Not everybody wants to stay home during their Christmas holidays and shovel snow. If you are looking forward to getting away from the cold and simply lazing on a sun-kissed beach, there are some great beaches where you can spend your Christmas break.
Every hotel and resort will have something special organized for Christmas so the mood will be festive. It’s best to plan for Christmas breaks well in advance because December is peak travel season and flight and hotel bookings can be difficult to get.
Here are a few great beach places to spend your Christmas and New Year holidays:
If you don’t want a white Christmas, head for the island of St. Lucia in the Caribbean. The island is 27 miles long and 14 miles wide and is of volcanic origin. The best beaches like Reduit are on the northwest of the island and have white sands, lush tropical greenery and blue coves. The rugged and spectacular twin peaks of the Pitons are on the south and the scenery throughout the island is gorgeous and is studded with waterfalls. Don’t miss the Sulphur Springs and visit Soufriere for its unique West Indian charm. There are some good dive sites so a popular activity on the island is scuba diving.
Weather in December: Temperatures range from 24 to 27º C and it’s dry so you are free to work on your tan
Europe’s sun destination in winter, Tenerife is the biggest of the Canary Islands’ seven islands. It’s absolutely picturesque and is dominated by the Pico del Teide which rises 12,194 feet above sea level and is Spain’s highest mountain. The view from the peak is awe-inspiring and you can see volcanic rocks in a variety of intense hues. While the north coast has steep cliffs, the south is flatter and the majority of the resorts and therefore crowds are found here. The beaches of Los Cristianos, Playa de Las Américas and Costa Adeje attract the most sun worshippers. The active nightlife too is centred around these beaches whose white sand has been imported from the Sahara desert! If you are looking for a quieter experience, head to the centre of the island.
Weather in December: Temperatures range from 18 to 20ºC and it’s mostly dry in the south of the island. The north gets rain.
Santa will probably say “Aloha!” and arrive in beach slippers! So Christmas in Hawaii can be fascinating. A 50-foot Christmas tree is put up in the Honolulu City Hall and the area is festooned with lights and you can catch some live entertainment. You can go snorkeling, whale and dolphin watching, scuba diving, sailing, fishing or choose to simply laze on Hawaii’s pristine beaches fringed with palm trees. Hawaii is genuinely a tropical paradise and there’s plenty to see apart from beaches. The islands of Kauai, Oahu, Molokai, Lanai, Maui and Big Island make up the main islands in Hawaii. Each island has something unique to offer and each has a landscape that is just breathtakingly beautiful.
Weather in December: The average temperature is 23ºC and though it rains in December, it won’t disrupt your holiday.
Read reviews about the Best Hawaii Beaches.
Goa is the only state in India where the majority of the population is Christian. So Christmas is a lively affair with colourful street dances and concerts. Almost all the houses are lit up with pretty paper lanterns and the atmosphere is truly festive. The two-year-old Sunburn Music Festival takes place from December 27 to 29, 2009, and is billed as South Asia’s largest music fest.
The legendary sandy beaches are of course Goa’s main attraction. The beaches on the north are touristy but the ones in the south are prettier and quieter. Venture into the interiors and you will see lush fields, coconut plantations, churches, temples and even forests. Most visitors don’t go beyond the beaches and miss out on the true essence of Goa.
Weather in December: Temperatures range from 24 to 30ºC, humidity is low and there’s no rain.
Also see Christmas Breaks – Ski Resorts, Christmas Cruises and New Year’s Eve Destinations for more holiday travel ideas for the festive season.