Best Winter Sun Destinations for Families

A family of three on a beach

By: Sally Norton

Most people would agree that one summer a year is simply not enough. Just when you become comfortable with the tropical lifestyle, the gloomy, rainy days creep up, and before you know it, you've got the winter blues. Luckily, there are many places around the world where you can seek shelter from the cold. What could be better than lounging on a beach or strutting your sundress on a sunny day in the middle of December? This could be just the break you and your kids need until summer comes back home. With that said, here are the best winter sun destinations for families. But beware – it will be hard to choose just one!


For those who don't want to travel far to get their dose of vitamin D, Florida is an excellent option. Here, you get all the convenience you are used to back home combined with paradise-like scenery you can only see in movies.

Winter in the Sunshine State implies plenty of pleasant, sunny days that will help you forget that July is far, far away. Moreover, Florida is a family-friendly place that offers activities and attractions that will entertain every member of your family, no matter their age or interests. Even your dog is welcome here!

From Disney World in Orlando to stunning beaches in Miami and endless fun in the Keys, winter in Florida is never dull. The temperatures here are comfortable even during the 'colder' months, but still, don't forget to slather your kids (and yourself) with some SPF! After all, this is the Sunshine State.


While we're still in this part of the world, we can't not mention the Caribbean as one of the best winter sun destinations for families. Here, your biggest issue will be choosing one of its islands for your vacation, as all of them will make you feel like you are dreaming.

Kids playing on a beach in Barbados

Winters in the Caribbean are anything but gloomy!

The Caribbean is home to many different resorts, so you won't have to worry about finding one that suits your family's needs and budget. Barbados is considered the most family-friendly of all islands in the Caribbean Sea since it offers idyllic beaches and exciting activities both the children and parents can enjoy. Still, you probably won't regret choosing Jamaica, St. Lucia, Turks and Caicos, or any other destination in the Caribbean.


If endless luxury and futuristic vibes are your idea of the perfect family vacation, Dubai might be just what you are looking for this winter. Although it might not seem like it at first, the City of Gold is a very family-friendly destination.

In Dubai, your kids will be forever entertained by exciting water parks and museums. On the other hand, the adults will likely appreciate the vast choice of shopping options, fantastic food, and breathtaking (literally) architecture. The city doesn't lack beautiful beaches either, and the warm weather will undoubtedly erase all traces of your seasonal depression while you are soaking up the sun.


Mexico has been one of the best winter sun destinations for families for quite a while now, and for a good reason. This part of the world has it all - delectable food, breathtaking sunsets, stunning beaches, and lively culture. Additionally, much like the vibes, the temperatures in Mexico are pleasant all year long, so you can rest assured they will keep both your body and soul warm during the winter months.

Since Mexico is a big country with many things to see and explore, you will probably wish to stay here for longer than just a week. If you do, you might want to store your valuables in a storage facility while traveling to ensure extra protection to expensive items and peace of mind for your family.

A beach in Tulum, Mexico

Mexico might prove to be problematic because you will not want to go home!

Here are a few suggestions on family-friendly places every member of your tribe can enjoy:

  • Mexico City - the place to be if history and unique attractions are your thing
  • Riviera Maya - perfect for young explorers and outdoor enthusiasts
  • Puerto Vallarta - excellent choice for beautiful family pictures


If you like your vacations with a healthy dose of history and culture packed with an abundance of sunshine and happiness, Morocco is your best bet. The temperatures in winter are ideal for sweat-free sunbathing, exploration, and adventures.

In Morocco, your children can take up surfing, but even a simple walk down a historic souk or colorful street is sure to entertain them and awaken their curiosity. Moreover, you can go on a food tasting adventure as a family to determine your favorite Moroccan dishes. No matter what you choose to do, the word bored won’t come out of your kids’ mouths.


Even though the Maldives are typically considered a honeymoon destination, this archipelago offers a plethora of family-friendly activities that wow both parents and children alike. In fact, this is one of the best international destinations you can choose for a sun-filled holiday this winter.


Palm trees and crystal-clear waters – what more do you need in winter?

If your family has a thing for water activities, dolphins, colorful fish, and picture-perfect beaches, you surely won't regret booking those plane tickets. When it comes to accommodation options, there are many luxurious resorts to choose from. And most of them offer fantastic amenities and tranquility your family probably craves after a couple of months of school and work. You cannot go wrong with the Maldives if the ultimate relaxation is what you are after.


Tenerife is the biggest of the Canary Islands. What makes it ideal for a family vacation in winter are its warm temperatures. This means you can schedule your trip during the winter holidays or any other time you and your kids can grab a few days off from work and school.

Here, your family can enjoy the wildlife, scenery, one-of-a-kind views, and so much more. Whether you want to spend your vacation relaxing by the pool with a cocktail in your hand or by exploring the nooks and crannies of the island, Tenerife will not disappoint you. This diversity of options is why Tenerife is one of the best winter sun destinations for families.