There are some that count down the days until autumn, snatching up sweaters and cardigans, scouring Frye’s new line of boots and eagerly awaiting the return of pumpkin spiced lattes (signifying that fall is close behind). They welcome the cooler weather and layered clothing. Others live in sandals, love staying active outdoors and when the weather drops below 60 F, complain about the freezing temperatures. To the former, congrats, your time is now. To the latter looking to continue that never-ending summertime feeling, how about checking out these warm destinations for the changing seasons.
Only about the size of New Hampshire and located in Central America on the Caribbean Sea, the little country of Belize boasts sunny tropical weather and spectacular beaches year-round. Belize is great for the adventurous traveler, its turquoise waters are home to three coral atolls: Glover's Reef, Lighthouse Reef and Turneffe Islands. Beginners to experts can experience sea kayaking or snorkeling in its shallow reefs to see its abundance of marine species, not to mention snorkeling around its nearly 1,000-foot-wide sinkhole. Or maybe you just want to keep up that summer tan so your friends will be jealous upon your return, no problem, the white-sand beaches are happy to oblige. Fall/Winter Temperature: Day – 79-83 F; Night—69-78 F Where To Stay:Kanantik Reef & Jungle Resort, 5-star Don’t Miss: The Mayan Ruins
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Cape Town, South Africa
Cape Town is a surfer’s dream, specifically Jeffrey’s Bay where its waves are considered some of the best in the world. The handful of beaches scattered around are also a major tourist draw. Some are more secluded than others, like Beta Beach and Oudekraal — so those noisy children that usually hinder a restful vacation — won’t be a problem. But even if you’re not concerned with the swell, the city has plenty to offer visitors. At the city’s center, a number of gastronomy dining can be discovered as well as authentic offerings (check out the samosas at Biesmiellah). Shoppers will find a plethora of souvenir shops at the Pan African Market where woven baskets, folk art and knick-knacks can be found. Cape Town is surrounded by lush landscapes including Table Mountain, a flat-topped mountain with tabular shapes formed by horizontal layers of sandstone. Travelers can hike, camp and explore this natural landmark along with observing its exotic animal life.
Tucked away on Mexico’s east coast, the city of Tulum is quickly growing into a coveted destination for luxury travelers. Previously a quiet beach town, the current vibe is still considerably low-key but now a fashionable city dressed in bohemian décor. Stylistas have taken up residence there, opening chic boutiques and small craftsmen shops along its coast. Tulum is also home to 15 pyramids inside an 11th-century walled city and boasts the most well-preserved ruins in the Western hemisphere. Venture through El Castillo’s labyrinth passages which leads 150 feet down to the Caribbean. Take advantage of the warm water and explore its many cenotes (underground water-filled caverns) and bioreserves. This hidden gem serves as a welcomed alternative to the busy Riviera Maya resort areas and has a number of eco-friendly boutique hotels dotted along its shore.
If you’re the richest city in the world, you better be pretty impressive. True to their status, Abu Dhabi is a genuinely remarkable destination. And, from September through February, their hot weather turns down just enough so you aren’t sweltering, but are still able to enjoy the warm sunshine. While not the booming cosmopolitan city of Dubai, Abu Dhabi is making its way to the top and taking notes from its neighbor. Opened in 2010, Ferrari World is a car enthusiast’s playground, literally. With over 20 rides and attractions, thrill seekers can jump on the world’s fastest roller coaster (149 mph) or in the driver’s seat of a Ferrari F430 Spider replica to race other park visitors. If your need for speed is lacking, you can head over to the city’s newest luxury mall that features three levels of shops with brands like Louis Vuitton, Prada, Gucci, Bulgari, Fendi, Burberry, Ralph Lauren, Jimmy Choo and Diane von Furstenberg. Fall/Winter Temperature: Day – 75-104 F; Night – 54-79 F Where To Stay:The St. Regis Saadiyat Island Resort, Abu Dhabi, 5-star Don’t Miss: Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque
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Sint Maarten, Caribbean
The half-French, half-Dutch island of Sint Maarten in the Caribbean isn’t your average sleepy destination; instead, travelers can expect a lively atmosphere with plenty of partying going on. For the brave (or confident), Orient Bay is one of the biggest party beaches and is a clothing-optional affair. On its shores, windsurfing, parasailing and eating French cuisine are among the various activities available. The partying continues at Tantra Nightclub with its bi-level club, catwalks and VIP areas. Each week, Tantra flies in its DJs from all over the world; and you can always count on the venue being filled with beautiful locals and tourists. Since the island is a favorite among celebrities, while you’re out living it up and popping bottles, keep an eye out for Jay-Z and Beyonce.