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Cancun is the best-value winter sun destination, sunshine hour study reveals

Cancun is the best-value winter sun destination, sunshine hour study reveals

CancunMexico is the seventh-best value winter sun destination, new research shows. A holiday in Cancun will cost just €263.04​ for every hour of sunshine gained, with holidaymakers gaining almost 7 hours (6.47) of sunshine per day.

That’s according to BestGamblingSites.com, who were keen to discover the best value winter sun destinations. To do this, sunshine hours were compared to London for each destination, to see how many sunshine hours tourists will gain per day. This was analysed in comparison to the total cost of a holiday in each destination, to reveal where you can get the most winter sun for your money.

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 The best-value winter sun destinations: 



Total Holiday Cost (2 Adults from London)*

Average Winter Sunshine Hours

Sunshine Hours Gained Per Day (from London)

Cost per Sunshine Hour Gained


Morocco, Marrakesh






Egypt, Cairo






Portugal, Madeira






Canary Islands, Tenerife






Canary Islands, Fuerteventura






United Arab Emirates, Dubai






Mexico, Cancun






Tanzania, Zanzibar






Cape Town, South Africa






Balearic Islands, Ibiza





* The total holiday cost is based on two adults flying from London, for a week-long stay. The price includes accommodation, restaurant meals and alcohol.

Cancun is the best-value winter sun destination

Cancun, Mexico is the seventh best-value winter sun destination, with tourists gaining 6.47 hours of sunshine per day.  The average cost of a holiday to Cancun is €1702.02​, meaning visitors pay €263.04​ for each hour of sunshine gained. This is more than half (51%) the cost tourists will pay in San Diego, California, where the price per sunshine hour gained is €542.65 — despite the city having 1.35 hours less sun per day.  

MarrakeshMorocco is the city where you can get the most sunshine hours for your money. The average cost of a holiday to Marrakesh is €728.42, the lowest-priced destination of all cities analysed. Holidaymakers in Marrakesh will experience 10.06 hours of winter sun per day, 6.53 hours more than in Greater London. The price per hour of sunshine gained is just €111.56, making Marrakesh the best-value winter sun destination. This is 25% cheaper than the nearby island Madeira, where visitors will pay €149.53 per hour of sunshine gained.

CairoEgypt ranks second, where tourists will pay DH 1535.15 for every hour of sunshine gained. This is almost half the cost holidaymakers can expect to pay (DH 2861.42) per hour of sunshine in DubaiUnited Arab EmiratesCairo receives 10.65 hours of sunshine, meaning tourists visiting from London will gain over 7 hours of winter sun — the third longest in the top 10.

 The most expensive winter sun destinations:



Total Holiday Cost (2 Adults from London Avg.)

Average Winter Sunshine Hours

Sunshine Hours Gained (from London)

Cost per Sunshine Hour Gained


Barbados, the Caribbean






San Diego, California





Barbados, the Caribbean and San Diego, California are the most expensive winter sun destinations. Despite its beautiful location, the average cost for a holiday to Barbados is €3416.21 for just over 5 (5.35hours of sunshine gained each day. As a result, tourists will pay €638.19 per hour of sunshine gained — the highest of all destinations analysed. 

 Holidaymakers in San DiegoCalifornia will gain just 5.12 hours of winter sun per day, despite the typical holiday to California costing a staggering €2777.10. Visitors to the golden state will pay €542.65 for each hour of sunshine gained, more than double the cost holidaymakers can expect to pay in CancunMexico (€263.04).

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 Please find the full press release and dataset used throughout this study, here.


  1. https://www.bestgamblingsites.com/ conducted the following research to identify the holiday destinations providing the greatest amount of sunshine per pound spent. This research uses net surface solar radiation by hour of day acquired from the ERA-Land reanalysis dataset to compute sunshine hours, and collects cost estimates for flights, hotel stays, restaurant meals, and drinks from a multitude of reliable data sources.
  2. Global gridded net surface solar radiation (J/m2) during the winter months (Dec, Jan, Feb) between 2016 and 2021 were collected from the Era5-Land monthly averaged reanalysis dataset, provided by the Copernicus Climate Data Store.
  3. A spatial join between the solar radiation grids and selected holiday destination locations was then performed together with an aggregation to compute for each destination, the total solar radiation by month. A rate of 1000W/m2 was used to calculate the average sunshine hour duration per winter month.
  4. Return flight prices for two adults together with 3 star hotel stay prices were collected from google flights and google hotels respectively. Restaurant meals and beer prices were collected from Numbeo. The total estimated holiday cost was then calculated assuming restaurant 2 meals and 1 beer per day, for 2 adults.
  5. The estimated total cost of the holiday was then divided by total sunshine hours gained for each destination to rank the holiday destinations that provide the most sunshine hours per pound in cost.
  6. Flight and hotel stay costs were collected for 16-23 January 2023 for two adults. All data was collected on 5th December and is accurate as of then.

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