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What sea will you be diving into this winter?

Posted on 16 November 2016

When our world gets so cold and dark we can only make life bearable with tinsel and little flashing lights, you know it’s time to move to the warmth and light.

Virtually anywhere south of the 40th parallel offers winter sunshine, which could mean you’re paralysed by choice. Make a start on narrowing your options by considering the different oceans offering warm winter water. Here we show you three of the best, with some suggestions for great property buying locations.

Indian Ocean

This vast body of water stretches from  Arabia to Western Australia, but for winter sun the eastern side is relatively easy to get to and has some tantalising prospects. The Seychelles and the Maldives are further north, both close to the equator and so offering consistent temperatures and daylight hours year-round. The Maldives, closer to India, has cheaper property that you can reach by direct British Airways flights from the UK. The Seychelles, on the African side, has its fair share of multimillion-pound villas, but for most property buyers, and retirees in particular, Mauritius is their first choice in the Indian Ocean. It has direct UK flights with a flight time similar to the west coast of the US, but no jet lag because it’s only four hours ahead of the UK. Property is reasonably priced, the rule of law is strong, people speak English and there is a good range of affordable property.

Caribbean Sea

The Caribbean has been a byword for luxurious winter sun ever since the likes of Princess Margaret decamped to Mustique each winter and Richard Branson bought his own private island. If that’s out of your price range maybe Barbados would be sufficiently upmarket. It’s a Commonwealth country of just 300,000 people, with a strong British influence that’s encouraged by daily direct flights from the UK in around nine hours. Barbados is in the far south-eastern corner of the Caribbean and is rarely troubled by hurricanes, but enjoys year-round temperatures of around 30°C. Popular areas include the west coast beach resorts and Bridgetown, the capital city.

Andy Murray looks to have made a packet on his Miami condominium.

You certainly won’t have trouble getting to Miami all winter and the de facto capital of Latin America is not only hot in weather terms all year, but in lifestyle too. It’s an interesting choice for investment – Andy Murray looks to have made a packet on his Miami condominium – with the benefit of America’s simple and user-friendly buying processes.

Mediterranean Sea

While you might not want to dip your toe too far into the water off Mallorca in winter, head down to the south-eastern end of the Mediterranean and it’s possible to swim all year – although the locals might think you’re nuts. The average sea temperature in Fethiye, Turkey, during January is 18°C, which is slightly warmer than the August sea temperature off Brighton. The property is more affordable too, with good property overlooking that warmish sea from around £50,000 (and no jetlag!).

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