It’s November, in Beijing. Temperatures have dropped, the skies have darkened, people are being warned to stay indoors lest they face the bitter wind and snow. There is talk, words muttered in dark corners, of a strange force gathering power in the north, now that winter is officially coming….
I made that last part up, but the point is – winter sucks. Thankfully, there are some places in the world which have decided just not to have it. All of these places are looking pretty good right now.
Durban boasts a more tropical climate than Cape Town, and the sea is usually a paddle-perfect 20 degrees Celsius. Even in the colder months, the nighttime temperature rarely drops below 12 degrees. Those who find the heat and humidity too stifling in the peak of the summer can travel to the beautiful inland areas where cooler temperatures can be enjoyed. Durban, like most tropical climates, is prone to thunderstorms and high precipitation in the rainy season.
San Jose, Puerto Rico
With an average year-round temperature of 27 degrees, and the option to flee to either the mountains or the cool east coast when the heat gets too much, Puerto Rico really is a sun-lovers paradise. Known as the Enchanted Isle, in Puerto Rico winter is warm and summer is hot. This is one of the few places in the world that has no modern record of snow fall.
The gorgeous weather and copious beaches give Sydney the edge over its hipstery rival Melbourne. With more than 345 days of sun per year, pleasant weather can almost be guaranteed in Australia’s biggest city, which makes snorkelling, surfing and scuba diving almost pre-requisites. Though winters are significantly cooler than the summer months, the average temperature still only drops to around 10 degrees. Pack your cardigan and you’ll be fine.
The constant temperatures of 30 degrees, as well as the tropical islands and beaches of the surrounding areas such as Watamu and Diani, make Mombasa one of the most appealing destinations in Kenya. Mombasa experiences two yearly rainy seasons, but in reality there isn’t even that much rain – it usually occurs in short intense storms in the evenings.
Lanzarote, Canary Islands
As with all the canary islands, warm, pleasant weather is almost a certainty. January is the coolest month at 17 degrees, but temperatures usually hover around the mid-twenties, hitting the sweet spot of not too hot, not too cold. Add to this the significant tourist infrastructure, incredible hotels and countless beaches, and it’s easy to see why Lanzarote is so popular with holiday makers the world over.
Medelin, the current spot of choice for expats and digital nomads, is also known as The City of Eternal Spring. The temperatures rarely vary more than 5 degrees between the seasons. The altitude provides a counter to Medelin’s proximity to the equator, meaning that Medelin has something of a toned-down tropical climate. If you’re a fan of constantly warm weather then Medelin is the place for you – however some people do complain of the monotonous seasons (to those people – come visit me in Northern China. I dare you).
Aside from the rainy months of September and October, Krabi is an excellent pick if high temperatures, strong sunshine, and beach hopping are your thing. Krabi is mountainous so it’s possible to find cool spots sheltered beneath the limestone cliffs. It’s is also a little less intensely focussed on tourism than Phuket, so you’re less likely to run into sunburnt, sweating, swaggering stag and hen groups, or injure yourself on a burning skipping rope that might as well be sponsored by Instagram.
Playa Del Carmen, Mexico
Lying in an area known as the Mayan Riviera, the expat-friendly city of Playa Del Carmen hosts beautiful scenery and weather all year round. The sea temperature in the summer can reach 29 degrees, equivalent to taking a warm bath, except with more fish. Tourist season runs from February to May when the weather is at it’s best, and drops off in hurricane season from June to September. Like all the best things in life, Play Del Carmen is a high risk, high reward destination.
San Diego, USA
Apart from it’s names mistranslation in the movie Anchorman, one of the things that San Diego is most well known for is it’s beautiful climate. San Diegans (Diegians? Diegons?) regularly boast of having the best weather in America and with 300 days of sunshine, it’s obvious why. If you’re anything like me (a huge nerd), the fact that Comic-Con is hosted in San Diego only adds to the city’s broad appeal.
Do you live in a place that doesn’t experience winter? Can you invite me? No rush, I’ll just be here.