Best Island to Visit in September

So, you’ve made it past the half-year mark and you’re needing a break before the busy December rush, but you’re not sure where to go? We’ve got you covered. We searched for the ultimate island holiday for those going on a September break and came up with more than we bargained for.

Whether you are looking for a tropical island, an African island or one of the picturesque pieces of land just off the Greek coast, we have checked them all out, rated their enjoyability and put it here for you to decide which is the best for you.

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Places to Go in September – How to Pick Them

September can be the perfect time to travel, above the equator, Summer is on her way out and so the temperatures cool just enough to be enjoyable but not so much so that your island getaway is ruined. Meanwhile, further South, most of Winter’s blues have left and Spring starts with blooming flowers and warmer conditions. There are some fantastic islands available to spend your holiday with sun, sea and sand.

When you are looking at an island to visit, you should remember to take into consideration the rainy season. Luckily, most heavy rains don’t start until November/December, so you are still guaranteed a mostly sunny vacation. Some islands, though, do experience their rainy season during September. Unless you are looking for a tropical paradise to spend inside, as you watch the rain and read a book by the fire, those places would be best to avoid. If you are looking for just that type of holiday, there is an entirely different list of destinations for you, we are sure.

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Best Place to Visit in September – According to The Weather, Cost and Crowds

The other great thing about vacationing in September is that it is mostly out of peak holiday times. All the summer travellers will have left, schools are back, and it’s not yet that crazy festive season, so you are likely to find affordable prices and relatively minimal queues and crowds. There are many places that you can find that are all-but hibernating during this time, so you could really find a peaceful paradise holiday.

 

Best Beach Vacations in September

Grab your beach towels, your sunglasses, a cold drink, and head to one of these picturesque beach holiday spots. With mostly sunny days, soft, clean sand and the clearest waters, you are guaranteed a delightful holiday at any of these beach destinations. Don’t forget the sunscreen, you don’t want lobster skin ruining your holiday photos.

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Malta

While September brings a rise in humidity to Malta, this fantastic island is still worth the heat. With so much to do, in such magnificent scenery, you will quickly forget how hot and humid it is. If the humidity does bug you, though, there is always the option to cool down in the refreshing sea water. Scuba-diving and snorkelling are great at this time of the year.

Weather

Average Temperature

Daytime high: 28°C / 82°F

Nighttime low: 25°C / 77°F

Hours of Sunshine

9 hours daily

Rainfall

Medium (67mm)

Relative Humidity

Medium (52%)

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Hawaii

The great thing about visiting Hawaii in September is that you have more than one island available to visit. The weather is very summerlike on the islands during this month; in fact, it’s known to be one of the hottest months of the year.

The crystal-clear seas will look very inviting around this time and a cool off at the beach is a fantastic way to spend any vacation. September is not a busy month in Hawaii, which means fewer travellers to share your piece of paradise with, and it also means that it is more affordable for those of us who don’t usually have Hawaii in our getaway budgets.

Weather

Average Temperature

Daytime high: 29°C / 84°F

Nighttime low: 24°C / 75°F

Hours of Sunshine

10 hours daily

Rainfall

Medium (61mm)

Relative Humidity

High (70%)

 

Best Tropical Places to Travel in September

There is nothing like a break away from your hectic schedule in a tropical paradise. For some tropical islands, September is the rainiest month, so as we mentioned, you want to try and avoid those if you are looking forward to endless days in the sun. Never fear though, we have found a couple of ideal tropical islands for you to visit in September.

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Zanzibar

September is an amazing time in Zanzibar. The island is situated just off the coast of Tanzania, and it enjoys the fabulous weather found below the equator. From old historic towns, to calm, relaxing beaches, as well as a vibrant nightlife, Zanzibar has something for everyone.

Weather

Average Temperature

Daytime high: 27°C / 81°F

Nighttime low: 22°C / 72°F

Hours of Sunshine

10 hours daily

Rainfall

Medium (50mm)

Relative Humidity

Medium (56%)

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Ibiza

Looking for a party, day and night? Ibiza is your island. Known throughout the world for its lively nightlife and splendid coastline, this island should be on every traveller’s bucket list. It’s not just for the party-goers, there is also a selection of peaceful resorts and beach coves for those who prefer a more serene vibe.

September brings thunderstorms to Ibiza, with chances increasing towards the later days of the month. The rain is usually spread across 8 days in September, so while you are likely to experience some wet weather while you are visiting, it is not likely to disturb your getaway too much.

Weather

Average Temperature

Daytime high: 28°C / 82°F

Nighttime low: 20°C / 68°F

Hours of Sunshine

10 hours daily

Rainfall

Low (30mm)

Relative Humidity

High (73%)

 

More of The Best Places to Travel in September

While the islands that we have mentioned so far are fantastic, we have even more options for you.

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Santorini

Santorini offers a rugged, yet romantic island holiday. The busiest times are July and August, so going in September allows you to enjoy the island with others, but not feel too crowded. You will find the perfect combination of warm weather and tranquil beaches.

There is not much rainfall during the month of September, and summer is just leaving, which means dry and warm, perfect holiday weather. The island is especially dry during the beginning of September and rainfall starts to increase as you near the end of the month.

Weather

Average Temperature

Daytime high: 24°C / 74°F

Nighttime low: 26°C / 79°F

Hours of Sunshine

11 hours daily

Rainfall

Low (11mm)

Relative Humidity

Medium (56%)

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Corfu

An island off the coast of Greece, Corfu is perfect for anyone looking for a stunningly warm and culturally-rich holiday. With long days full of sun, and cooler nights, this island offers a magnificent escape. September is a dry month, considering, and any rain showers or thunderstorms that do visit during your stay will not affect your sun-tanning for very long.

Weather

Average Temperature

Daytime high: 28°C / 82.4°F

Nighttime low: 16°C / 60.8°F

Hours of Sunshine

12 hours daily

Rainfall

Medium (88mm)

Relative Humidity

Medium (64%)

 

Best Caribbean Islands to Visit in September

Lots of people shy away from travelling to the Caribbean during this time of the year. This is believed to be caused mainly by the risk of hurricanes, although the chances are not as high as most would think. There is also the factor of children being back at school, and so this decreases the chances of a family holiday.

For this reason, many resorts and restaurants will close for renovations and to let their staff rejuvenate in time for the busy Christmas period. But, if you are looking for a child-free Caribbean holiday with low prices and still-warm weather, then this is the perfect time to enjoy these islands.

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Antigua

This is the driest of the islands, so even though it is the rainy season, you are sure to get in some good quality sunny days. The island still has many options available for September when looking for accommodation, dining and activities. In the last 50 years, there have only been six hurricanes which have directly hit the island, so the chances of one hitting while you are there are slim to none.

Weather

Average Temperature

Daytime high: 30°C / 86°F

Nighttime low: 25°C / 77°F

Hours of Sunshine

9 hours daily

Rainfall

Medium (87mm)

Relative Humidity

Medium (61%)

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Barbados

This is one of the islands in the Caribbean that is generally unaffected or at least minimally affected, by hurricanes. Most hurricanes tend to hit further North of the island.

While the rains come often and are quite heavy showers, they usually do not last very long and before you know it, the sun is out again. There is an unlikely chance to run into huge crowds of tourists during this time, and so you can enjoy this piece of paradise without too much interruption.

Weather

Average Temperature

Daytime high: 31°C / 88°F

Nighttime low: 25°C / 77°F

Hours of Sunshine

8 hours daily

Rainfall

High (158mm)

Relative Humidity

Medium (81%)

 

The Absolute Best Island Holiday in September

It was not an easy task, but we have managed to pick the ultimate island vacation for you in September. Perfect weather, minimal crowds, reasonable rates, and a relaxing vacation await you.

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Tenerife, Canary Islands

This may be a surprising choice but wait until you hear just how much Tenerife has to offer you in September. The peak season finishes off in August, so you are sure to find the perfect amount of peace and quiet throughout the island.

Since it is no longer peak season, prices are also lower, making this a more affordable trip. Most importantly, though, the weather is amazing. September is a particularly dry month, so you don’t have to worry too much about rain ruining your beach day.

Temperatures in September average in the 20s, and there is a very slim chance of storms and hurricanes. However, there is a risk of extremely high temperatures at times, during which you will need to keep yourself cool, but that’s what the water, aircon and cocktails are for.

Weather

Average Temperature

Daytime high: 27°C / 81°F

Nighttime low: 20°C / 68°F

Hours of Sunshine

7 hours daily

Rainfall

Low (9mm)

Relative Humidity

High (70%)

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So, for those of you who were contemplating whether you should take your island holiday in September, we are sure that we now have convinced you. If you are still not confident, though, just scroll back up and have another look at those amazing destinations.

As with any island holiday, during any time, remember to pack lots of sunscreen and bug spray, and of course, your cutest swimsuit. Also remember, some good holiday reading and your island playlist to complete the ultimate escape from everyday life.

The Best Time to Visit the Seychelles

The Seychelles, a group of 115 islands situated in the Indian Ocean, is a tropical paradise. With weather that hardly sees either extreme, and scenery that is unimaginably beautiful. There are three main islands and many smaller, private islands.

 

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The 3 main islands are:

  • Mahe
  • Praslin
  • La Digue

It is extremely hard to decide on the best time to go to the Seychelles, since almost every day on the island is like paradise. Even during the rainiest parts of the year, the island is still beautiful enough to attract people looking for a tropical getaway.

Of course, when arranging your travels you want to find a time that best fits in with your holiday plans. If you are looking to visit the islands on your honeymoon, you may want to avoid the large crowds. If it’s the sun and beaches that you’re after, then you’d do best to visit outside of the rainy season.

We’ve considered the many different reasons that you would want to visit the Seychelles. Such as busy times, activities and seasonal weather. With that, we were able to decipher the best times of the year to visit this tropical paradise.

When to Travel the Seychelles Depending on Tourist Crowds

 

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While the islands don’t have much of low season, May to August is the Seychelles peak tourist season, which means prices for accommodation and travel are high. If you are going to travel during this time, it is wise to plan and book ahead.

In December and January, the islands’ see a lower amount of tourist traffic. This is mostly due to the heavy rains. Travelling during these months would allow you a quieter holiday, but you would need to plan for the expected rain.

For the rest of year, there is an even amount of people flocking to the islands. You can find spots with less traffic or join in the busier fun with other tourists like yourself.


The Best Time to Go for Activities in the Seychelles

 

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Snorkeling

Snorkeling in the Seychelles is a favourite amongst tourists and locals alike. While you can enjoy this activity throughout the year, the best times would be while the waters are clear and calm. This would be March to May and September to November.

 

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Diving

The Seychelles have superb diving opportunities offering close encounters with turtles, massive rays and small sharks. If you are visiting from July to October, you will have the chance to meet some Whale Sharks; although there is lower visibility during this season which makes viewing other sea-life slightly harder. The water temperatures also drop during these months.

For calm and clear diving, you’ll find that the waters are calmest during the months of March through May, and September through November. During these months you can experience the best visibility as well as the warmest water temperature.

 

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Surfing/Windsurfing

If surfing is your game, then visiting the Seychelles in the months from May to September is a great idea. The waves are not excessive, but the beautiful scenery and lack of crowds makes the Seychelles a great place to surf.  If you do visit outside of the recommended months, you will still be able to enjoy surfing as long as you find the right spot.

 

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Bird-watching

The Seychelles have wonderful opportunities for bird-watchers. The main island is home to two very elusive species of land birds, namely the Seychelles Scops-owl and Seychelles White-eye.

April marks the return of breeding seabirds, with May – September being their nesting season, and migration starting in October.

 

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Turtle and Tortoise Monitoring

A large attraction on the islands is the Turtle nesting; you can volunteer to assist the turtle monitoring programme on the beaches of Cousin Island from September to March each year.

The Giant tortoise mates and nests between February and September, while the Hawkesbill turtle nests September to March, and the Green turtle nests January to September.

 

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Shark and Whale Watching

Since the waters are so clean and clear, you are able to get a really good view on the oceanic wildlife. The whale shark migration takes place between August and November and humpback whales breed (in the south) November-April.


When to Visit the Seychelles According to the Weather

The temperatures in the Seychelles don’t fluctuate tremendously, seldom dropping below 24°C. This means that even in the Winter months you still have amazing tropical weather.

Two opposing trade winds generally govern the weather pattern. The north-westerly trades blow from October to March when wind speeds average from 8 to 12 knots; and the brisker south-easterly trades blow from May to September with winds of between 10 to 20 knots, bringing cooler and windier conditions.

 

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December-February

As mentioned above, the months of December and January are the rainiest months in the Seychelles.

Although rain is most frequent during this time, showers don’t seem to last long, most just a few minutes, which means that your outdoor activities won’t be interrupted all day.

These months also experience the least amount of sunlight per day, with most days seeing just 5-6 hours of sunlight.

 

March-May

These months are usually the hottest months of each year in the Seychelles.

The humidity is still high and, even though cyclones hardly ever reach the main islands of the Seychelles, these months have the highest possibility of cyclones and tropical storms.

 

June-August

This is the Winter season in the Seychelles, but thanks to the islands’ proximity to the equator, the temperatures drop to a comfortable warm opposed to the extreme summer highs.

There isn’t much rain during this season, leaving mostly sunny, dry days at the beach.

Thanks to the winds, surfing and sailing is perfect but large amounts of seaweed get washed up on a lot of the beaches, somewhat ruining their pristine image.

 

September-November

Once September comes around, tourists start to dwindle and the wind starts to calm down.

The weather is not yet at summer highs, Spring daily highs range from 30.4°C and 28.7°C.

You can expect some rain during this period, but not often and for very short periods.


 

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The Absolute Best Time to go to the Seychelles

As you can see, the best time to go to the Seychelles depends largely on who is going, and what they intend to do while there. Most people agree, though, that visiting the islands during the months of April or November, will ensure you experience an all-round great time. The weather is calm, the crowds are manageable and there are ample activities to keep you busy.

It is safe to say that no matter when you plan to go to the Seychelles, you have an island paradise waiting for you. The fantastic part of visiting such an ideal holiday destination is that there is always the beautiful scenery and island culture to create the perfect relaxing vacation.

Best Things To Do In Thailand

Thailand is one of the best places to travel to and should be a destination that makes it onto everybody’s travel bucket list. From the incredibly friendly people, the delicious food, and incredible food, Thailand is a must.

Visit the Grand Palace

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The first thing you should do once you’re in Bangkok is take a trip to the Grand Palace. Home to Thai Royalty, and the government, the Grand Palace is a collection of beautifully designed temples, paintings, and architecture.

It does get very busy as it is one of the most famous complexes in the whole of Thailand, but it is an attraction not to be missed.

Thai Massage

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You can’t go to Thailand and not experience one of the most famous things they are known for, a Thai Massage. On almost every street and in every market, there are massage parlors offering quick, or full body massages.

Exploring one of the many massive markets Thailand can take a toll on your feet, and a quick 20 minute foot massage will get you back on your feet in no time at all.

Phang Nga Bay

Phang Nga Bay

Phang Nga Bay in Phuket is one of one of the most famous beach destinations in all of Thailand. With many limestone cliffs standing high above the water, it is a very unique and beautiful sight.

You can even see the famous James Bond Island, named after the character when part of the film The Man With The Golden Gun was filmed there.

Floating Market

Thailand Floating Markets

The Floating Market in Bangkok is another must see hotspot. Spend the morning traveling up and down the river, eating, buying whatever your heart desires, and experiencing the city in an incredibly unique way.

The wooden boats will take you wherever you want to go and this is a perfect time to pick up some great souvenirs and gifts.

Wat Pho

Thailand Wat Pho

Wat Pho, also known as the Temple of the Reclining Buddha, is one of the biggest temple complexes in Thailand. Home to the biggest collections of images of Buddha, the temple also houses the enormous Reclining Buddha.

The Reclining Buddha is 15m high and 46m long, and is one of the most exquisite statues in the country, the soles of the 3m high feet are adorned with mother-of-pearl.

Street Food

Thailand Street Food Market

Thailand is regarded as having some of the best street food in the world. No matter where you go or where you are, there are hordes of vendors selling anything your stomach desires. Frozen fruit and skewers of meat are common and absolutely delicious.

Even if you are stuck in traffic on one of the many highways and busy roads, there will still be vendors traveling up and down the street ready to offer you some refreshing pineapple or a hearty bowl of noodles.

Khao San Road

Khao San Road Thailand

Khao San Road, located in central Bangkok, is party central. The many clubs, bars, restaurants and Ping Pong Show clubs turns this street into a hub for tourists and locals alike.

You can enjoy some local delicacies such as fried insects, or something more to your taste such as Pad Thai. Relax in one of the many bars and have a local beer or two, before going to a Ping Pong Show, a truly one of a kind show that you will need to see to believe it (not for the kids).

Full Moon Party

Thailand Full Moon Party

Koh Pangan island is home to the world renowned Full Moon Party. Locals and tourists flock to the island every full moon to celebrate all day and all night. It is a full day and night rave that only stops when you leave.

Fish Spa

Thailand Fish Spa

In many of the markets, streets and hotels, you can experience a fish spa. All you have to do is sit for half an hour and the hundreds of small fish will eat any dead and dry skin off your feet.

It may sound a bit gross, but your feet will be left feeling brand new. If you can withstand the constant tickling, it can be an extremely relaxing experience.

Muay Thai

Muay Thai

Thailand is famous for Muay Thai, a full combat sport. There are stadiums dotted all across the country, and for a very decent price, you can experience a night of this ancient martial art.

Asiatique Market in Bangkok also has a Muay Thai production, taking you on a journey through the history of Muay Thai and usually ends it off with a fight. A must see for martial artists or combat sport enthusiasts.

Snorkel in Kho Phi Phi

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The island of Kho Phi Phi is known for its beautiful beaches that stretch as far as the eye can see. The crystal clear water is also the ideal spot for snorkeling. Explore the waters and the wildlife with any one of the snorkelling excursions available to you.

Since you don’t need any qualifications or experience to snorkel, this family-friendly activity is a brilliant way to see all the beautiful wildlife hiding under the surface.

Temple Tours

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There are so many temples to see in Thailand that you may feel like you are going to miss out on some of the best ones. This is where a temple tour comes in handy. At many of the hotels and across the major cities, you can find busses and guides to take you around the many temples.

Not only is this a great way to explore the city, the guided tours will give you the full temple experience, and will also ensure you don’t miss any of the small details and sites that you may have normally missed.

 

Thailand is an incredible place that offers visitors a unique taste of everything, from the food to the architecture, and the people to the many markets that fill the streets. Whether you’re looking for a relaxing beach holiday, or to experience the unforgettable nightlife, Thailand has it all.

Thailand is also relatively cheap, and unlike most other popular tourist destinations, you don’t need a lot of money to experience everything you want to experience, making Thailand a go-to for many tourists worldwide.

Tropical Vacations on a Budget

 

There are two ingredients you need to concoct a tropical getaway: lots of turquoise seas and swaying palm trees. Luckily, these Equator countries also prove that looking good doesn’t need to break the bank. From popular Thailand to its quiet neighbour Vietnam and fabulous Mexico to balmy Tanzania, there are plenty of spectacular tropical vacations to be had on a budget.

Thailand

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Thailand’s been headlining the cheapies for years and remains excellent value for money. The lush jungles of the north give way to the teal seas of the Andaman on Phuket Island and the South China Sea on Koh Samui.

Phuket is so beloved you can often fly directly in, bypassing Bangkok altogether. Once on the island, head to Patong Beach. It’s a long, crowded beach that draws the sporty during the day while moonlighting as a party venue at night. The second beach that’s a must-see is Paradise Beach, the setting of the famed Full Moon Parties.

If you’re looking for a wilder, more isolated feel, you’ll want to take a day trip to the nearby Phi Phi Islands where you can take in Maya Bay, instantly recognisable from The Beach which starred Leonardo DiCaprio.

On the other side of the mainland, Koh Samui is sun-kissed, a bit more relaxed than Phuket, and full of yummy goodies. There’s lovely Chaweng Beach and secluded Lamai Beach for chilled days on the seaside.

According to a Travel Bird study, a day on Patong Beach works out to around $20. That includes ice cream, suntan lotion, lunch, a beer, ice cream and another drink.

 

Vietnam

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Vietnam’s on the rise: lush jungles, ancient traditions and stunning shorelines, not to mention affordability, make the country a sought-after destination. With the world’s cheapest beaches, it’s a top budget tropical vacation.

One of the best beach locations is Hoi An. It’s one of the cheapest coastal cities to live in and the beaches near Danang are the least expensive. This shoreline has a reputation as a great surfing spot. Look into the country’s past at Tan Ky House, a family home built two centuries ago in Japanese and Chinese styles.

  • Excluding your hotel costs, daily expenses amount to around $13 per day.
  • A day at a Vietnamese beach can be had for as little as $13 (for all the beach necessities).

 

Jamaica

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Jamaica’s a laid-back tropical vacation that’s also very budget-friendly. The country grooves happily in a setting that’s both watery and forestry.

Negril comes highly recommended. It has an appropriately named Seven Mile Beach which leads into one of the Caribbean’s wonderful diving reefs. Smelling jasmine amongst the sea salt? That’s perfectly normal in paradise; Seven Mile Beach is framed by the pretty flowers.

In the north-west of the island, near Falmouth, lies Silver Sands Beach. It’s the cheapest seaside haunt on the islet; with clean waters and lush sandy shores it’s also one of the better ones in the area.

  • A day on Silver Sands Beach comes to around $29.

 

Cuba

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Another Caribbean jewel, Cuba’s got a lot to offer. A fiercely independent country, Cuba’s 20th-century history is unique in the region. Time stands still in many ways.

The best place to experience this is in colourful Havana of the classic cars and swanky bars. Get serious in the Museum of the Revolution before chilling in the Old Quarter.

Out in nature, start with the beaches. Playa Paraiso lives up to its name: consider it a peek into paradise. It’s secluded, away from the hotels but not isolated, and quiet with simple stores instead of fawning resorts. If you need more encouragement to visit: it was voted the third best beach in the world in 2016.

Other shorelines to try include the 25 km long Varadero Beach and Playa les Flamencos. Both are decidedly more touristy with a beachfront packed with all-inclusive resorts.

Roll a cigar or pour a mojito, things are inexpensive and the tourist party is just getting started in Cuba.

  • You can get by in good style on $26 for all expenses except accommodation.

 

Puerto Rico, United States

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By Jami430 (Own work) [CC BY-SA 4.0], via Wikimedia Commons
Puerto Rico’s got something for everyone: a past full of adventurers, lush forests inland and big waves for the surfers.

Lie back in Playa Flamenco, one of the island’s best beaches. Uniquely, the shoreline also hosts a collection of old army tanks found around the country.

In capital San Juan the Playa Condado awaits. Backed by skyscrapers, this is the city’s most iconic piece of coastline.

Leaving the waves behind, there’s El Yunque National Forest. The highlight for many is a taking in the gushing La Mina Falls. Visitors also enjoy kayaking along the shaded streams.

  • You can get a normal main meal for around $8.
  • There are lots of budget accommodation options and you can get by on about $76 per person per day.

 

Zanzibar, Tanzania

zanzibar stone town tropical beach

Off the Tanzanian coast lies Zanzibar, an ancient multicultural melting pot that’s become a major tourist destination that’s also budget-friendly. The main drawcard, the ocean that laps at Zanzibar is as blue, rare and treasured as the country’s eponymous Tanzanite gems.

The first beach you want to try is Nungwi Beach. The shore is long and golden and you’ll find a spectacular sunset here when fishermen sail in on their dhows, traditional Arab boats. Kendwa Beach, smaller and quieter, is another good option.

Back in town, head to Stone Town, the ancient heart of Zanzibar. Between the historic buildings, you can still catch the master craftsmen shaping leather and selling Tanzanite stones.

  • Chilling on Nungwi Beach costs about $31 for all the goodies you’ll need for the day.

 

Belize

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Image by Belize Hub

Belize is as rich and fun as the reefs beneath the sea. On land, there’s Xunantunich, a 1300 year old Mayan settlement with impressive ruins. However, it’s underwater where tropical fantasies come true.

The country is home to the Blue Hole, the largest underwater sinkhole in the world and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. It’s a breathtaking experience with the possibility of diving 400 ft beneath the surface and swimming between stalactites and bushes of multicolored coral. It’s 62 miles from Belize City.

  • Daily expenses, excluding accommodation, are budget-friendly at about $30.

 

Mexico

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The entire length of Mexico is full of exciting things to do. The cities, both ancient and modern, impress with sophisticated architecture, while the coastlines never fail to get a smile and a blissful sigh.

Mexico City is a cosmopolitan collection of world-class art galleries and museums, as well as beautiful cathedrals. Templo Mayor and Constitution Square are some of the must-sees.

Mexico’s highlights, however, tend to lie along the sea. On the Cancun Coast, Playa Delfines is quieter than its neighbours and often hosts playful dolphins. Take a walk into the old jungle with a stroll around the nearby Mayan ruins. Playa del Carmen is widely agreed to be the cheapest of the beach holidays in Mexico.

  • Get by on $23 a day, excluding hotel expenses.
  • Playa del Carmen’s perfectly affordable at $29.

 

Bali

padang bali tropical beach

Bali’s the place to get a tropical holiday with serious wow-factor on a budget. Expenses are extremely low and the island abounds in exotic greenery and divine beaches.

Two temples you should really make an effort to see include Pura Ulun Danu Bratan, situated on a grassy lakeside, and Pura Tanah Lot, majestically located on a rocky outcrop. Ubud is a necessity: a lush paradise of terraced gardens and rice paddies, it’s the heart of Bali.

Back on the beaches, Padang Padang Beach is one of the cheapest serious surfing spots globally with five huge breaks. Kuta Beach is the most popular piece of shoreline for both sunbathing and partying under the moonlight. Dreamland Beach is as perfect a name there ever was: limestone cliffs protect the honey-colored sand, while the ocean is a medley of turquoise and deep blue tones.

 

Nicaragua

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Recently in the news as the place British Princess Eugenie got engaged, it’s clear you won’t be sacrificing quality for budget in Nicaragua. The tiny mainland nation in North America is on the rise: get there while it’s still a cheap tropical holiday.

Step into the past in the elegant buildings of Granada. They’re in the old colonial style, flavoured with Caribbean flare in warm oranges and golden yellows. Take the hint and take your photographs here.

To cool down, dip into the sultry waters along the coast. Playa Maderas, near San Juan del Sur, has tiny, pretty tidal pools and a secluded feel thanks to the closely planted palm trees along the edge. Las Peñitas’ 5km long shoreline is a local favourite that’s quicking catching on with travellers. It’s a great spot for surfing, especially for beginners. Have sundowners’ in the beachside cafes and bars. Cheers for finding this budget tropical gem.

From the Far East to the Caribbean Sea, the areas around the Equator have been gifted with warm weather and abundant beauty. With verdant landscapes and pristine beaches, these countries offer visitors a lot for very little. Don’t fret about the money in these exotic destinations; they’re the best tropical vacations to be had on a budget.