The winter months can be particularly unpleasant for those of us living in the UK. Wind, rain and snow are always likely – putting a dampener on the festive season and leaving us feeling rather cold about our less than perfect weather. There is, however, a fantastic way to leave the winter blues behind and set sail for warmer climes, so you can swap your snow shoes for sandals and your winter socks for sunglasses.
Make the most of the coldest season with a cruise getaway to the sunnier shores of the southern hemisphere and spend your winter days relaxing in the sun with your loved ones, rather than sitting at home with the heating cranked up. To help inspire you to find your next warm winter voyage, take a look at our’15 Best Winter Beach Escapes and discover a world of possibilities when you book with Cruise118.com.
When it comes to beaches, Antigua is in a league of its own. This tiny idyllic island, located within the stunning Caribbean archipelago, boasts 365 different beaches scattered along its serene shoreline – one for every day of the year. From busy tourist-centric stretches of coastline to remote peaceful beaches – you’ll be spoilt for choice!
As the main port and capital of the Bahamas, Nassau is the perfect place in which to enjoy a laid-back lifestyle in this world-famous and much sought-after port. Whether you are looking to experience authentic Caribbean culture or simply relax in the sun, this is the ideal destination.
Basseterre, St Kitts
St Kitts is a favourite amongst cruisers hoping for a sun-drenched tropical escape, offering visitors a taste of Caribbean culture. Not only does the island boast a wealth of beautiful golden sandy beaches, but it is also a hub of historical intrigue and home to a collection of fascinating landmarks.
Soufriere, St Lucia
When you’re not unwinding on a soft sandy beach in St Lucia, you’ll find adventure and opportunities for new discovery in every region of this lush tropical island. A trek through the island’s thick forests and majestic Pitons is an amazing way to appreciate natural beauty at its best.
Jost Van Dyke, British Virgin Islands
Jost Van Dyke is the smallest of the British Virgin Islands, and visitors who arrive here will find an array of soft white beaches, alongside clear blue waters – perfect for swimming or paddling. In addition, everyone here speaks English, which is always going to make things easier for cruisers from the UK.
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
This iconic city is well-known for its lively and scenic beaches, attracting millions of visitors from all over the world. World-famous beaches like Copacabana and Ipanema have captured the imagination of travellers and the city is at the top of many a bucket list.
Buzios is a quieter corner of Brazil, offering an escape from the hustle and bustle of this vibrant nation. Famous as the destination of choice for renowned French actress Bridgette Bardot, Buzios’ beaches are amongst some of the most beautiful and peaceful anywhere in South America.
Punta Del Este, Uruguay
The beach resort town of Punte Del Este is a jewel of the Uruguayan coastline, home to an abundance of fabulous beaches, casinos, restaurants and shopping districts. This gorgeous port is one of Uruguay’s most popular tourist destinations, and cruise ships are a regular sight in its bustling harbor.
The picturesque island of Fiji is synonymous with tropical getaways, well-known for its exotic ambience and sun-soaked scenic landscape. Fiji offers the ultimate beachside escape and those lucky enough to spend time on the island will be in awe of its remarkable and unrivalled stretches of sandy coastline.
Bora Bora, French Polynesia
Bora Bora lives up to the cliché of life in the South Pacific, where sun-soaked white sandy beaches meet crystal clear ocean waters. It doesn’t get much better than this if you’re a lover of islands escapes, offering a serene place to unwind around every corner, as well as opportunities for exploration.
Rarotonga, Cook Islands
Rarotonga is the most densely populated of the Cook Islands, but this doesn’t take away from the islands relaxing environment. Coastal pursuits including scuba diving, snorkeling and windsurfing are also on offer here – perfect for the active and thrill-seeking travellers.
The shimmering lagoons of Fakarava are perhaps the clearest anywhere in French Polynesia – which is impressive for a region famous for its plethora of stunning lagoons. Tahiti is a timeless cruise destination and ideal for a beach escape, which is why it is so regularly featured on South Pacific cruise itineraries.
Sydney’s thriving beach culture is renowned and the city’s surf vibe is apparent across the coastline, especially at the world-famous Bondi Beach. This marvellous kilometer stretch of shoreline is one of Australia’s most popular beaches, with a bustling commercial district located adjacent and tourists from across the globe flocking to its sandy shores.
Whitsunday Islands, Australia
The Whitsunday Islands are home to a truly stunning collection of white sandy beaches, one of which is often seen as the best in Australia. A trip to Whitehaven Beach is essential, as its ‘silica sand’ is some of the finest in the world and feels truly amazing underfoot.
Wineglass Bay, Tasmania
Home to possibly the best-looking beach in Australasia, Wineglass Bay on the island of Tasmania is well-known for its picture perfect setting. When you’re not relaxing on this superb sandy beach, further inland there are a wonderful collection of rock pools alongside vast National Parks to explore.
To book your winter cruise to any of these wonderful destination, simply call our dedicated Cruise Concierge team on 0808 1234 118 or book online at Cruise118.com.