Finding an amazing, affordable vacation spot that is not teeming with hoards of tourists might sound too good to be true, but it isn't! Many amazing destinations have a specific low season or “off season” when the flow of tourists is lower than usual, but there is still plenty to do and some enjoyable weather, too.
Cape Verde for Big Game Fishing
Getting away from the winter blues is easier than ever with a trip to beautiful Cape Verde. With white sand beaches and amazing crystal clear ocean, Cape Verde is a popular destination during the high season and the off-season, especially with tourists from Italy and Germany. This beautiful archipelago has a culture with a mix of Brazilian and African influence, and it is a popular hotspot for big game fishing. Even though the temperature remains in the 80s all year, the low season between November and March is still a fabulous time to go, with dolphin fish and sailfish being popular among big game fishers. High winds during the off season also attract those interested in water sports.
Drive From Coast to Coast in Mallorca
It might seem like the beautiful island of Mallorca is only a beach vacation spot, but there is so much more on the island to explore. The weather in the months of November to April might have temperatures in the 50s, requiring a sweater or light jacket, but that doesn't mean you have to stay indoors! The sun will still be shining brightly as you drive the twists and turns of the roads through the mountains in the middle of the island, and the shores will be blissfully azure. Stop by various quaint towns to go on an adventure and savor the delicious cuisine. Wanderlust Travel Magazine explains the gastronomical endeavors of restaurants all around Palma as being reason alone to visit this Balearic island!
Frolic in the Waterfalls on the Hawaiian Islands
Hawaii might not sound like a place that has an off season, but it does. The off season in Hawaii is the time when it is more likely to rain, making tourists nervous to travel there. However, the payoff of having lighter crowds and better prices is worth an afternoon or two wearing a raincoat as you explore the stunning waterfalls on the Big Island or trek to the Kilauea Volcano. There are actually two distinct off seasons for Hawaii, including spring from April to May and autumn from September to December.
Summer Surfing in South Africa
Because South Africa is located in the Southern hemisphere, winter and summer are reversed from countries in the Northern Hemisphere. This means the off season for the beautiful beach destination of Durban, South Africa, is from May to August. Have some fun in the sun for a great price during what you probably consider the summer months. South Africa is a great deal any time of year, but when you add to that the appeal of a not-too-busy low season with plenty of free space on the beach and amazing safari parks to explore, you have a vacation to remember!
Explore the Canals of Amsterdam
No matter the season, many destinations in Europe are still wonderful vacation spots. Amsterdam certainly falls into this category. In the summertime between May and September, the beautiful green parks are full of tourists and locals alike, all fighting for a spot under the sun. However, if you head to this city of canals from September to November and March to May, you will find fewer crowds while still being able to enjoy all the city has to offer. Walk along the canals in the inner city, and stop in the many cheese shops for free tasters of all kinds of flavors of cheese and typical Dutch sweet treats!
Amble Through a Less-Chaotic Albufeira in Portugal
During the high season, the Portuguese town of Albufeira on the Algarve coast is considered to be the liveliest of all the quaint towns in the area. Perfect for families with lots of action for people of all ages, Albufeira can be just as exciting in the off season, which starts in November and ends around March. The water will most likely be too cold for swimming, but there is plenty of coastline to play on for the little ones, and since it is a busy spot, many restaurants and clubs will stay open through the low season for adults to enjoy.
Discover Ancient Ruins in Sri Lanka
With temperatures around the 80s all year, it would seem like there is never an off season in the exciting destination of Sri Lanka. However, an off season from May to October makes Sri Lanka the perfect summer destination. It will never seem too much like a ghost town because Brits and Europeans often travel to Sri Lanka regardless of the season. The dry season in the summer months helps the areas in Sri Lanka's cultural triangle like Sigiriya, Anuradhapura and Dambulla turn into a hub for exciting adventures through amazing ancient ruins.
Head to the Outback for the Summer in Central Australia
A road trip through the desert areas of central Australia in hot, summer months might sound like an uncomfortable way to travel, but since June to August in Australia is actually their winter, it turns out to be a great time to explore the usually too-hot-to-handle outback! This low season doesn't necessarily mean there won't be plenty of tourists—it is Australia, after all. However, it does mean you will be comfortable in weather that won't go below 50 while discovering all Australia has to offer!
Bask in the Sun in Mauritius
In the Indian Ocean off the coast of Africa, just beyond Madagascar, is the beautiful island of Mauritius. With warm water all year-round and amazing beaches everywhere you turn, Mauritius is a popular destination in every season. The low season from June to September still has so much to offer and often at cheaper prices than their busiest month of December. Creole, African and Indian cuisine melds together to create deliciously flavorful dishes at one of the many authentic restaurants on the island. The laid-back atmosphere in Mauritius is indicative of a great place to relax in the sun all day long
Delve into Puerto Rico's Culture
If a hot beach destination is what you are after, look no further than Puerto Rico. The low season from June to October is often rainy, but it is also the hottest time of the year. If you don't mind the risk of an occasional rainy day, this is the time to go enjoy the sun, fun and culture of Puerto Rico. Like many nearby Caribbean islands, the tourist spots are always alive with music, dancing, great food and friendly faces, even in the low season. Just be mindful of popular holidays like Labor Day or Fourth of July as prices will go up and the crowds will be full over those busy weekends.