Looking for the perfect tan? It’s time to take your much-needed break from the hustle and bustle of the city and explore some of the sunniest destinations of the world. From the lush forests of Madagascar to the world-famous parties in Ibiza, here are 6 destinations for an exceptional summer. These cities are bound to leave you hot under the collar, so remember to pack your shades and sunblock!
To help you make the best Sunshine Destination choice, Kayak devised the KAYAK Sunshine Index. By indexing the following:
(1) Hours of Sunshine in a Day,
(2) Average Temperature, and
(3) Activities You Can Do at the Destination,
Locations are rated on a 10-point Sunny Scale.
(1) Colombo, Sri Lanka
Nicknamed the Ocean City of Sri Lanka, Colombo is the ideal place to begin or end your Sri Lankan adventure. This old colonial city is not only peppered with numerous religious sites and sprawling parks, but also incorporates a cosmopolitan side that will surprise its visitors.
The popular Mount Lavinia Beach is conveniently located along the outskirts of Colombo city, and is a must-visit to relax and soak in some Vitamin D. Another must-see is the UNESCO World Heritage site and 8th Wonder of the World, the Sigiriya Rock Fortress. A four-hour drive from Colombo, any trip to Sri Lanka would not be complete without visiting this amazing cave temple, and the many Buddha statues it houses.
Sunshine Score: 7/10
Average Hours of Sunshine: 7 hours, 1 point
Average Temperature: 25-28°C, 2 points
Activities at Destination: 4 points
(2) Turks & Caicos Islands, Bahamas
Home to some of the most pristine beaches in the world, this under-the-radar cluster of islands are fast-becoming a popular beach destination.
These largely unpopulated islands house untouched coral reefs, with sparkling clear waters, and provides for a truly unique snorkeling or diving experience. Hire a boat to island-hop and whale watch, explore even more unspoiled beaches, and indulge in some quiet fishing trips. A holiday here would definitely open your eyes to a paradise on Earth.
On the most populated island of Providenciales, one can find world-class resorts and sprawling beaches, and also interesting festivals such as Cinco de Mayo, a celebration of Mexican heritage or Columbus Day, celebrating the day Christopher Columbus first visited the island. You also won’t want to miss the British ruins Fort George Cay which are a lingering memory of Europe’s first ventures into the New World.
Sunshine Score: 8/10
Average Hours of Sunshine: 8 hours, 2 points
Average Temperature: 27-32°C, 3 points
Activities at Destination: 3 points
(3) Piha, New Zealand
If you’re a surfer dude or just enjoy surfing, this coastal town is a must for you to conquer. Located just 40 kilometres from Auckland, Piha’s beaches offer a stark contrast with its charcoal-black volcanic sand. This unique, unspoiled beauty is found nowhere else.
Another attraction to catch is Lion Rock, probably Piha’s most iconic landmark. If you’re up for it, try scaling this 101-metre tall formation and you’ll be rewarded with a spectacular view. During low tide, it’s also possible to walk out onto the beach and surround yourself with 100 metre high cliffs. And the fact that summertime happens in December means you have time to laze on the sand and work on your tan, even when it’s Christmas time.
Sunshine Score: 9/10
Average Hours of Sunshine: 10 hours, 3 points
Average Temperature: 23-25°C, 2 points
Activities at Destination: 4 points
Here are a couple more destinations:
|Ibiza, Spain||Rio de Janeiro, Brazil||Morondava, Madagascar|
|Average Hours of Sunshine||13 hours, 3 points||7 hours, 1 point||7-8 hours, 2 points|
|Average Temperature||22 to 25 degrees celsius, 1 point||29 to 33 degrees celsius, 3 points||29 to 31 degrees celsius, 2.5 points|
|Activities at Destination||4 points||4 points||4 points|
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