Top 5 Winter Sun Destinations from Gatwick Airport

With nothing but cold, dark days stretching miserably over endless pages of your calendar, it’s time to press the fast-forward button and head to the sun. Grab your lotion and get tanning with our guide the best winter-sun destinations from Gatwick Airport. Don’t forget to pre-book your Gatwick airport parking with us, or get a stress-free start to your trip with our Gatwick airport hotels and parking bundles.

South Africa

Sunny times: October to March
Average winter temps*: 17 to 21-degrees C
Flying time: 12 hours
Flights only: From £550

Fly From Gatwick for Winter Sunshine

It might be half-way around the world, but that’s a small price to pay for swapping dank, drizzly UK days, for temperatures of around 30-degrees and breathtaking beaches. Most visitors head for the Garden Route, a stunning section of coastline, where you can laze on glorious golden beaches, visit stunning lagoons, take in some whale watching or even visit an elephant reserve. The area’s main resorts are Mossel Bay, Knysna and Plettenberg Bay, with Cape Town providing a great gateway to the region. Another bonus for Brit travellers – South Africa is in the same time zones as the UK, so there’ll be no time wasted overcoming jetlag.

Weather characteristics: South Africa’s summer (October to February) is typically hot, sunny weather – with frequent, quick-clearing and cooling afternoon thunderstorms. The Western Cape, has a more Mediterranean climate, with most of its rain arriving in winter months (May to July).

Bermuda

Sunny times: November to March
Average winter temps*: 16 to 21-degrees C
Flying time: 7 hours
Flights only: From £650

Bermuda Beach Winter Sun from Gatwick

With its pink beaches and pink houses, Bermuda is a great tonic for the bleak British winters. Flight times of just seven hours, mean you could be pulling on thermals in the morning and stripping down to shorts by dinner time. However, while the days should be sunny and warm, with average temperatures of around 20-degrees at this time of year, remember to pack warmer clothes for evening trips to bars and restaurants. Despite this, the ‘winter’ climate is great for golf, tennis, walking and general loafing. Many winter sun-seekers will head for the popular HorsheshoeBay resorts, where the usually overcrowded hotels and restaurants make way for a much calmer off-season experience. Another reason to book at this time of year is that chilly coastal waters mean that many travellers overlook the island – resulting in hotels slashing their accommodation rates by up to 60%. If you want to escape the grip of a UK winter on a limited budget, then Bermuda should be at the top of your list.

Weather characteristics: There is a chance of rain – which usually comes early in the day – but pleasant warm winter temperatures make the climate perfect for sport, walking, or long outdoor lunches.

Cyprus

Sunny times: October to November
Average winter temps*: 16 to 21-degrees C
Flying time: 4.5 hours
Flights only: From £190

Cyprus Seaside Winter Sun from Gatwick

With flight times of just 4.5 hours, winter sunshine is virtually on our doorstep. While the coastal waters will be too cold for all but the keenest swimmers, Cyprus is a haven for all-year sunshine – averaging twice the average of that in the UK – so don’t forget to pack your tee-shirts and shorts. Don’t worry about the island’s recent financial problems, this – along with average winter temperatures of anything between 16- to 22-degrees – will ensure that tourists get a warm welcome. However, buy your euros before you arrive on the island to ensure the best exchange rates. We’d advise you head to the western end of the island, with the lively Paphos resort and unspoilt Akamas peninsula.

Weather characteristics: You won’t be left running for the shade, but with an average of seven hours of winter sunshine each day and temps of around 20-degrees, you’ll soon forget your winter woes. There won’t be much rain, but nights will be cool – so don’t forget to pack some warmer clothing for nocturnal forays to restaurants and bars.

Thailand

Sunny times: November to March
Average winter temps*: 18 to 32-degrees C
Flying time: 14 hours
Flights only: From £450

Thailand Exotic Winter Sun from Gatwick

If you’re looking for the full-on winter sun experience then Thailand makes a must-go destination. White sands and turquoise seas, British winter will be banished from your mind the moment you step from the plane. There’s a plethora of destinations to choose from, including anything from the sophistication of Koh Samui to the more relaxed atmosphere of Koh Lanta island. With temperatures ranging from 18 to 32-degrees during November to February, this makes our winter a great time to visit Thailand – many will find the high-summer heat too oppressive. Coastal waters will also be inviting during these winter months. Look out of your window right now and tell us you wouldn’t swap that for a sunny Thai beach…

Weather characteristics: Many say that November to February is the perfect time to visit Thailand. Cool winds blow and serve as an antidote to the stifling summer heat. During this season, temperatures range from 18 to 32-degrees, with plenty of sunshine and little rain.

Canary Islands

Sunny times: Anytime
Average winter temps*: 17 – 21-degrees C
Flying time: 3.5 hours
Flights only: From £85

Canary Island Winter Sun Holidays From Gatwick

No guide to winter sun would be complete without a visit to the Canary Islands. It’s no surprise the islands top many sun-seekers’ lists, either, with winter temperatures that rarely fall below 17 degrees. It’s so close – with just a 3.5 hour flight from Gatwick – it also makes a great destination for a weekend top-up of serotonin. From the popular Playa del Ingles and Playa de las Americas resorts, to the smaller islands of La Gomera, La Palma and El Hierro – there’s a resort and island to suit your needs.

Weather characteristics: It’s no surprise so many of us Brits fly from Gatwick to the Canary Islands in winter, with temperatures reaching a high of 21-degrees, it’s the place to be. Additionally, you can expect around six hours of sunshine each day. Averages also reveal there are around 21 dry days in each month during the winter season.

* Average temperatures are approximate. Check current forecasts

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