Looking for warm places to visit in December? look no further. In this post, well-traveled fellow bloggers will share their favorite destinations in the world.
From the most underrated destinations such as Oman or Southern Taiwan to more touristy places such as Thailand or Mexico this post will offer amazing ideas for a warm winter vacation.
So without further ado, let’s delve into it.
Beautiful Warm Places to Visit in December
1. Cancun, Mexico
Cancun is one of the most popular tourist destinations in Mexico, and definitely one of the most amazing warm places to Visit in December, but I may be biased because I live here :). Known for its beautiful beaches, vibrant nightlife, and ancient Mayan ruins, Cancun has it all.
Whether you are looking for a top-class all-inclusive resorts on the beach to relax and get pampered or you are up for exciting watersport activities you will find it in Cancun.
Go snorkel or dive in the world-famous underwater Museum, check out one of the spectacular and refreshing cenotes, visit the ancient Mayan Ruins, or go on a boat trip to the natural reserve on Contoy Island.
Temperatures in Cancun in December are perfect as we are just out of the wet season and entering the dry season which means more blue skies and less rain, but not too humid and hot, which is perfect.
Early December is good for those who want to save some cash as the expensive winter rates haven’t started yet. However, if you want to spend Christmas in Cancun is still a great time to travel but you should book in advance.
by Isabella from Boundless Roads
2. Antigua, Caribbean Islands
One of the warm places to visit in December is definitely Antigua and Barbuda. I lived in Antigua for a full year in total and loved it to pieces. It is a tiny island with so much to see and such a diverse landscape and climate. It can rain on one side and be sunny on the opposite side at only 10 km distance.
But when it rains it’s not rain it’s “liquid sunshine” and it can go away in a matter of minutes. So never change your plans because of the weather, when you are in Antigua.
Known for its 365 beaches, one for each day of the year, I swear I haven’t counted so many but yes there are many spectacular beaches in Antigua that you can explore.
I would suggest renting a car and going at your own pace. Visit the historical and chic English Harbor and stop for dinner in one of the fancy restaurants or go and dance the night away on a Sunday in Shirley Heights at the rhythm of Calypso music.
There are also many snorkeling trips that you can join or take the ferry to visit the pristine sister island of Barbuda with its deserted pink sand beach.
If you are wondering where to stay in Antigua, the choice is ample and diverse but I’ve got you covered. And if you have heard that it’s a romantic destination only, oh well, it is romantic, but I have enjoyed it very much even as a solo traveler. 😀
by Isabella from Boundless Roads
A road trip across Oman would work well in December. Oman offers you a city escape, a vast desert region, mountains, and beaches, all in one neat package.
There are oases known as wadis and little fishing villages along the coastline waiting to be explored. The days in December will be pleasant and cool in the mountain areas. The nights will be cold both in the mountains and desert regions.
I would recommend a road trip across Oman to experience the beauty of this underrated destination. This could be from 5-10 days. You will most likely fly into Muscat, the capital city to enter Oman. It is easy to rent a car at the international airport itself. The roads are wide and of good quality across the country.
Oman is an attractive destination for an outdoor enthusiast. Spend a couple of days at Jebel Akhtar Orr Jebel Shams, the mountains that lie to the north of Muscat. You can hike. Do rock climbing and soak in the canyon views.
Spending a night or two in a desert camp is the best way to experience life in Sahiba Sands, the vast desert region in the middle of Oman. Dune bashing and star gazing will be your highlights here. You can stop at a couple of wadis and fishing villages on your way to the desert.
Finally, there are many cultural attractions including the Sultan Qaboos Grand Mosque. I also enjoyed my diving trip at Dimaniyat Islands, just an hour’s boat ride from Muscat.
By Shweta of Zest In A Tote
4. Phuket, Thailand
Visiting Phuket, Thailand in December is a great idea because it’s warm, sunny, and doesn’t have much rain. The temperatures are comfortable, between 23-30°C (73-86°F), which is perfect for beach fun like swimming and just lying in the sun.
An interesting place to visit is the Big Buddha. It’s not just a big statue but also a spot where you can see all around Phuket. Phuket Old Town is also interesting with its old, colorful buildings and busy streets.
Wat Chalong, a big temple in Phuket, is another peaceful spot to check out. Night markets are exciting to explore at night where you can buy tasty local food and neat handmade things.
Adventure-seekers will love Maya Bay at Phi Phi Islands, known from the movie “The Beach”. Phang Nga Bay is another great option. There you can canoe through sea caves and see James Bond Island, a famous spot with a tall, skinny rock sticking out of the water.
If you love animals, visiting an elephant sanctuary is a must-do. Here, you can see elephants up close and learn how to take care of them. For a little bit of excitement, try the Hanuman Zipline, where you can zoom over the jungle and enjoy the views.
When picking a place to stay, skip the super busy areas like Patong and Phuket Town. Quieter and beautiful beach areas like Kamala and Karon are better for a peaceful trip.
So, Phuket is not just a warm place to visit in December but also offers adventures, fun, and relaxing beach time for everyone.
By Jo of World Wild Schooling
5. Jamaica, Caribbean Islands
Jamaica is definitely an amazing place to spend December in warm sunny weather. The third largest island of the Greater Antilles in the Caribbean Sea, birthplace of Bob Marley and Reggae Music, Jamaica is probably the most culturally interesting Caribbean island.
The word Jamaica means land of Wood and Water” or the “Land of Springs” in the Taino Language, the first inhabitants. It is indeed incredibly rich in rivers, waterfalls, and lush tropical vegetation, which is what made me fall in love with this island.
I lived in Jamaica for 18 months and explored every bit of it, from the laid-back tourist destination Negril, to the more secluded Port Antonio and its overwhelming capital city of Kingston, with its museum and rich history.
There is so much to see and do in Jamaica that I would suggest you spend at least two weeks staying in one of the beautiful luxury resorts. Remember to learn some Jamaican patois, the local dialect, so that you can mingle with the locals and have more fun!
by Isabella from Boundless Roads
6. Cape Town
With its Mediterranean climate and stunning natural scenery, Cape Town is an ideal warm-weather destination for December. Summer temperatures range from 23C-30C (mid 70s to 80s), making it perfect for spending time outdoors.
Some of the top things to do in Cape Town include hiking Table Mountain, mingling with penguins on Boulders Beach, visiting the Cape Winelands for wine tasting, and strolling the vibrant Victoria and Alfred Waterfront.
Take a boat to Robben Island to learn about Nelson Mandela’s imprisonment or drive along the scenic Chapman’s Peak Drive.
Cape Town also boasts a celebrated food scene. The city’s culinary influences span Cape Malay curries, traditional African dishes, fresh seafood, and an array of international cuisine. Don’t miss trying a traditional braai (BBQ) or sampling local specialties like bobotie (a seasoned meat dish), bunny chow (hollowed bread filled with curry), and snoek (a type of barbecued fish).
Top neighborhoods for dining include the Bo-Kaap for Cape Malay fare, Woodstock for its trendy restaurants and cafes, and the V&A Waterfront for fresh seafood along the harbor. Many restaurants offer al fresco dining with views of Table Mountain.
While the peak season brings more crowds, the energy in Cape Town is electric in December. Join in the lively holiday festivities and enjoy long sunny days on the area’s scenic beaches. Pack layers for cool breezy nights and be sure to stay hydrated under the African sun.
With its diversity of landscapes and activities, award-winning food and wine scene, and rich cultural heritage, Cape Town offers a truly memorable warm-weather escape. Use public transportation to get around affordably and book accommodations in advance for the best rates.
By Billy of BRB Gone Somewhere Epic
7. Buenos Aires, Argentina
Buenos Aires, the vibrant capital of Argentina, comes alive in December as the city enters its summer season.
December marks the beginning of summer in Buenos Aires, bringing warm and pleasant weather. Average temperatures range from 20°C to 30°C (68°F to 86°F).
Days are long, with plenty of sunshine, making it an ideal time for outdoor activities and exploration. However, keep in mind that December can be humid, so lightweight clothing and sunscreen are essential.
There are plenty of free things to do in Buenos Aires, especially during the warmer months. On December 8th, Buenos Aires celebrates the Day of the Immaculate Conception, a significant religious holiday.
The city’s streets come alive with colorful processions, live music, and traditional dances. Locals and visitors alike gather at the Basilica of Our Lady of Luján to pay their respects and partake in the festivities.
December is the month when Buenos Aires decks itself out for Christmas. Stroll through neighborhoods like Palermo or Recoleta to admire the dazzling holiday decorations, and be sure to visit the numerous Christmas markets that pop up throughout the city. Here, you can shop for unique gifts, sample traditional Argentine sweets, and soak in the festive atmosphere.
With the pleasant weather, December is an excellent time to explore the city’s parks and outdoor spaces. Visit the iconic Rose Garden (Rosedal) in Palermo, go for a leisurely bike ride along the Ecological Reserve, or relax in the lush greenery of the Botanical Garden. Stroll around the beautiful Recoleta Cemetery and pay your respects to Eva Peron.
In December, Buenos Aires comes alive with a unique blend of cultural festivities, holiday cheer, and outdoor opportunities.
The warm weather and longer days make it an inviting destination for those looking to experience the city’s vibrant spirit and cultural richness during the holiday season.
by Pamela, The Directionally Challenged Traveler
For a Caribbean island vacation in December, choose a more off-the-beaten-path destination rather than one of the major, overcrowded islands that swell with visitors and suffer from soaring prices.
The Leeward Island of Dominica, just a small speck of a destination but with plenty to offer travelers, certainly fits the bill.
While the beaches in Dominica aren’t what you’d necessarily expect from a Caribbean island – think golden or even black sands and lots of rocks – many of the beach destinations on the island are practically deserted, making it a favorite destination for an off-the-beaten-path beach experience.
December is also a perfect time to visit the island for whale watching, as whale sightings tend to be at their peak. Dominica is known as the “Whale Watching Capital of the Caribbean” because it is one of the few places on Earth where whales live year-round.
Book a dedicated whale-watching excursion to experience the whales from a close but respectable distance, though when traveling in December, you may be able to spot them from the balcony of your hotel.
The island is home to an increasing number of luxe hotels and resorts, including a newly rebranded Intercontinental resort on the island’s northern Caribbean coast and the recently expanded Secret Bay, which has been awarded as the best hotel in the Caribbean by Travel + Leisure and other leading travel publications.
by Carley Rojas Avila of Explorers Away
9. St Barth, Caribbean Islands
Another Caribbean destination that I recommend visiting in December is the elegant St Barth.
St. Barth is like a little Paris in the Caribbean. It is in fact an overseas collectivity of France in the Caribbean. The island lies about 19 mi southeast of the island of Saint Martin. In fact, you need to fly to St Martin to get to St Barth as there are no direct international flights. The airport is too small.
You could get there either by ferry or small plane but I would recommend trying the plane and getting a window seat to get a thrilling experience. I am not going to say anything else so I won’t ruin the surprise but the landing in St Barth is kind of special. 🤣
I traveled to St. Barth a couple of times and stayed in its luxury resorts, enjoyed the spectacular beaches, and tried the delicious food.
Life in St Barth is quiet and relaxing. There is not much to do other than, bask in the sun, go on a hike, or practice some watersport, like kite surf stand-up paddle or kayaking.
If you don’t feel like splurging in one of the luxury resorts you can always find cute guest houses for more modest prices. However, a car rental is definitely a must if you want to explore and make the most of your time on the island.
Gustavia is the pretty capital city, full of history and charm, and delicious restaurants. Make sure you take a stroll around the marina and visit Fort Karl and Shell Beach.
Go on a short hike to Colombier beach and spend a day on the glamorous Nikky beach. Two or three days are enough to see the entire island but, trust me on that, book at least 10 days as you will never want to leave. 🙂
10. Jekyll Island, Georgia
North Georgia and even some higher elevation locations throughout Georgia, may experience some snowy weather in December. But a warm Jekyll Island Christmas is just the ticket, if you are looking for a little bit of a different December vacation.
Jekyll Island is less than an hour from the Florida-Georgia state line, and so has similar December weather to Florida. Shorts at Christmas kind of weather. Jekyll Island in the 1800’s was the vacation destination for the world’s wealthiest families. Once you get here, you’ll understand why.
To get onto Jekyll Island, you do have to pay a toll. The price varies depending on your length of stay. Once here, the best thing to do is the Holidays in History trolley tour. Starting at the Jekyll Island Club Hotel, you’ll learn about all the properties and see everything decorated for Christmas.
Afterward hang around the hotel property for some croquet on the front lawn, a tour of the hotel itself, bike riding, or ice skating at the outdoor rink. Once it’s dark, watch the spectacular Christmas lights that cover the property.
If you like nature, then you can do horseback riding on the beach, visit the turtle sanctuary, or check out the coolest and most unique beach, Driftwood Beach. The island may be small, but there is an endless array of activities to suit any taste.
By Rachel Catalano of TheRxForTravel.com
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11. Cayman Islands
Winter has its charm, but there’s something special about swapping snowy streets for sandy shores. For those yearning for warmth in December, the Cayman Islands is a destination that should top the list.
Situated in the heart of the Caribbean, the Cayman Islands offers more than just idyllic beaches. Dive enthusiasts will be thrilled by the world-renowned Stingray City, where interacting with friendly stingrays becomes the highlight of one’s trip. For those interested in a mix of culture and nature, the Queen Elizabeth II Botanic Park showcases the islands’ native flora and fauna.
December is particularly captivating in this tropical haven. While the average temperature hovers around a comfortable 80°F (27°C), a unique blend of traditions makes the season memorable. Don’t miss the experience of Christmas in the Cayman Islands.
The combination of British and Caribbean traditions results in a festive season like no other. The holiday spirit is very much alive here, from festive markets to “White Christmas” with snow recreated with the lighter sand.
Travel tip: While it’s a popular travel time, booking accommodations and activities in advance can ensure you get the most out of your Cayman getaway. Whether it’s the allure of clear waters, vibrant marine life, or festive merriments, December in the Cayman Islands promises an unforgettable escape.
By Odo of Caribe Vibes
12. Southern Taiwan
December is the most popular month of the year for visiting Taiwan, the East Asian island nation just off the coast of China. The biggest draws are Christmas events and New Year’s Eve fireworks shot from the sides of Taipei 101 in the country’s capital.
Taipei will actually be cool at this time – it’s a transition month between fall and winter. But for those seeking warm weather, venture to the south of Taiwan.
This part of the country lies below the Tropic of Cancer. It is thus tropical and remains warm enough to sunbathe or swim in the sea year-round. Expect a balmy daytime temperature of around 25°C.
You can reach Kaohsiung, the largest city in southern Taiwan, from Taipei in a mere two hours by High-Speed Rail. Spend a day cycling or surfing on Cijin Island, which is a 10-minute ferry ride off the coast. At night, feast in the city’s night markets and see the lit-up artworks at Pier 2.
Next, spend a few days at Kenting National Park, which occupies the southern tip of Taiwan. There you’ll find the country’s best beaches and a night market complete with cocktail trucks.
Finish your trip with a few days on Xiaoliuqiu, where you can go snorkeling or scuba diving with the coral island’s 800+ resident giant sea turtles.
By Nick Kembel from Taiwan Obsessed
13. Cartagena, Colombia
Pack your bags and set your sights on Cartagena, Colombia, a place that infuses warmth into December’s chilly days with its vibrant culture, charming colonial architecture, and, of course, its balmy weather.
This tropical haven, nestled on Colombia’s Caribbean coast, is a sun-seekers paradise with an average temperature of 32°C (90°F) in December. Bathed in endless sunshine, it’s the perfect escape from winter’s icy grip.
In terms of attractions, Cartagena is a cornucopia of experiences. Wander through the time-worn cobblestone streets of the Walled City, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, where every corner boasts centuries-old colonial architecture painted in vibrant hues.
Explore the Castillo de San Felipe, an imposing fortress with sweeping views of the city, or delve into the fascinating history of emeralds at the Emerald Museum.
But Cartagena is not just about history. It’s also a city of celebration, especially in December. The city comes alive with the Cartagena International Film Festival and the Miss Colombia Pageant, filling the air with festive spirit.
For a quieter day, take a short ferry ride to the Rosario Islands. A cluster of pristine, white sandy islands framed by crystalline waters, it’s the ideal place for snorkeling, sunbathing, or just swinging in a hammock with a good book.
Also, be sure to relish the local food. From the ubiquitous arepa con queso to the coastal specialty of fried fish with coconut rice and plantains, Cartagena offers a gastronomic journey that’s as satisfying as its cultural feast.
Remember, Cartagena is a city that lives at its own pace. It invites you to slow down, soak in its charm, and immerse yourself in its lively rhythm. It’s not just a warm place to visit in December, but a warm welcome into an unforgettable experience.
If you are undecided on where to stay in Cartagena, we’ve got you covered as well. 😜
By Giorgy of G-Extreme Travel
14. Doha, Qatar
December is a great time to visit Doha, Qatar. This laid-back capital city has a lot to offer, from cultural attractions to art to traditional souqs. The weather is ideal, and winter is the perfect time to spend all day outdoors.
The city is filled with various attractions to explore. For those who crave cultural experiences, Katara Cultural Village is one of the best places to visit in Doha. It is an ideal spot to learn about Qatari culture and attend world-class performances in the outdoor amphitheater, see local art, and visit impressive mosques.
Souq Waqif, a traditional marketplace that sells everything from spices to handmade crafts, should definitely be on the itinerary. You’ll also find both local food stalls and large international restaurants here as you walk the alleys and streets.
Don’t forget to visit the Falcon Souq area to learn about the falconry tradition in Qatar. This is a great area to serve as your home base, as you can walk the souq and use the subway system nearby.
The cool and comfortable climate in December is an added bonus, with the temperatures ranging between 63°F to 75°F. It is the perfect weather for outdoor activities such as beach hopping or exploring the city since summers can be sweltering hot.
For first-time travelers, a trip to Doha will be a unique experience. The city has a modern and diverse atmosphere with an abundance of restaurants, shops, and historical sites. Doha, Qatar is a fantastic destination for those wanting to escape winter weather and experience something new.
By Monica of This Rare Earth
15. The San Blas Islands, Panama
The San Blas Islands are an archipelago of over 370 islands and cays. Located on the eastern coast of Panama, they’re an island dream comprising of white powdery sand, crystal clear waters, and swaying palm trees.
The San Blas Islands are home to the Guna Yala Indigenous people, who have successfully preserved their rich culture and traditions. Some islands are inhabited, while others aren’t. Visiting these communities is a fascinating experience and one of the best things to do in the area.
The San Blas Islands have limited creature comforts, making it a perfect escape from the hustle and bustle back home. Long days soaking up the sun, island hopping, and snorkeling amongst vibrant coral. Sunset hour and cocktails on the beach. That’s what you can expect on the San Blas Islands.
December is the start of the dry season, making it an ideal time to plan your trip.
To get there, you’ll need to fly into Panama City before taking a taxi to the port of Carti, the gateway to the islands.
Alternatively, you can opt for the more scenic and thrilling option: a boat from Colombia to Panama.
This 5-day adventure allows you to visit numerous islands, interact with the Guna Yala people, and see parts of the San Blas Islands that are far off the tourist track.
Submitted by Carryn of Torn Tackies Travel Blog
16. Thai islands in the Andaman Sea
A great sunny December escape is to the islands in the Andaman Sea in southern Thailand. The climate is delightfully hot, humid, and with random showers.
Some islands are getting popular and rather touristy with all the amenities you might think of, while others are hidden gems where you might find yourself alone on long white beaches looking out on glittering turquoise water.
There are plenty of places to see and island hopping in Thailand is a fabulous way to see the best of the region.
Start in Koh Lanta, one of the largest islands in the region, a backpacker’s paradise with long sandy stretches, beach bars, and waterfalls in the island’s national park area.
Next, head to Koh Mook for a more local experience where you can kayak to one of the most incredible natural wonders you might see, the Emerald Caves. Leave early in the morning to avoid the tourist crowds that come from nearby islands later in the day.
It is an 80-meter-long tunnel until you reach a small beach inside the cave with a natural opening to the sky. To relax for a couple of days, take a long tail boat to Koh Ngai where you can laze on the beach, swim in the turquoise waters, and eat delightful Thai food at the resorts.
End your journey by visiting Koh Lipe, a delightful backpackers paradise in the far south where you can take a boat tour to go snorkeling and see wild monkeys.
Contributed by Linn Haglund of Brainy Backpackers
17. Chiang Mai
If you are looking for warm places to visit in December, Chiang Mai Thailand would be the perfect place for you! One of the best times to visit Chiang Mai is in the winter. The weather stays pleasant at around 82°F (28°) C and the low stays around 60 °F (15°C). It is also one of the driest times of the year with very little rainfall.
Although Thailand doesn’t officially celebrate Christmas, a lot of the big and small businesses will put up decorations and you can find Christmas parties at a lot of the nightlife spots.
One of the biggest celebrations in Thailand happens in December, Constitution Day. This is an annual event that dates back to 1932 when Thailand officially established a constitutional monarchy.
There is a big festival that takes place in Chiang Mai with fireworks shows, parades, and a party around Tha Pha Gate. There are hundreds of food stalls and local dance performances, and last year they even set up a Muay Thai ring.
This is the high season for Chiang Mai Travel so there will be plenty to keep you entertained and nightly events for travelers. If you end up extending your travels into the New Year, you are in for a special treat.
Hundreds of people gather on New Year’s Eve in Chiang Mai to release beautiful lanterns into the sky with wishes for a great new year ahead. You are going to love visiting Chiang Mai in December!
by Abbey of Trips on Abbey Road
18. Con Dao Island, Vietnam
Escape the winter weather and head to the charming Con Dao Island in Vietnam for a December getaway like no other. Tucked in the southern region of Vietnam, this hidden gem is the perfect choice for those seeking a warm and relaxing holiday escape.
The first thing that sets Con Dao apart is its lack of crowds. You won’t find lots of tourists here, making it a tranquil destination where you can unwind and truly connect with nature. The island is also known for its untouched and secluded beaches, making it an excellent choice for a peaceful holiday.
Con Dao offers plenty of activities to keep you engaged. You can explore the island’s natural beauty by hiking or taking a scenic drive along its picturesque coast. If you’re looking for more adventure, you can take a boat tour to nearby islands or enjoy scuba diving and snorkeling in the crystal-clear waters.
Additionally, Con Dao Island used to be a prison complex, so you can visit the multiple prison museums scattered around to learn about its fascinating history. It is where the infamous tiger cages are located, and the island’s stories are both heartbreaking and inspiring, providing a unique perspective.
As for the weather, December brings warm temperatures on the island, with an average temperature of 27°C and around 8 rainy days, offering plenty of sunshine and warmth for outdoor activities.
Con Dao Island offers a unique blend of natural beauty, history, and adventure, all without the crowds and high prices you’d find at more popular destinations in December.
by Karla of Colorful Journeys
19. Boracay Island, Philippines
A small but incredible island in the western Visayas region of the Philippines, Boracay promises a December trip filled with relaxation, adventure, nature, and amazing sunsets! Along its west coast is the White Beach, the most sought-after white sandy shore backed by palm trees and restaurants.
The beach is blessed with white powdery sands and crystal clear azure waters in a warm tropical setting. Even in December, the island’s climate (and the whole Philippines) is generally warm and cozy!
Feeling like slowing down while savoring good food? White Beach has a lot of beachfront cafés and restaurants you can choose from. You can spend the golden hour in a cozy café as you watch the sun transform the sky into yellow and orange hues. But if you’re into a bit of adventure, you can try paddle boarding, kayaking, or even paraw-sailing during sunset!
If you want to see more of Boracay Island beyond White Beach, you can take a half-day Boracay Land Tour to visit other rave-worthy beaches and peculiar rock formations. Boracay is also a well-known diving spot where you can witness a colorful underwater world with rich marine biodiversity.
No Boracay itinerary is complete without trying out parasailing! It’s not for the faint-hearted, but not as extreme as it would look like. It lets you conquer your fear of heights while also giving you an amazing view of the beautiful shoreline from above.
These are just among the many things you can enjoy on the island. Boracay is indeed a perfect destination for a warm and cozy December.
by Dea Mariano of Jea Wanders
20. Dubai, United Arab Emirates
Dubai is one of the best destinations to visit in December. From great weather to a wealth of shopping, dining, and entertainment, Dubai has it all.
As well as enjoying perfect weather, visitors to Dubai in December can enjoy the city’s iconic attractions and enjoyable activities.
December is one of the most comfortable months to visit Dubai, with temperatures ranging from 15°C (59°F) to 30°C (86°F), making it the perfect time for outdoor activities.
Dubai’s most popular attractions include the world’s tallest building, the Burj Khalifa, the stunningly styled Museum of the Future, the palm-shaped Palm Jumeirah Island, and the Dubai Marina district. In addition, for families, the Global Village, Miracle Garden, and Aquaventure Waterpark are highly recommended.
Dubai also boasts stunning beaches. Kite Beach and JBR Beach are perfect choices for water sports and relaxation in December.
In winter, Dubai is also popular for its shopping festivals, of which the Dubai Shopping Festival is a highlight. During this period, you can shop with huge discounts at great Dubai shopping malls such as Dubai Mall.
If you’re looking for something special, there are plenty of fascinating sights to discover, from the bustling souks of the Gold Souk to the traditional buildings of old Dubai.
Dubai’s desert landscapes are stunning to behold and a desert safari in December is unmissable. Enjoy driving on the sand dunes, sliding, camel rides, and Arabic food and shows.
All in all, whether you’re planning a longer or a shorter trip to Dubai, it’s a highly recommended destination in December. With its perfect weather and incredible offerings, this vibrant city has something for everyone.
by Adri of Traveltipzone
21. Goa, India
Goa is a cherished tourist destination in India, especially for travelers looking for a warm escape during December’s chilly winter. Sandy beaches, water sports, attractive nightlife, and delicious seafood, Goa has it all.
The city has a dry and warm atmosphere and temperatures range from 21°C to 32°C, making it the ideal landscape for winter.
Goa has a variety of attractions but it is undoubtedly famous for its beaches. Baga, Calangute, Amarambol, and Anjuna are some of the most beautiful beaches and must-visit beaches in Goa.
Take a dip in the waters or relax in the soft sands while sunbathing. You can have a drink in the cozy beach shacks and also enjoy delicious seafood.
If you are seeking some adventure, water sports such as parasailing, jet skiing, and windsurfing will give you the perfect adrenaline rush.
Goa also boasts one of the most vibrant nightlife in the country. You can visit nightclubs and beach parties to get a feel of the city’s lively party culture.
Goa is also known for its rich culture and beautiful architecture, which includes forts and churches. Chapora Fort and Aguada Fort are some must-visits in North Goa.
Goa is also one of the best places to visit in India in March due to its vibrant atmosphere.
Explore art galleries and charming eateries in Panjim. Don’t miss Fontainhas, a vibrantly colored region filled with beautiful roads and Portuguese buildings.
Try the local liquor “feni,” which is produced from cashews and coconuts. You can also participate in a local Feni tasting session. Indulge in the local cuisine such as fish curry, vindaloo, and bebinca.
Visit the Arpora market, which is held every Saturday, for a little retail therapy.
Hire a bike to roam around. The locals are friendly and speak a blend of Konkani and English.
Submitted by Lavina D’Souza of Continent Hop
22. St. Thomas, USVI
December is one of the best times to visit St. Thomas as the weather is mild and it’s just the beginning of peak season. The holidays will be the busiest time to visit but early December is best for fewer crowds.
And you don’t even need a passport to get in if you are a US citizen.
The average high is 84°F and the average low is 76°F which makes it perfect sunbathing weather!
Some of the best things to do on the island are explore the historic town of Charlotte Amalie where there are also great shopping opportunities. You won’t want to miss the beautiful beaches like Coki Beach or Magens Bay either.
There are plenty of fun tours that leave from St. Thomas as well like snorkeling tours, sunset sails, and ecotours. If you bring your passport, you can visit The Baths at Virgin Gorda and Jost Van Dyke where you can have a painkiller at the Soggy Dollar Bar.
One can’t-miss activity is taking the ferry over to St. John and exploring the Virgin Islands National Park. Take the hike down to Cinnamon Bay or go snorkeling at Trunk Bay.
If you’re wondering where to stay in St. Thomas, Marriott’s Frenchman’s Cove and Sapphire Beach Resort are both great options.
by Anna Cook of Stuck On The Go
23. New Zealand
New Zealand is an outdoor lover’s paradise and while the country can be explored all year round, December is one of the best times of year to visit this remarkable destination.
With New Zealand being in the Southern Hemisphere, December marks the beginning of summer. The days grow longer, the temperature gets warmer and the wildflowers bloom.
December is the perfect time to explore both the North and South Island and make the most of all this wonderful country has to offer. From world-class hikes to adrenaline-filled activities, New Zealand has something for everyone.
Summer in New Zealand is peak hiking season, and the country is home to some magnificent hikes. From the award-winning Tongariro Crossing, the iconic Roy’s Peak and the multi-day Milford Sound hike, there are endless hikes to choose from which show off the country’s raw beauty.
Many of the hikes aren’t easily accessible or even possible during the winter, so opting to visit New Zealand in December gives you the perfect opportunity to tackle some of the stunning hiking trails.
New Zealand is also famous for its beautiful road trips, including the famous drive to Milford Sound. December is the perfect time to embark on a road trip around the country and take in the stunning sights. Longer days mean you can spend more time on the road and driving conditions tend to be much easier.
December is also a fantastic time to embrace your adrenaline side and take part in one of the many adventurous activities. White river water rafting is a popular activity during the New Zealand summer, not to mention sky diving or bungy jumping.
If you’re searching for somewhere that stays warm in December, consider a vacation to Senegal!
This West African nation has been making strides on the international tourist scene in recent years, with the luxurious Hotel RIU Baobab opening in 2022 and the prestigious Fathala Wildlife Reserve offering a luxurious safari lodge experience.
Senegal boasts miles of coastline with golden beaches, wildlife preserves where you can see giraffes and zebra, and the charming northern city of St Louis.
Dakar, Senegal’s capital, is a hectic city but with a fair few things to see, including the excellent Museum of Black Civilisations and the African Renaissance Monument.
Of course, you can’t visit Senegal without paying a trip to Goree Island, which played a large part in the Transatlantic Slave Trade. This UNESCO site is a difficult and somber place to visit but is very educational.
Near the Gambian border, the tributaries of the Saloum Delta plunge into the earthy landscape, flanked by mangroves and populated by crocodiles and brightly colored birds.
Southern Senegal is less, but the Niokolo-Koba National Park is well worth the journey – it’s the “wildest” park in Senegal with the chance to see lions and plenty of other animals.
December is one of the best months to visit Senegal. The temperature hovers between
28°C (82°F) and 21°C (70°F) and there’s no rain. Another perk to visiting in dry season is that there are far fewer mosquitos!
Getting to Senegal from Europe is fairly easy. Plenty of flights leave from Paris and other French cities, and you’ll also find routes from Lisbon and the occasional charter from London or other European capitals. Many travelers also stop over in Casablanca in Morocco.
By Claire from Claire’s Footsteps
One of the best warm places to visit in December is Curacao. With consistent temperatures throughout the year at an average of 30ºC and minimal rainfall, this Dutch Caribbean island is situated between Aruba and Bonaire off the coast of Venezuela.
Curacao is an outdoor lover’s paradise! Whether it’s exploring one of the island’s 40+ amazing beaches, catching the sunrise by hiking Mount Christoffel, discovering the rugged coastline at Shete Boka National Park, snorkeling with sea turtles, exploring caves, or strolling the colorful streets of Willemstad, there’s something for everyone to enjoy.
There are a number of hotels and vacation rentals in Curacao, but this isn’t the place to come for an all-inclusive vacation – you would be doing the island a disservice!
Pick from any number of awesome open-air restaurants and dine outdoors in December! A memorable place that should be enjoyed includes Fort Nassau, where you get sweeping views of Willemstad and Saint Anna Bay from an old military lookout. Be sure to visit Plasa Bieu, where you can get traditional and inexpensive home-cooked meals!
Curacao is perfect for getting off the beaten path and exploring hidden gems and a rental car is the best way to do that. It’s safe to drive around the island and is meant to be experienced by way of incredible restaurants, friendly people, amazing warm weather, and jaw-dropping natural beauty.
by Sarah Camp of In Search of Sarah
26. Orlando, Florida
Orlando, Florida, is one of the best warm destinations in the world to visit in December. With most days warm and sunny but not nearly as hot and humid as the summer months, it’s the perfect time to escape to the Sunshine State.
While other destinations are snowed in for the winter, Orlando celebrates Christmas in shorts and flip flops most years.
Bring layers though as it can get cold, especially in the evening or if there is a cold front coming through. Thankfully cold fronts usually only last a day or two before temperatures warm back up to the 70s.
Orlando may not be blanketed in snow, but the city goes over the top for Christmas. Some of the top things to do in Orlando in December include the theme parks, town celebrations, and checking out the Christmas lights throughout the city.
All of the Orlando theme parks have special events for the holidays, but you can visit Disney Springs and some of the theme park hotels to see the decorations for free. Gaylord Palms goes over the top at Christmas, but so do some of the surrounding towns.
Winter Park, Oviedo, Lake Nona, and others have their own celebrations and some even have “snow” or ice skating. Make sure to drive through Jeater Bend in Celebration to see the synchronized light show while you’re over near Disney as well.
by Christine of Live Love Run Travel
With its pristine white sandy beaches and heavenly like color crystal clear waters, Zanzibar is one of the best beach destinations in the entire world.
If you are looking for a sunny December break in a heavenly tropical paradise, where you will be greeted by warm local people and enjoy some authentic Swahili cuisine, Zanzibar is the place for you.
The overwhelming beauty of the Zanzibar archipelago will be a feast for your senses. The climate at this time of the year is hot with temperatures around 28 °C and you will be able to enjoy most of the activities the island has to offer.
From swimming in its world-famous Nakupenda beach, to visiting the famous Prison Island Aldabra tortoises or snorkeling in the emerald-colored waters of Mnemba Island the island offers a vast range of beach and water activities, such as scuba diving, dolphin watching, snorkeling and kite surfing.
Zanzibar is also a cultural gem where you will get enough opportunities to interact with locals and to get to know the history when visiting its capital Stone Town, the place where the world-famous singer Freddy Mercury was born.
And do not forget to greet the Red Colobus island endemic monkey in the Jozani forest.
Warm places to visit in December: Final thoughts
I hope this post has inspired you to find your next destination for your December vacation. On the contrary, if you think I left any important destination out, please do not hesitate to share it in the comment session below.
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Hello there! This is Isabella, the author of this blog, and a cat lover and restless traveler. I am an Italian expatriate in Mexico, but I am now traveling full-time in and out of Mexico. After 7 years of living in Cancun, I have decided to leave my fancy job and explore the world, at a slow pace, one country at a time. Among my favorite countries so far, besides Mexico of course, are Ecuador, Peru, Guatemala, Ireland, Portugal, Norway, and the list goes on…