While the traditional white Christmas might have more to do with reindeer pulled sleds than sandals and sunloungers, we’re quite a fan of the other kind of white Christmas those of the white sand beaches. Here’s our pick of the best Christmas in the sun destinations.
What to See
The coastline of Mozambique offers white powdery beaches, five-star resorts, wildlife and adventure. Temperatures rarely dip below 28 degrees and it’s around 11 hours flight time from the UK. Due to its historical links with France, cuisine has a touch of a French style to it. If you head to Turtle Beach you may even get to spot a few of the hard-shelled creatures on Christmas morning – what could be more magical?
For more information visit mozambiquetourism.co.za
The ultimate sunshine Christmas destination, if you’ve ever dreamed of throwing some shrimps on the barbie on Xmas Day then you’ve got to head down under. December is the start of summer in Sydney and you’re likely to find the sun shining along most of the east coast. Beaches are plentiful and Santa suits and surf boards can be a gloriously incongruous sight.
For more information visit australia.com
Crystal clear waters and snow-white sands circumference this Caribbean island. It’s the destination for sun worshippers who want to flop onto a beach under a palm-thatched sunshade and sip rum punch throughout Christmas. Resorts come from affordable to full-on glamour, with all inclusive restaurants laying on huge Christmas feasts.
For more information visit stlucianow.co.uk
The biggest party city on earth could be a great place to join the Christmas fiesta and with the city gearing up for the World Cup the caipirinhas are bound to be flowing. A giant floating tree of lights is sometimes seen drifting in the Copacabana and Ipanema bay area. Christmas starts on Christmas Eve with a barbeque feast and fireworks followed by a visit by Papi Noel and Christmas Day on the beach with volleyball, rollerblading and soaking up the sun.
For more information visit rio.com
Although it’s a Buddhist country, parts of Thailand and resorts get on board with the festivities. That aside it is still the perfect destination to escape the schmaltzy Christmas cheer. If your idea of the perfect festive period is unspoiled beaches, great diving opportunities and chilli-rich food without a turkey insight then the Krabi coastline in Thailand is the anti-Christmas tonic you’ve been waiting for.
For more information visit tourismthailand.org