What are the top winter holiday destinations for people who want to enjoy warm weather and fun activities?

APH has released a guide to the best winter sun destinations for 2023, considering factors such as temperature, sunshine hours, flight time, exchange rate, and time difference.

For the highest temperatures, Bali, Thailand, and the Maldives are the best choices, with average temperatures of 27-28°C from October to January. If you’re looking for long sunny days, Cape Town is the top choice, with 10 hours of sunshine per day.

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To avoid jet lag, choose destinations such as Portugal, the Canary Islands, or Cape Town, with a 1- or 2-hour time difference from the UK. Avoid destinations further afield such as Bali, Mexico, and Thailand, which all have a minimum 6-hour time difference.

For a weekend getaway, Turkey, the Canary Islands, and Portugal are all around a 4-hour flight from the UK. If you’re happy to travel for longer, Dubai and Mexico are good halfway options, with a 7-hour and 10-hour flight respectively. Bali is the furthest destination, with a 16-hour flight.

If you’re traveling with your family, consider the activities and attractions available at each destination. The guide highlights popular options such as the Planetarium and Science Museum in Miami, Mountain Safari in Turkey, and Whale Shark excursions in the Maldives.

CountryAverage TemperatureHours of Sunshine Per DayFlight TimeTime Difference from the UKExchange Rate (1 GBP)Activity HighlightsTop Attractions
Antalya, Turkey18°C7 hours4 hours 15 mins2 hours ahead (BST)
3 hours ahead (GMT)
33.65 Turkish LiraWater Sports
Mountain Safari
Whitewater Rafting in Köprülü Kanyon
Jeep Safari in the Taurus Mountains
Largest stage in the world – Aspendos and the Fire of Anatolia
Bali, Indonesia28°C9 hours16 hours 35 mins7 hours ahead (BST)
8 hours ahead (GMT)
19,221.66 Indonesian RupiahDiving & Snorkelling
Historical Sites
Hiking & Waterfalls
Dive (or snorkel) in the Balinese reefs
The Valley of The Balinese Kings – Gunung Kawi Temple
Banyu Wana Amertha Waterfall
Cancun, Mexico25°C5 hours10 hours 25 mins6 hours behind (BST)
5 hours behind (GMT)
21.99 Mexican PesoCulture
Wildlife & Nature
Archaeological Reserves
Cancun Underwater Museum of Art
Crystal Caves – Rio Secreto Nature Reserve
Chichen Itza
Cape Town, South Africa22°C10 hours11 hours 40 mins1 hour ahead (BST)
2 hours ahead (GMT)
24.20 South African RandHiking
Historical Sites
Table Mountain Hiking Trail
Wineries in Stellenbosch
UNESCO World Heritage Site – Robben Island
Dubai, United Arab Emirates19°C8 hours7 hours3 hours ahead (BST)
4 hours ahead (GMT)
4.61 DhsSightseeing
Adventure Sports
Tallest Building in The World – Burj Khalifa
Desert Safari
Sky Diving at the Palm Jumeirah
Fuerteventura, Canary Islands18°C6 hours4 hours 15 mins0 (BST & GMT)1.17 EuroAdventure Sports
Water Sports
Dune Bashing at Corralejo Natural Park
Stargazing in Corralejo Town
Wave & Kite Surfing in Sotavento Lagoon
Krabi, Thailand27°C6 hours13 hours6 hours ahead (BST)
7 hours ahead (GMT)
44.57 Thai BahtSpa & Wellness
Historic Sites
Food & Drink
Natural Hot Springs – Klong Thom
Khao Khanap Nam Prehistoric Caves
Koh Lanta Yai Food Market
Madeira, Portugal16°C5 hours3 hours 50 mins0 (BST & GMT)1.17 EuroHistorical Sites
Historical Sites
15th Century Museum of Sacred Art of Funchal
View over the Atlantic Ocean – Praça do Povo
15th Century Historic Convent of Santa Clara
Miami, US20°C7 hours9 hours 30 mins5 hours behind(BST & GMT)1.25 USDFamily Attractions
Art & History
Aquarium & Science Museum
Walking Tour in the Miami Design Preservation League
Cabaret at the Faena Theatre
The Maldives27°C8 hours19 hours 25 mins4 hours ahead (BST)
5 hours ahead (GMT)
19.40 Maldivian RufiyaaWildlife & Nature
Spa & Wellness
Whale Shark Excursion & Swim with Whale Sharks
Glowing Bioluminescent Beach – Vaadhoo Island
Sunset Cruise with Dolphins

UK Airport Parking Options for Holidays

Once you’ve chosen your destination, you’ll need to book your airport parking. We compare the best airport parking deals from a range of providers, including:

You can compare prices and book your parking online in advance.

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