But as it's a month full of festivities in many regions, not to mention Christmas and New Year's Eve celebrations, you should book your trip early to make sure you'll have a place in the sun. Off the coast of the continent, Madagascar also offers pleasant temperatures even if it is the rainy season.
Those who do not want to go too far from Europe can book a hotel in Morocco to enjoy the beautiful beaches of Agadir, or in Tunisia, especially in Derby or Armament. Let yourself be tempted by the superb beaches of Cambodia, the idyllic islands of Thailand or the paradisaical scenery of the Maldives.
Sunshine, beautiful beaches, turquoise sea and fruity cocktails are the order of the day in the Bahamas, Martinique, Guadeloupe and Saint Martin. The setting is just as enchanting in the Dominican Republic, particularly in Puerto Plate and Junta Can, where water parks complete the range of attractions on offer.
Unless you want to experience the magic of winter and the enchantment of Christmas, it is best to avoid the countries of Europe that are beginning to put on their white coats. Catalonia and the city of Madrid, on the other hand, are not recommended due to the freezing.
From Gran Canaria to La Palma, each island is a surprising combination of nature, history and culture. Valletta, the Maltese capital, also shows itself in its best light in December, as do Cyprus, Madeira and the Algarve region of southern Portugal.
In Greece, people prefer the charm and sweetness of the islands: Crete, Santorini, Rhodes and Siphons. The weather is ideal for visiting Saudi Arabia, Dubai, Kuwait and Abu Dhabi.
Israel is just as interesting, with its cities steeped in history such as Jerusalem and Tel Aviv. Moreover, a true human experience awaits you in Asia, where tradition and modernity meet in harmony.
From Bangladesh to Pakistan, Burma and Laos, each region is like a colorful history book. Those who have always dreamed of going to India will prefer the month of December to undertake this trip.
The whole territory has a favorable climate, whether Bombay, Calcutta, Jaipur or New Delhi, except Kazakh. You'll also have plenty to see in Cambodia, especially in Said Reap where the Angkor temples are the main attraction not to be missed.
Nature is both soothing and enchanting, a good reason to focus your trip on hiking through lush vegetation and wild landscapes. Costa Rica is one of those destinations that offer several 100% nature tours in a preserved and multicolored environment.
The exuberant nature of Guadeloupe also places it among the best destinations for trekking or trail riding. Going off the beaten track and letting yourself be surprised is the real magic of travel.
As a trek worthy of the name does not only take place in the middle of a forest or in a green park, adventurers will certainly dare to walk in the desert to live a new experience. In Tunisia, Morocco or Egypt, the landscapes are of a rare beauty, and it is possible to camp and sleep under the stars.
In South Africa, Kenya, Tanzania and Senegal, it is above all the encounter with the African fauna that makes the escapade so magical. New Zealand also offers great tours for the adventurous at heart, along Abel Tasman Bay, Kangaroo National Park and Abbey Caves.
Ski resorts open their doors to snow sports enthusiasts, a godsend for those who prefer to stay in Europe or go to the United States. But if for you, sports holidays in December must absolutely rhyme with sunshine, you will find your happiness in Mauritius or Madagascar where it is possible to learn to surf, dive, canyoning and climbing.
Surrounded by the Caribbean Sea and the Pacific Ocean, Costa Rica offers a wide range of water sports, in addition to green escapes in the heart of the forest and trekking to the top of volcanoes. With their unknown planetary air, the Galápagos Islands are in reality a small paradise for nature lovers.
Hiking or biking is the best way to discover the attractions of each island, and underwater, divers will make unexpected encounters. You can also travel to other parts of Ecuador, but it is not recommended going to Oriented or Quito because of the very unfavorable climate.
Thanks to its generous climate at the end of the year, Uruguay is another stopover to consider for a great vacation. The country is a perfect combination of sports travel and cultural discoveries along its coastline.
In Australia, the land of surfing by excellence, the conditions are ideal to learn this sport which has become a real art of living for the inhabitants. Furthermore, in Asia, you can head for Laos, or go canoeing and mountain biking in Cambodia.
All over Europe, people are already preparing for the festivities, whether in Cyprus, Greece, Portugal or Spain. Children will also be won over by the splendid landscapes of the Canary Islands, and above all the possibility of riding a camel, a unique attraction in Europe.
In addition, there are several theme parks such as the Lord Marque in Tenerife, and splendid natural pools in La Palma. If you feel like spending Christmas under the coconut palms, this is the perfect destination, especially as many festivities are organized throughout the archipelago.
In this case, Sydney is the place to be, as the city abounds in original tourist attractions such as the Tonga Zoo, the Aquarium and Luna Park. Another region of Australia is worth the trip, the Gold Coast, which is home to several leisure venues, including SeaWorld and Warner Bros Movie World.
I’ve scoured the globe for you to find a whole host of warm beaches in December so you just need to pick one of the following destinations and start planning your getaway. Cancun beaches Mexico is such a huge country it makes a fantastic year-round destination as you can always find somewhere with some sun no matter the time of year.
The Yucatán boasts the perfect mix of pristine beaches, great temperatures, incredible local cuisine, stunning cenotes and intriguing Mayan ruins which allow you to have the best of all worlds during your December vacation. PV is ideal for a relaxing beach holiday in December as it receives highs of 30C and lows of 20C, with an average of just four days of rain a month.
While Fiji does receive quite a lot of rain throughout the month of December, this again is likely to come in heavy downpours, so you can chill out inside eating local cuisine or enjoying a message while you wait it out. As December is the height of summer in Fiji, the country receives 13 hours of daylight, giving you plenty of time to explore and enjoy the island.
The area around Colombo and Colombo also receive good weather in December, so you can easily spend a couple of days in a beach hotel here at the beginning or end of your trip. Thanks to the coastal location of many of Jamaica’s hotels, visitors are blessed with a cool sea breeze which enables you to stay on the beach for the whole day without overheating.
El Nido, Philippines dry season is well underway in the Philippines by December so you can expect long sunny days, clear skies and a drop in humidity that makes the daytime temperatures of 22-32 °C more than bearable. As the majority of the country has been drying up since the start of November, pretty much all islands and remote regions are fully accessible by December, so you have free rein as to where you can travel.
This means that you can pop inside for an afternoon siesta while it rains and then head back out to enjoy the rest of the 8 hours of glorious sunshine a day! The joy of traveling to Mauritius in December is that the inland temperatures (such as in the Chagall Mountains) are cooler, allowing you to add some hiking in the verdant landscapes to your itinerary if you so desire.
If you’re searching for winter sun this December, then why not head to Belize where you can enjoy 11 hours of bright daylight, temperatures in their 20s and more attractions than you could ever dream of! Came Caulker is one of the most idyllic beach destinations out there, with azure water, well-kept coral reefs, spectacular dive sites and miles of palm-fringed coastline for you to recline on and top up your tan.
Add to this a range of Mayan ruins, some intriguing wildlife and tons of incredible trekking trails and you have the perfect December vacation destination. Each Christmas the Garífuna community get together to perform their traditional Jocund dance which is followed by a Grand Ball for those who want to enjoy some elegant festivities.
Most beach resorts in Belize also put on fun New Year’s Eve celebrations so you can ring in 2020 while watching fireworks with your toes in the sand. Varadero Awhile Cuba is known for its extraordinary history and culture, it is also home to a number of stunning beaches which are the perfect place to take a break in winter.
The main dry season runs from December to April though, so by visiting Panama over the festive period you’re likely to miss the wettest months. As most of the country is just coming out of the wet season, landscapes are likely to be lush and verdant which makes hiking and day trips an excellent addition to any beach vacation.