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Best place to go in January?

My husband and I really want to go on a vacation in January. We're looking for somewhere hot with a beach but also somewhere we can enjoy the culture and have activities. We're a young couple who want to explore! We're at a loss with where to go, any help/advice would be hugely appreciated....would be flying from Toronto and 

our budget is definitely not limitless! 

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  • Casey Marielle

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    Trinidad & Tobago are beautiful islands located just off the coast of South America if you are looking for a different experience but still tropical and very, very warm. The islands are hidden gems which I think is really nice because there is nothing worse than overcrowded and tourist filled beaches and attractions. Locals are so friendly and the rain forests and natural beauty of both islands is breathtaking. Flights right now are around $350-$500 round trip. I am from Boston and they are going for $370 round trip. Good deal. Other beautiful spots include the Virgin Islandss which have the best snorkeling and beaches in the Caribbean in my opinion (especially St John'sand St Thomas). Flights don't look too bad for January. You could also check out Negril, Jamaica. That is a beautiful region of Jamaica.

    I have written about Trinidad and Tobago and St. Thomas on my blog as well if you are looking for more details!

    http://www.recommendedroute.com/warm-destinations-for-colder-months/ (Trinidad & Tobago article)


    http://www.recommendedroute.com/second-pick-warm-destinations-for-colder-months/ (St. Thomas)

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  • claus andersen

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    Sri Lanka could be a place to consider. Really nice combination of culture and nice beaches. Vietnam is also a fantastic place that has a lot of interesting history to it, as well as a fantastic coastline. Rio de Janeiro is another world class place to go with lot's to see and fantastic beaches.Rio de JaneiroRio de JaneiroVietnamimage from en.wikipedia.orgSri LankaSri Lanka

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    Hawaii. January-March has the best weather. It's the rainy season, but the rain seldom lasts for more than 30-45 minutes at a time and there's usually more than enough sunshine to make for good beach and outdoor days. It's also the cool season (temperatures are usually in the low 80s/26-28C during the day and mid 60s/18-20C at night) and the trade winds keep oppressive humidity away. The off season also starts in mid-January, so the crowds die down and hotel rates drop.

    As far as culture goes, if you get out of your hotel and away from the resort areas (e.g. Kaanapali and Wailea on Maui, Kona on the Big Island, Po'ipu on Kauai and Waikiki on Oahu) and explore more out of the way parts of the islands, you'll have plenty of opportunity to experience Hawaii the way the locals do. The Hilo side of The Big Island, central and eastern Maui, Honolulu beyond Waikiki, the north shore of O'ahu and the island of Molokai are the best spots to explore local areas where few tourists are found.

    The Big Island is the best for experiencing Hawaii like a local, Kaua'i is the best island for adventure/extreme activities, Molokai is the best place to rough it a bit and just get the hell away from everything, and Honolulu is an under-rated city with loads of nooks and crannies to explore.

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  • Isabele Ferreira

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    Hi Chloe, I'm from Brazil and I can recommend u Río de Janeiro in January, it's summer there and you can go to the beaches, also you can visit some Samba School preparing them for carnival, we have a lot of trails with great views like Pedra da Gavea, Morro da Urca, Pedra Bonita and else. You can visit some favela (but never by yourself, look for an agency or Group). Some problema can be the costruction, Rio is Waiting for the Olimpic Games, só there are constructions to everywhere and the traffic can be caothic, January use to rain, it's a tropical weather but in the same Day can mãe a good time and then start to rain. Rio is really beautiful and interest.

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  • Ryan Fiorentino

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    Did you consider Malta? Its a sunny country, English speaking. In January temperatures are not so cold and everywhere is within touching distance.

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    Hi Chloe,

    Southern Vietnam 10 days is a wonderful trip for your demand.

    Day 1 Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon) arrival/ Food street scooter tour

    Day 2 Saigon city tour –Tay Ninh temple - Cu chi tunnels

    Day 3 Saigon – Mekong Delta – Saigon

    Day 4 Saigon – Dalat city tour

    Day 5 Langbiang Mountain Trek

    Day 6 Dalat – Nha Trang city tour

    Day 7 Nha Trang islands tour

    Day 8 Nha Trang fishing tour

    Day 9 Nha Trang – Saigon

    Day 10 Saigon departure

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    Fethiye is a nice place in Turkey with its beautiful beaches. Although the weather is not suitable for beaches, you can try paragliding and hiking activities in the region.

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  • Ask Tiff

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    I would recommend The Caribbean. Short flights from Toronto. I absolutely love BarbadosBarbadosimage from julieeagleton.wordpress.comBarbados.

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  • Arpit Gupta

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    Come to India, Enjoy 6 nights in North India where you can explore destinations like Delhi, Jaipur& Agraand then you can spend a week in Goafor perfect beach holidays, You will love your stay there. For tour contact www.indijourneys.com

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  • kaamna dhawan

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    Chloe, go to New Zealand - it's far from Toronto but one of the most spectacular countries in the world, with everything from nature to beaches, to wine!New Zealand

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  • Lola G

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    Hello! I recommend Panama. It will be summer there. Panama has a cosmopolitan city full of places to explore. There's good restaurants and fun bars. The cost of living is not high so most things affordable. We have access to Pacific and Atlantic beaches. In the city, there's a metro system and good bus access. If you decide to use taxis, use Uber Panama so the rate doesn't get increased 'cause you are a tourist. Stick to local food so you spend less on eating.

    As far as beaches go, check out Colón Island. You can get there by bus from the city or fly with Air Panama if within your budget. You get a taste of the Caribbean side of Panama. It's an archipelago so you can explore other islands and go on tours. It's known for surfing. There's an international expat community here :) Most people know english. http://bocasdeltoro.travel/bocas-del-toro/isla-colon-bocas-del-toro/

    Playa Santa Clara is on the Pacific side of the country. It has beautiful clear blue waters and white sands. It has a reputation for surfing. Playa Santa Clara is not crowded but busier on weekends when locals hang out. Easy access from the city by bus. http://www.anywherepanama.com/destinations/santa-clara

    Kuna Yala islands are gorgeous! Learn about the native indigeneous culture of Panama here. It's a bit secluded and very laid back. You go here to get away from everything :) Get there through an agency since this is autonomous territory ran by the Kuna people. http://sanblas-islands.com/

    Hope this helps. Happy travels!


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  • Judi Garner Farkas

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    Mexico has lovely weather then and can be done comfortably on a budget. There's a good combination of history/arts/beach depending on where you go. You might want to try areas like Cancun/Cozumel/Huatulco for a great beaches plus interesting things to do and see.

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    I could recommend Mexico as affordable and warm in January - maybe the Playa del Carmen area south of Cancun (lots of culture - Mayan ruins, cenotes, eco parks, etc). I love it there as do my clients. Another option would be Jamaica or Dominican Republic. All of these options have affordable all-inclusive resorts with all meals & drinks included.

    Depending upon your budget, you could also visit one of the Hawaiian islands and experience the Hawaiian culture there as well as great food and aloha spirit!

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  • Chris Bazos

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    Flying from Toronto, I recommend South America. Both Colombia and Uruguay are great options that fulfill everything on your checklist in terms of budget, weather and culture.

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      No problem Chloe. Im originally from Toronto and would be happy to help you with any trip planning should you need it. Also, I recommended those two destinations because they are not only a great fit for what you are looking for but also the next two countries we are developing for our product portfolio. Please feel free to check us out! www.travelous.com · (0 likelikes)

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  • Clifford Langat

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    Hey Chloe, Just check out travel packages for the tropical region (East Africa) at www.incentivetravel.co.ke

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    Hey Chloe, Just check out travel packages for the tropical region (East Africa) at www.incentivetravel.co.ke

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    Australia or New Zealand

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  • Dee Busch, CTC

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    You didn't indicate where you're from or how far your budget would take you. I would suggest you find a competent travel agent and let them help you plan all aspects of your trip within your budget.


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    SE Asia is great that time of year.

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