Below are the best locations for a trip from December 24th to December 30th. We’ve taken into account rain, temperature, travel advisories for safety, and number of tourists in the area. In late December each of these places are the perfect balance between temperate weather and smaller crowds, which also translates into better deals for tourists.
Because we’ve located areas and times where there is a greater chance for hotels/flights to be under capacity and weather is likely to be temperate and dry, the best time to book these 10 trips is usually within 1-4 weeks before travel.
1. Rhodes, Greece
Rhodes has perfect weather from December 24th to December 30th. The weather is almost as nice in the weeks before and poor in the weeks after. Tourism in the area is slow during this time. Choosing Rhodes this week is a great choice for anyone looking for nice weather and lower prices.
The graph below shows how temperatures feel given humidity (heat index) and wind chill. Tourist demand is usually the opposite of price: where demand is low prices are too. For Celsius: click the “best time to visit” link below the graphs.
Rhodes Perceived Temperature (F)
Rhodes Tourism Demand
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2. Hengchun, Taiwan
The weather in Hengchun is excellent during this week with nice temperatures and low chances of rain. The month before is equally nice and the month after is just as perfectly temperate. Crowds are below average in size. Go here in late December if you want absolutely perfect weather and generally lower prices.
Hengchun Perceived Temperature (F)
Hengchun Tourism Demand
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3. San Bartolome de Tirajana, Spain
Due to the lower number of tourists, a trip to San Bartolome de Tirajana in late December tends to be much less expensive, and the weather couldn’t be better. This period of ideal weather comes after a long stretch of similarly-wonderful weather. If booking a longer trip, you’ll want to know that the weather remains nice for the next 30 days. Note that it can get busy here in other seasons.
San Bartolome de Tirajana Perceived Temperature (F)
San Bartolome de Tirajana Tourism Demand
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4. Hong Kong, Hong Kong
As with every place on this list, temperatures in Hong Kong feel excellent, rain is infrequent, and there are no travel advisories at the moment. Tourists looking for hotels and flights are very uncommon during this time, so prices may be at their lowest. The many hotels here can fill up, but probably won’t during this period. We could also strongly recommend visiting earlier than this, and the weeks following have weather that is as good as late December.
Hong Kong Perceived Temperature (F)
Hong Kong Tourism Demand
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5. Paphos, Cyprus
With far fewer travelers booking during this time compared to the busiest months, hotels and airlines will probably offer some incentives to stay during this period. This is a good time to visit, and the weeks beforehand are somewhat nice. If you’re planning to stay for more than a week, you can expect slightly less-pleasant weather.
Paphos Perceived Temperature (F)
Paphos Tourism Demand
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6. South Padre Island, TX, US
The perfect weather in South Padre Island, TX, US during this time falls between some extremely pleasant weather earlier in the year and ideal weather later. Compared to the rest of the year we expect prices to be much cheaper due to much lower demand.
South Padre Island Perceived Temperature (F)
South Padre Island Tourism Demand
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7. Hanmer Springs, New Zealand
Around late December is the best to visit Hanmer Springs because prices are significantly lower for the things tourists spend the most on, and the weather is temperate. The weather is good before this, has a perfect season, and then remains nice for a while.
Hanmer Springs Perceived Temperature (F)
Hanmer Springs Tourism Demand
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8. Ocala, FL, US
Ocala would already be less expensive, and this time of year should be even less expensive. Weather in the 4 weeks prior is usually amazing, this week is among the best you can choose for both low crowds and weather, then the weather gets much worse for a few more weeks.
Ocala Perceived Temperature (F)
Ocala Tourism Demand
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9. Muravera, Italy
Muravera is also nice to visit earlier in the year, but late December should be nice each year. Costs during this time should be lower based on the number of visitors. If weather is a major concern, you can expect the weather to be good for a month.
Muravera Perceived Temperature (F)
Muravera Tourism Demand
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10. Hanga Roa, Chile
Though maybe the least-well-known location on this list, the weather is also very nice and there are plenty of things to do. For Hanga Roa, this nice period falls between times that have excellent weather and weeks that have nice enough weather. Hotels and flights should cost significantly less during late December compared to the average, especially if booking less than a month out.
Hanga Roa Perceived Temperature (F)
Hanga Roa Tourism Demand
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All of the locations above tend to offer great last-minute deals with hotels and airlines trying to fill what they couldn’t sell at full price. But if you just want to browse last-minute deals, click the link below.