It’s that time of year again—when the snows and rains have you dreaming of sun and sand. Why not take your family for a treat? Calling all Spring Vacationers—jump right into the season of low rates, mild weather and post-winter festivals. Below are some of our top destinations (some unusual) for travel this Spring:
Cartagena—a flamboyant, coastal city bursting with vibrant nightlife, colonial architecture and delicate spring blossoms. Why not try a non-traditional city this Spring Break for a change? Visit in mid-March to catch screenings at the Cartagena International Film Festival. WIT Agent Linda took a visit down to Colombia a few years ago—ring her up for a chat!
Springtime is in-between rainy season in Costa Rica, making it the perfect season to explore its cloud forests and mangrove swamps. Despite an influx of tourists in recent years, it also manages to stay quite affordable. This is a country made for the adventurer—don’t miss the plentiful picturesque waterfalls, lush jungles, volcanic hot springs, and turtle beaches.
Thailand lures thousands of visitors each year with its crystalline waters, vibrant parties, and food to die for. Explore chaotic Bangkok and its glittering temples, or head south to the tropical beaches and dive with whale sharks off Ko Tao. Add in friendly locals, cheap prices, and wild northern jungles, and you have yourself an unforgettable vacation!
The cosmopolitan Swedish city draws visitors on account to its beautiful old town and mild temperatures year-round. Located between fourteen islands, the city has been called the “Venice of the North,” complete with canals and bridges galore. It’s no wonder that one of the best ways to see it is by ferry—hop on a boat for a day through the beautiful waterways.
Fiji is famous for its world-class waters, on par with those off the coast of Thailand and the Great Barrier Reef. Snorkel with manta rays in the Yasawas, game fish for the big mahi mahi, or brush up on your skills in wake-boarding. If you fancy the calmer sides of life, simply recline on the beach or in a hammock under softly swaying coconut trees. Fiji is also home to colorful Hindu temples, thick tropical jungles, and natural mud pools.
March to May in New Zealand is actually harvest time, which makes it a perfect destination for wine connoisseurs. Drive down to the celebrated Central Otago wine region on the South Island, with its palette of colors and pinot noir.
Ah, Springtime in Japan—a time of cherry blossoms and fun festivals. The art of hanami, or cherry flower viewing, is a highly regarded pastime in Japan. From mid-March to early May, families will gather outside in parks for picnics and the yearly admiring of the cherry and plum blossoms. Our Agent Pam just visited Tokyo and Nara last year.
You’ll be hard-pressed to find a lovelier Old World landscape than Santorini. With its bleach-white houses and blue-domed churches, Santorini is a picture-perfection destination to spend your spring. Highlights include gorgeous seascapes, prehistoric Akrotíri ruins, black sands at Perissa, and a few choice wineries. Here is where you’ll also find the blue caldera where Atlantis was said to have stood.
March is the start of Bali’s dry season and the Balinese New Year, beginning March 12. Celebrations usually last a few weeks, culminating in Nyepi, the Day of Silence on March 31. From exotic jungles to spa-like bungalows, Bali has a lot to offer those in desperate need for some sun.