11 November 2015

Posted by Discount Insurance on Wednesday, November 11, 2015
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Do you want to escape the winter blues and make the most of the winter sun instead? Here are 6 of our favourite destinations where you can forget the shorter days and hide from the cold!

·         South Island, New Zealand

New Zealand offers relatively dry and warm weather throughout its summer months which are December to February.

There is a wide range of activities that you can partake in, from tasting wines in the Marlborough region to spending time relaxing at the beaches around Nelson. You could swim among dolphins in Kaikoura or for real adrenaline junkies, you could sky dive and/or bungee jump in Queenstown!

·         Island hop in the Philippines

From November to April, typhoon season is out and splendid summer is in! Set in paradisal turquoise waters, the islands around El Nido and Coron in Palawan offer breath-taking coastlines. 
You can venture into remote areas on multi day adventures where you can indulge in meals consisting of freshly caught seafood, spend your days snorkelling or sunbathing. The more accessible islands can be visited on day Bangka boat trips. 

·         Pinar Del Rio, Cuba

With the risk of hurricanes dramatically falling at the end of November, Cuba is left with hot and clear sunny days. In Cuba’s westernmost province of Pinar Del Rio, the village of Viñales is nestled in a beautiful and serene valley and is located a few hours away from Havana.

The pace of life is slow at the village and retains a strongly traditional feel. Day trips to the nearby beaches of Cayo Jutias or Cayo Levisa are a must to enjoy white sand beaches that stretch for several kilometres.

·         Kerala, India

Despite receiving the most rainfall per year, the southern Indian state of Kerala only has a few rainy days a month from December to February and winter temperatures average in the late twenties.

Explore the tree covered mountains or enjoy the 550km coastline which is composed of rice paddies, lagoons, canal backwaters and palm lined beaches. You can witness rural Keralan life in magnificent surroundings on an overnight cruise in a traditional wooden barge, all while enjoying the finest curries in the world.

·         Fuerteventura, Canary Islands, Spain

Ideal for short breaks from Europe, Fuerteventura is the second largest of the Canary Islands and has the longest beaches in the archipelago. Located less than 100km from Africa, the winter temperatures are approximately 18°C.

The island is relatively undeveloped with the main tourists resorts of Corralejo in the north and Morri Jable in the south being low-key when compared to their equivalents on Tenerife. A trip here wouldn’t be complete without sampling the local goat’s cheese, Majorero, which has a uniquely nutty flavour and smooth texture.

·         Cape Town, South Africa
The ultimate mix of buzzing urban life and picturesque scenery, the city has an incredible location with the Atlantic Ocean sitting on its west and the Indian Ocean to the east.
There is the option to whale watch and absorb striking views from the coastal roads, explore the Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens or sample wines at the Constantia estates which are easily accessible from the city centre. 
Be sure to be safe while holidaying in your winter sun destination by purchasing your travel insurance before you go! Get a quick online quote now from Discount Insurance!