Our Top 5 Sunny & Snowy Winter destinations
It’s no secret that 2020 has been a bit of a bummer. However, as things look more positive and the Christmas period swings around, it’s important to reflect on those gorgeous snow-coated destinations that are certain to lift our moods.
Don’t be fooled, winter isn’t just for those looking to cosy up by the fireplace… Some of us require that tropical climate that provides those sun-kissed looks. For those warmer weather inclined, check out our top picks:
1. Whistler, Canada and Gold Coast, Australia
‘O Canada’ we love you. Home to one of the largest ski resorts in North America, this chalet-filled town is perfect for those looking for their winter fix. Once hosting the 2010 Vancouver Winter Olympics, Whistler’s Blackcomb resort is blissful and idyllic. This angelic environment is rich in polar nights.
Down-under and a whopping 7400 miles apart is sunny Gold Coast, Australia. A cosmopolitan city famed for its extensive sandy beaches; Gold Coast is the place to be this winter season! Lap up some winter sun and clock in your beach hours in this surfer’s paradise.
2. Niseko, Japan and Cape Town, South Africa
Known for its all year round fix, Niseko is a blessed natural paradise. Globally identified as Japan’s best ski resort, this seasonal town boasts unforgettable experiences through eternal snows. This wintry wonderland is perfect for beginners to pros when it comes to Snowsports.
South Africa’s capital city and one of our suggested sunlit ventures. A top location for those looking to immerse in stunning nature, Cape Town is one of our sunny winter destination musts! You will be spoilt for choice in this bustling city. From taking a cable car to the mountain top, seeing the big 5 or spending your days on Boulders Beach, the opportunities are endless.
3. Tromso, Norway and Kuramathi, Maldives
The first of our four gorgeous European destinations, Tromso is unparalleled in the likes of charming wooden houses and picturesque cathedrals. With the possibility of basking in the Northern Lights, this arctic heaven is a Your Limitless Travel must! Auroras dance along with the skies and light up this enchanting Nordic city.
Who wouldn’t want to be stranded in the Indian Ocean? Kuramathi is an unreal location for those looking to bask in some winter sun. Sunbathe along white-sand shores where rich blue waters blanket the coast. With an average temperature of 29 °C, the Maldives are the perfect region to get your winter sun fix!
4. Lapland, Finland and Fuerteventura, Canary Islands
Lapland’s scenery is just unmatched. Picture endless panoramas of fresh chalk snow lightly reflecting the pastel sky tones as the sunsets over white kissed forestry. Also known for its festive relation to Santa and his elves (which entertains the joyous nostalgia in the most grinch of us all!)
The Canary Isles are the almost perfect match for a winter getaway. With the whole archipelago benefitting from a mix of Mediterranean and tropical climate, you will be sure to get your hours in! Fuerteventura made our top picks due to it boasting the longest coastline – an impressive 1730km. Also known as ‘the Calm Island’, you can benefit from Christmas relaxation all whilst sipping a cocktail on the beach. Merry Christmas am I right?
5. The Dolomites, Italy and Hikkaduwa, Sri Lanka
A surprisingly sun-kissed region, the Dolomites stretch over 15,900 km ² and are home to 12 ski resorts and 7 UNESCO world heritage sites. It’s no surprise that idyllic Italy is the boast of this gorgeous landscape. Blanketed in coldly white snow and alpine habitats, the Dolomites promote a merry environment.
Beaches, beaches and beaches. This seaside resort is situated along Sri Lanka’s southwestern coast. December sun is not a far miss in this heaven-sent region. Spend your days in clear blue waters and among gold sands. Perhaps you’re seeking adventure? Hikkaduwa is perfect for water sports in the form of diving, surfing or even sailing. End your fun-filled days along seafront bars watching the sunset over your Christmas break.
Here at Your Limitless Travel, our top 5 snowy destinations hold a place in our heart. With the founder and creator having lived in both Japan and Canada, we HAVE to recommend these snow drenched cities.
Now you’re aware of the best, why not look into booking? Check out our country pages to see where suits you!
Author: Katie Mortimer - 15 December 2020