who want to go to sea, natural antithesis of the usual white week.



Post COVID19 travel advice
If you are planning a trip, make sure you are in line with safety measures. Follow government guidelines and only return to travel when the green light is given. Prefer natural and perhaps non-mass destinations, and in general promote local tourism: discover the wonders of your city, your region and your state. Try to avoid long-haul travel and at most choose destinations reachable with a few hours of flight.


1 - Miami - Florida, USA

Not just surfing, lifeguards and parties. Miami is the city where two souls coexist, the American and the "Latin" one, due to the influx of migrants from Cuba. It is the perfect destination for an adventurous holiday 360 degrees feeling, even for just one day, a skilled lifeguard, a movie star or a detective of the well-known Scientific Police!

Spend a day on a tour of the Everglades, one of the major attractions, a few miles from Miami, declared a World Heritage Site. It is a marshy land that extends for over 6.000 km inhabited by crocodiles and alligators that can be spotted while on board the airboats, the typical propeller boats.

Also, don't worry about the prices: although Miami is thought to be an expensive city, in reality it is less expensive than many European capitals. Being very large it is possible to choose cheaper accommodation such as apartments, b & bs or hostels.


  • Weather: sunny and quite warm, temperature around 22 ° C
  • starting from € 409,24 -
  • Hotel and b & b starting from € 61,58 per room -

2 - Bahamas, Caribbean

If you are willing to travel a lot and experience a warm and beach holiday in January, the Bahamas are a great idea: with its more than 700 islands and islets, the Bahamas has stunning beaches and stunning coral reefs, absolutely interesting for those who love snorkeling.

In January it is preferable to choose the southern islands such as Inagua and Grande Inagua. Inagua is famous for its "Pink Lake" (officially called Windsor Lake) which occupies a quarter of the island's surface, so named for being the home to numerous flamingos with their characteristic pink color. There are over 80.000 of them, and it is the national animal of the Bahamas.
The sea has a very pleasant temperature, around 26 degrees.

The Bahamas are certainly not a cheap vacation: the quality of life has a decidedly high cost.


  • Weather: particularly mild, temperatures between 23 ° C and 27 ° C
  • starting from € 560,45 -
  • hotel and b & b starting from € 150,00 per room -

3 - Canary Islands, Spain

If the intent is to spend a warm winter holiday without leaving the Old Continent, you can opt for a tour in the fabulous Canary Islands.
The Spanish archipelago offers dream beaches, flora and fauna that have nothing to envy to the African "adversaries" and lots and lots of fun, which makes it one of the most popular destinations for young people.

Not only sea: being volcanic islands, the Canaries are also a destination for trekking enthusiasts. In particular Lanzarote, the oldest of the islands, boasts 13 protected natural areas, including the Timanfaya National Park. Fuerteventura instead it boasts the most beautiful beaches of the archipelago, and is famous for its nightlife, a detail that makes it the right environment for young people, nature and beach lovers.


  • Weather: mild all year round, temperatures in January around 23 ° C
  • from € 86,28 -
  • Hotel and b & b starting from € 54,17 per room -

4 - Sharm El-Sheik, Egypt

Between history, nature, fun, this extraordinary city literally lives on tourism, between "wild" safaris and 100% pure comfort villages, suitable even for children.
Enjoy reef snorkeling, Red Sea diving, desert excursions, and if you love comfort, super luxurious resorts at affordable prices! And no fear of sudden rains ... it hardly ever rains here!

By Italian standards it is quite cheap. The things that cost very little are taxis, clubs and on-site activities proposed by agencies, but in general, even a stay in any hotel is very cheap.


  • Weather: temperatures range between 21 ° C and 23 ° C
  • from € 241,36 -
  • Hotel and b & b starting from € 57,19 per room -

5 - Sri Lanka, Asia

It might seem like a risky choice, to have a pleasant one January in Sri Lanka. In reality, however, oriental destinations have acquired in recent times more and more charm in the eyes of tourists looking for unconventional places to spend their holidays. The most religious Sri Lanka is no exception, also known as the "tear of India" due to its particular shape and its proximity to the Indian state.
You can mix a seaside stay with cultural visits and excursions to natural parks: the ancient city of Sigiriya, a UNESCO heritage site, the Golden Temple of Dambulla, a rock sanctuary made up of 5 caves in which more than two hundred statues of the Buddha are positioned. Another very iconic experience is the Nuwara Eliya to Ella Scenic Train, considered to be one of the most beautiful rail routes in the world. Finally, from the beaches of Trincomalee you can join whale and dolphin watching tours!

January to March is the best time, as there are no monsoons, the rains are at a minimum and the temperatures are very pleasant.


  • Weather: tropical almost all year round, temperatures in January range from 24 ° C to 29 ° C
  • from € 476,07 -
  • Hotel and b & b starting from € 44,16 per room -

6 - Zanzibar - Tanzania, Africa

It is the land that gave birth to the legendary Queen frontman. It could not be otherwise: with its white beaches, its crystal clear sea and its suggestive coral reefs, Zanzibar has always been able to kidnap the heart of anyone who stretches out on the seafront of one of its famous beaches, perhaps indulging in a game of football. , a sport that is arousing the interest of the local population.

Visit Prison Island on a half-day tour, including giant turtles and snorkeling. But Zanzibar is also the spice island: so take a spice tour in Stone Town, you will visit plantations of cloves, nutmeg, vanilla, Zanzibar cardamom, cinnamon, curry, tamarind and ginger. And you can also witness the magic of the "coconut climber"!

  • Weather: quite muggy in January, with temperatures reaching 34 ° C
  • from € 452,17 -
  • Hotel and b & b starting from € 48,16 per room -

7 - Havana, Cuba

Rhum, cigars, sea, contradictions: all this and much more characterizes the metropolis of Cuba, Havana, a favorite destination for artists, revolutionaries and tourists looking for a shocking experience, different from the usual stay made only of beaches and clubs to the last cry.

La Cuban capital it is waiting to be discovered, crossing its streets and breathing the air of change in its alleys, in its bars, through its monuments, a symbol of suffering and rebirth of the city. And what better way to explore it than with a tour in an American classic car, the iconic pastel-colored convertibles! And don't fail to find out Hemingway's places, starting with a mojito at La Bodeguita del Medio!

8 - Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

The land of Carnival and favelas, football champions and Christ the Redeemer. Between cable car tours and warm beaches, if you are looking for unbridled fun then Rio de Janeiro is the city for you! The Brazilian metropolis is a skilful cauldron of culture, entertainment, breathtaking natural beauty.

Rio de Janeiro is among the most desired destinations in the world. It is famous for the beaches of Copacabana and Ipanema, for the statue of Christ the Redeemer, 38 meters high and placed on top of Corcovado Mountain, for the Sugar Loaf and for the vast favelas.
To visit the main points in no time, the best alternative is an integrated tour of Christ the Redeemer, Selarón and Sugar Loaf.

From a climatic point of view, January is among the hottest months due to humidity: this translates into possible sudden showers, even thunderstorms, but also in warm sea, ideal for soaking from morning to night!

  • Weather: humid and tropical, temperatures in January up to 35 ° C
  • from € 530,24 -
  • Hotel and b & b starting from € 52,28 per room -

9 - Turks and Caicos, Caribbean

They are still little known, but they deserve to be explored. The Turks and Caicos Islands are there perfect destination for lovers of the sea and underwater sports, in search of still unknown fish species and unexplored depths, and for this reason even more fascinating.
As this is an overseas dependency of the United Kingdom, the official language is English.

The most iconic beaches are Grace Bay Beach and Half Moon Bay. The first is one of the most popular beaches on the island of Providenciales, which has always been highly sought after for its emerald water, the reef not far from the shore and the 6 km of white sand. Half Moon Bay is Providenciales' second most popular tourist beach, accessible by sea. In fact, many opt for the rental of a kayak, with which to explore the nearby coastline.

  • Weather: dry and sweet all year round, with temperatures between 19 ° C and 35 ° C
  • from € 564,94 -
  • Hotel and b & b starting from € 44,77 per room -

10 - Malindi, Kenya

A breathtaking destination that everyone, even the little ones, agrees with. Kenya is beautiful, safe and allows you to experience indescribable emotions and admire an incredible nature.

You will experience an unforgettable and adventurous journey. A must do a safari of at least 2 days in the Tsavo East Park and equally in the Maasai Mara. Going to Kenya and not doing it would be like visiting Rome without seeing the Colosseum. The period is ideal, the temperatures are between 24 and 31 degrees and the sunshine is perfect.

For holidays by the sea, there is no better time: The heat is felt, true, the humidity is strong, but the sea is calm and a real broth, with average temperatures around 28 degrees.

  • Weather: hot and humid, average temperature in January between 24 ° and 31 °
  • starting from € 620,83 -
  • Hotel and resort from € 45,00 per night -

11 - Maldives, Indian Ocean

Sun, sea, absolute relaxation. We could not fail to include the Maldives atoll in the ranking of seaside resorts to visit in January. If you want to experience a holiday literally immersed in the immense blue of its waters without doing absolutely anything, then a tour in this suggestive corner of paradise is the ideal solution.

The Maldives consists of 26 atolls, which include inhabited and uninhabited islands. Malé is the main island of the archipelago. With its 100.000 inhabitants, the city completely occupies the entire surface of the island, is equipped with everything you need.

The Maldives are located in the southwest of India, in the middle of the Indian Ocean. Also remember that the majority population follows the precepts of Islam, so no full tan.

  • Weather: ideal in January, with temperatures between 26 ° C and 31 ° C and very little rainfall
  • from € 569,13 -
  • Hotel and b & b starting from € 49,59 per room -

12 - Phuket, Thailand

Dream beaches, postcard sceneries and a bustling life characterize the recently become charming island of Phuket one of the most popular Asian destinations and also loved by spouses, who prefer it as a potential destination for a honeymoon with a clear "exotic" flavor. Between surf lessons and walks through the alleys of the resort, boredom is not considered in Phuket!

Among the most popular excursions there is certainly the one to the Elephant Sanctuary, an ethical tour in which to learn to interact with these huge animals, and the tour to the Phi Phi Islands, a full day to discover this tropical paradise! Right here is among other things Maya bay, that of the movie "The Beach" with Leonardo di Caprio!

  • Weather: temperatures between 23 ° C and 31 ° C
  • from € 430,23 -
  • Hotel and b & b starting from € 48,77 per room -

13 - Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic

Santo Domingo is the place to be in January. The sultry season ends (from May to October we are around 38 degrees!), The temperatures become pleasant and the amount of sunshine remains very good. If you love to dance, this is the place to do it.
There are few beaches suitable for merengue, Santo Domingo is one of them. Boca Chica is the closest beach to the capital, here you can enjoy sunny days, sea and Caribbean dances!
But here you can also discover the secrets of the production of Barcelò Rum, the techniques of cigar production, and take an excursion to the Tres Ojos National Park, a complex of caves and lagoons in a natural park about 8 km from the capital.

January is definitely the best time to enjoy a holiday in these latitudes.

  • Weather: average temperature in January between 20 and 29 degrees
  • Hotel, Resort and b & b from € 75,00 per night -
  • from € 435,78 -

Where not to go: the destinations not recommended in January

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