If you want to hold on to that summer feeling and continue to chase the sun, there are many destinations that can offer you the perfect autumn getaway. Don’t pack your sunglasses and swimming costumes away quite yet, as with temperatures still in the 20’s and booming sunshine all day long, you’ll be in for a real treat. In this article, we look at some of the best places to visit if you just aren’t quite ready to let go of the summer.
Average maximum temperature: 28˚
Just off the coast of Africa, and the Sahara Desert, The Canary Islands are happy to boast year-round good weather and beautiful blue skies. If you journey here on a Canary Islands cruises, you’ll find nothing but good weather and good times. The dramatic and varied landscapes along with the beautiful and traditional architecture will give you plenty to explore. However, if a bit of R+R is on your to-do list then the warm beaches and alfresco dining are the perfect remedies.
Each island is complete with its own fantastic story, and you’ll be amazed at the rich history you can find when you visit the Canaries. Arrive in Lanzarote and find yourself with its incredible maritime roots. Las Palmas on Gran Canaria is one of the rumoured stopping points for Columbus when he embarked on his mission to find America. Tenerife, the largest of the islands is dominated by Mount Teide and in its shadow sits Santa Cruz, which is filled with places to explore.
Average maximum temperature: 29˚
Journey a few hundred miles south of the Canary Islands and you get our next ideal location to chase the autumn sun, Cape Verde. This volcanic archipelago sits off the coast of Senegal and receives the same favourable weather all-year-round. The islands themselves are picture-perfect and will remind anyone of paradise. Spend your day on the beaches, soaking up the rays and living the dream vacation, or take the time to explore the beautiful cities.
Praia Santiago is the largest city of Cape Verde, and despite this, it remains a coastal paradise. Whether you want to take to the cobbled streets and explore the historic sites. Visit Farol de D. Maria Pia, a lighthouse built in 1881 that will greet you from the coast as your ship pulls into port. You can climb to the top of the lighthouse for the best view of the city. Journey along the coast more and find the São Felipe Royal Fortification. Built from red brick and towering over the coastline you can climb to the fortress and get a fantastic view over the ocean.
Average maximum temperature: 23˚
Sunny Mexico is becoming an increasingly popular destination to visit for its warm climates, beautiful history and incredible cuisine. Although, you should definitely be excited to visit Mexico for more than just the tacos! The incredible Mayan ruins, idyllic bright blue waters and incredible warming culture will all make you fall in love with Mexico.
One of the most amazing ways to cool down (and spend your time) in Mexico is to go scuba diving. Cozumel is one of the best places in the world to dive, with sea life including nurse sharks, seahorses, barracudas, sea turtles and eagle rays. If you are a nature lover, then we highly recommend you take this opportunity to get into the ocean and explore the amazing diving options on Cozumel.
We spoke to the team at Aquaworld, one of Cozumel’s lead diving schools and water adventure centres. They told us why diving in Cozumel is such a great experience: “Diving in Cozumel is a great experience for beginners because of the shallow reef that runs the length of the coast of Cozumel (Paradise Reef). The island is protected so weather conditions are rarely an issue and Cozumel offers calm diving conditions for first timers.”
The team told us what sea life you may see whilst diving: “Cozumel is home to beautiful reef areas with an abundance of different species of tropical fish. It’s also common to see turtles in the area as well as nurse sharks if you’re lucky.”
Finally, we asked whether someone who has never dived before will be able to dive with them on a stopover: “It doesn’t matter if someone has never dived before, in Aquaworld we provide a class in confined waters from the shore so that the diver can really get a feel of what it’s like to breathe underwater with the gear.”
Average maximum temperature: 28˚
Just south of India in the Laccadive Sea sits Sri Lanka. The warming nature of the island extends from the temperature to its residents, who are all welcoming and happy to share their space with inquisitive visitors. The beautiful island is rich with culture and looks completely idyllic. If you stay in Colombo you can spend your time learning about the city and the culture in the hustle and bustle of the city. If you leave the city, it won’t take long until you’re in Sri Lanka’s beautiful landscapes.
Colombo was in fact once known as the ‘garden city of the East’ and although now the sprawling city has taken over the beautiful ocean side destination is a fantastic opportunity for travellers. The amazing local food that can be found by simply walking the streets and following your nose, plus the beautiful architecture make this a lively and energetic visit.
Jamaica Average maximum temperature: 28˚
Jamaica is a tropical paradise, and an island many people already think of as one of the ultimate holiday destinations. Going there in the Autumn months will show you that you were right to think that. With amazing culture, warm locals and fantastic beaches, Jamaica is a fantastic place to chase the Autumn sun. As you lie on the beach in the sun or sit in a café eating beautifully fragrant jerk chicken you can think of the grey clouds rolling over the UK and rejoice.
The port town of Ocho Rios looks like it’s been created straight from a postcard. Here you can enjoy the ports welcoming and fantastic culture, take to the ocean for scuba diving or a whole range of water activities, or it’s a great place to get into the jungle and hike. Not too far from Ocho Rios is Dunn’s River Falls, a white river waterfall that you can climb.
So, wherever you go to chase the Autumn sun there will be amazing things for you to do, from scuba diving in Mexico to waterfall climbing in Jamaica. Don’t pack your summer clothes away too soon!