Where to go on holiday in November 2016 for the best weather

With the UK winter firmly on its way, you might be thinking about where to go on holiday in November 2016 for a last chance escape before the madness of Christmas and the festive period sets in. As any residual heat in Europe will have disappeared, those after some really hot weather will inevitably have to travel that bit further, although there are still destinations within four to six hours offering warm and sunny conditions.

Where to go on holiday in November 2016: top five destinations

In a bid to offer some variety, we've selected a few destinations with warm-to-hot and sunny weather at this time of year, making them excellent choices when deciding where to go on holiday in November. Five of our favourite include:

Where to go on holiday in November © Thai Jasmine - Flickr Creative Commons
Where to go on holiday in November © Thai Jasmine - Flickr Creative Commons

1. Cyprus

  • Flight time: 4.5 hours
  • Daily high: 22°C
  • Hours of sunshine: 7
  • Sea temperature: 22°C

Cyprus in November is quite the delight with warm, sunny days but cooler evenings. It's certainly not the place for a beach break or for swimming in the sea - although some might manage it! - but it is ideal for enjoying some finer conditions in under five hours from the UK. The weather in November is comparable to Bournemouth in July and August, which gives you a good sense of what to expect. Do pack extra layers for evenings, and if swimming is a priority opt for a hotel with a heated pool.

End of a perfect November day in Cyprus © Steve CX - Flickr Creative Commons
End of a perfect November day in Cyprus © Steve CX - Flickr Creative Commons

Given the ample supply of sunshine and warm temperatures, November is a great time for getting out and about, exploring the island. Head for a hike in the Troodos Mountains or meander along the coastline sampling local fresh catches in some of the island's best seafood restaurants. If the weather takes a turn check out the various mosques, monasteries, and castles that dot the island or head for the Paphos Archaeological Park to set your sights on ancient Roman ruins, among other items.

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2. Gambia

  • Flight time: 6.5 hours
  • Daily high: 34°C
  • Hours of sunshine: 8.5
  • Sea temperature: 28°C

This sliver of a country is increasingly popular, and by far the hottest destination in our pick of where to go on holiday in November for the best weather. It's a vibrant, colourful place with lots to offer holidaymakers, from sights and activities to seaside resorts and some fantastic conditions.

By November, you can expect to find up to very high heat and humidity, but don't be put off: there's also plenty of sunshine, and warm waters ideal for swimming (although those with little ones or who aren't too confident may want to book a hotel with a pool as the Atlantic can get a bit choppy). You'll enjoy lengthy days with plenty of sunshine and only the odd bit of cloud cover.

Atlantic coast, Gambia © Mishimoto - Flickr Creative Commons
Atlantic coast, Gambia © Mishimoto - Flickr Creative Commons

Get up close with the local inhabitants of the River Gambia National Park, made up of five islands and home to everything from baboons and birds, to crocodiles and hippos. Consider a stay at the Chimpanzee Rehabilitation Project, where you can take boat trips to see the many resident chimps and so much more wildlife.

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3. Dubai, UAE

  • Flight time: 7.5 hours
  • Daily high: 31°C
  • Hours of sunshine: 8.5
  • Sea temperature: 28°C

November is quite possibly the best month to visit Dubai in terms of its weather. You'll revel in delightfully hot conditions, clear blue skies and balmy sea temperatures idea for getting stuck into the numerous water sports available. Although heat and humidity remains high, it's not a patch on the extreme levels reached during the summer months, so if you're looking for somewhere to go on holiday in November for some serious heat, this is probably it.

Dizzy heights of Dubai © Frédéric Poirot - Flickr Creative Commons
Dizzy heights of Dubai © Frédéric Poirot - Flickr Creative Commons

As well as being a world class beach holiday destination, if you book a great value holiday to Dubai, you'll find a million-and-one other activities on offer for all travellers, be it couples, families or groups. Check out Aquaventure water park at Atlantis The Palm Dubai for a fun-filled day out, or hit the shops in Dubai Mall, the world's largest indoor shopping facility.

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4. Cape Verde

  • Flight time: 6 hours
  • Daily high: 28°C
  • Hours of sunshine: 7
  • Sea temperature: 26°C

Cape Verde is, quite simply, a great destination if you're considering where to go on holiday in November. The collection of 10 volcanic islands, nine inhabited, all offer something a little different, and the great weather in November ensures it's a place you'll love. Daytimes are hot dropping by no more than around 2°C after dusk, which means evenings are warm too.

Pristine beach on Boa Vista Island, Cape Verde © niall62 - Flickr Creative Commons
Pristine beach on Boa Vista Island, Cape Verde © niall62 - Flickr Creative Commons

If you like the sound of a cheap holiday to Cape Verde in November, you'll also find that the sea is pleasant, there's hardly any rain, and only a moderate level of heat and humidity, although UV is very high, so think skin protection. While there's loads of sunshine to be had, you could also see some high passing cloud, but thanks to the Atlantic Ocean breezes this doesn't tend to linger. Overall, November is one of the best times to visit Cape Verde, and it is a truly delightful spot for a beach holiday.

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5. Gran Canaria, Canary Islands

  • Flight time: 4.5 hours
  • Daily high: 24°C
  • Hours of sunshine: 6.5
  • Sea temperature: 22°C

Located just over 90 miles off the coast of northwest Africa, Gran Canaria has long attracted holidaymakers all year round, and for good reason. In the summer, it welcomes sun worshippers and party animals keen to enjoy the hot and sunny conditions, while everyone from hikers and water sports enthusiasts to golfers soak up the natural beauty and climate of this exciting island at other times of the year.

Hiking in Gran Canaria, Canary Islands © kentauros - Fotolia.com
Hiking in Gran Canaria, Canary Islands © kentauros - Fotolia.com

If you're deciding where to go on holiday in November for the best weather, Gran Canaria is a great option for a number of reasons: firstly, it's the warmest destination within easy reach of the UK, making it perfect for those not keen on long haul flights or just travelling with young children. Secondly, you'll experience some truly magnificent weather in November - perhaps not great for a beach holiday and if you fancy a swim, definitely look for a hotel with a heated pool however, it offers idyllic conditions for walking, relaxing and sports. Finally, there are so many great deals from leading brands to help you get there for less, all year round.

Top tip: while there's no heat and humidity at this time, it's worth remembering that although Lanzarote and Fuerteventura may bask in a touch more sunshine, places such as Maspalomas in southern Gran Canaria, are easily a degree or two warmer, if not quite as sunny.

Book cheap flights to Gran Canaria with Monarch, Jet2 and Thomson or browse the latest flight sale offers available online.

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Where to go in November: alternative destinations

If you're looking for somewhere to go on holiday in November with great weather that's completely family friendly, escape west to Miami in Florida. There's so much to see and do for all ages, not to mention the wonderful weather, which peaks at around 27°C each day, sinking no lower than around 20°C come evening. There's virtually no heat and humidity to worry about, and just a slim chance of encountering some passing rainfall, although UV remains high. Crucially, the sea is warm enough for many to enjoy a good splash about at 26°C.

For a little more heat, consider visiting Oman. Its dry, hot and sunny weather makes it an ideal choice when deciding where to go on holiday in November. Temperatures hit 30°C, and you'll experience near-cloudless skies. The water is also warm at 27°C. There's an abundance of luxurious resorts to choose from, as well as splendid sights to see such as the Sultan Qaboos Grand Mosque in Muscat.

Finally, for those after a relaxed, budget friendly place with great beach weather, book a bargain fare to Goa in India, where you'll find temperatures up to 33°C, warm sea water at 29°C and only the slightest chance of seeing some rain. Days are long, with very high UV and very high heat and humidity, so this is the best option for those after somewhere to go on holiday in November with top beach break conditions.

Winter may be on the horizon in Europe, but it's clear that there are still a select few destinations within easy reach of the UK for those deciding where to go on holiday in November. If you'd like to find out more, visit our weather in November section, and don't forget to check out our very latest deals and discounts to see if you could save on your hot and sunny holiday this November.

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1 Weather Score for Anguilla in November is 100% 100% Anguilla
  Weather Score for Bahrain in November is 100% 100% Bahrain
  Weather Score for Bali in November is 100% 100% Bali, Indonesia
  Weather Score for Bangladesh in November is 100% 100% Bangladesh
  Weather Score for Barbados in November is 100% 100% Barbados
  Weather Score for Benin in November is 100% 100% Benin
  Weather Score for Bonaire in November is 100% 100% Bonaire
  Weather Score for Brazil in November is 100% 100% Brazil
  Weather Score for Burma in November is 100% 100% Burma
  Weather Score for Comoros in November is 100% 100% Comoros
  Weather Score for Curacao in November is 100% 100% Curacao
  Weather Score for Dominican Republic in November is 100% 100% Dominican Republic
  Weather Score for Egypt in November is 100% 100% Egypt
  Weather Score for El Salvador in November is 100% 100% El Salvador
  Weather Score for Florida in November is 100% 100% Florida, United States
  Weather Score for French Polynesia in November is 100% 100% French Polynesia
  Weather Score for Israel in November is 100% 100% Israel
  Weather Score for Jordan in November is 100% 100% Jordan
  Weather Score for Kenya in November is 100% 100% Kenya
  Weather Score for Kuwait in November is 100% 100% Kuwait
  Weather Score for Lombok in November is 100% 100% Lombok, Indonesia
  Weather Score for Madagascar in November is 100% 100% Madagascar
  Weather Score for Martinique in November is 100% 100% Martinique
  Weather Score for Mauritius in November is 100% 100% Mauritius
  Weather Score for Mayotte in November is 100% 100% Mayotte
  Weather Score for Mexico in November is 100% 100% Mexico
  Weather Score for Mozambique in November is 100% 100% Mozambique
  Weather Score for New Caledonia in November is 100% 100% New Caledonia
  Weather Score for Oman in November is 100% 100% Oman
  Weather Score for Qatar in November is 100% 100% Qatar
  Weather Score for Queensland in November is 100% 100% Queensland, Australia
  Weather Score for Saba in November is 100% 100% Saba
  Weather Score for Saudi Arabia in November is 100% 100% Saudi Arabia
  Weather Score for Sharm el Sheikh area in November is 100% 100% Sharm el-Sheikh, Egypt
  Weather Score for Sint Eustatius in November is 100% 100% Sint Eustatius
  Weather Score for Sint Maarten in November is 100% 100% Sint Maarten
  Weather Score for St Barthelemy in November is 100% 100% St Barthelemy
  Weather Score for St Kitts & Nevis in November is 100% 100% St Kitts and Nevis
  Weather Score for St Lucia in November is 100% 100% St Lucia
  Weather Score for St Martin in November is 100% 100% St Martin
  Weather Score for St Vincent & the Grenadines in November is 100% 100% St Vincent and the Grenadines
  Weather Score for Tanzania in November is 100% 100% Tanzania
  Weather Score for Thailand in November is 100% 100% Thailand
  Weather Score for United Arab Emirates in November is 100% 100% United Arab Emirates
  Weather Score for Vanuatu in November is 100% 100% Vanuatu
46 Weather Score for Angola in November is 97% 97% Angola
  Weather Score for Antigua in November is 97% 97% Antigua
  Weather Score for Bahamas in November is 97% 97% Bahamas
  Weather Score for British Virgin Islands in November is 97% 97% British Virgin Islands
  Weather Score for Cape Verde in November is 97% 97% Cape Verde
  Weather Score for Cayman Islands in November is 97% 97% Cayman Islands
  Weather Score for Cuba in November is 97% 97% Cuba
  Weather Score for Dominica in November is 97% 97% Dominica
  Weather Score for Fiji in November is 97% 97% Fiji
  Weather Score for Ghana in November is 97% 97% Ghana
  Weather Score for Grenada in November is 97% 97% Grenada
  Weather Score for Guadeloupe in November is 97% 97% Guadeloupe
  Weather Score for Guyana in November is 97% 97% Guyana
  Weather Score for Haiti in November is 97% 97% Haiti
  Weather Score for Hawaii in November is 97% 97% Hawaii, United States
  Weather Score for India in November is 97% 97% India
  Weather Score for Indonesia in November is 97% 97% Indonesia
  Weather Score for Jamaica in November is 97% 97% Jamaica
  Weather Score for Liberia in November is 97% 97% Liberia
  Weather Score for Maldives in November is 97% 97% Maldives
  Weather Score for Montserrat in November is 97% 97% Montserrat
  Weather Score for Nicaragua in November is 97% 97% Nicaragua
  Weather Score for Papua New Guinea in November is 97% 97% Papua New Guinea
  Weather Score for Philippines in November is 97% 97% Philippines
  Weather Score for Puerto Rico in November is 97% 97% Puerto Rico
  Weather Score for Reunion in November is 97% 97% Reunion
  Weather Score for Samoa in November is 97% 97% Samoa
  Weather Score for Seychelles in November is 97% 97% Seychelles
  Weather Score for Sierra Leone in November is 97% 97% Sierra Leone
  Weather Score for Solomon Islands in November is 97% 97% Solomon Islands
  Weather Score for Sri Lanka in November is 97% 97% Sri Lanka
  Weather Score for Trinidad & Tobago in November is 97% 97% Trinidad and Tobago
  Weather Score for Vietnam in November is 97% 97% Vietnam
  Weather Score for Virgin Islands in November is 97% 97% Virgin Islands
  Weather Score for Wake Island in November is 97% 97% Wake Island
81 Weather Score for Djibouti in November is 96% 96% Djibouti
  Weather Score for East Timor in November is 96% 96% East Timor
  Weather Score for Guinea-Bissau in November is 96% 96% Guinea-Bissau
  Weather Score for Pakistan in November is 96% 96% Pakistan
  Weather Score for Senegal in November is 96% 96% Senegal
86 Weather Score for Brunei in November is 93% 93% Brunei
  Weather Score for Cambodia in November is 93% 93% Cambodia
  Weather Score for French Guiana in November is 93% 93% French Guiana
  Weather Score for Kerala in November is 93% 93% Kerala, India
  Weather Score for South Africa in November is 93% 93% South Africa
  Weather Score for Sudan in November is 93% 93% Sudan
92 Weather Score for Belize in November is 92% 92% Belize
  Weather Score for Cancun & Riviera Maya in November is 92% 92% Cancun and Riviera Maya, Mexico
  Weather Score for China in November is 92% 92% China
  Weather Score for Colombia in November is 92% 92% Colombia
  Weather Score for Costa Rica in November is 92% 92% Costa Rica
  Weather Score for Goa in November is 92% 92% Goa, India
  Weather Score for Honduras in November is 92% 92% Honduras
  Weather Score for Malaysia in November is 92% 92% Malaysia
  Weather Score for Marshall Islands in November is 92% 92% Marshall Islands
  Weather Score for Panama in November is 92% 92% Panama
  Weather Score for Suriname in November is 92% 92% Suriname
  Weather Score for Togo in November is 92% 92% Togo
  Weather Score for Turks & Caicos Islands in November is 92% 92% Turks and Caicos Islands
  Weather Score for Venezuela in November is 92% 92% Venezuela
106 Weather Score for Guatemala in November is 89% 89% Guatemala
  Weather Score for Guinea in November is 89% 89% Guinea
108 Weather Score for New South Wales in November is 88% 88% New South Wales, Australia
109 Weather Score for Federated States of Micronesia in November is 87% 87% Federated States of Micronesia
  Weather Score for Gambia in November is 87% 87% Gambia
  Weather Score for Hong Kong in November is 87% 87% Hong Kong
  Weather Score for Macau in November is 87% 87% Macau
  Weather Score for Nigeria in November is 87% 87% Nigeria
  Weather Score for Palau in November is 87% 87% Palau
  Weather Score for Texas in November is 87% 87% Texas, United States
  Weather Score for Western Australia in November is 87% 87% Western Australia, Australia
117 Weather Score for American Samoa in November is 86% 86% American Samoa
  Weather Score for Cameroon in November is 86% 86% Cameroon
  Weather Score for Equatorial Guinea in November is 86% 86% Equatorial Guinea
  Weather Score for Guam in November is 86% 86% Guam
  Weather Score for Northern Mariana Islands in November is 86% 86% Northern Mariana Islands
  Weather Score for St Helena, Ascension & Tristan da Cunha in November is 86% 86% St Helena, Ascension and Tristan da Cunha
  Weather Score for Taiwan in November is 86% 86% Taiwan
124 Weather Score for Ecuador in November is 85% 85% Ecuador
125 Weather Score for Northern Territory in November is 83% 83% Northern Territory, Australia
126 Weather Score for Singapore in November is 82% 82% Singapore
127 Weather Score for Congo-Brazzaville in November is 81% 81% Congo-Brazzaville
  Weather Score for Gabon in November is 81% 81% Gabon
  Weather Score for Japan in November is 81% 81% Japan
  Weather Score for Sao Tome & Principe in November is 81% 81% Sao Tome and Principe
131 Weather Score for Chile in November is 80% 80% Chile
  Weather Score for Georgia (USA) in November is 80% 80% Georgia, United States
  Weather Score for Tunisia in November is 80% 80% Tunisia
134 Weather Score for Bermuda in November is 79% 79% Bermuda
  Weather Score for South Carolina in November is 79% 79% South Carolina, United States
136 Weather Score for Cyprus in November is 77% 77% Cyprus
  Weather Score for Gran Canaria in November is 77% 77% Gran Canaria, Canary Islands, Spain
  Weather Score for Lebanon in November is 77% 77% Lebanon
139 Weather Score for North Carolina in November is 76% 76% North Carolina, United States
140 Weather Score for Alabama in November is 75% 75% Alabama, United States
141 Weather Score for El Hierro in November is 71% 71% Hierro, Canary Islands, Spain
  Weather Score for La Gomera in November is 71% 71% La Gomera, Canary Islands, Spain
  Weather Score for La Palma in November is 71% 71% La Palma, Canary Islands, Spain
  Weather Score for Norfolk Island in November is 71% 71% Norfolk Island
  Weather Score for Tenerife in November is 71% 71% Tenerife, Canary Islands, Spain
  Weather Score for Western Sahara in November is 71% 71% Western Sahara
147 Weather Score for Fuerteventura in November is 68% 68% Fuerteventura, Canary Islands, Spain
  Weather Score for Lanzarote in November is 68% 68% Lanzarote, Canary Islands, Spain
149 Weather Score for Argentina in November is 67% 67% Argentina
  Weather Score for California in November is 67% 67% California, United States
  Weather Score for Mississippi in November is 67% 67% Mississippi, United States
  Weather Score for Namibia in November is 67% 67% Namibia
  Weather Score for Peru in November is 67% 67% Peru
  Weather Score for South Australia in November is 67% 67% South Australia, Australia
  Weather Score for Uruguay in November is 67% 67% Uruguay
156 Weather Score for Morocco in November is 64% 64% Morocco
  Weather Score for Victoria in November is 64% 64% Victoria, Australia
158 Weather Score for Antalya Coast in November is 63% 63% Antalya Coast, Turkey

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