Gran Canaria Climate January
Avg. temperature: 26°C | Avg. hours of sunshine: 8 hrs | Avg. flight time: 9 hrs
With a flight time of around nine hours from the UK, the islands of the Caribbean Sea offer winter sun heaven and a real chance to rest and relax.
From the Bahamas in the north of the Caribbean region to Barbados in the south, we compare a huge range of package holiday deals to suit the budgets of travellers who are desperate to soak up some winter rays. The best prices will be found in the Spanish Caribbean destinations of the Dominican Republic and Cuba, both of which have excellent all-inclusive resorts and usually enjoy fantastic weather in January.
Avg. temperature: 22°C | Avg. hours of sunshine: 6 hrs | Avg. flight time: 4.5 hrs
With four main and three lesser-known islands to choose from, there’s plenty of variety in this Spanish region. Four hours flying time south of the UK, you'll find everything from party resorts and a huge volcano on Tenerife and some of the best windsurfing on Fuerteventura, to family resorts on Lanzarote and enormous sand dunes on Gran Canaria.
Whether you seek luxury high-end accommodation in five-star resorts with golf courses and spas, or simple self-catering accommodation on a budget, the islands cover all bases. What’s more, January holidays can usually be found at excellent prices, with frequent flights from the UK.
Avg. temperature: 19°C | Avg. hours of sunshine: 8 hrs | Avg. flight time: 7 hrs
If you're trying to find out where is hot in January, you might find the arid desert climate of Dubai to be the perfect choice, with guaranteed hot and sunny weather all year round. In fact, it's almost too hot in the summer months, with temperatures regularly reaching 40C and above, so a much more pleasant time to visit Dubai is from November to March when temperatures are more tolerable for sun-seekers.
Thrillseeking visitors should try a 4X4 desert safari which takes you on a tour of the awe-inspiring dunes – you can also stop at local Arabian settlements and even try your hand at sandboarding!
Avg. temperature: 28°C | Avg. hours of sunshine: 6 hrs | Avg. flight time: 11 hrs
Despite a 10-hour flight time from the UK, Cancun is well worth the effort to guarantee a great atmosphere and a fantastic tan even in the depths of January.
To the north, Playa Las Perlas and Playa Linda are superb for watersports, especially the excellent diving tours and turtle farm close to Isla Mujeres. The eastern side of Cancun is home to Playa Ballenas, Gaviota Azul, San Miguelito and Playa Delfines. These are quieter beaches which can be susceptible to stronger winds, but they’re ideal if you are seeking a peaceful January escape.