If your attitude is that you can find a drink anywhere but everything tastes better on a beach, our hot holiday destinations guide will help you find the right spot to put you in a tropical state of mind.
Discover hot holiday destinations for fun and sun
Whether its climbing the third largest island volcano in the world in Tenerife or whale watching in Samana Bay, Dominican Republic, these hot holiday destinations will warm your spirit and feed your soul.
Stylish holiday rentals in Tenerife
Part of the Canary Islands, Tenerife is known as the Island of Volcanoes and features Mount Teide, the third largest island volcano in the world and the highest mountain in Spain. Located in Mount Teide National Park, it's a popular spot for backpackers and day hikers. Tenerife is also a mecca for snorkelling and surfing, with some of the best sites found at Los Cristianos, Playa de las Americas or Costa del Silencio. Tenerife main city of Santa Cruz also features an annual carnival that has drawn comparisons to those in Rio de Janeiro and New Orleans.
Cool drinks for hot holiday destinations in the Dominican Republic
The DR isn't short for doctor but the Dominican Republic, and when you think of the DR only one drink comes to mind, rum. The Brugals Rum Factory is the island's must-visit distillery. Just off the east coast, the waters of Samana Bay are home to a humpback whale sanctuary, with the prime season for viewing, and swimming with, the whales being from January to March. Baseball is the country's national sport with winter league games kicking off in October, a great way to rub elbows with the locals and eat tostones, the fried plantain slices served at almost every ballpark.
If winter has you feeling cold, these hot holiday destinations in December will warm you up
Come December, the long, cold winter is just getting underway in the UK, but south of the equator, summer is just getting started. And on the Portuguese island of Madeira, the temperatures couldn't be milder.
Warm up in the hot holiday destination south of the equator
South Africa has three capital cities and, as the home of Parliament, Cape Town is one of them. Known for its mild summers and long sunny days, one of the city's biggest attractions is just off the coast – Robben Island is where Nelson Mandela was imprisoned and is now a museum. Just outside the city, the De Hoop Game Reserve is a great place to try and see the Big 5 in the wild (the African lion, African elephant, Cape buffalo, African leopard and the rhinoceros). The more adventurous will find paragliding opportunities in the Table Mountains where gliders can soar out over the city and ocean.
Enjoy a stylish holiday rental on the Pearl of the Atlantic
The island of Madeira is the perfect place to enjoy the winter sun, but probably not in the way you think. As the coastline is very rocky, there are few beaches for sunbathing. Instead, the island is known for its hiking with numerous trails that begin at sea level and end above the clouds. It's also known for its wonderful wine which draws vinophiles from around the world to tour the numerous wineries. And if you like bananas, make sure to try the local, miniature variety that can be found in the Mercado dos Lavradores in the capital Funchal.
The best holiday destinations with laid back attitudes
Beaches are meant to be enjoyed, but some are more enjoyable and relaxing than others, especially when it comes to the pink sands found on Bermuda.
Holiday cottages in Bermuda are never more than a mile from the water
Known as the shipwreck capital of the world, Bermuda is a scuba diving mecca with one of the most popular dive spots being the Cristobal Colon, a cruise liner that went down in 1936. It's also home to the cahow, a bird once thought extinct, although due to the discovery of several birds and conservation efforts, you can now catch a glimpse of them on Bermuda's Nonsuch Island. Bermudians ring in the New Year by dropping a giant lit onion from the Town Hall in St. George's Town Square – the family-friendly ceremony is a tribute to the island's once thriving onion economy.