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Where to go in January: 5 sun and beach destinations for winter holiday

January… Midwinter… Holiday time… Cold… Snow… But your soul is looking for sun, splashes of hot sea water and sandy beaches? Then it’s time to please you and your desire. Start planning your unforgettable winter holidays right now.

It’s time to say goodbye to the cold and boredom and go somewhere Else looking for the sun, sea and adventures.

We offer you 5 sunny destinations for the coming January. 

1. Jaipur, India

india temple

Air temperature: 25–30 ° C.
Visa: You need an Indian visa. You can get it online.
Cost of living: from 2,5$ per night in a hostel.

The South and the Southeast Asia are undoubtedly the best destinations for memorable holidays in January. India in this sense is not a surprise and not exception. You can, of course, go to Goa. But if you want something more unusual, you can visit Jaipur. From January 24 to January 28 the largest literary festival in Asia will be held. The writers from around the world will be among its participants. This year, for example, among the speakers will be the Scottish writer Alexander McCall Smith and Andre Asiman, who wrote the novel “Call me by your name”, that later was filmed as a romantic drama.

2. Philippines

Tropical beach

Air temperature: 30–34 ° C.
Water temperature: 27 ° C.
Visa: not needed.
Cost of living: from 2$ per night in a hostel.

The Philippines is a great alternative to India, as well as Thailand and Vietnam. In January, the Philippine Islands have traditionally good weather, so you can go there if you are missing heat and sun.

You can start your journey with the capital of the country, Manila, which is an unusual mix of Asian, Spanish and American cultures. Then you should go to the south and visit, for example, the Bikolsky region. You will find waterfalls, volcanic craters and hot springs there. The island of Panayo is no less interesting in January too.  You can attend the local festivals and carnivals here.

3. Ngapali, Myanmar

Ngapali Beach

Air temperature: 29–32 ° C.
Water temperature: 26 ° C.
Visa: not needed.
Cost of living: from 10$ per night in a guest house.

And another Asian area where you can bask in the sun in the middle of winter is Myanmar. The country is famous for its ancient architecture and temples, but there are also places for beach holidays. One of the best is Ngapali resort – fairly quiet place, with clean water and white sandy beaches.

4. Dominican Republic

Dominican Republic

Air temperature: 26–28 ° C.
Water temperature: 26 ° C.
Visa: not needed.
Cost of living: from 5$ per night in a hostel.

The middle of the Russian winter is the peak of the beach season in the Dominican Republic. Of course, for this reason there are a lot of tourists in January here. As a result, the prices are not the lowest at this time of the year. But if you go to relax a bit later after New Year holidays, you can save some money and enjoy the sun.

If you get tired of a purely beach holiday, go surfing, take a walk around local reserves or take a whale watching tour.

5. Costa Rica

Arenal Volcano

Air temperature: 26–28 ° C.
Water temperature: 24 ° C.
Visa: not needed.
Cost of living: from 4,5$ per night in a hostel.

This small country in Central America is washed by the Pacific Ocean and the Caribbean Sea. You can relax on any coast you like: there are beaches everywhere. But one of the main features of the country is a local nature, that is rich in fantastic volcanoes, charming caves and beautiful waterfalls. Be sure to include them in your vacation program.

Hope now you have decided where to spend your coming winter holidays, getting rid of cold, snow and winter boredom.

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