December marks the time when people start looking around for an escape to the sun. Luckily, there are many places in the world that have their best weather of the year at this time. Here are some of the best winter destinations for budget travelers.
Winter is a spectacular time to visit Phuket. Temperatures are moderate, ranging from 80°F to 70°F. Airfares and hotel rates are quite reasonable up until just a few days before Christmas. The weekend before Christmas is when the peak season starts, so it is important to book early to get a good deal.
The Carribean island of Puerto Rico is normally viewed as a warm vacation spot during summer. However, there are many reasons to visit the place during winter. First, you can travel to Puerto Rico in less than four hours much more easily during winter. This is because there are frequent and direct flights to Luis Muñoz International Airport in San Juan during this season. Secondly, the cool weather makes rainforest hiking (especially through El Yunque) the ideal wintertime activity.
Another benefit of visiting Puerto Rico is that U.S. citizens do not need a passport to visit and you don’t get to lose any money on currency exchange since the United States currency is the legal tender in the island.
Other places worth considering include Costa Rica, Cancun, Mexico; Madeira, Portugal; Buenos Aires, Argentina; Tenerife, Canary Islands, Spain; Cape Town, South Africa.