Doesn’t it seem like summer just picked up and left without so much as saying goodbye? She didn’t even leave us any evidence that she was here for 3 months. Not a very good houseguest, I would say.
But that’s ok. If you are still craving that nice hot weather, and want to put your toes in the sand, or are thinking of a warm getaway in the winter, I have you covered. There are many places to visit that are simply perpetual summer. I know you’re thinking “well, that’s basically the entire Caribbean.” And you would be right, but I’m not going to list all those islands, because that would be silly. What I am going to tell you about are 5 places that are virtually untouched by the highs and lows of weather. Sunny destinations that seem to be always summer, always beautiful.
Costa Rica is a tropical gem. With an average low temperature of 78 degrees F (26 C) the summer and winter are marked not by temperature fluctuations, but by rain. Your favorite summer activities such as the beach, and surfing are waiting for you, but your adventurous side will not go unchecked, because cave tubing, canyoning, zip-lining, and river rafting are just some of the activities tourists can enjoy.
Wildlife lovers will delight in the country’s sloths and ocelots – there are over 500,000 species of wildlife – and at the end of the day, you can take a relaxing dip in the hot springs back at your resort in the shadow of the magnificent Arenal Volcano.
Malta is Europe’s sunniest country with over 300 days of sunshine a year. Almost 3000 hours. The average yearly temperate is 73 degrees F, one of the warmest in Europe. In addition, the average hours of daylight in December, January, and February is 10.3 (London is 8 for comparison). You might need a little sweater for the evenings, but that certainly beats a winter coat.
While you are basking in all that sunshine, you can take advantage of 7,000 years of rich history. This tiny nation has been ruled by the Arabs, Normans, and Aragonese, and has been influenced by the Romans, Phoenicians, and Carthaginians, all of whom have left their mark around the 3 islands that make up Malta.
Of course, sitting in the middle of the Mediterranean, Malta will not disappoint when it comes to food and visitors will enjoy influences from North Africa and Italy. And the best part and least known secret – prices are typically 20 percent less than mainland Europe.
Now here is a place that is truly perpetual summer, so much so that it is literally called “the land of perpetual summer.” Sitting roughly 1,000 miles off the coast of Africa, the climate here is perfect year-round, warm and sunny almost 365 days a year, making the Seychelles the perfect family destination. This archipelago of 115 islands is like a string of pearls jutting into the Indian Ocean, taunting you with its perfect beaches and brightly colored coral reefs begging to be explored.
The most popular activities include boat trips around the islands, hiking mountain trails, beach hopping, and rock climbing. Thrill seekers can enjoy scuba diving, snorkeling, surfing and sailing, and fishing (the Seychelles contains some of the best fishing grounds in the world). Foodies will delight in the Creole cuisine.
Dubai is not the place to go if you are looking for history. It is the place to go if you are looking for an over-the-top vacation, one full of excess and the extraordinary. While it’s over 100+ temperatures in the summer are not for everybody, it is without humidity so you can still enjoy all that the city has to offer, from skydiving over the manmade island Palm Jumeirah to riding to the top of the world’s tallest building, the Burj Khalifa. In the winter, it cools down to a comfortable 70 degrees and you can still enjoy a desert safari with ATVs and camels. If you love your winter sports, try skiing indoors at Ski Dubai, part of one of the world’s largest shopping malls, the Mall of the Emirate
Mexico is always delightful all year, and always summer. Like Costa Rica, its climate is tropical with little temperature fluctuation from season to season. Plus, it is extremely accessible from the United States and Canada. Whether you’re a beach lover basking in the sun on the Mayan Riviera or a history buff exploring the Mayan or Aztec ruins, you’ll find no shortage of activities to keep you busy. Divers and snorkelers can pass the time on the second-largest barrier reef in the world.
The beauty of the country also lies in the diversity of its cities that offer some of which offer magnificent coastlines and some of which are culturally and historically rich. For example, Mexico City as the capital of the country is one of the most attractive cities. Situated on the ancient Aztec city of Tenochtitlan, this city has an important historical background, and boasts more than 1,200 museums and galleries. Guadalajara, Guanajuato andSan Miguel de Allendeburst with culture, art and architecture.So, are you ready to plan your fall or winter getaway to where it is always summer? Give me a call and I can make it happen!
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