For most people, Christmas time is a time to wrap up warm and spend time at home with family and friends. For others, there’s an opportunity to build a snowman out of sand, explore a new country, or chill on the beach. Below are my 10 favorite holiday destinations for any travellers this Christmas.
A truly scenic country which is peaceful and full of scenic countryside and sandy beaches. With fun beach clubs to party at nighttime, or relaxing yoga resorts, there’s something for everyone, as long as you like the sun! Make sure you check out my guide on the best things to do in Bali before you go.
Visiting Cuba is like travelling back in time. My favourite place in Cuba is Havana, which is full of old cars and areas which have remained unchanged for years. Cuba is also well known for its rum, which sounds like a fun thing to try on the beach on Christmas day.
The Cayman Islands
The Cayman locals really know how to celebrate the festivities, throwing beach parties and putting on spectacular light displays. They even create their own tropical snow, by covering the grass in white beach sand!
Costa Rica has beautiful beaches, tropical gardens, hot springs and the incredible Arenal Volcano. If these aren’t enough to tempt you, there’s also a selection of Christmas activities that are great fun. Costa Rica’s traditional “tope nacional” is a carnival on December 26th and is the country’s biggest horse parade. Following this, in early January are twelve days of celebrations of the patron saint of Palmares, including live music, basketball, carnivals and fireworks.
Thailand has become one of the most popular tourist destinations in the world ever since the release of The Beach. ‘The Land of Smiles’ is one of the most beautiful countries in the world with some stunning Islands in the south. The new year Full Moon party is arguably the biggest party in the world, the travellers from across South East Asia meet up and celebrate.
There’s plenty of choice if you visit the Canary Islands, the 5 amazing yet different islands. If you’re looking for quiet, untouched beauty then La Palma is the place for you. Lanzarote is a more lively resort, as is Tenerife which is the largest island. Fuerteventura has some incredible beaches if you’re hoping to sunbathe on Christmas morning.
Often referred to as the most beautiful island in the world, Bora Bora is a magical Christmas destination. Famous for its calm and vibrant blue water, you can stay overlooking the lagoon in a water bungalow for an unforgettable experience. It’s the perfect place to relax with a glass of wine, or perhaps go snorkelling through the multicolored coral gardens!
If you’re full of energy and looking to celebrate the festive season with color and dancing, then St Kitts in the Caribbean is a lively tropical Christmas resort. You can join in the carnivals and parades every day for the days leading up to Christmas.
Goa is a cultural and spiritual retreat on India’s west coast. There are many places of worship, with over 400 churches and a world heritage site. At Christmas, Goa becomes a busy hub of worship, lights and sound. If it’s too busy, then you can escape to the pristine white beaches and watch firework celebrations on Christmas day.
A classic Caribbean island that has a lot of western elements. You can enjoy the sun in Barbados but you’ll see shops and villas decorated similar to back home, with the usual Christmas songs being played.
These are my favorite tropical holiday resorts. With such a range, there’s something for everyone, as long as you like the sun!