Where to go in January

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

If so, look no further – our warm weather guide brings you the best destinations to visit in January 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 January 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.


January is one of the best months to visit the Maldives, Thailand, Malaysia (west coast), central Vietnam, India and Sri Lanka (southwest coast), which are all warm, 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) 9 hrs 2 days ≤ 13 mm 27°C (80°F)
Phuket 22°C (71°F) 31°C (87°F) 7 hrs 4 days ≤ 35 mm 28°C (82°F)
Krabi 22°C (71°F) 31°C (87°F) 7 hrs 5 days ≤ 34 mm 28°C (82°F)
Ko Phi Phi 22°C (71°F) 31°C (87°F) 9 hrs 6 days ≤ 48 mm 28°C (82°F)
Khao Lak 23°C (73°F) 32°C (86°F) 9 hrs 4 days ≤ 28 mm 28°C (82°F)
Hua Hin 23°C (73°F) 29°C (84°F) 9 hrs 1 day ≤ 7 mm 28°C (82°F)
Ko Samui 26°C (78°F) 30°C (86°F) 7 hrs 6 days ≤ 60 mm 28°C (82°F)
Koh Chang 24°C (75°F) 30°C (86°F) 9 hrs 2 days ≤ 20 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 25°C (77°F) 32°C (89°F) 8 hrs 3 days ≤ 24 mm 28°C (82°F)
Penang 25°C (77°F) 31°C (87°F) 8 hrs 7 days ≤ 61 mm 29°C (84°F)
Boracay 25°C (77°F) 29°C (84°F) 6 hrs 8 days ≤ 44 mm 27°C (82°F)
Cebu 24°C (75°F) 29°C (84°F) 6 hrs 9 days ≤ 86 mm 27°C (82°F)
Manila 22°C (71°F) 30°C (86°F) 7 hrs 4 days ≤ 20 mm 27°C (82°F)
Temperature icon Temperature icon sun icon umbrella icon swimming icon
The Maldives 26°C (78°F) 30°C (86°F) 8 hrs 6 days ≤ 115 mm 28°C (82°F)
Sri Lanka 23°C (73°F) 31°C (87°F) 8 hrs 7 days ≤ 55 mm 28°C (82°F)
Goa – India 20°C (68°F) 31°C (87°F) 10 hrs 0 days ≤ 0 mm 28°C (82°F)
Nha Trang – Vietnam 21°C (71°F) 27°C (80°F) 6 hrs 8 days ≤ 40 mm 25°C (77°F)


The southern regions of Australia, including Sydney and Melbourne, receive warm and occasional hot weather in January with occasional rain showers.

Despite the tropical heat and frequent rainfall, January is still a good time to enjoy Queensland’s beaches.

Temperature icon Temperature icon sun icon umbrella icon swimming icon
Airlie Beach 22°C (71°F) 31°C (88°F) 9 hrs 12 days ≤ 293 mm 28°C (82°F)
Whitsundays 25°C (77°F) 30°C (86°F) 9 hrs 13 days ≤ 260 mm 28°C (82°F)
Gold Coast 22°C (71°F) 29°C (84°F) 8 hrs 9 days ≤ 136 mm 26°C (78°F)
Margaret River 14°C (57°F) 30°C (86°F) 10 hrs 1 day ≤ 1 mm 20°C (68°F)
Melbourne 14°C (57°F) 27°C (82°F) 9 hrs 5 days ≤ 31 mm 18°C (64°F)
Sydney 20°C (68°F) 28°C (82°F) 7 hrs 7 days ≤ 90 mm 24°C (75°F)
Perth 18°C (64°F) 32°C (89°F) 11 hrs 1 day ≤ 2 mm 21°C (69°F)

South Pacific

With the exception of New Caledonia, much of the South Pacific is hot and wet in January. 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 23°C (73°F) 29°C (84°F) 7 hrs 10 days ≤ 110 mm 27°C (80°F)
Auckland – NZ 16°C (60°F) 23°C (73°F) 7 hrs 8 days ≤ 75 mm 20°C (68°F)

Africa & Indian Ocean

January is an excellent time to visit Cape Town – you can expect mild, dry weather with around 11 hours of sunshine daily and little or no rain.

Temperature icon Temperature icon sun icon umbrella icon swimming icon
Cape Town – RSA 16°C (60°F) 28°C (82°F) 11 hrs 2 days ≤ 12 mm 19°C (66°F)
Mombasa – Kenya 23°C (73°F) 32°C (89°F) 8 hrs 3 days ≤ 35 mm 28°C (82°F)


The Caribbean is a great place to visit in January 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 24°C (75°F) 30°C (86°F) 8 hrs 11 days ≤ 45 mm 26°C (78°F)
Bahamas 18°C (64°F) 26°C (78°F) 7 hrs 8 days ≤ 50 mm 25°C (77°F)
Barbados 23°C (73°F) 29°C (84°F) 9 hrs 11 days ≤ 70 mm 27°C (80°F)
British Virgin Islands 24°C (75°F) 28°C (82°F) 8 hrs 11 days ≤ 70 mm 26°C (78°F)
Cayman Islands 22°C (71°F) 28°C (82°F) 8 hrs 7 days ≤ 50 mm 27°C (80°F)
Dominican Republic 19°C (66°F) 30°C (86°F) 7 hrs 8 days ≤ 65 mm 27°C (80°F)
Jamaica 22°C (71°F) 31°C (87°F) 7 hrs 5 days ≤ 20 mm 27°C (80°F)
Turks & Caicos 20°C (68°F) 27°C (80°F) 7 hrs 8 days ≤ 55 mm 26°C (78°F)
US Virgin Islands 23°C (73°F) 29°C (84°F) 8 hrs 10 days ≤ 50 mm 26°C (78°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 January.

Mexico Temperature icon Temperature icon sun icon umbrella icon swimming icon
Cabo San Lucas 15°C (59°F) 26°C (78°F) 7 hrs 1 day ≤ 10 mm 23°C (73°F)
Cancun 19°C (66°F) 27°C (80°F) 7 hrs 6 days ≤ 65 mm 26°C (78°F)
Merida 17°C (62°F) 30°C (86°F) 6 hrs 4 days ≤ 40 mm 26°C (78°F)
Puerto Vallarta 17°C (62°F) 27°C (80°F) 7 hrs 2 days ≤ 35 mm 25°C (77°F)
United States
O’ahu – Hawaii 19°C (66°F) 27°C (80°F) 7 hrs 8 days ≤ 45 mm 24°C (75°F)
Miami 16°C (60°F) 24°C (75°F) 7 hrs 8 days ≤ 45 mm 23°C (73°F)

Places to avoid in January

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

Australia – January continues 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 and the Whitsundays).

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 hot.

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 January: 22 November, 2023

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