Those who now live the coldness of the beautiful winter sure have imagined themselves on a tropical island or warm, fun city where they can enjoy the sun, the weather and in the best case possible – the beach and the ocean.
This is an article for those who are wondering where to travel next, or what to daydream about! No matter which are you, the ten places we picked will surely take your breath away. Most of them are a combination of a city life with beach fun, while there are also few, tropical island for those who wish for more of a rest and relaxation vacation. Considering the fact that the places are located in the Southern Hemisphere, note that if you come from Europe, the summer and the winter are opposite to seasons in Europe.
Check out these wonderful places, choose your favorite and write it down on your wish list. Enjoy!
Aruba is a small Caribbean island that is located north of the Venezuelan coast. This island belongs to the Kingdom of Netherlands, and together with two more Caribbean islands they form the so called Dutch Caribbean. The capital city of the island is Oranjestad, which is the largest city as well. You can visit the island any time of the year, but the peak season starts from mid – December and lasts until mid – April, so expect higher prices if you go this period. There no need to worry for any tropical storms happening here, because Aruba lays outside of the Hurricane Alley. The island offers a great range of activities, but the ones that you have to experience yourself is the sandy beaches and salty ocean water. Other things you can do is visit the capital, horse riding, visit the natural rock pool and the Arikok National Park and so on.
Mauritius is a wonderful island located in the Indian Sea, southeast of the African continent. The great american writer Mark Twain once said that “Mauritius was made first and then heaven, heaven being copied after Mauritius”, and we cannot agree more to this! The capital of the island is Port Louis, a beautiful town which is worth visiting thanks to the history of it and the wonderful atmosphere with lots of restaurants, bars, shopping centers and so on. The best time to visit the island is while summer lasts here, and that is from November to April. Besides the wonderful ocean waters and long beaches, you should also visit the two UNESCO World Heritage Sites on Mauritius – Le Morne Cultural Landscape and Aapravasi Ghat.
Gold Coast City
Located in Queensland, on the eastern Australian coast, the Gold Coast City is the perfect combination of everything you would love in a vacation – it has the fun, city nightlife and the sandy beaches that we all love Australia for. There are plenty of activities to do here. One of the best ways to spend the day is enjoying the beaches, swim and surf. On same days there are beachmarkets where you buy souvenirs and taste the local food. You can visit plenty of restaurants, bars, festivals and nightclubs for fun, but there is a cultural side of the city as well – you can visit museums, galleries, exhibitions and other. Going to the City of Gold Coast will definitely be worth of your time. You will have the beach fun, going outs in clubs, taste the local food and learn about the city’s culture.
Rio de Janeiro
The capital of Brazil and the second largest city in the country, Rio de Janeiro, translated as River of January can be the vacation of your dreams. The city has everything for everyone. You can visit coffee shops, restaurants, museums, galleries and theaters that show great architecture for tourists to admire, but one of the best way to feel and experience the vibrant life and culture of this city is by simply walk the streets, taste the local food and listen to how beautiful the Portuguese language sounds. Rio is famous for its’ beaches, such as Copacabana and Ipanema, visit them and enjoy the salty ocean water, surf or swim and take a sun bath. You should also visit the statue of Christ the Redeemer, that is overlooking the whole city and is one of the New Seven Wonders of the World. If you have the opportunity, visit the city during the carnival – it is the biggest carnival in the world!
Located within the Arabian Dessert and on the Persian Gulf coast of the UAE, Dubai is the the luxurious experience that everyone dreams about. The city is known for the skyscrapers and is the home town to the world’s highest building – the Burj Khalifa. The weather is always sunny, but it is especially hot in summer, while in winter is warm and for many tourists is the best period then to visit Dubai. Besides the fun you can have at the beautiful beaches, you should visit the Burj Khalifa and the Burj Al Arab, the Dubai Fountains, the Dolphin Bay, the Aquaventure Waterpark and the Underwater Zoo. Considering the fact that Valentine’s Day is coming, you may want definitely to visit the Dubai Miracle Garden that was opened on Valentine’s Day three years ago and it is the world’s largest flower garden.
Camps Bay is the most popular attraction in South Africa and is a suburb in Cape Town. The Bay has the perfect location that is very tourist – friendly, because it takes only 15 minutes from there to city center with a car and 30 minutes from the airport. It has beautiful, mountain surroundings that doesn’t let the South – Easter winds. Thanks to this, the sea is usually calm and safe for swimming. The biggest attraction of the place are the long, sandy beaches. The Camps Bay beach is the largest one and is a Blue Flag Beach, meaning that it has met all the criteria. Another very popular beach is Glen Beach, which is very good for surfing. The beach tourism of Camps Bay offers beach and water sports for those who like this kind of activities. Visiting Cape Town is also a must, since the city has so much to offer!
Curaçao is one of the Caribbean islands that form the Dutch Caribbean. Aruba, Bonaire and Curaçao make the ABC islands, all of them being a part of the Kingdom of Netherlands. Thanks to this, the capital of the island called Willemstad has the typical Dutch architecture that will make you feel as if you’re in some tropical version of the country! It’s such a great view to witness – turquoise sea water with white beaches, accompanied by small and colorful European look alike buildings. The island has 38 beach and the best of them is considered to be Kenepa or Knip Beach for the amazing green surroundings and white sand, while for snorkeling you can try Playa Cas Abou. The best time to visit the island is during winter, starting from December to April.
Mar del Plata
Just five hours away from Buenos Aires, Mar del Plata is the most popular beach destination in Argentina and the 7th largest city in the country. The best time to visit this coastal city is during summer, from December to April, when is the peak season and there are approximately six million visitors during this time frame. During this time, many restaurants, bars and clubs are opened and work until early in the mornings. There is also a cultural side of the city to discover: you can visit the villa of Victoria Ocampo, a former Argentinian cultural star, the Torre Tanque, a tower in medieval style from which you can watch the city, and Laguna de los Padres, a small lake where you can admire the nature.
Orlando is the capital city of Florida and is offering you all the fun in the world, as the city has everything you would want from a vacation. You can do, see and visit plenty of things in this wonderful city. You can have fun at the beaches and swim in the ocean, but besides this Orlando is famous for the theme parks, such as Disney World, Lego World, SeaWorld, the movie themed amusement park Universal Orlando, the future world theme park Epcot and the Wizarding World of Harry Potter park. It sounds so fun that makes us visit this city right away! If you want to explore the cultural side of the city, you can visit the CityArts Factory, Cornell Fine Arts Museum and Orlando Science Center among many others. Orlando is year – round destination, but if you want some beach fun, then visit the city in spring, summer and early autumn.