Holidays for Families in the Winter Sun
Escaping the chilly winter temperatures of Ireland and the UK is a tempting option for families. But how far do you have to travel to experience lovely warm temperatures that your children will love too?
4.5 hours away: Tenerife
Tenerife is one of those jammy places that has a wonderful temperature all year long. That’s part of what makes it a popular destination to head to for winter sun. It’s probably one of the closest places to Ireland and the UK to reach for that warm sunshine on your skin. Throw in an exceptional choice of hotels, many of which are excellent value, great beaches, loads of kid-friendly activities and a huge choice of restaurants and it’s a no-brainer.
7 hours away: Dubai
The unparalleled Emirate of Dubai is another holiday haven for families. Dubai is an incredibly welcoming place for kids and most of the hotels are more than geared up for the youngest members of the family. You will be overwhelmed with the choice on offer. But what Dubai in the winter really has going for it is the massive range of facilities to keep children entertained, from its clean, sandy beaches to water sports, water parks and exciting activities for older kids. And of course, there are plenty of immersive cultural opportunities to experience as a family so you can show your kids the more historic side of this impressive city.
9 hours away: Jamaica
For a relaxing break, lounging on a Caribbean island is hard to beat. But when you’re joined by children, you often need more than just a perfect beach to keep them happy. Step forward Jamaica: one of the buzziest Caribbean islands that has enough to keep the whole family entertained in between beach days. Not only are many of the hotels geared up for little ones with brilliant kid’s clubs, there are plenty of family activities to get involved with too, from climbing up Dunn’s River Falls, to feeding hummingbirds in the rainforest. The snorkelling is excellent too if your teens are up for taking to the water to discover Jamaica’s incredible marine life.
10 hours away: Florida
There are no two-ways about it: Florida is family holiday perfection. Sure, it’s manic and chaotic, but your kids will love it! The glut of theme parks in this part of the world, from the unbeatable Disney World and its six individual parks within the complex, to Universal Studios probably means that you won’t have time to do it all. Heading to Florida in the winter is a smart decision too, when temperatures are in the late-teens or early twenties, and you avoid the searing and exhausting temperatures that the summer months bring.
12 hours away: Mauritius
Believe it or not, Mauritius is family holiday paradise. The facilities on this Indian Ocean island are second to none, even the most opulent and luxurious hotels welcome little ones with open arms. So it’s a perfect winter sun destination where everyone’s needs can be met. Of course, the 12-hour flight is a big consideration – that’s a long time for fidgety kids. But if you can bear the long-haul, it’s certainly worth it for everything you’ll get from a holiday to Mauritius, from the amazing beaches, winter temperatures in the twenties and the high standards of hotels, food and service.
Written by: Daniel Holyrood. Daniel has worked as a travel writer for ten years. Having lived in Finland for a year as a student, he got bitten by the travelling bug and has since flown to Europe every summer to explore as much of it as he can. Daniel lives in London with his pet pup, Buster.