April is a relief in so many parts of the world—a breath of fresh air and a sign of warmer, sunnier climate and colourful blooms.
Although most people tend to head to hot, tropical destinations to avoid the winter months, there are some definite advantages to waiting until April. If you like avoiding crowds and peak prices, it may be the perfect time to travel to the sun.
So start your spring with gusto. Here are a few of our top April hotspots:
Punta Cana, Dominican Republic
If you’re thinking about travelling in April, then Punta Cana is an incredible choice. The white, sandy beaches alone should compel you. Plus, with an average April temperature range of 23-30 degrees Celsius, you won’t be missing the heat. Surrounded by the Atlantic to the north and the Caribbean Sea to the south, this lush paradise offers close to 1,000 miles (1609 km) of coastline, 250 miles (402 km) of the world’s best beaches, and endless recreational possibilities. A few ideas: dance the merengue, lie in the sun, explore ancient history, relish in Dominican food, or explore mountain ranges.
Montego Bay, Jamaica
With an average April temperature range of 23-31 degrees Celsius, Jamaica is another fine spring option. Other bonuses? It’s closer to the US and Canada than Punta Cana, so flights are usually shorter and less expensive. Also, if you’re after a zero-effort revival, everyone you meet will speak English, which is not always the case on some Caribbean islands. Book a beautiful villa in the area and venture out to explore Doctor’s Cave Beach.
San José, Costa Rica
If you’ve waited for April to book your trip to Costa Rica, you’re probably in for lower prices, smaller crowds, and perfect weather (17-26 degrees Celsius). Most of the country has a similar climate and April is perfect because the rainy season doesn’t start until May, but most of the crowds have already left. Want something new? Try white-water rafting while you’re there.
April is technically part of the high season in Phuket, but you should still be able to find a great deal. It’s the hottest month of the year (25-33 degrees Celsius), but most people go to sit on the beach, so it works out. Kite surfing is one of the fastest growing sports on the island. Starting in May, the rains take over until mid-November, so April is a great window of opportunity for those looking for a late-season beach getaway.