Vacation Like a Local
Few things can spoil your summer vacation like a spell of bad weather or overwhelming tourist hordes. Fortunately, travelers can find a slower pace and more room to spread their wings in these destinations.
St. Vincent and the Grenadines
May and June is shoulder season in St. Vincent & the Grenadines so visitors can expect fewer tourists and more affordable hotel rates in the early stages of summer ahead of hurricane season. The Caribbean island chain boasts awesome resorts as well as remote beaches.
Playalinda Beach, Florida
Located in Canaveral National Seashore on Florida’s Space Coast, Playalinda Beach is among the quietest you’ll find and offers some of the best waves in the Sunshine State, making it a popular spot for local surfers. Book your stay in nearby Titusville for easy access and you’ll be just an hour from Orlando and minutes from the Kennedy Space Center.
Beat the crowds to Hvar, Croatia by planning an early- or late-summer vacation. The weather and attractions will still be at their peak in May, June and September while visitors will have fewer vacationers to contend with.
St Croix, US Virgin Islands
Peak tourist season in the U.S. Virgin Islands begins to wind down in April and hotel rates also dip. Plus, travelers visiting St. Croix in May and June can capitalize on gorgeous weather and cheap airfare with Spirit Airlines set to expand service to the island at the end of May.
Isla Mujeres, Mexico
The summer months on this island off the coast of Cancun tend to be the rainiest and most humid but there’s plenty of perks if you’re willing to take the chance, including the potential to see whale sharks.
The Greek island of Naxos tends to draw fewer crowds than nearby Mykonosand Santorini. However, visitors won’t have to sacrifice on beauty as the largest of the Cyclades island group is home to white-sand beaches, charming mountain villages and alluring ancient ruins.
Antigua’s offseason begins in May so summer visitors will have ample opportunity to score an excellent package deal. Rain is more likely this time of year but the crowds will have vanished while temperatures in the 80s stick around.
La Paz, Mexico
Tourism in La Paz peaks at the start of the year and experiences its biggest dropoff in May when hotel rates tend to be at their lowest. If you can stand the heat, you stand to save money and stress brought on by large crowds, especially along the scenic Malecon waterfront promenade.
Isle of Skye, Scotland
Easily one of the must-see places in Scotland, the majestic Isle of Skye is home to the oldest continuously inhabited castle in the country as well as mountains, beaches and sprawling hillsides. Even during the peak tourism months of July and August, there’s plenty of Highland features to explore at your own pace.
Aegadian Islands, Italy
This group of mountainous islands off of the northwest coast of Sicily will reward visitors with beautiful scenery, more than manageable summer crowds and one-of-a-kind sights such as Palaeolithic and Neolithic cave paintings.
Often overlooked in favor of Aruba and Curacao, Bonaire is home to a slew of quiet beaches, some of which are among the best in the Caribbean. In addition to the lack of crowds, there are a handful of other reasons to consider this tropical island for your next summer vacation.
Bocas del Toro, Panama
Underrated Bocas del Toro has something for every type of traveler, whether you prefer to relax on a beautiful beach, get closer to wildlife or revel in local nightlife. Plan a mid- to late-summer escape and beat the crowds.