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Winter sun seeker: where to go in November
08/Oct/2015
November can be a glorious month to go in search of winter sun. With no school holidays in the diary, beaches, hotels and aircraft are likely to be calm – while many destinations offer tempting discounts in what is traditionally a quiet window ahead of the Christmas rush.
The weather is also behaving itself. The monsoon period which afflicts India and the Far East has generally rained itself out by the end of September. And if the hurricane season in the Atlantic is still technically in gust – it is generally deemed to last until the end of November – then the risky months (September and October) have already passed.
19C-24C
Essaouira
Max temp: 20C
Hours of sunshine per day: 7
Sea temp: 19C
This pretty outpost on Morocco’s west coast – recently linked to the UK by direct flights – keeps a toe in the low Twenties Celsius in November.
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Essaouira, on Morocco's west coast, will have temperatures in the low 20s Celsius in November Photo: Alamy
Its crumbling 18th century medina makes for evocative photos, but its appeal is enshrined in its long stretches of beach – superb for kite-and wind-surfing.
Kuoni (0800 092 4444; kuoni.co.uk) offers holidays at the Sofitel Essaouira Mogador Golf & Spa – a five-star retreat which boasts two 18-hole courses, a spa and a prime oceanside setting. A seven-night break, flying from Gatwick on November 14, costs from £669 a head (two sharing), including breakfast and transfers.
Bodrum
Max temp: 19C
Hours of sunshine per day: 6
Sea temp: 19C
Pinned almost exactly to Turkey’s south-west corner, Bodrum does a plausible impression of summer as late as November, the sun bestowing its warmth on the ramparts of its 15th century Crusader castle – and the string of five-star resorts which sit within a short drive of the town on the north edge of the Bodrum Peninsula.
One of these is the Mandarin Oriental, with its two private beaches, and restaurants serving gourmet Japanese, Turkish and Mediterranean fare.

Mandarin Oriental Bodrum Photo: GEORGE APOSTOLIDIS
A seven-night stay in November costs from £2005 a head (two sharing), with flights, breakfast and transfers, via Carrier (0161 826 4660; carrier.co.uk).
Cyprus
Max temp: 21C
Hours of sunshine per day: 7
Sea temp: 22C
The Mediterranean’s third biggest island perches so close to the Middle East that it shares some of its warmth in November. Limassol, on its south coast, is a fine spot for ignoring the winter, whether you are wandering past the city’s 16th century Ottoman fortress or putting down roots in the mile-long sand of Akti Olympion Beach.

Cyprus is so close to the Middle East that it shares some of the region's warmth in November Photo: Alamy
Sovereign (01293 762 400; sovereign.com) sells escapes to the Amathus Beach Hotel – a five-star hideaway with a spa, indoor and outdoor pools, five restaurants and three bars. A seven-night half-board stay, flying from Gatwick on November 13, costs from £816 a head – two sharing.
25C-29C
Tobago
Max temp: 29C
Hours of sunshine per day: 7
Sea temp: 28C
Trinidad’s little sibling may be the ideal choice for a Caribbean holiday in November.

"For a laid-back beach holiday, go to Tobago rather than Trinidad" Photo: AP
It hides so far south-west, and so near to the shoulder of South America, that it is (largely) immune to the celestial tantrums of hurricane season. It is also arguably the region at its most glorious, its north coast throwing out deserted beaches – among them Englishman’s Bay and Bloody Bay – of rare beauty. Tropical Sky (01342 886 878; tropicalsky.co.uk) suggests the Magdalena Grand Beach & Golf Resort – a four-star set in 750 acres where guests can try horse-riding and hiking as well as golf. A seven-night stay in November costs from £899 a head (two sharing), with flights from Gatwick, transfers and breakfast.
Belize
Max temp: 28C
Hours of sunshine per day: 6
Sea temp: 29C
November is a fine time to cast an eye over one of Central America’s less-known nations – a sliver of a country, trapped between Mexico and Guatemala, where the mercury never moves too far from the upper 20s.

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