Where to go on holiday in October in the heat

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Are you a lover of heat and low season holidays? Then October is the perfect month! Many locations offer beautiful beaches, crystal clear water and interesting events. Hold tight and come with us to discover the 10 best places to go on a warm October holiday!

Post COVID19 travel advice
If you are planning a trip, make sure you are in line with safety measures. Follow government guidelines and only return to travel when the green light is given. Prefer natural and perhaps non-mass destinations, and in general promote local tourism: discover the wonders of your city, your region and your state. Try to avoid long-haul travel and at most choose destinations reachable with a few hours of flight.

1 - Madagascar, Africa

The island of Madagascar is suitable for couples lovers of exploration, of nature but also of amazing beaches composed of very fine sand. A holiday in this location will satisfy practically everyone: relaxation, excursions, water sports and coral reef diving are just some of the activities that can be done.

It includes several islands, including uninhabited islets and tourist islands. The main archipelago is located in the north-west and consists of 5 islands, 2 of which are uninhabited, of which the best known and most visited island in Madagascar is part: Nosy Be. The other main islands are Île Sainte-Marie and Nosy Iranja.
Route Nationale 8 is a must see, Baobab Avenue, symbol of the island: it is a characteristic road that goes from the city of Morondava to Belon'i Tsiribihina, strictly dirt and formed by a succession of baobabs.
The island is rich in reserves and natural parks. Among all, the Isalo National Park, a large natural park surrounded by rock formations with wildlife, canyons and natural pools. On the island of Nosy be the Lokobe Nature Reserve it is a dense and humid forest made up of typical trees of the area where you can admire lemurs, chameleons, geckos, snakes, and so on in their natural habitat.

The island is not connected with Italy by direct flights, at least one stopover is required, but it is really worth it!

  • Average temperatures in October: min 20 ° / max 32 °
  • hotel and resort from € 50,00 per night -
  • return flight + 7 days / 6 nights from € 702,00 per person -

2 - Tenerife, Canary Islands

You may have heard of many people who go to the Canary Islands during the off-season periods: and there is a reason! In the Canaries, the climate is almost always beautiful, and you can swim practically all year round. Tenerife is the most urbanized of all the Canary Islands. The island is not only beaches, but is characterized by the Teide National Park, third largest volcano in the world and UNESCO World Heritage: accessible by cable car or with a guided trek on Mount Teide.
Among the most beautiful beaches we mention La Tejita and Las Teresitas. In addition, here you can organize whale and dolphin watching tours, an absolutely unique experience!
For diving enthusiasts, do not miss Los Gigantes, a group of cliffs overlooking the sea and between 300 and 600 meters high.
The important "Cultural Autumn" event is held in Santa Cruz from October to November.

  • Average temperatures in October: min 20 ° C / max 26 ° C
  • hotel and b & b starting from € 57,00 per night -
  • return flight + 7 days / 6 nights from € 435,00 per person -

3 - Mauritius, Indian Ocean

"The island of the swan" is particularly appreciated in October. It was discovered by the Portuguese and later renamed by the Dutch with the name of their prince: Maurice of Nassau.
It is located in the southwestern Indian Ocean, together with the Réunion territory they make up the so-called Mascarene Islands. Mauritius is located not far from the east coast of Madagascar, about 1.100 km, which can be covered in less than 2 hours by plane.

Today Mauritius is a place of incredible exotic charm. It offers a large number of tourist possibilities, not just heavenly beaches ...
Here you can treat yourself to a dream vacation: admire the coral reefs, visit the capital Port Louis, observe suggestive animal species at Casela Park and Georges National Park, or visit the important Hindu place of worship Grand Bassin and the fantastic Chamarel waterfalls.

Also not to be missed are the small wild islands all around. Among them, an excursion to the Isola dei Cervi, a guided tour to the Île aux Aigrettes reserve and the wonderful Flic & Flac are worth a visit!

  • Average temperatures in October: min 20 ° / max 26 °
  • b & b, resort and hotel from € 60,00 per night -
  • return flight + 7 days / 6 nights from € 1.290,00 per person -

4 - Cabo San Lucas, Mexico

Located at the southern tip of the California Peninsula, Cabo San Lucas is one of the driest beach resorts in Mexico. In this period the climate is arid and the sea temperature high (about 28 ° C).
Although October is in fact one of the most not recommended months to visit Mexico, it generally refers to the Caribbean area, in the southern part and in the east coast, between the Gulf of Mexico, Florida and the Caribbean Sea. Cabo San Lucas instead is located in Baja California Sur, on the opposite coast, therefore sheltered from the typical tropical cyclones of the Caribbean.
At the end of October, the very interesting "Groove Cruise" event is held, for lovers of music and the sea.
Absolutely not to be missed is a super-fast boat ride with whale watching, in the company of a marine biologist, who will listen to the song of these cetaceans with a hydrophone.

  • Average temperatures in October: min 21 ° C / max 32 ° C
  • hotel and b & b starting from € 59,00 per night -
  • return flight + 7 days / 6 nights from € 1.366,00 per person -

5 - Fortaleza, Brazil

The beaches of Fortaleza, in northeastern Brazil, are incredible extensions of sandy shores, colored rocks and palm trees. A trip to Fortaleza cannot ignore some fundamental stops: a day trip to Jericoacoara, an incredible fishing village with unique beaches in the world, and the 1 day tour to Cumbuco beach, a paradise for surfers and kitesurfers.

The food also deserves a mention: feijoada, churrasco (barbecue), rice, beans and Baião-de-doi are the typical dishes. An important cycling event is held in October: the 16th Taça Guaramiranga de Ciclismo.

  • Average temperatures in October: min 25 ° C / max 31 ° C
  • hotel and b & b starting from € 61,00 per night -
  • return flight + 7 days / 6 nights from € 1.346,00 per person

6 - Fiji Islands, Oceania

It reaches Oceania, precisely in the blue waters of the Pacific Ocean. The Fiji Islands are 333 islands and rightly represent a real one natural paradise. Nature is almost untouched and reigns supreme, the beaches seem to be protected by a sort of spell and the coral reefs they are very rich. The climate is pleasant all year round, but December-April is best avoided for cyclones.

Of the 333 islands that make up the archipelago, only 116 are inhabited. The two main islands are Viti Levu and Vanua Levu. In the first there are the capital Suva and the Nadi airport. The second is the favorite for diving and trekking, and the most important centers are Labasa and Savusavu. However, the most beautiful beaches are found on the smaller islands, which we can divide into two groups: the Mamanuca Islands and the Yasawa Islands.
The only downside if we are to is that to reach them, a total of 32 to 36 hours of flight are required from Italy, making at least one stopover in Dubai, Los Angeles, Sydney, Singapore or Hong Kong.

  • Average temperatures in October: min 21 ° / max 28 °
  • hotel, b & b and resort from € 86,00 per night -
  • return flight + 7 days / 6 nights from € 3.270,00 per person -

7 - Shanghai, China

China is freezing in the first months of the year, but if you want to visit, the best months are September and October, when temperatures are pleasant (we are around 23 degrees on average) and rainfall is low (especially October).
Admiring Shanghai in this period is ideal, if you are fond of modern buildings, here you can admire the Pudong district with its succession of skyscrapers, while to appreciate ancient China do not miss the Yu Garden neighborhood. There are many villages, monuments and gardens that will leave you pleasantly surprised.

  • Average temperatures in October: min 16 ° / max 23 °
  • Hotel and b & b starting from € 29,00 per room -
  • return flight + 7 days / 6 nights from € 760,00 per person -

8 - Maldives, Indian Ocean

The Maldives Islands are a perfect destination for October holidays. Paradise beaches whose waters have aincredible richness and variety of fish species, making the stay particularly pleasant for snorkelers.
Eye to the climate, which practically from April to December it is quite rainy. Thunderstorms can be frequent, but of short duration.

The Maldives consists of 26 atolls, which include inhabited and uninhabited islands. Each island is a true paradise on earth, with white sand and a fabulous sea. Among the most beautiful atolls there are certainly that of Baa, declared a World Biosphere Reserve and populated by manta rays and whale sharks, the Ari Atoll with the Fesdu Wreck wreck, a sunken fishing boat covered with corals, and the North Male Atoll, famous for surfing and reef hiking.

  • Average temperatures in October: min 27 ° C / max 31 ° C
  • hotel, resort and b & b from € 56,00 per night -
  • return flight + 7 days / 6 nights from € 1.150,00 per person -

9 - Ischia, Italy

Italy also has perfect destinations to go on vacation in October: one of these is the Island of Ischia, renowned spa for those who want to relax and heal themselves at the same time.
This is not exactly a classic destination for swimming in October, but given its nature as a spa, you will not mind soothing the detachment with the summer heat in some heated hydromassage pool ...
A visit to the Aragonese Castle and the Torre di Guevara is a must.
Furthermore, in October interesting beach events are held, such as Ischia Wind Art.

  • Average temperatures in October: min 15 ° C / max 22 ° C
  • hotel and b & b starting from € 58,00 per night -
  • return flight + 7 days / 6 nights from € 250,00 per person -

10 - Seychelles, Africa

October is one of the best times to go to the Seychelles: the sea is calmer, and the presence of algae is reduced.
I'm a archipelago of 115 islands located in the Indian Ocean. However, they are generally distinguished from the Inner Islands which include 42 granite islands located within a radius of 56 km from Mahé and the Outer Islands, more scattered and of coral origin. Here there are numerous beaches, lush vegetation, coral reefs, nature reserves and rare animals, such as the Aldabra giant tortoise.
Among the most beautiful beaches are Anse Georgette (Praslin), Anse Source d'Argent (La Digue) and the Bay of St. Josè (Curieuse Island).
The very important Kreol Festival is held at the end of October, for a week full of colors, sounds and flavors.

  • Average temperatures in October: min 24 ° C / max 30 ° C
  • hotel, resort and b & b from € 64,00 per night -
  • return flight + 7 days / 6 nights from € 1.120,00 per person -

11 - Dubai, United Arab Emirates

For those who want summer temperatures in October and do not want to fly too many hours from Italy, Dubai is an excellent autumn destination for those who want to relax by the sea, go shopping and tour the surroundings.
The days are clear, the rains very rare, the sea warm and the period is optimal also for desert safaris with dinner, sandboarding and camel ride.
Certainly not to be missed visit to the symbol of Dubai: the Burj Khalifa, the tallest skyscraper in the world! You can go up to the 124th and 125th floors for an unparalleled panoramic experience!
But the most exclusive place in Dubai is the area of ​​the Palm Jumeirah, the super resort Atlantis The Palm and the Burj al Arab skyscraper: don't miss a speedboat tour!

In addition, the China Film Festival takes place in Dubai in the first week of October, hosting Chinese actors and directors; the Gitex Shopper Autumn or the electronics fair and the Festival Boutique Fashion Show where the protagonist is fashion.
Sailing lovers, on the other hand, will have fun watching the Dhow Sailing Race.
Impossible to get bored!

  • Average temperatures in October: min 24 ° / max 35 °
  • Hotel and b & b starting from € 68,00 per room -
  • Return flight + 7 days / 6 nights from € 637,00 per person -

12 - Las Vegas, USA

If you are in the United States in the fall, don't miss a weekend in Las Vegas, perfect destination in this period because the climate is dry and not too hot.
The city is not only ideal for gambling lovers but also for those who want to experience the kitschy atmosphere that characterizes Las Vegas and wander around.

Among the many things not to be missed in the city are the Bellagio Fountains, the show on the new fall of Atlantis at the Caesar Palace and the show where you can watch live the shark meal (all free attractions).
And if you want to go hiking in the surrounding area, October is the ideal time you can take a 1 day tour to Death Valley or a guided excursion to the Grand Canyon: the autumn colors and the less torrid temperatures compared to summer will give you fantastic landscapes.

  • Average temperatures in October: min 20 ° / max 29 °
  • Hotel and b & b starting from € 80,00 per room -
  • Return flight + 7 days / 6 nights from € 1.074,00 per person -

13 - Brisbane and Gold Coast, Australia

Queensland, with the capital Brisbane and the Gold Coast are also an excellent destination for those who decide to leave in October. For Australia our autumn corresponds to their spring and this area enjoys a perfect climate, almost summer temperatures and sunny days.
The weather invites you to visit the main attractions of the city such as The Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary where you can pick up koalas, stroll along the banks of the river or relax in the city parks and beaches.

On the penultimate Sunday of October, the Oktoberfest Beeer Run also takes place, a non-competitive race with stops to drink beer.
And finally 1 hour away is the Gold Coast with beautiful beaches for surfing and sunbathing.

  • Average temperatures in October: min 16 ° / max 26 °
  • Hotel and b & b starting from € 64,00 per room -
  • Return flight + 7 days / 6 nights from € 1.235,00 per person -

14 - Maui, Hawaii

Hawaii is a perfect destination to visit in October, when temperatures drop in Italy but you still want summer.
In Maui the climate in this period is ideal for those who want to enjoy the sea, the beaches or make excursions to mountains and volcanoes.
In fact, on this island nature reigns supreme and you certainly won't get bored.
You can spend your days relaxing on the beach, or snorkeling and diving, or even along the Road To Hana, one of the most beautiful roads in the world.
Here in a few kilometers there are waterfalls, bamboo forests, green expanses and screaming landscapes!
Don't miss the beautiful treks in Haleakala National Park and the sunsets over the sea.

  • Average temperatures in October: min 27 ° / max 31 °
  • Hotel and b & b starting from € 150,00 per room -
  • Return flight + 7 days / 6 nights from € 1.483,00 per person -

15 - Bali, Indonesia

October is also a good month to visit Bali, less crowded than in the summer months but with a climate that is still favorable both for enjoying the sea and beaches, and for excursions into the interior.
The Indonesian island is characterized by the presence of numerous Buddhist and Hindu temples that are worth a visit: the best are Tanah Lot and L'Uluwatu which are also found in spectacular locations.
Do not miss the monkey forest, the butterfly park and the Tegallalang rice fields, but Ubud is the real center of the island, a mystical and fascinating place in the heart of Bali.

Finally, this destination is also perfect for those who want to experience the sea; the best beaches are Balang Beach, Bingin Beach and Dreamland beach. Kuta, on the other hand, is the most touristy and crowded.

  • Average temperatures in October: min 23 ° / max 31 °
  • Hotel and b & b starting from € 35,00 per room -
  • Return flight + 7 days / 6 nights from € 959,00 per person -

16 - Darwin and Tiwi Islands, Australia

Another perfect place for an October trip, thanks to the perfect and not too humid climate, is the Darwin area, in the Northern Territories in Australia, with the beautiful Kakadu National Park where you can admire the aboriginal paintings in a wonderful natural context.
Not only that, Darwin can also be the starting point for the Tiwi Islands, an archipelago inhabited by descendants of the aborigines which has preserved history, nature and traditions.
Along the coast of the islands it is possible to discover rainforests, waterfalls, rock pools and sandy beaches which are ideal habitat for particular plants and animals.

  • Average temperatures in October: min 24 ° / max 33 °
  • Hotel and b & b starting from € 60,00 per room -
  • Return flight + 7 days / 6 nights from € 1.269,00 per person -

17 - Tahiti and Bora Bora, French Polynesia

Islands belonging to French Polynesia, Tahiti and Bora Bora are ideal destinations for those traveling in October.
The perfect climate and niche tourism make these places even more heavenly and perfect if you want to swim in colorful lagoons full of fish and corals.

The main activity during a stay in these places is snorkeling: you can do marine safaris among sharks, manta rays and snorkeling and excursions with whale watching.
In Tahiti, surfers will be able to ride the waves and those who love walking can enjoy the beautiful walks among ruined temples, waterfalls and gardens.

  • Average temperatures in October: min 24 ° / max 27 °
  • Hotel and b & b starting from € 120,00 per room -
  • Return flight + 7 days / 6 nights from € 2.159,00 per person -

Where not to go: the destinations not recommended in October

Where not to go: the destinations not recommended in October

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