Staff, 2022-12-05 10:01:25,
Craving the sensation of some winter sun on your skin, amid the slowly dropping temperatures in the U.S.?
A few obvious holiday destinations may spring to mind. Mexico, Florida, the Maldives, Dubai … they’re all classics for a reason, delivering scorching temperatures throughout the shivering depths of December and January. But that also means they’re very popular — and if you find yourself lusting after a hot vacation every fall, chances are you’ve already been to a few of them, anyway.
If you’re looking for something a little different, try these ideas for a sunny winter getaway instead.
La Gomera, Spain
Gran Canaria, Fuerteventura, Tenerife and Lanzarote are well known in the world of winter sun-seeking, thanks to their prime position off the coast of northwest Africa promising warming temperatures (with average highs of 78.8 degrees in October, dropping to the upper 60s from December to March).
All of these bigger Canary Islands are usually safe bets, weather-wise. But there are eight islands in total, and La Gomera, the second smallest, is one to carefully consider. Temperatures average around 70 degrees during winter, and are typically mild and pleasant. Expect black-sand beaches to lay on (or play on), epic cliffs to hike, and plenty of mirador viewing points for the perfect holiday snap — plus the dramatic, UNESCO-listed laurel forests of Garajonay National Park for a daytrip adventure.
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