The seasons all have their roles in a year, of course. Spring is bursting with new life, autumn with vibrant color. In summer, when the sun is out, so are you. We all benefit from sun exposure – within SPF-drenched reason, of course.
But what is winter’s role? Yes, it’s the host of some of the most exciting times of the year – Christmas, New Year. But it’s also the harbinger of short days, cold temperatures and wearing so many layers you feel like every movement is labored. It doesn’t take much of this to begin to feel that you need to feel the sunlight on your skin again, and your mind begins to turn to a winter holiday.
In what seems like a show of kindness, Mother Nature has provided a way to escape the gloom of winter. The closer you get to the equator – or even dipping below it – the more likely you are to find the sun in the winter months. A little ray of brightness in the midst of a dank season, the idea sounds good, but what about the reality? Well, choosing where to find your winter sun is as easy as A, B, C…
A for Arizona
Arizona is one of the most southerly states in the USA and, as a result offers an excellent choice for sunshine year-round.
B is for Brazil
The nearer the equator you go, the better the weather in Brazil. Although our winter is part of Brazil’s wet season, the rainfall is moderate and is compensated by long, hot days of 22C. The most well-known city, Rio, has winter highs recorded around 29C.
If you wish to travel a little further south, then there is plenty waiting to be explored. The largest waterfall system in the world, Iguazu Falls, borders Argentina in the Brazillian state of Parana.
C is for California
Prefer your holidays to be more city-based? Then California has got you covered, especially with cities like San Bernadino and Los Angeles. These are not just the haunt of the rich and famous, but also the sunshine even through the winter months. Both have average temperatures of around 20C, while Santa Ana has tipped the thermometer at 22C. If you prefer bustling population centres to the wilderness of Arizona or the natural raw power of Brazil, these are your best choices.
As with the above two options, the further south you go in California, the better the temperatures. The equator, when seeking winter sun, is always going to be your best friend.