Dreading Cold Winters? Escape to These Places Where It’s Summer Right Now

Christine Steuber
Nov 1, 2022
Explore these twelve places where it is sunny and warm right now to escape frigid winters.

The thought of snow, ice, the darkness outside, and freezing temperatures has always made me feel blue. 

I know some people love the way snow sparkles in the sun, the upcoming winter holidays when you get to meet your family and friends, and the chance to get into winter sports. 

But no matter how much I try to make myself like this time of year, the cold still makes me feel depressed. Can you relate?

That’s why this year, I’ve decided to escape the cold by heading to one of those places where it’s summer all year round. I’m going to pack my bags and head to the beach, lie in the sun, and feel the sand between my toes. And I’m not going to think about winter for one second.

Would you like to do the same? 

Then check out my list of must-visit places.

What Countries Are in Summer Season Right Now?

If you know basic geography, you’ll already have an understanding of the conflicting seasons observed in countries divided into the Southern and Northern Hemispheres. 

The map below shows the regions where there’s summer right now. These marked counties are the places I recommend to escape to from the cold:

World Map Northern Southern Hemisphere
Google Maps

As you can see, most countries are in the Southern Hemisphere. But why does it have opposing weather to the Northern Hemisphere? Let me explain.

Simply put, the seasons in the Northern Hemisphere are reversed due to the Earth’s tilted axis. Throughout the 365 days of the year, different countries gain direct sunlight. So, when the South pole is tilted towards sunlight, the Northern Hemisphere experiences winter, and vice versa. 

My Top Destinations Where It’s Always Summer

Now that you know the science behind things, it’s time to learn about the sunnier places to escape the frigid weather. Where in the world is it summer right now? 

Well, the options are endless. But I’ve rounded up the top twelve countries I’m sure my beautiful readers would love. 

Let’s dive in. 

Absolute favorite: Auckland, New Zealand

Image of Auckland New Zealand by Partha Narasimhan via Unsplash
Partha Narasimhan via Unsplash

Experience the best summer in January on your trip to Auckland! New Zealand is your summer escape if you’re a fan of nature, thrilling sports, and premium wine. There is minimal rain throughout January, which makes it ideal for discovering lush landscapes. Plus, the average temperatures here vary from 20° to 25°. 

Auckland includes Hauraki Gulf, Suburbs, Central, and North Shore, ensuring maximum activities for tourists. 

Here are some spots worth visiting:

  • Waiheke Island
  • Regional parks
  • Wynyard Quarter
  • Ancient Motutapu Island tracks connected to the popular Rangitoto Island. 

Camping, hiking, beaches, fishing, live gigs, kayaking – there is nothing you can’t enjoy in this ultimate summer city. I personally admire Auckland as it guarantees the best of both worlds: boundless wilderness and urban adventures.

There are also above 40 campsites in the regional parks welcoming you to sleep under the stars. The thing that impresses me the most is the great availability of beaches – from the wild west coast surf venues to hidden jewels. 

There’s even a black sand beach called Piha present in the Waitakere Ranges (this one is on my “must-visit” list). And if you fancy a paradise-looking beach to show your new swimsuit, visit Anchor Bay Beach instead. 

Second best: Mauritius

Image of Mauritius by Xavier Coiffic via Unsplash
Xavier Coiffic via Unsplash

And what about the summer in December in breathtaking Mauritius? Why not? Here, locals experience summer from October to April, which is WOW, isn’t it? 

Mauritians celebrate the sunny season with different festivals, and that fact made me think about this island as my next destination because I literally adore all kinds of festivals! I am mostly interested in Chinese and Hindu events, along with Christmas and New Year. 

Plus, all islands and beaches here are full of soul, and many of them are isolated, providing peace and relaxation. 

And if you’re a nature lover like me, consider a tea plantation activity, trekking, and scuba diving that will unveil a rich biodiversity of flowers, birds, and animals. 

Since it’s summer right now in Mauritius, note down these tourist attractions:

  • Tamarind Waterfalls
  • Trou Aux Cerfs
  • Casela World of Adventures
  • Black River Gorges National Park
  • Ile Aux Cerfs
  • Trou Aux Biches

One important thing to know is that there are two airports in Mauritius, so be careful when booking your flight. My friend made a mistake once, so she basically spent a few precious hours of her vacation finding the appropriate transportation to the hotel. 

Outstanding experiences: Melbourne, Australia

Melbourne Australia
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Why not plan your vacation in winter to the sunny and diverse Melbourne city? Think of white sandy beaches and jazzy music throughout December to February, when the temperature varies from 24° to 40°. 

For starters, beat the heat with famous beaches, watersports, and sea baths. You can try The Langham, St. Kilda Sea Baths, or WaterMarc Aquatic & Leisure Center. 

Also, foodies and shopping enthusiasts can hit Queen Victoria’s Night Market. This hip venue boasts authentic Melbourne culture and lifestyle with an abundance of fashion stalls, festival bars, and much more. 

Are any film enthusiasts here? If yes, you’ll be able to enjoy the latest movies on the world’s biggest indoor cinema screen. 

And all my adventurous readers should think about soaking in Melbourne from the sky by hopping on a hot air balloon with your camera. 

Alternatively, unleash your inner kid at the Royal Melbourne Zoological Gardens, housing a zoo as well. 

Finally, everyone knows that the show never stops in Melbourne, thanks to the abundance of cultural festivities. Don’t miss the Rainbow Serpent Festival, Cool Summer Festival, and St. Kilda Festival. 

Untouched nature: Solomon Islands

Image of Solomon Islands by  Gilly Tanabose via Unsplash
Gilly Tanabose via Unsplash

Now tell me – have you ever heard about the Solomon islands? If not, keep reading since you’ll definitely fall in love with this place! 

Wondering why?

Well, first, summer embraces the Solomon Islands from December to April, with the hottest climate of 23° to 30°C. This stellar region in the Pacific Ocean presents a crystal clear sea, boundless nature, and pristine beaches. 

I recommend you sail a cabin charter cruise to explore the wilderness. Experience the following in this hidden gem of the South Pacific archipelago consisting of 992 islands:

  • The leftover wrecks of WWII were found on the land and underwater.
  • Unique flora & fauna.

Kennedy Island, Russell Islands, Mbonege Beach, Marovo Lagoon, Mushroom Island, Lake Tegano, Honiara Botanical Gardens, Tetepare Island, and Skull Island are best for being close to water and nature alike.  

Wherever you travel in the Solomon Islands, you’ll be impressed by friendly hospitality, fascinating cuisine, decent accommodations, and unparalleled biodiversity. 

Oh, and I almost forgot! There are many memorials and museums to visit here, so don’t leave the islands without filling yourself with valuable and interesting information from history.

Unique landscapes: Okavango Delta, Botswana

Image of Okavango Delta , Botswana by Andy Robson via Unsplash
Andy Robson via Unsplash

And if you’re in the mood for African safaris, look no further! The wet sunny season of the Okavango Delta kickstarts in October and ends in March, so it’s already summer right now in that area. 

This UNESCO World Heritage site is a peaceful oasis and among the biggest freshwater inland drainage systems on the continent. The vast landscape is dissected by animal tracks and shimmering waterways. 

So, it’s a perfect opportunity to come and see the animals in their natural habitat when they migrate here to reproduce in the summer. Thousands of birds flock here as well – even they know where the best weather in winter is. 

And if you’re confused about where to start your trip, I recommend going on a private safari to experience the following:

  • Mokoro boat ride
  • Motorboat safari
  • Game drives
  • Bush walks
  • Linyati and Savuti camps

Finally, this region is a hidden jewel, so you won’t have to worry about too many tourists. It’s the perfect place to get up close and personal with your wild side.

Most luxurious destination: Fiji islands

Image of Fiji Islands by  Nicolas Weldingh via Unsplash
Nicolas Weldingh via Unsplash

Is luxury your cup of tea? Escape winter and visit the Fiji Islands, where you can enjoy the warm weather and tropical storms from January to March (34°C). Even during the wetter days, it’s warm enough to relax and have an amazing time.

The all-year warmth is a perfect opportunity for snorkeling, surfing, and sunbathing. Besides, summer in Fijian Islands brings forth vibrant, tropical plants that will surely leave you breathless! 

So, what should you do here?

First, I suggest going to the biggest cave (170 meters) there, known as Naihehe Cave, to explore the age-old, cannibal past of Fiji. Athletic tourists can take advantage of the immense rugby talent here, which is best celebrated during the Coral Coast Sevens Tournament. 

Also, don’t forget to catch the exciting scenery of Sigatoka dunes and visit the most romantic spot here – Tavuni Hill Fort. I can imagine my perfect honeymoon in this ancient location. 

What else? Musket Cove Marina leads the hearts of tourists as there are many activities to do here, such as bicycling and hot shower baths. 

Lastly, you should try hiking, skydiving, and spending some quality time in a golf club. And here’s something interesting – you’ll be welcomed with the Kava Ceremony, in which the host prepares a beverage from the kava root. That’s super interesting!

Hawaiian vibe: Tahiti

Image of Tahiti by Kazuo ota via Unsplash
Kazuo ota via Unsplash

Although beautiful, Hawaii may be a bit overrated. So, what if I told you that the biggest island in French Polynesia, Tahiti, brings a Hawaiian vibe and less crowd?

Oh yes, this breathtaking island enjoys a long summer from November to April. Its summer season is characterized by heavy precipitation, high temperature of 30°C, and humidity. 

Spend a Tahitian vacay by sipping a tropical cocktail, getting the perfect tan, and soaking in the sunshine. But, besides these “chill” activities, there is so much more to do here.

For instance, you can explore the surroundings by discovering Vaipahi Gardens or catching a ferry to Moorea. You can also snorkel, swim, and surf at La Plage de Maui. 

By the way, while there are many beaches to swim, Papenoo Beach is the finest. 

And, if you’re itching for adrenaline-pumping adventures, hike up to the gushing Fautaua Waterfall. The thriving capital city of Papeete is another prominent spot where you’ll have many cultural to-do’s, including souvenir shopping. Also, outdoor activities include trail hiking, watersports, and E-bikes. 

Keep in mind that the majority of the beaches feature a volcanic black hue, but you can find a handful of pearly white shores.

Right at the equator: Galapagos Islands

Image of Galapagos Islands by Nathalie Marquis via Unsplash
Nathalie Marquis via Unsplash

Another coastal region where it’s summer right now is the majestic Galapagos Islands. On average, the summer temperature here is 22°C, meaning the sunny season is pleasant. 

What should you expect here? For starters, the land and marine wildlife are both exceptional. Enjoy refreshing weather and close contact with incredible species and fun adventures.

There are many things to do, but if you’re short on time, it’s better to have a plan and stick to it. My advice is to check out Puerto Ayora in Santa Cruz Island to get your nature fix.

Furthermore, all my hiking enthusiasts will take pleasure in discovering the active volcano at Isabela Island’s Sierra Negra. On the other hand, aquatic lovers will enjoy diving and snorkeling around the waters with exotic tropical fishes. 

Finally, don’t forget to visit the sea lion-loaded beach at San Cristobal island and enjoy epic bird watching.

Best wildlife experiences: Southern Chilean Patagonia

And if 30°C is still too much for you, there are nice places with warm temperatures that don’t go over 20°C. One of these places is Southern Chilean Patagonia, where summer starts in December and lasts till February.

Where is summer best enjoyed in Southern Chilean Patagonia? Let me guide you.

The top attractions include everything from white wand water rafting and wildlife watching to horseback riding.

And if you’re looking to get up close and personal with some Magellanic Penguins, Isla Magdalena is the place to be. You can also see plenty of wildlife further south at Torres del Paine National Park.

On the other hand, wanderers and scientists will adore Tierra del Fuego. This is a triangular archipelago distanced from the tip of Chilean Patagonia. Such a striking array of wildlife, fauna, and glaciers can impress anyone. I’ve been here once and definitely want to repeat this experience. 

Other noteworthy spots are quaint fishing towns, as well as Punta Arenas, Coyhaique, Porvenir, and Puerto Natales. Wherever you go, make sure to try local wine while gazing at the unique scenery. 

Most diverse destination: Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Image of Rio de Janeiro by Agustin Diaz Gargiulo via Unsplash
Agustin Diaz Gargiulo via Unsplash

Brazil is perhaps the most exotic city serving as a summer place from December to March. The temperature here rises to 40°C max, so get ready to face the heat!

Rio de Janeiro is unlike anything you’ve ever seen before. From the spellbinding carnival to the festive spirit of New Year, there’s something for everyone. And don’t forget about the Sambadrome parade! The eye-catching samba dancers are sure to captivate everyone.

Rio is also a perfect place to witness the aesthetic coastline by paragliding off the rich greenery hills of Tijuca Park. And, of course, plenty of beaches provide an opportunity for watersports and chilling all day while sipping your favorite cocktail. 

P.S. I’ve been here three years ago and found Ipanema beach to be the most adventurous, so give it a try!

Breathtaking views: San Carlos de Bariloche, Argentina

Image of San Carlos de Bariloche Argentina by Jeffrey Eisen via Unsplash
Jeffrey Eisen via Unsplash

Let’s continue with a bit milder summertime, but this time in San Carlos de Bariloche with an average temperature of 24°C and comfy dry weather from December to March. 

So, if you’re looking for a breathtaking vacation spot with plenty of things to do, look no further than the city of Patagonia. Nestled in the beautiful Argentine Lake District, this city offers stunning scenery, hiking trails, and plenty of outdoor activities to keep you entertained. No matter what time of year you visit, you’re sure to fall in love with this city’s natural beauty.

San Carlos de Bariloche comes with a Swiss-inspired downtown, outstanding craft breweries, plenty of chocolatiers, and alpine architecture. 

Enjoy the sun in winter at the Bell Tower, Refuge Frey, Villa La Angostura, Nahuel Huapi National Park, The Baggins, and Cerro Tronador. Zip lining, kayaking, white water rafting, horseback riding, and fishing surrounded by extraordinary views are perfect ways to spend your time.

City life with an ocean view: Miraflores, Peru

The last place where it’s always summer is the unique Miraflores, with an average summer temperature of 21°C. 

Miraflores is a great place to visit if you’re looking for seaside views, upscale restaurants, and big hotels. I recommend going to Huaca Pucllana Site Museum, Lima Main Square, Larco Museum, Central Park, and Magic Water Circuit if you want to have some cultural and fun adventures.

One thing is for sure – if you’re looking for things to do in Miraflores, Peru, you won’t be disappointed. This vibrant city offers something for everyone, from exploring ancient ruins to strolling along the beach.

Miraflores is also a great place to try Peruvian cuisine, which is one of the best in the world (if you ask me). I have a friend who is a chef in Peru, and his dishes knock me off my feet!

Over to You

Here ends my list of the best towns, cities, islands, and countries where it’s summer right now. But the only question left is: where to go first? Well, it’s up to you to decide! Whatever you choose, you won’t be wrong.

But let me give you a brief overview to help with your choice:

  • The best coastal destinations are Mauritius, Solomon Islands, Okavango Delta, Fiji Islands, Tahiti,  and Galapagos Island.
  • The best cities or towns are Auckland, Melbourne, Southern Chilean Patagonia, Rio de Janeiro, San Carlos de Bariloche, and Miraflores.
  • Miraflores and Galapagos Islands are great places if you’re looking for mild summer temperatures.

Looking for more useful guides? Don’t forget to check other articles on my blog! Happy traveling!

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