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Winter Sun Holidays

November 2011 

Winter Sun Holidays - St LuciaLast winter is memorable as one of the coldest on record, with the UK freezing, snow causing chaos on the roads, airports struggling to get any flights airborne, and train schedules being blighted by frozen points and a shortage of staff. The preliminary reports are suggesting that this winter will bring much of the same. Many will be pleased to see a white Christmas but some will be making a wise choice and escaping the winter, booking a winter sun holiday.

Winter Sun Holidays - Beach in MauritiusThere are a huge range of options for winter sun holidays, ranging from close-by warm destinations to far flung, tropical places. For example, you can travel long haul heading west to explore Caribbean islands or east into the Indian Ocean. Or if 10 hours in a plane isn’t your idea of fun, you can find some warmth closer to home with Morocco just over 3.5 hours away.

If winter sun for you is all about relaxation, then the beaches of the Caribbean could be calling you. Take long walks across the white sands in Barbados, sipping a cool bottle of the local Banks beer. When the sun has set head to a beachside restaurant and sample fresh caught fish and cool cocktails. If the Caribbean seems too far, Cyprus offers sunny beaches and calm warm evenings to unwind much closer to home.

Winter Sun Holidays - Sphinx - EgyptIf you’re more inclined to take an active holiday, you can go sailing, cycling, diving or snorkelling in the Red sea off Egypt during the warm winter months. The Canary Islands also offer a variety of stunning landscapes to walk around and a lot of coast for water sports.

Should you rather explore historical monuments and hear tales of ancient civilisations, Cairo and nearby Giza in Egypt will take you back in time and give you plenty to learn about and engage with. Essaouira in Morocco, also has a rich archaeological history of roman artefacts as well as old fortress walls which still surround the city. A very different kind of historic culture can be explored in Mexico where the great civilisations from the Maya to the Aztecs left behind many stunning structures of worship and human sacrifice.

Winter Sun Holidays - Waterfall - MauritiusNature also provides stunning structures to view, for travellers who prefer nature’s wonders, South Africa’s table mountain is stunning and dominates the skyline of Cape Town. The mountainous Mauritius offers up the incredible Chamarel Waterfall, and the botanical gardens in Pamplemousse show the stunning natural beauty of the island.

For a faster pace of life you can experience a wide range of entertainment, food and shopping in Florida. Taking the family to a theme park such as Sea World, or Disney, will entertain kids and adults alike. Orlando’s many Malls also provide the opportunity to shop at discount prices while the Kennedy Space Center on the east coast is hugely educational and entertaining.

This is just a small sample of the range of winter sun you can head on. Wherever you choose to go, search for a holiday villa online. Holiday villa rentals offer more space, more privacy and less cost than hotels – get more for less and search for you winter sun villa at Pure Holiday Homes.


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