20Mar/12

Plan your next holiday with our handy guide!

 Looking for ideas for your next holiday? Choosing where to go is half the fun. But if you’re not sure where’s good to go for the time of year you want to travel, The Girls at Sure Maritime Travel and the experts at ICAN Holidays have identified the best places to visit.  All destinations are based on weather patterns and climate, natural spectacles that are occurring, and seasonal events taking place.  So whenever you’re looking to travel, you’ll never be stuck for ideas!  We will start with the month of April!

 

 

 Belize

Belize is a tiny country squeezed between the Caribbean Sea, Mexico and Guatemala. It is the only English speaking country in Central America, yet its culture and history draws from a mixture of Caribbean, Spanish, English and Mayan.  Belize is hot and humid throughout the year but also has distinct seasons. The wet season runs from mid-May to November and the dry season from February to April. In between, temperatures are at their coolest. 

Bhutan

Bhutan holidays and trekking experiences provide a taste of a unique way of life that is protected from the influences of the 21st century. Bhutan offers warm days and cool nights all year round. October and November are arguably the best months, when the monsoon has passed and the skies are clear for mountain photography. The spring months of March, April and May are best for the flora, but it can be stormy as the monsoon builds up for July-September. 

Borneo

Borneo is one of Southeast Asia’s few summer destinations as the best time to travel is between March and October.  The wet season is traditionally from November to February, but the climate in this part of Asia can be very unpredictable so it is best to accept the possibility of rain at any time.  By their very nature, rainforest areas have a wet climate and it is hot and humid for most of the year.

China

China for centuries the most advanced civilisation – bequeathing to the world the dictionary, gunpowder, printing and the compass – is on the march again and determined to see herself restored as the Middle Kingdom.  While there are differences in the climate according to the region in China, it is best to travel in Spring and Autumn when the weather is not too hot nor freezing cold. But we also pay attention to festival periods and special occasions.

Costa Rica

Sitting at the heart of Central America, Costa Rica stretches from the calm waters of the Caribbean to the exhilarating waves of the Pacific. It is a peaceful and beautiful country with a population keen to keep it that way. December to March is generally considered the dry season. Temperatures rise in April and the rains arrive on the Pacific side from May to November. The Atlantic side has no specific dry season but there is less rainfall between March and September.

Croatia

Croatia is a country just waiting to be explored and those that holiday here find not just a beautiful country, but one filled with thousands of years of history. April to October is considered the best time to visit with July and August being the busiest months. The summer months see a plethora of cultural activities, such as the Dubrovnik Summer Festival and a series of festivals of music, film and art at the Roman amphitheatre in Pula.

Cuba

Rum, cigars, beaches, Hemingway,  salsa, communism and Che.  Images of this fascinating island are endless, and holidays to Cuba are truly memorable. Cuba’s climate it typically Caribbean with wet and dry seasons. The best time to visit is from November to May with dry and sunny days. Humidity and rainfall increase during the wet season from June to October with an average of 33 degrees, whilst the hurricane season begins in July and usually continues through to October. 

Galapagos Islands

Although the Galapagos can be visited all year round the climate can be roughly divided into two seasons – a hot, wet season and a cooler, drier season. From January to June the hot season sees sunny days and blue skies interspersed with showers, while the rest of the year is generally cloudier and cooler. During August the winds can be stronger and may pick up the waves. The average temperature ranges from 20˚C to 28˚C, but beware of the strong equatorial sun.  The islands at their best from February to June. Sea temperatures are affected by the Humboldt Current, so rarely rise above 26˚C and can be as low as 18˚C in July and August.

Guatemala

Guatemala is Central America in miniature. Bordered by Mexico, Belize and Honduras, it   has everything from ruins to rainforests and colonial churches to Indian markets. Known as the country of eternal spring, Guatemala is good to visit all year round but the dry season is November to May. The climate also varies according to altitude. The low-lying jungle areas such as El Peten are generally hot and sticky, in contrast to the highlands which are pleasantly warm during the day but can be very cool at night. 

Guyana

Guyana is not for the faint hearted.  Accommodation can be basic, roads unpaved and vehicles battered by the terrain.  However, any well-prepared, adventurous visitor will be richly rewarded by this country’s untouched wilderness. Guyana’s climate is tropical throughout the year. December to January and May to August are the rainy seasons, with August to October being the hottest months. Temperatures are more comfortable on the plateau, while Atlantic sea breezes bring welcome relief to the coastal areas. 

Hong Kong

Hong Kong has a sub-tropical climate, being temperate for nearly half the year, with cool, dry winters and hot, humid summers. Winter lasts from January to March with January and February more cloudy, with occasional cold fronts followed by dry northerly winds. It is not uncommon for temperatures to drop below 10 °C in urban areas. February is the coldest month in Hong Kong, when the temperature averages 16°C. March and April are very pleasant however, there are occasional spells of high humidity, fog and drizzle can be particularly troublesome. May to August are hot and humid with occasional showers and thunderstorms, and the highest temperatures often exceed 31°C. July to September are the months during which Hong Kong is most likely to be affected by tropical cyclones. 

Indonesia

Indonesia is the largest archipelago and home to some of the finest beaches in the world.  It is located very close to the Equator which means you have 12 hours of daylight daily. It is a year round destination with the western monsoon bringing the wet season from October to April providing nice, warm temperatures and rain in the afternoon, perfect for a nap, especially with a twist of sea-breeze in the coastal areas. The eastern monsoon brings the drier weather from May to September, which is generally a more popular time to visit. 

Iran

Considering its location, Iran has unusually diverse weather.  The north is very hot in summer, cold in winter, with the bulk of rain coming in spring and late autumn. In the south you’re in the Persian Gulf, so expect pretty warm days even in December and January, followed by a pleasant spring and a very hot summer.  If you’re in the mountains, then of course expect mountain conditions – unpredictable, sometimes hot, sometimes cold. Broadly speaking the best times of year to visit are in spring and autumn.

 Japan

Japan consists of over 6,800 islands offering varying climates. The main island of Honshu boasts the country’s two main gateways, Tokyo famed for its vibrancy and modern feel and Osaka dubbed the “Kitchen of the Nation” for its rich food culture.  The best time to travel to Japan is spring (late March to April) for cherry blossom, early summer (May to early June) for warm sunshine, autumn (October to November) for sunny weather and spectacular colours.

Jordan

Full of amazing contrasts, the real beauty of Jordan is its geography and the fact that its world famous sights are situated in relatively close proximity. March to May and September to November are best times to be in the country, but Jordan’s Mediterranean climate is pleasant all year round. Lightweight clothes are advised between May and September. Warmer clothes are necessary for winter and cool summer evenings. Rainwear is needed from November to April. It has been known to snow as far south as Petra.

 Lebanon

Lebanon’s narrow coastal plain is the setting for its principal cities, and for wonderful Lebanon holidays.  Mediterranean and warm, Lebanon has three hundred days of sun and can be visited throughout the year. Most of the average rainfalls occurs between November and March with June through to August often completely rainless. 

Malaysia

Malaysia is an exotic fusion of Chinese, Indian and British influences. It also boasts superb golden beaches, lush vegetation, mountains and fabulous shopping.  The best time to travel is between November – April. Malaysia’s climate is tropical and humid, with humidity high in the mornings and lower in the afternoons. A typical day is warm and humid with balmy evenings. The main rainy seasons fall from November to February.

Mexico

Holidays in Mexico can take in glorious cultural and archaeological highlights, as well as the extensive Pacific and Caribbean coastline.  With stunning beaches, beautiful bays and teeming reefs, it is the place to go to relax in luxury.  October to April as the rainy season works its way up from the south beginning in May and running until September. Hurricanes may occur from July to October. December to February are the coolest months, when northerly winds can sometimes take inland northern Mexico temperatures down to freezing.

Morocco

Holidays in Morocco offer many varied travel experiences. The names of its cities – Casablanca, Fes, Marrakech – hint at spice and the exotic, a world very different from our own.  Morocco is warm and sunny year round. The best time to visit is mid-February to June and September to December. Coastal Morocco is cooled by sea breezes. The peaks of the Atlas Mountains are snow-capped for most of the year.

Nepal

The mountain Kingdom of Nepal contains more of the world’s highest mountains than any other country and is dominated by the soaring snow-covered peaks of the Himalayas.  The ideal times to visit are October to December, when the post monsoon mountain air is clear and fresh, or February to April when the climate remains dry and pleasant and the famous rhododendrons grow and bloom.  Visitors in January and February should be prepared for cool nights, but the Kathmandu hotels and luxury lodges are heated and the lower visitor numbers mean the trekking trails are generally free of large groups. From May, heat and humidity build until June when the monsoon rains arrive. 

New Zealand

We recommend New Zealand holidays begin on the North Island, best known for the geothermal wonders of Rotorua, but also offers insights into the rich and rewarding Maori culture and the clear waters of the Bay of Islands. Summer on the north island (December to February) is ideal for outdoor pursuits with mild temperatures and hours of sunshine. Venture to the numerous ski slopes and warm up close to a crackling fire during the winter months in June to August.

Nicaragua

Nicaragua is one of the most friendliest countries to visit in Central America. Due to its turbulent history it is also one of the least visited which only serves to preserve its authenticity and adds to its fascination and charm. The best time to visit Nicaragua is in the dry season which runs from November through to May, though please bear in mind temperatures tend to become extremely hot in April and May. The wettest months are between June and the end of October and not recommended.

Oman

The Sultanate of Oman has one of the oldest civilisations in the Arabian Peninsula and is a country of mountains, wadis, deserts and historic old forts.  Oman’s climate differs from one area to another. It is hot and humid in the coastal areas in the summer between May and August, while it is hot and dry in the interior with the exception of the higher mountains, which enjoy a moderate climate round the year. The climate is best from September through to April.

Panama

Panama’ history is one of Spanish exploitation and wealth built from plundered South American gold. Pristine rainforests, diverse indigenous cultures, cool highlands, exquisite Caribbean islands and some of the best bird watching in the world.  You can travel to Panama at anytime of the year, however, the dry season runs between mid-December and mid-April which is generally considered the best time to visit. Temperatures remain constantly high throughout the year, 30 degrees centigrade and over. On the Caribbean coast there are short heavy bursts of rain almost daily, while the Pacific coast has a pronounced wet season from May to November.

Peru

Peru can be divided into two distinct weather zones: the coast and the Andean highlands. On the coast, the climate is hottest between December and March. The rest of the year is cooler and frequently misty. In the highlands, December to March is the rainy season, while April to December is mostly dry and sunny. Consequently, there is no ideal month to see the whole country. But to reduce the risk of seeing Machu Picchu in the rain, go between May and September. Daytime temperatures rarely drop below 15ºC, even in winter, although, in very high altitudes, it can fall below freezing. 

The Philippines

The tropical climate of the Philippines provides heat and moisture from one end of the year. However, there are different areas, alternating dry season and wet season, but the features are largely the same: from January to June, drought dominates, and from July to December is the rainy season, with slight variations depending on the regions. Between May and November, the monsoon often the passage of typhoons. The cooler temperatures are recorded in January and the highest in May, with an average turn around, however, 25 ° C throughout the year. It is therefore a better choice for your travel period from January to May, which will avoid the typhoon, with a preference for March and April where it is easier to move from one island to another in good conditions.

The Seychelles

A thousand miles off the coast of Africa, the 115 islands of the Seychelles scatter like gemstones across the blue expanse of the Indian Ocean.  The islands of the Seychelles enjoy a year-round warm tropical climate, generally governed by two opposing trade winds. The south-easterly trades blow from May to September bringing drier and windier conditions ideal for sailing. From October to March the gentler north-west trades provide calmer seas but a higher chance of refreshing showers. Scuba divers will find April, May, October and November have the warmest seas and visibility is often 30 metres plus.

 Syria

A Syria holiday might not be top of your wish list but it really should be.  It is rich in exquisite ancient sites and dramatic scenery, whilst its people are celebrated for their friendliness.  Syria has a predictable, mild Mediterranean climate all year round with hot and dry summers and mild wet winters. Spring and Autumn are the best times for European visitors.

Tunisia

Tunisia is the birthplace of the Carthaginian challenge to the ancient Roman Empire.  Your Tunisia holiday will open a treasure trove of ruins, with intricate columns glowing yellow in the low evening night and perfectly preserved in the desert sands.  Tunisia has a warm moderate climate year round with the best periods to tour in spring and autumn. The summer season in the north, from May through September, is hot and dry; whilst winter is mild and characterised by frequent rains.

Uzbekistan

Uzbekistan is architecturally and historically the most fascinating of the Central Asian republics. Whilst the region (Central Asia) as a whole represents a melting pot of ancient and modern cultures and is home to a variety of religions from Islam to Zoroastrianism. Uzbekistan is best visited from April to June and from late August to November, in the pause between the weather’s worst extremes. The summer months of July and August are extremely hot. This is when the bazaars are at their most bustling.

Vietnam

Vietnam’s beauty, whether the majestic limestone pinnacles of Halong Bay or the grace and elegance of the aodai, is haunting.  Regional climate differences mean that there is no best time; try September to December to avoid the humidity in the north, December to April to miss the rains in the south and December to March is perfect for trips to the Central highlands. Catch the Trung Thu Moon festival in September or October for traditional lion and dragon dances.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 



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