Top 9 Cities to Visit for Sun Worshippers

March 27, 2024

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It’s human nature to feel happier and more relaxed when the sun is shining. For many people, the best way to recharge their batteries is to take a vacation in a country that’s known for its warm weather. 

But you don’t have to go on a beach holiday to enjoy the sun. There are plenty of cities around the world where you can see the sights, learn about the culture and history of the place, and mix with the locals while the sun shines down on you. Some cities even have stunning beaches that are perfect for relaxing after a few days of activities and sightseeing.

Read on as we reveal some of the best cities for sun worshippers to visit.

1. Sydney, Australia

Bondi Beach
Bondi Beach
Average hours of daily sunshine: 7
Sunniest months: August, September, October, November, December, January

Sydney is a popular winter sun destination for those who live in the northern hemisphere. August through January are the sunniest months, with temperatures during the summer (December, January, and February) reaching up to 78.4 degrees Fahrenheit. Summer may be the hottest time of year in Sydney, but wind speeds are also at their highest during this time, providing welcome relief from the heat.

Sydney has plenty of outdoor activities to keep visitors entertained, from abseiling down Sydney Harbour Bridge to lounging in Hyde Park or the Royal Botanic Gardens. What sets Sydney apart from many other sunny cities is its world-class beaches, which stretch from Palm Beach in the north to Cronulla Beach in the south. The infamous Bondi Beach is just a short bus or train ride from the city center.

In addition to Sydney, some of Australia’s other sunny cities include Surfer’s Paradise, Brisbane, and Perth, making it one of the top countries in the world for sun worshipers.

2. Las Vegas, United States

Las Vegas, Nevada
Las Vegas, Nevada
Average hours of daily sunshine: 10
Sunniest months: May, June, July, August

According to a survey conducted last year, 40 percent of Americans have never left the country. That means that out of the 300 million+ people who live here, about 120 million have not been overseas. But sun worshippers don’t need to leave the US to find some city sun.

Las Vegas is one of three US cities to feature on this list. In July and August, it’s not uncommon for temperatures in this desert city to reach a scorching 104 degrees Fahrenheit. It won’t surprise you to know that Las Vegas is also one of the sunniest cities in the world by yearly average sunshine.

The best time to visit Las Vegas is late fall when temperatures are warm but not too hot. However, the city’s abundance of air-conditioned casinos, bars, restaurants, and shopping malls allow for an enjoyable vacation at any time of year.

3. Dubai, United Arab Emirates

Atlantis, The Palm
Atlantis, The Palm
Average hours of daily sunshine: 10
Sunniest months: May, June

Like Las Vegas, Dubai is a desert city that experiences high temperatures and year-round sunshine. Admittedly, December through March can be cloudy, as can summer during the southern Arabia monsoon, but on average, the city receives 3,500 hours of sunshine per year.

Dubai may be known as the shopping capital of the Middle East, but it’s got more to offer than just malls. There’s plenty to keep visitors entertained, from world-class bars, restaurants, and spas to parks and beaches for relaxing, as well as watersports like surfing and paddle boarding. For those who want to get out of the city, there’s a wide range of other outdoor activities on offer, too, such as hot air balloon rides over the desert, safaris, and dune bashing.

4. Barcelona, Spain

Park Güell in Barcelona
Park Güell, a UNESCO World Heritage Site
Average hours of daily sunshine: 7
Sunniest months: June, July, August

Barcelona is another ideal destination for travelers who love sunshine. If you are a sun worshipper, summer is the best time to visit, particularly in July, when the sun shines for around ten hours a day. 

Barcelona is widely regarded as one of Europe’s cultural capitals. The city’s museums and galleries — like the Barcelona Museum of Contemporary Art, Virreina Palace, and the Picasso Museum — showcase some of the world’s best modern and contemporary artworks. Its buildings are a mix of striking Gothic and modern architecture, and the nearby Catalonian History Museum features exhibits that date back thousands of years. With its street performers, market stalls, and cafes, the tree-lined street of La Ramblas is also worth a visit. Additionally, Barcelona is a coastal city, which means you don’t have to go too far to cool down in the sea.

5. Miami, United States

Miami Beach
Miami Beach
Average hours of daily sunshine: 8.5
Sunniest months: April, May, June, July, August

The US appears on this list again, this time for its sunny city of Miami. Located in Florida — also known as the Sunshine State — sunny weather is pretty much guaranteed here, with the driest month in July and the warmest month in August. Even during winter, temperatures are mild in Miami, reaching highs of around 68 degrees Fahrenheit.

Like most cities, Miami has plenty to keep visitors occupied, from visiting museums and markets to cruising around Biscayne Bay on a sailboat. You can also explore the city from above via a private airplane tour.

6. Cannes, France

Cannes Bay
Cannes Bay
Average hours of daily sunshine: 7.5
Sunniest months: June, July

Another city for sun lovers is Cannes, which receives around 2,740 hours of sunshine per year. 

Located on the French Riviera, Cannes is known for its yachts, luxury hotels, and annual film festival. But you don’t have to be a millionaire or celebrity to enjoy a vacation in this stylish Mediterranean city. As well as relaxing on one of Cannes’ many sandy beaches, some other cheap outdoor activities on offer include walking the GR5 hiking route for some of the best views in the area and taking a 30-minute train to the neighboring city of Nice to explore its rich history, intricate architecture, and stunning landscape. However, if you do want to splash the cash, the city has a wide range of designer boutiques and fancy restaurants, as well as a lively nightlife scene.

7. Bridgetown, Barbados

Bridgetown harbour
Bridgetown harbour
Average hours of daily sunshine: 8
Sunniest months: February, March

Considering Barbados’ location close to the equator, it’s no wonder its capital city of Bridgetown boasts year-round temperatures of around 80 degrees Fahrenheit and almost 3,000 hours of sunshine a year. While Barbados does experience intense downpours during the wet season (July through November), they tend to be short, meaning they don’t impact the country’s number of sunshine hours too much.

Bridgetown’s best offering for sun worshippers is Carlisle Bay, a small natural harbor that’s been turned into a marine park, where scuba diving is one of the main activities. For more leisurely entertainment, the Boatyard Beach Club offers sunloungers, sea-view dining, cocktails, and snorkeling tours.

8. Cape Town, South Africa

Llandudno Beach, Cape Town
Llandudno Beach, Cape Town
Average hours of daily sunshine: 9
Sunniest months: December, January

Cape Town experiences around nine hours of sunshine a day, making it a top destination for people who love the sun.

As well as an array of spectacular beaches like Boulder’s Beach, Clifton Beach, and Camp’s Bay Beach, sun lovers can enjoy a hike or cable car ride up the iconic Table Mountain for breathtaking views of the city, lunch at one of Cape Town’s many outdoor restaurants and cafes, or a stroll around street markets to search for souvenirs to take home.

9. San Francisco, United States

Powell Street, San Francisco
Powell Street, San Francisco
Average hours of daily sunshine: 8
Sunniest months: May, June, July

San Francisco is the third US city to make it onto our list of top 9 cities to visit for sun worshippers. The city boasts long hours of sunshine during the summer months — especially in June when the sun can shine for 11 hours a day!  

Situated on the West Coast of the country, San Francisco benefits from a sunny climate and fantastic beaches. While the city’s beaches are better suited to watersports enthusiasts than sunbathers and swimmers, sun worshippers who prefer to take things easy can still enjoy the beach with a scenic walk or leisurely picnic.

San Fransisco also has plenty of parks to explore, as well as free humpback whale watching, which you can do from the Golden Gate Bridge.

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