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25 cheap destinations in 2020 with great weather in December

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Phuket Beach ChairsThe final month of the year marks the time when people in northern climates start looking around for an escape to the sun. Fortunately, there are big parts of the world that have their best weather of the year at this time, and are very cheap as well, once you get there. The best places to visit in December are of course close to the equator or even below it.

Most of the destinations below are in Latin America and Southeast Asia, so depending on where you are starting from it might be a rather long flight to get there. Many of us can take two weeks or even more around this time of year, but that fact means that all of these places do get crowded and raise hotel prices for the weeks around Christmas and New Year’s. Speaking of that, we have a separate list of cheap and warm places to go over Christmas and New Year’s, only listing beach areas around the world with affordable hotels during that period.

It’s best to book as far in advance as possible for both your flights and hotels, since so many people have the same idea and prices generally just keep going up as it gets closer.

This article was updated in August, 2020.

Contents

Important December 2020 Holidays

  • December 2 and 3 – National Day Holiday in United Arab Emirates (major public holiday)
  • December 6 – St. Nicholas’ Eve and Day (major public holiday in many European countries)
  • December 8 – Feast of the Immaculate Conception (public holiday in many Catholic countries)
  • December 10 – Constitution Day in Thailand (major public holiday with celebrations)
  • December 24, 25 – Christmas Eve and Day (major public holiday)
  • December 26 – St. Stephen’s Day and Boxing Day (major public holidays in many countries)
  • December 31 – New Year’s Eve (major public holiday, celebrations)

COVID-19 situation

As of the August, 2020 edit of this article, the COVID-19 situation is pretty bad through most of the world. Many travel destinations on the list below are closed to those from outside of the regions, but quite a few are now getting ready to accept visitors. Needless to say, you’ll want to check the most current information for any destination before you book.

Where to go during COVID19?

Those looking for a winter getaway from the United States or Canada will be happy to know that they’ve got many great options for sunshine trips during the pandemic, including many of the destinations on the list below.

>>>Best places to go during COVID19 for Americans and Canadians (updated at least weekly)

The Americas

A few parts of Latin America are still rainy in December, but most of it is clear and enjoying the best climate of the year. Every single city on this list and in these regions will get more crowded and expensive just before Christmas, so visit earlier if you are looking for bargains.

The Caribbean

Negril JamaicaJust as with Cancun mentioned below, the rest of the Caribbean has excellent weather yet very moderate prices, until just before Christmas. On the Friday before Christmas the region fills up and stays packed (at high prices) until mid January, but for those first 3 weeks you can get great deals, especially on Dominican Republic and Jamaica.

If you are mainly looking to just relax on a warm beach then your best bet is an all-inclusive resort. Prices at some beachfront 3-star hotels start at just over US$100 per night for two people, with food and drink included. Of course the better ones cost more, but not as much as you might expect if you know where to look.


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Cancun, Mexico

  • December avg high: 83°F/28°C
  • December avg low: 70°F/21°C
  • December avg precip: 3.8″/9.5cm

Constitution Day in ThailandWhile Cancun has become the king of the Mexican beach resort towns in the few decades since it was formed, it’s only one of many, and all of them on both coasts have very nice weather in December. In fact, Cancun is probably the most expensive of them, so especially if you are coming from the west coast you are better off in Puerto Vallarta, Acapulco, or Los Cabos instead.

Once again, it’s worth noting that the first half of December will be cheaper and far less crowded than the time around Christmas, so if it’s possible you should come early for best value. Still, compared to, say, Miami Beach, Cancun and the other Mexican resort towns are far cheaper and at least as fun as well. By the way, Cancun is mainly just a strip of high-rise hotels along a lovely beach, while Playa del Carmen (about an hour south) is a real tourist-friendly town with smaller hotels as well as hundreds of restaurants and shops to choose from.

  • 3-star hotels from: US$60 per night for two people
  • 4-star hotels from: US$126 per night for two people

>>>Cancun prices and travel tips
>>>Check current Cancun resort and package deals

Punta Cana, Dominican Republic

  • December avg high: 84°F/29°C
  • December avg low: 73°F/23°C
  • December avg precip: 0.8″/2.0cm

JamaicaAs December begins in the Caribbean, the hurricane season is officially over and the weather is pretty much perfect by any standard. Punta Cana is the Dominican Republic’s most popular resort areas, especially for those who aren’t particularly interested in absorbing the local culture. This is a resort area with wonderful beaches and not much history.

Unsurprisingly, the end of December is the beginning of the peak season for resort prices, so those who are able to come earlier in the month will be getting better deals. Still, the all-inclusive resorts are locked in heavy competition all year so this area can be a great deal compared to the alternatives, even in high season. If you are looking for where to go in December for an all-inclusive beach holiday, this is your best option for most people.

  • 3-star hotels from: US$45 per night for two people
  • 4-star hotels from: US$84 per night for two people

>>>Check current Punta Cana resort and package deals

Montego Bay, Jamaica

  • December avg high: 85°F/29°C
  • December avg low: 73°F/23°C
  • December avg precip: 1.6″/4.0cm

KingAs with other Caribbean resort destinations, the weather in Montego Bay is perfect in December, and the first half of the month is still cheap for flights and resort prices. The weekend before Christmas is when peak season here starts, and if you book early enough you can still get a good deal then, but don’t expect many last-minute bargains during that period.

Montego Bay’s busy airport has cheap flights from most major hubs including many in Europe, so it’s one of the easier places to reach as well. If Montego Bay itself doesn’t sound perfect then you might instead consider Negril or Ocho Rios, both of which are about 90 minutes from the same airport and each has a different feel.

  • 3-star hotels from: US$79 per night for two people
  • 4-star hotels from: US$206 per night for two people

>>>Check current Montego Bay resort and package deals

Puerto Vallarta, Mexico

  • December avg high: 86°F/30°C
  • December avg low: 64°F/18°C
  • December avg precip: 0.9″/2.3cm

Latin AmericaThe destinations above are good choices for anyone in Europe or the eastern half of the US or Canada, but those in the western US and Canada should consider Puerto Vallarta instead. Unlike many other tropical resort destinations, Puerto Vallarta is a real town with history and an interesting downtown area right on the beach.

The December weather is pretty much perfect and dry, and airfares and hotel rates are very reasonable up until Christmas itself. If you are in California you might also consider Los Cabos, although Puerto Vallarta is more interesting and usually cheaper as well. This is definitely one of the best places to go in December if you are anywhere near the Pacific Ocean.

  • 3-star hotels from: US$32 per night for two people
  • 4-star hotels from: US$53 per night for two people

>>>Puerto Vallarta prices and travel tips
>>>Check current Puerto Vallarta resort and package deals

Guanacaste, Costa Rica

  • December avg high: 91°F/33°C
  • December avg low: 70°F/21°C
  • December avg precip: 0.5″/1.3cm

Los CabosCosta Rica is known as the adventure travel capital of Central America, partly because a third of the country is national parks. But Costa Rica is also famous for beaches, and the best ones are mainly clusted along the northern Pacific coast in the Guanacaste region. The nearby Liberia Airport provides a convenient way to get in and out quickly.

Tamarindo and Smara are two of the most popular beach areas, but there are other good choices in the area as well. This part of Costa Rica is known for large chain resorts on the beach, and the 4-star resorts can be pricey, while the more traditional 3-star hotels are still very reasonable. Costa Rica is obviously one of the hot countries in December in both temperature and popularity, so book early.

  • 3-star hotels from: US$60 per night for two people
  • 4-star hotels from: US$170 per night for two people

>>>Guanacaste prices and travel tips
>>>Check current San Jose hotel and package deals

Mexico City, Mexico

  • December avg high: 69°F/21°C
  • December avg low: 44°F/7°C
  • December avg precip: 0.2″/0.5cm

Miami BeachSurprising to some people, December can actually be a bit cool in Mexico City, especially at night. Its elevation keeps it mild all year, but at least the rainy season is totally over by December, so it’s an ideal month for a cheap cultural holiday, perhaps combined with a trip to one of Mexico’s many beach resorts. You can get cheap flights between Mexico City and Cancun or Puerto Vallarta, for example.

As Christmas approaches the city will fill up much more, so if you can go early in the month you’ll be much better off. But even if you can’t go before the last week of the month you’ll still find Mexico City to be a tremendous bargain compared to pretty much anywhere else in North America. It’s a great shopping destination, and not just for goofy souvenirs, so that’s something to think about as well.

  • 3-star hotels from: US$60 per night for two people
  • 4-star hotels from: US$63 per night for two people

>>>Mexico City prices and travel tips
>>>Check current Mexico City hotel and package deals

Cartagena, Colombia

  • December avg high: 86°F/30°C
  • December avg low: 76°F/24°C
  • December avg precip: 1.3″/3.3cm

Puerto VallartaBy early December the rainy season is pretty much over in Cartagena, and it cools down just a bit more as well, so the weather really doesn’t get any better than this. As with most others on this list, right around Christmas you’ll find that hotels get more expensive and are more crowded, so if you can go earlier in the month you’ll be paying less and dealing with fewer crowds.

Cartagena is becoming a very popular winter beach destination for people from North America, and it’s still a fantastic bargain compared to better known places, but it might not stay that way forever. As Colombia gets more popular (and as long as it stays safe) then prices should keep going up at these resort towns.

  • 3-star hotels from: US$74 per night for two people
  • 4-star hotels from: US$105 per night for two people

>>>Cartagena prices and travel tips
>>>Check current Cartagena hotel and package deals

Lima, Peru

  • December avg high: 76°F/24°C
  • December avg low: 66°F/19°C
  • December avg precip: 0.0″/0.0cm

St. NicholasWhile December is quite busy in Lima, as a very popular summer beach destination for South Americans, it’s also still very reasonably priced so it’s worth considering if you are exploring the continent. The beaches aren’t spectacular as they are in Brazil and elsewhere, but Lima is still a great summer city with great outdoor life this time of year.

The food, including its famous ceviche dishes, is a particular highlight here, and the tourist district of Miraflores is packed with interesting and cheap restaurants. Basic and cheap hotels are in the same neighborhood, so it’s a better alternative to the historic center of Lima for most people. By the way, the rainy season in Cusco starts in December, so the trails can sometimes be cut off, although many people go anyway.

  • 3-star hotels from: US$52 per night for two people
  • 4-star hotels from: US$83 per night for two people

>>>Lima prices and travel tips
>>>Check prices on Peru hotels and resorts

Santiago, Chile

  • December avg high: 83°F/28°C
  • December avg low: 54°F/12°C
  • December avg precip: 0.1″/0.3cm

ThailandThe weather during December is Santiago is pretty much perfect, with warm days and nights cool enough so that anyone can sleep without needing air conditioning. This is obviously part of high season in Santiago, although the first half of the month won’t be as crowded or expensive as the second half.

It’s true that Santiago is not considered a top-flight destination by everyone, but it’s a fantastic base for a trip involving several stops in Chile, especially this time of year. There’s the Colonial town of Valparaiso and many adventure towns in the mountains, so you can get a bit of everything in at very reasonable prices.

  • 3-star hotels from: US$67 per night for two people
  • 4-star hotels from: US$98 per night for two people

>>>Santiago prices and travel tips
>>>Check prices on Chile hotels and resorts

Buenos Aires, Argentina

  • December avg high: 83°F/28°C
  • December avg low: 65°F/18°C
  • December avg precip: 4.1″/10.3cm

travel destinationsUnlike most cities on South America’s west coast, Buenos Aires has fairly consistent rainfall all year long, and you might see a bit of the wet stuff even during December. Still, the temperatures should be ideal for being outdoors, and this is really mostly an indoor city anyway, so when it does rain you’ll be able to pop into a shop or museum or cafe and have a great time.

Hotel prices definitely go up in around Christmas so it’s best to come early in the month if that’s possible, but it’s still a pretty good bargain even during the peak weeks. Book early if you can because the better and cheaper hotels will fill up first, of course. Also consider a side trip to the Mendoza wine region, Patagonia, or the amazing water falls of Iguazu.

  • 3-star hotels from: US$41 per night for two people
  • 4-star hotels from: US$59 per night for two people

>>>Buenos Aires prices and travel tips
>>>Check current Buenos Aires hotel and package deals

Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

  • December avg high: 88°F/31°C
  • December avg low: 72°F/22°C
  • December avg precip: 5.1″/12.8cm

West CoastDecember is yet another fantastic month for weather in Brazil, although you can expect some short tropical rain storms a couple times each week, usually only an hour or so each time. It’s also getting warm enough that you are going to want a hotel with air conditioning to get to sleep at night, since it’ll be warm and muggy even in the wee hours.

As with most on this list, hotels get very full and more expensive just before the Christmas holidays, so it’s better to come early in the month if possible. That way you’ll have your pick of places at some surprisingly good room rates, even at some high-end places on the famous beaches. If you are coming during Christmas then book a hotel NOW because they’ll be full and will keep getting more expensive the longer you wait.

  • 3-star hotels from: US$58 per night for two people
  • 4-star hotels from: US$70 per night for two people

>>>Rio de Janeiro prices and travel tips
>>>Check current Rio de Janeiro hotel and package deals

Europe

From December through February there are literally no European cities that could qualify as having “great weather,” except for the Canary Islands, which is listed below. So during the winter Europe is all about cultural tourism, and lower hotel prices make it especially appealing for those who like to stretch their travel budgets and avoid crowds at the same time.

If you are thinking about a city break instead you should check out our recommended cheap London hotels, our recommended cheap Paris hotels, and our recommended cheap Amsterdam hotels, recommended cheap Rome hotels, recommended cheap Prague hotels, and recommended cheap Berlin hotels.

Tenerife, Canary Islands, Spain

  • December avg high: 71°F/22°C
  • December avg low: 61°F/16°C
  • December avg precip: 1.7″/4.3cm

AcapulcoDecember might be the only month of the year in the Canary Islands where very few people would consider sunbathing. Still, compared to everywhere else in Europe, Tenerife is balmy. The largest and most English-speaking of the Canary Islands, Tenerife is no mystery to the hundreds of thousands of northern Europeans who spend a month or more here every year.

Even if you can’t sunbathe, the weather is still reliably pleasant all the time, with almost no rain. Weekly and monthly apartment rentals here are very popular, but there are plenty of hotels and hundreds of restaurants for those coming for shorter periods. If you want to be with the most English speakers you’ll want to focus on the southwest area of the island around Los Cristianos and Playa de la America.

  • 3-star hotels from: US$66 per night for two people
  • 4-star hotels from: US$77 per night for two people

>>>Tenerife prices and travel tips
>>>Check current Tenerife hotel deals

Africa

December is ideal in much of Africa, though Morocco might be a bit too cool by this time. The list below is quite incomplete due to how few cities we cover in the region.

Cairo, Egypt

  • December avg high: 68°F/20°C
  • December avg low: 50°F/10°C
  • December avg precip: 0.2″/0.5cm

AmericasIn spite of its image of being blazing hot all the time, December in Cairo can actually be on the cool side, at least in the evenings. This is great though because almost all the important sights are outdoors and requite a lot of walking between them. For 9 months of the year it can get very hot doing that, so these few cooler months are ideal for visiting the famous sights.

Fortunately, it rarely rains at all in Cairo, so even though December is one of the wetter months, that means nothing and you are unlikely to see even a drop of rain. Hotel prices do reach their peak in Cairo starting late in December, so it’s best to go early in the month if possible. Egypt is definitely one of the cheapest places to travel in December, and the weather is surprisingly nice as well.

  • 3-star hotels from: US$37 per night for two people
  • 4-star hotels from: US$51 per night for two people

>>>Cairo prices and travel tips
>>>Check current Cairo hotel deals

Cape Town, South Africa

  • December avg high: 77°F/25°C
  • December avg low: 59°F/15°C
  • December avg precip: 0.7″/1.8cm

Boxing DayCape Town obviously has its summer beginning in December, so temperatures should feel nice to anyone coming from a winter climate. It’s about as far from the equator as Los Angeles is, and it has a similar climate in reverse, meaning that it rarely gets too hot or cold, at least near the coast.

This is a fairly cheap city compared to Europe or North America, so at least bargains are not hard to find on the ground once you get there. The flights are of course long and usually a bit expensive, so the whole trip will add up for sure. Hotels will be cheaper in early December than during Christmas week, of course.

  • 3-star hotels from: US$61 per night for two people
  • 4-star hotels from: US$79 per night for two people

>>>Cape Town prices and travel tips
>>>Check South Africa tour prices and travel tips

Asia

December is an ideal month in most of Southeast Asia, except for much of the coast of Vietnam, which gets rain this month. Crowds, of course, get big just before Christmas, and hotel prices go up accordingly. It’s too cold in China, Korea, and Japan to make this list.

For a longer list see our best December destinations in Asia choices, which includes some of these but quite a few more.

Boracay Island, Philippines

  • December average high: 82°F/28°C
  • December average low: 75°F/24°C
  • December avg precip: 7.1″/17.8cm

caribbeanThe traditional rainy season winds down in early December in Boracay, but even early in the month you are only likely to get a few quick showers each week. Typical of the Tropics, the rain often hits in the afternoon, and is over 30 minutes later, leaving behind yet another amazing sunset as the clouds slowly disappear.

If you are looking for something far less developed than Phuket or any other Thai island, Boracay might be for you. This gorgeous strip of sand is a bit out of the way, but partly because of that it still feels only partly discovered. You’ll spend your days relaxing along White Beach or walking up and down the sandy paths that serve as the only real form of transport for most people. Many visitors come every year, and quite a few of those never seem to leave.

  • 3-star hotels from: US$70 per night for two people
  • 4-star hotels from: US$108 per night for two people

>>>Boracay prices and travel tips
>>>Check Boracay resort deals

Bangkok, Thailand

  • December avg high: 88°F/31°C
  • December avg low: 69°F/21°C
  • December avg precip: 0.4″/1.0cm

Constitution Day in ThailandThe driest and coolest month of the year, Bangkok is ideal during December, or at least as ideal as it’s ever going to get. It’s very hot and quite humid almost every day of the year, but the humidity backs off just a bit during winter, and that will be much appreciated for anyone spending more than an hour or two outside.

There’s a massive range of quality and prices when it comes to hotels in Bangkok, and the city is enormous as well, so you really want to do your research for this place. Most people are happier paying a bit more to stay near the river and all the tourist attractions, or even in the infamous Khosan Road backpacker district, which is cheap and fun, if tacky.

  • 3-star hotels from: US$37 per night for two people
  • 4-star hotels from: US$47 per night for two people

>>>Bangkok prices and travel tips
>>>Check current Bangkok hotel deals

Goa, India

  • December avg high: 91°F/33°C
  • December avg low: 69°F/21°C
  • December avg precip: 0.3″/0.8cm

JamaicaIf you are looking for a cheap, beautiful, and relaxing beach destination during December then Goa is ideal. This has become hugely popular with package tourists from Europe and Israel (and more recently Russia), and the facts that pretty much everyone speaks English and there aren’t many cultural opportunities means that it’s a perfect place to just vegetate in a beach chair for a week or two.

Not surprisingly, the weeks around Christmas and New Years are literally the busiest of the year in Goa, so either book a hotel way in advance or be flexible once you arrive. Some towns, like Calungute, are lined with package hotels that fill up completely, but other towns, like Anjuna and Vagator, are usually booked in person or by email, so you can often find a place just walking around. If you are in the mood to tour around, Mumbai has great weather during December, and Delhi has warm days but cool evenings this time of year. Goa has some of the best beaches in December in all of Asia, so give this one a serious look.

  • 3-star hotels from: US$40 per night for two people
  • 4-star hotels from: US$71 per night for two people

>>>Goa prices and travel tips
>>>Check current Goa hotel deals

Chiang Mai, Thailand

  • December avg high: 83°F/28°C
  • December avg low: 59°F/15°C
  • December avg precip: 0.8″/2.0cm

KingUnlike Bangkok, which has warm evenings and blazing hot days pretty much all year, Chiang Mai cools off nicely during December, at least in th evenings. This is an outdoor city with an emphasis on hiking and exploring temples so the cooler temperatures will be welcome for most people. It’s still hot most days, and quite dry as well, so it balances nicely.

Hotels in Chiang Mai are among the world’s greatest travel bargains, with decent private rooms available for under US$10 per night in the city center. Pay more and you get a lot more, so it’s fun to feel like a big shot in a US$20 room that is almost like a suite. It gets crowded around Christmas so prepare for that and book early.

  • 3-star hotels from: US$27 per night for two people
  • 4-star hotels from: US$55 per night for two people

>>>Chiang Mai prices and travel tips
>>>Check current Chiang Mai hotel deals

Luang Prabang, Laos

  • December avg high: 80°F/27°C
  • December avg low: 58°F/14°C
  • December avg precip: 0.5″/1.3cm

Latin AmericaIt’s not the most famous city in Southeast Asia, but Luang Prabang is incredibly popular among those who’ve visited, and fortunately the weather during December is pretty much perfect. There’s no rain to worry about and it even cools off enough in the evenings to where you won’t need an air conditioner and morning hikes will be very comfortable.

Hotel prices definitely jump up around Christmas, so this is yet another place where you should come in the first half of the month if possible. Most people visit along with a trip to Bangkok and Siem Reap, but other cities in Laos are worth a stop as well, especially Vang Vieng (if you are a backpacker type) and Vientiane.

  • 3-star hotels from: US$52 per night for two people
  • 4-star hotels from: US$59 per night for two people

>>>Luang Prabang prices and travel tips
>>>Check current Luang Prabang hotel deals

Siem Reap, Cambodia

  • December avg high: 88°F/31°C
  • December avg low: 69°F/21°C
  • December avg precip: 0.4″/1.0cm

Los CabosThere is a key reason why December is the best month of the year to visit Siem Reap. More than any non-beach city on this list, Siem Reap is an outdoor town due to the main attraction being the glorious Angkor Wat temples just to its north (and the whole reason you are coming to Siem Reap in the first place).

Those temples are all outdoor for the most part, so cooler and dryer conditions mean you can spend more time touring the temples and still being comfortable. Almost any other month of the year and you’ll be better off going back to your hotel for a few hours in the afternoon, but in December you can carry on all day if you like. The town of Siem Reap is a delight in itself, but of course it fills up near Christmas.

  • 3-star hotels from: US$35 per night for two people
  • 4-star hotels from: US$54 per night for two people

>>>Siem Reap prices and travel tips
>>>Check current Siem Reap hotel deals

Phuket, Thailand

  • December avg high: 88°F/31°C
  • December avg low: 75°F/24°C
  • December avg precip: 2.3″/5.8cm

Miami BeachPhuket is incredibly popular among Europeans in December, especially the final week, of course, so it’s critical to book early to get a good price at a beachfront hotel if that’s your mission. It’s also important to mention that Phuket is an island with more than a dozen different beach towns, each with its own personality and price range. Some are raucous and down-market while others are quiet and very expensive.

The prices given here are on the low side, especially during the winter season, so you are going to pay more unless you are willing to stay in one of the simple hotels in Phuket Town. It’s not a beach resort, but it’s a fun place itself, cheaper than the beaches, and allows an easy way to cheaply visit multiple beaches during a visit.

  • 3-star hotels from: US$42 per night for two people
  • 4-star hotels from: US$57 per night for two people

>>>Phuket prices and travel tips
>>>Check Phuket hotel and resort promotions

Hanoi, Vietnam

  • December avg high: 71°F/22°C
  • December avg low: 60°F/16°C
  • December avg precip: 0.8″/2.0cm

Puerto VallartaIt’s actually a bit chilly in Hanoi in December, but generally very dry and exceedingly pleasant around the clock, so it’s a very good time to visit. Nearly everyone who visits Hanoi will be doing it as part of a larger tour of Vietnam or other countries in Southeast Asia, and this is one of the cooler cities this time of year, therefore a nice balance to some of the places that are still quite hot.

Hanoi is actually the cheapest tourist city in the world according to our Backpacker Index, and that’s partly due to beer and museums being incredibly cheap. In reality, you’ll want to spend more money than the minimum because everything is great value.

  • 3-star hotels from: US$28 per night for two people
  • 4-star hotels from: US$64 per night for two people

>>>Hanoi prices and travel tips
>>>Check current Hanoi hotel deals

Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam

  • December avg high: 87°F/31°C
  • December avg low: 71°F/22°C
  • December avg precip: 2.2″/5.5cm

St. NicholasDecember is the coolest month of the year in Saigon (as it’s locally known) and the rainy season is pretty much over by November, so this is an ideal time to come as part of a tour of Southeast Asia. It’s normally blazing hot and humid here, so the moderate temperatures will be a bonus even if you have nothing to compare it to.

HCMC is not quite as cheap as Hanoi, and it’s not as nice to look at either, but it’s definitely worth a visit for a combination of history and culture. This is a huge and sprawling city so it’s important to choose the location of your hotel carefully. During Christmas things do fill up and prices go up as well, so book early if possible.

  • 3-star hotels from: US$46 per night for two people
  • 4-star hotels from: US$75 per night for two people

>>>Ho Chi Minh City prices and travel tips
>>>Check current Ho Chi Minh City hotel deals

Middle East

December is cool and even a bit rainy in most of the Middle East. An exception is Dubai and Abu Dhabi, which both have perfect sunny weather.

Dubai, UAE

  • December avg high: 79°F/26°C
  • December avg low: 61°F/16°C
  • December avg precip: 0.6″/1.5cm

ThailandDecember and January are the busiest two months in Dubai, primarily because it’s one of the closest places to Europe that actually has warm weather this time of year and is also safe. Even though the UAE is a Muslim country, the Christmas weeks are the most expensive here because most visitors are from Europe anyway.

The December weather is actually warm enough to sit on the beach, but most people who come to Dubai tend to just relax and do a lot of shopping at one of the enormous and modern malls here. The restaurant scene is very interesting as well, and you can eat cheaply if you follow the local workers, or go to one of the hotel restaurants and get world-class cuisine.

  • 3-star hotels from: US$51 per night for two people
  • 4-star hotels from: US$69 per night for two people

>>>Dubai prices and travel tips
>>>Check current Dubai hotel deals

Oceania

Auckland, New Zealand

  • December average high: 71°F/22°C
  • December average low: 57°F/14°C
  • December avg precip: 3.6″/9.0cm

travel destinationsAuckland is where most international flights to New Zealand land, but most people get their fill of the crowded city within a day or two. The real magic of New Zealand is in the scenery and smaller towns. December is the beginning of summer in New Zealand so temperatures should rise as the month goes on. If you’ve got at least a week and hopefully more, New Zealand is best discovered by doing a tour. You can rent a campervan/RV in Auckland and drive around to see the best sights on the North Island, and then take a ferry to the South Island to see even better scenery.

You can also rent a car and drive to the same places where you can stay in cabins in holiday parks/campgrounds, and small hotels and guest houses are reasonably priced as well. But renting a campervan is the classic way to see New Zealand and it can be surprisingly cheap since you’ll only be paying a small fee to park for the night in the abundant campgrounds. You’ll also be cooking many of your own meals, which is helpful because New Zealand doesn’t have many cheap restaurants or take out joints outside of the bigger cities. Queenstown on the South Island is the adventure sports capital of New Zealand and not to be missed. Rotorua on the North Island is also very much worth a stop.

  • 3-star hotels from: US$58 per night for two people
  • 4-star hotels from: US$71 per night for two people

>>>Auckland prices and travel tips

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St. Vincent and the Grenadines Pre-Arrival Travel Form

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With more than 32 islands and cays, St. Vincent and the Grenadines is a charming place in the Southern Caribbean. Nine of its islands are inhabited, including the main island of St. Vincent and the following Grenadines: Young Island, Union Island, Mayreau, Bequia, Mustique, Canouan, Petit St. Vincent, and Palm Island. This place is a great point to forget about noisy cars or even crowded shopping malls. To travel to Saint Vincent and the Grenadines it’s necessary to make an international connection, either by plane or by boat. Notice that many anchorages are available throughout the island. By the way, one thing you can’t forget when you travel to this place is your valid passport and the St. Vincent and the Grenadines Pre-Arrival Travel Form. To apply for the St. Vincent and the Grenadines Pre-Arrival Travel Form, you have to fill out an online form (you can take advantage of the one offered by iVisa.com) and follow a series of easy steps that won’t take you long. Keep in mind that you don’t have to visit the embassy or consulate to obtain this document. Saint Vincent and the Grenadines is famous for its beautiful sailing destinations like Bequia Island, which is surrounded by colorful reefs and it faces Admiralty Bay, a place lined with white sand beaches. This small territory is also famous for its volcanic landscapes and the high-class private islands that can be quite peaceful every day. As you can assume by the name, the main island is Saint Vincent, and its capital is Kingstown (not to confuse with Kingston in Jamaica). This Caribbean paradise offers a mix of rainforest eco-adventures, luxury resorts, scuba diving, exotic beaches and sailing adventures. Moreover, you can explore the breathtaking Tobago Cays National Marine Park. This National Park has a famous archipelago made up of five uninhabited islands, which are: Petit Rameau, Petit Bateau, Baradal, Petit Tabac, and Jamesby. In this archipelago, you can give yourself a total escape with nature everywhere, as the beaches are quite calm and peaceful, especially since they haven’t been inhabited. You can also go snorkeling or diving and appreciate the beauty of the marine fauna in the place, including beautiful sea turtles and reddish coral reefs. However, we still remind you to be careful when trying to explore the small islands in the archipelago because you shouldn’t visit them by yourself. Always make sure to explore them with proper guidance, and don’t forget to leave your documentation (your passport and the St. Vincent and the Grenadines Pre-Arrival Travel Form) in a safe place to avoid losing them. As for the capital, Kingstown, it’s an excellent place to take afternoon walks and appreciate beautiful sunsets. Its name is quite popular, but for the wrong reasons, as many people confuse this city with the capital of Jamaica or believe that they are called the same. Jamaica is Kingston, while this city is Kingstown, different words at the end. In this city, you can visit the free library and the majestic Anglican Cathedral (Cathedral of the Assumption), which captivates due to its rocky construction of dark and impressive tones, simulating the old colonial forts. Many travelers often believe that as this region has different islets, it’s necessary to carry identification documents everywhere. But actually, it isn’t. Once you show your St. Vincent and the Grenadines Pre-Arrival Travel Form at the port of entry and also show your valid passport, it’s no longer necessary to show these documents elsewhere. It’s recommended to keep the passport and the St. Vincent and the Grenadines Pre-Arrival Travel Form at the hotel once you arrive there, this way, you can enjoy the rest of the trip with peace of mind and without fear of losing these documents. Speaking of safety, keep in mind that St Vincent and the Grenadines is a friendly Caribbean destination, and crime rates are relatively low. Most of the visits for travelers are trouble-free. However, there have been some incidents related to violent crime, including muggings, but they’ve been most common in the local community. To avoid any trouble, try to stay alert of your belongings, and try to take only the necessary in public. Another thing you should keep in mind is that theft from holiday homes and yachts does happen, but not so often. You can simply keep your doors and windows locked when you leave the accommodation, and try to keep your belongings (including the passport and the St. Vincent and the Grenadines Pre-Arrival Travel Form) in a safe place, away from windows. Aside from that, St. Vincent and the Grenadines has a lot to offer. We recommend you visit Union Island, the southernmost of the Grenadines. This island is only 90 km from Barbados, and from this island, you can see the mainland of Grenada. In Unión you have the opportunity to visit the cities of Clifton and Alto de la Cruz, with colorful houses and cozy alleys. This island has only 3,000 inhabitants and the official language is Spanish, although they also speak English and French. The crystal-clear waters and soft sands will be enough reason to make you stay there for at least a few hours. Another place you cannot overlook is Petit St Vincent, which is a small island that operates as an eco-friendly luxury resort. It has a lot of luxury villas, and as you can guess, it’s totally private, so you might have to pay a fee or a price to enter there. On this island, you don’t have to show your passport or the St. Vincent and the Grenadines Pre-Arrival Travel Form, but you still have to pay for the services, especially if you’re planning to stay at a resort. Once you’re there, you can enjoy the incredible landscape and calm waters. Other islands that you have to visit are Mayreau, Mopion, and Petit Tabac. All these islands have totally crystalline waters with a soft blue that mixes little by little with the intensity of the Caribbean Sea. Rest assured that you will fall in love with their beaches instantly. As a last obligatory stop, don’t forget to visit the La Soufrière volcano, but with extreme care, as this volcano is still active and its surroundings can only be accessed with the appropriate guide. You can enjoy many things in St. Vincent and the Grenadines, but to do so, you must apply for the St. Vincent and the Grenadines Pre-Arrival Travel Form because this document allows you to enter this territory properly. The St. Vincent and the Grenadines Pre-Arrival Travel Form was created by the government to have better control of all the tourists entering the region. However, it might be necessary for the future for other circumstances, including natural disasters. We recommend you to apply for the St. Vincent and the Grenadines Pre-Arrival Travel Form with iVisa.com to avoid any inconvenience when traveling to this Caribbean pearl.

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Here are the new entry requirements for St. Vincent and the Grenadines

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Here are the new entry requirements for St. Vincent and the Grenadines

Here are the new entry requirements for St. Vincent and the Grenadines

Wednesday, June 24, 2020

TORONTO — St. Vincent and the Grenadines has announced new entry requirements for travellers just in time for Air Canada Rouge flights starting in July.

Though the sun destination never officially shut its borders to tourists and remains open for business, it is poised to welcome back Canadians once they are permitted to travel again. Thanks to strict measures put in place early on, St. Vincent and the Grenadines has seen a relatively low number of cases.

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In phase 1 of its entry plan, from July 1-30, 2020, the following entry requirements will apply to all travellers:

  • All travellers to SVG will have a PCR COVID-19 test done on arrival, with the exception of travellers whose country of origin (present in country for at least 14 days) is in the CARICOM Bubble. The CARICOM bubble consists of Anguilla, Antigua and Barbuda, Barbados, BVI, Dominica, Grenada, Guyana, Jamaica, Montserrat, St. Kitts and Nevis, St. Lucia and Trinidad and Tobago. Travellers from within the CARICOM Bubble will not be required to complete a COVID-19 laboratory test but they will need to complete a COVID-19 Questionnaire.
  • All travellers arriving from outside of the CARICOM Bubble will be required to go immediately from the airport to their private accommodation or hotel site for a 24-hour quarantine and await the results of the PCR test.
  • Once travellers have received a Negative Rapid Antibody Test or Negative PCR Test and have no signs and symptoms of COVID-19 after 24 hours following arrival, they will be contacted and discharged from quarantine.
  • All travellers who entered with approved documentation of a negative (IgG & IgM) COVID-19 antibody test done within the past 5 days and a negative SVG COVID-19 PCR test, will not need to quarantine. Such a traveller would be required to monitor their temperatures for the next 14 days and report any elevations to the local health authority.
  • Prior to arrival, all travellers will be required to complete an online VINCYCOVID application or fill in a VINCYCOVID questionnaire on the flight prior to arrival.
  • Upon arrival, all passengers will be screened before entering the arrivals area. Screening may include probing for symptoms, temperature checks and laboratory specimen collection. The area for screening will be sanitized after each group is screened.

 

In phase 2, which begins on Aug. 1, 2020 and based on the data gained during phase 1 and the current epidemiology of the COVID-19 pandemic, travellers arriving will be subjected to PCR COVID-19 testing, depending on their country of origin.

 

For more details go to http://health.gov.vc/health/index.php/c and https://www.facebook.com/SVGHEALTH/.

 

For reopening updates from other destinations go to https://www.travelweek.ca/news/destinations-reopening-list/.

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