As the sun’s warmth hits your face and the world seems to sparkle, there is no denying the sense of bliss that comes with sunny destinations. Whether you are seeking year-round sunshine or simply looking to escape the cold, we have compiled a list of the ten sunniest places in the world. These destinations not only boast an abundance of sunshine but also offer endless possibilities for an unforgettable family vacation. So grab your shades, pack your sunscreen, and embark on a sun-soaked adventure!

Yuma, Arizona

Yuma’s Desert

Yuma, Arizona holds the Guinness World Record) as the official sunniest spot in the world, with an average of 4,015 hours of sunshine each year! With river-tubing on the Colorado, hot air ballooning over the serene farmlands of Yuma Valley, and ATVing in the Imperial Sand Dunes (it’s where they filmed Star Wars: Episode VI – Return of the Jedi, there are endless ways to take advantage of the infinite sunlight. 




Canary Islands, Spain:

Playa Francesca, La Graciosa Island – one of the many sunny and unspoiled beaches of the Canary Islands

Renowned for its mild climate and favorable weather, the Canary Islands are a dreamy destination for families seeking sun-filled days. With an average of 3,000 hours of sunshine annually, these islands provide the perfect backdrop for beach lovers, water sports enthusiasts, and nature explorers. From relaxing on the white, sandy beaches of Tenerife to exploring the volcanic landscapes of Lanzarote, the Canary Islands offer something for every family member.



Lisbon, Portugal

As the westernmost city in Portugal and continental Europe, Lisbon enjoys a Mediterranean climate and over 3,000 hours of sun– at least 12 hours per day. Visitors can be virtually guaranteed gorgeous weather, as well as stunning architecture and delicious food, not to mention the history. It is the second oldest city in Europe after Athens and is supposedly four centuries older than Rome. 

Its location makes it the perfect jumping-off point for all Portugal offers. Oenophiles will love that you can hop on a river cruise from Lisbon to Porto and Portugal’s fabulous wine country.


Maasai Mara, Kenya:

Just one of the friendly faces you may see while on safari in the Masaai Mara (photo taken by Ilisa Oman)

If your family loves wildlife and adventure, look no further than Maasai Mara in Kenya. This African gem boasts more than 300 sunny days yearly, offering the perfect climate for a thrilling safari experience. Witness the breathtaking wildebeest migration, come face-to-face with majestic lions, and create life-long memories filled with the warmth of the African sun and hospitality.





Maui, Hawaii:

Sunrise over Haleakala, Maui

This tropical paradise needs no introduction for its sunny disposition. Offering more than 270 days of sunshine annually, Maui presents a golden opportunity for a picture-perfect family vacation. Explore the stunning beaches, embark on thrilling snorkeling adventures, or relax under swaying palm trees while soaking up the tropical rays. Intrepid early birds will not want to miss sunrise over Haleakala.


Cancun, Mexico:

Ruins of Tulum

Mexico’s famous coastal city, Cancun, is synonymous with sunshine. Cancun is a haven for beach enthusiasts, with an average of 240 sunny days per year and a warm climate. Families can enjoy various activities, from exploring ancient Mayan ruins in Tulum to swimming with dolphins in Isla Mujeres, all while reveling in the sunshine that graces this vibrant destination.




Aswan, Egypt

Traditional Nile sailboats near the banks of the Nile in Aswan, Egypt

Aswan in Southern Egypt receives around 3,855 hours of sunshine annually. This market city is laid back and considered less touristy than many other cities in Egypt. It’s also the starting point for many Nile river cruises. Known as the Land of Gold, it is the final resting place for the Nubian pharaohs, making it a perfect stop on a larger Egyptian adventure.




Cape Town, South Africa:

Beach houses in Muizenberg, the main surfing spot in Cape Town

Nestled between mountain ranges and breathtaking coastlines, Cape Town is a city that embraces the sun with open arms. With approximately 2,800 hours of sunshine annually, this South African gem enables families to soak up the sun while exploring iconic landmarks like Table Mountain, enjoying the bustling V&A Waterfront, or venturing to the vibrant penguin colony at Boulders Beach.




Santorini, Greece:

Famous blue dome of Santorini (photo taken by Ilisa Oman)

Santorini, an enchanting Greek island, is not only famous for its breathtaking sunsets but also for its sun-drenched days. With approximately 300 sunny days a year, families can immerse themselves in the island’s charm, stroll through the narrow streets of Oia, embrace the volcanic beaches, and create cherished memories under the bright Aegean sun.








Dubai, United Arab Emirates

Al Qudra, part of the Al Marmoom Desert Conservation Reserve

Dubai, the shining oasis amidst the Arabian Desert, offers an abundance of sunshine throughout the year. With over 8 hours of sun per day and an array of world-class attractions, this glamorous city caters to families seeking unique adventures. Unleash your inner thrill-seeker at Aquaventure Waterpark, indulge in retail therapy at the Dubai Mall, or experience the grandeur of the Burj Khalifa while reveling in Dubai’s year-round sunshine.

 Whether you’re yearning for a beach getaway, an epic safari experience, or a cultural adventure, these ten sunniest destinations around the world offer the perfect combination of sunshine and diverse family-friendly activities. From the idyllic islands of Spain and Greece to the awe-inspiring natural wonders of Africa and the urban charm of cities like Dubai, these sun-drenched locales promise to create cherished memories filled with warmth, joy, and endless sunshine.

So embark on this sun-soaked journey with your loved ones, and let the radiant rays of sunshine illuminate your family vacation for a lifetime. Welcome to a world where every day is sunny, and adventure awaits at every turn! 

Happy Travels!



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