Where to go in December

Are you planning a honeymoon holiday in December but not sure where to go?

If so, look no further – our warm weather world-wide guide brings you the best destinations to visit in December when the skies are mainly clear and sunny, the temperature is warm to hot (rather than scorching) and the chance of rain is minimal or not at all.

Note: Weather data shows what you can expect on average in December at each destination, including night-time low temperature, daytime high temperature, hours of sunshine, days of rainfall, total monthly rainfall and sea temperature. To see more detailed weather information click on a destination.

Asia


This is one of the best times of the year to visit certain regions of Thailand, the west coast of Malaysia as well as Goa, which are all hot, sunny and mainly dry. (Note: Avoid Bali, where it is the rainy season.)

Thailand Temperature icon Temperature icon sun icon umbrella icon swimming icon
Bangkok 23°C (73°F) 32°C (89°F) 8 hrs 1 days ≤ 6 mm 28°C (82°F)
Phuket 23°C (73°F) 32°C (89°F) 6 hrs 8 days ≤ 80 mm 28°C (82°F)
Krabi 22°C (71°F) 31°C (87°F) 8 hrs 11 days ≤ 101 mm 28°C (82°F)
Ko Phi Phi 23°C (73°F) 31°C (87°F) 8 hrs 12 days ≤ 91 mm 28°C (82°F)
Khao Lak 24°C (75°F) 31°C (87°F) 8 hrs 7 days ≤ 71 mm 28°C (82°F)
Hua Hin 23°C (73°F) 29°C (84°F) 9 hrs 2 days ≤ 10 mm 28°C (82°F)
Koh Chang 24°C (75°F) 30°C (86°F) 9 hrs 2 days ≤ 13 mm 28°C (82°F)
Pattaya 22°C (71°F) 31°C (87°F) 7 hrs 1 day ≤ 7 mm 28°C (82°F)
Langkawi - Malaysia 25°C (77°F) 31°C (87°F) 7 hrs 8 days ≤ 60 mm 29°C (84°F)
Goa – India 20°C (68°F) 32°C (89°F) 9 hrs 1 day ≤ 15 mm 28°C (82°F)

Australia

The southern regions of Australia, including Perth, Byron Bay and Sydney, receive warm and occasional hot weather in December.

Despite the tropical heat and occasional rain shower, December is still a good time to enjoy Queensland’s beaches. However, the far north of Queensland is hot and mostly wet.

Western Australia Temperature icon Temperature icon sun icon umbrella icon swimming icon
Margaret River 12°C (53°F) 28°C (82°F) 10 hrs 2 days ≤ 3 mm 19°C (66°F)
Monkey Mia 20°C (68°F) 32°C (89°F) 12 hrs 1 day ≤ 7 mm 24°C (75°F)
Perth 15°C (59°F) 30°C (86°F) 11 hrs 2 days ≤ 4 mm 21°C (69°F)
Queensland
Airlie Beach 21°C (69°F) 32°C (89°F) 9 hrs 9 days ≤ 135 mm 27°C (80°F)
Hamilton Island 24°C (75°F) 30°C (86°F) 9 hrs 7 days ≤ 104 mm 28°C (82°F)
The Whitsundays 24°C (75°F) 30°C (86°F) 9 hrs 7 days ≤ 104 mm 28°C (82°F)
Noosa Heads 21°C (69°F) 28°C (82°F) 8 hrs 10 days ≤ 133 mm 25°C (75°F)
Gold Coast 20°C (68°F) 28°C (82°F) 8 hrs 9 days ≤ 135 mm 25°C (75°F)
New South Wales
Byron Bay 20°C (68°F) 27°C (80°F) 8 hrs 10 days ≤ 108 mm 25°C (75°F)
Sydney 18°C (64°F) 26°C (78°F) 7 hrs 7 days ≤ 66 mm 22°C (71°F)

South Pacific

With the exception of New Caledonia, much of the South Pacific is hot and wet in December. In New Zealand, the summer season brings increasingly warm and sunny days interspersed with occasional rain to much of the country.

Temperature icon Temperature icon sun icon umbrella icon swimming icon
New Caledonia 22°C (71°F) 28°C (82°F) 8 hrs 7 days ≤ 80 mm 26°C (78°F)
Auckland – NZ 15°C (59°F) 22°C (71°F) 7 hrs 9 days ≤ 95 mm 18°C (64°F)

Africa & Indian Ocean

December is an excellent time to visit Sharm el-Sheikh – you can expect mild, dry weather with around eight hours of sunshine daily and little or no rain.

Temperature icon Temperature icon sun icon umbrella icon swimming icon
Sharm el-Sheikh 15°C (59°F) 24°C (75°F) 8 hrs 1 day ≤ 4 mm 24°C (75°F)

Caribbean

The Caribbean is a great place to go in December as it enjoys near perfect weather conditions with clear sunny skies interspersed by the occasional brief rain shower.

Some of the best islands to visit include Aruba, the Bahamas, Jamaica and both the US and British Virgin Islands.

Temperature icon Temperature icon sun icon umbrella icon swimming icon
Aruba 25°C (77°F) 30°C (86°F) 7 hrs 11 days ≤ 80 mm 27°C (80°F)
Bahamas 19°C (66°F) 27°C (80°F) 7 hrs 8 days ≤ 50 mm 25°C (77°F)
Barbados 24°C (75°F) 29°C (84°F) 8 hrs 11 days ≤ 90 mm 28°C (82°F)
British Virgin Islands 24°C (75°F) 29°C (84°F) 7 hrs 12 days ≤ 80 mm 27°C (80°F)
Cayman Islands 23°C (73°F) 29°C (84°F) 7 hrs 9 days ≤ 70 mm 28°C (82°F)
Dominican Republic 20°C (68°F) 30°C (86°F) 7 hrs 9 days ≤ 85 mm 27°C (80°F)
Jamaica 23°C (73°F) 31°C (87°F) 6 hrs 6 days ≤ 45 mm 28°C (82°F)
US Virgin Islands 24°C (75°F) 29°C (84°F) 7 hrs 12 days ≤ 70 mm 27°C (80°F)

North America

Miami, the islands of Hawaii and the Mexican beach resorts of Cabo San Lucas, Cancun and Puerto Vallarta offer perfect weather conditions in December.

Mexico Temperature icon Temperature icon sun icon umbrella icon swimming icon
Cabo San Lucas 16°C (60°F) 26°C (78°F) 7 hrs 1 day ≤ 15 mm 25°C (77°F)
Cancun 20°C (68°F) 28°C (82°F) 7 hrs 7 days ≤ 80 mm 27°C (80°F)
Merida 18°C (64°F) 30°C (86°F) 6 hrs 4 days ≤ 45 mm 25°C (77°F)
Puerto Vallarta 18°C (64°F) 27°C (80°F) 6 hrs 2 days ≤ 25 mm 26°C (78°F)
United States
O’ahu – Hawaii 20°C (68°F) 28°C (82°F) 6 hrs 9 days ≤ 55 mm 25°C (77°F)
Miami 18°C (64°F) 25°C (77°F) 7 hrs 8 days ≤ 60 mm 25°C (77°F)

Places to avoid in December


Africa – Avoid the Seychelles and Mauritius where it is the hot, rainy season.

Australia – December sees a continuation of hot, wet weather with frequent rain showers and occasional storms to the northern regions of Australia: the Top End (including Darwin, Broome), Western Australia (except Perth) and northern Queensland (including Cairns).

Europe – Europe is generally, cold and wet; only the south coast of Spain and Portugal have reasonable periods of sunshine. However, this is a good time to visit the snow-covered slopes of France, Switzerland, Italy, Austria and Spain for a skiing holiday.

South Pacific – This is the hot, wet season in the South Pacific, when you can expect torrential rain showers interspersed by periods of intense sunshine and the possibility of tropical cyclones (hurricanes); the exception is New Zealand, where the weather is mild rather than warm.


Weather by month


Note: This weather guide is produced from meteorological data based on weather statistics gathered for the 30-year period 1991 to 2020, and is sourced from the United States National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) and the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) in addition to data sourced from the meteorology departments of each respective country.


Latest update: Where to go in December: 22 November, 2023


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