Where is hot in January? Best holiday destinations for winter sun in 2023 – deals from £166pp | The Sun

WITH the temperatures dropping and the excitement of Christmas wearing off, spending January in the UK can be a dreary affair.

We've compiled a list of the top destinations for winter sun for those who can't stand another second of it.

Where is hot in January?

Long-distance locations like Cancun and Barbados are typically the hottest spots in January.

However, people who wish to reduce their carbon footprint or flight time might want to think about travelling to places closer to home.

European hotspots such as Tenerife and Lanzarote still offer warm temperatures and plenty of sunshine just a few hours' flights away.

The Met Office has revealed the top 10 holiday destinations which are the hottest in January:

  • Singapore – 30.5C
  • Cancun – 30.5C
  • Manaus – 30C
  • Barbados – 29.1C
  • Rio de Janeiro – 29C
  • Sydney – 27.4C
  • Cape Town – 27C
  • Cape Verde – 25.2C
  • Tenerife – 21.1C
  • Playa Blanca – 20.5C

We've rounded up some of the best places to book a holiday in January if you want some post-Christmas winter sun.


  • Average temperature: 20C

Tenerife is a popular destination for Brits throughout the year, but it is still a great option even in winter.

Just a four-hour flight away from the UK, the Spanish island remains around 20C, much warmer than the UK.

  • Jet2holidays breaks to Tenerife from £505pp
  • TUI holidays to Tenerife from £336pp
  • Loveholidays breaks to Tenerife from £166pp



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  • Average temperature: 30C

The Mexican holiday hotspot remains around 30C even in January, making it perfect for a long-haul break.

Many tour operators offer cheap package deals to the Cancun resorts with sandy beaches and amazing Mexican food on offer.

  • TUI holidays to Cancun from £1,060pp
  • British Airways all-inclusive holidays to Cancun from £1,405pp


  • Average temperature: 28C

With flights operating to Jamaica again, there has never been a better time to head to the Caribbean island.

Even in the evenings, temperatures remain warm, dropping to around 22C.

  • TUI holidays to Jamaica from £1,090pp
  • British Airways all-inclusive holidays to Jamaica from £1,348pp
  • Virgin Holidays all-inclusive holidays to Jamaica from £1,135pp

Cape Verde

  • Average temperature: 26C

South of the Canary Islands off the west coast of Africa, Cape Verde shares the Canaries’ dry climate, but it’s even hotter, with temperatures hovering in the mid-20s.

Only a six-hour flight from the UK, the islands offer a happy medium between a short flight to the Canaries or a longer trip to the tropics.

  • Loveholidays breaks to Cape Verde from £484pp 



  • Average temperature: 19C

Egypt is a popular destination with Brits year-round, but it is a great place to go to get some winter sun.

It takes four hours and 40 minutes to fly there, making it one of the shorter-haul destinations on the list.

  • TUI all-inclusive holidays to Egypt from £517pp
  • Loveholidays breaks to Egypt from £215pp


  • Average temperature: 21C

Lanzarote maintains warm temperatures all year. With highs of 21C and lows of 14C, Brits can jet off and enjoy some much warmer weather than the UK.

It's just a four-hour flight away, so if you're looking to get some sun without having to travel too far, Lanzarote is a great choice.

  • TUI holidays to Lanzarote from £289pp
  • Jet2holidays breaks to Lanzarote from £400pp

For more holiday deals, the British Airways January sale has all-inclusive beach holidays from £199pp & long-haul breaks from £342pp.

While the Lastminute.com sale has up to £300 off holidays, with breaks from £119pp, including flights.

For a UK break, the Travelodge January sale has rooms from £6.50pp a night.

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