Summer Break: Head To A Chic Retreat To Welcome The Season In Style

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Summer is upon us and I know that you are searching the four corners of the web to find the best summer travel retreat the world has to offer. Well, there are hundreds, if not thousands of places to visit.

Here’s our best roundup.

Turkey

If you are a history nerd who also loves the seaside and beach resorts, then Turkey is a perfect choice. One of the cheapest summer vacation destinations, Turkey is loaded with historical monuments and wonderful attractions.

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You can visit the charming Blue Mosque, see the medieval Bodrum Castle built by crusaders and stand in awe of the Hagia Sophia. After a knowledgeable day of touring around, catch a hot air balloon ride in Cappadocia and take in the wonderful, panoramic views. If you’re afraid of heights, consider taking an energizing dip in the hot springs of Pamukkale.

Portugal

Considered one of the greatest vacation destinations in Europe for over ten years, Portugal has been gaining international favor due to being so budget-friendly. You can begin touring at the Algarve, Portugal’s southern tip stretching towards Africa.

Get a tan on white sandy beaches with crystal clear water, play golf and socialize, or try your luck at some of the country’s hottest casinos. You can also visit its capital, Lisbon, and visit the Belem Tower while enjoying their traditional Fado. For the Potterheads, make a stop in Porto and visit the magical bookshop of Livraria Lello, one of the inspirations for the Harry Potter movie.

South Africa

South Africa is one of the most blessed countries in the world— from game viewing to breathtaking beaches to beautiful scenery, SA has it all.

If you want to see the local wildlife and beautiful flora of the region, don’t forget to add the Kalahari Transfrontier Park to your list where you will see elephants, lions, leopards and more. Make sure to stop in Cape Town, one of the most populous cities in SA. Hike up Table Mountain and take in the panoramic view, then consider car rental Cape Town to rent a vehicle so you can get around this lively city.

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If you are up for heart-pumping, nerve-wracking adventures, go cage diving with Great White Sharks or enjoy the gorgeous beaches and bays with the local penguins.

Maldives

Considered the epitome of luxury, Maldives allows you to take in the stunning scenic view of the Indian Ocean. The contrasting stark white sand against the crystal clear, turquoise water is so beautiful and magnificent that it is the perfect place to cool down this summer.

You’ll have numerous options for accommodation such as overwater bungalows offering a private plunge pool. You can also try different activities such as underwater spas as well as fine dining at underwater restaurants.

Costa Rica

Magnificent wildlife, verdant rainforest, breathtaking beaches and imposing volcanoes, Costa Rica is best enjoyed from mid-December to April, so you can experience the most sunshine. Visit Manuel Antonio National Park to get your tan and swim in crystal clear water to your heart’s content. In the afternoon, hike out and spot iguanas, sloths, monkeys, and other local Costa Rican wildlife.

Mexico

A longstanding sought-after vacation destination, Mexico boasts one of the world’s most popular touristic sites and is rife with UNESCO World Heritage Sites like the Mayan construction Chichén Itzá as well as the Mexican City Center.

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If you are a hiker and adventurer, then visit the Mexican State of Chihuahua, where the magnificent Copper Canyon lies, offering you treks and scenery like no other. Lastly, cool down and relax at some of the finest beach resorts along the rugged coastline of the Gulf of Mexico and enjoy some Mexican cuisine.

Cuba

If you want to visit the great Caribbean, then Cuba should be on top of your list. Tasty cooking, pristine white sandy beaches, unique Caribbean + Spanish vibes, awesome landscape and friendly locals, Cuba is such a diverse country that you’ll surely love to explore it on your summer break.

Go wander and chill on stunning beaches, try spelunking magnificent caves, unleash your inner cowboy and go horseback riding, visit historical museums and so much more!