Looking for a holiday destination for July? Our advice is to go long haul. While the world and his wife flock to Europe in July and August, far-flung destinations are less crowded and can be cheaper than spots closer to home.
If you can deal with a slightly longer journey, the decision to go long haul in July pays off. You step into new cultures, taste new food and have a completely fresh holiday experience.
Here are the best holiday destinations to visit in July for anyone looking for sun, fun and total relaxation.
We don’t really need to sell this archipelago in the Indian Ocean. The Seychelles speak for themselves – from the luxury island resorts to the jaw-dropping vistas – this destination has everything you need from a holiday.
Explore the towns, enjoy the natural landscape and take advantage of the wonderful array of boat trips that are available. Take a boat out, enjoy lunch bobbing along the ocean and stop at one of the many beautiful islands that make up the Seychelles.
Sunshine, thrill-seeking activities, spa treatments, award-winning restaurants, hikes in the primeval forests, spotting the local wildlife or just enjoying a cocktail on the shoreline – the Seychelles has it all, and in spades.
A trip to an ancient temple, a jeep ride across a national park, hikes up Adam’s Peak, meeting orphan elephants at the wonderful rehabilitation centres on the island and a wander through acres of verdant tea plantations. Sri Lanka has it all, making it the perfect getaway for July.
And if that all gets too much, a meal on the sweeping bay of Unawatuna and a few hours relaxing on a sun kissed, Sri Lankan beach will be more than adequate rest and recuperation.
Weather-wise, July in Sri Lanka is fantastic. Temperatures remain high throughout the country, and average around 29°C. You may experience a short shower during your stay, but these are soon forgotten as the clouds clear and the blue skies return.
July is a wonderful time to jet off to the Caribbean. And Antigua is the perfect destination - captivating and idyllic. This island is whatever you want it to be: a hedonistic party destination or a secluded, romantic getaway.>/p>
Alongside a wide selection of secluded bays and quiet beaches to relax on, there’s also a lively side to Antigua, with live music, rum punches and dancing ‘til dawn on most evenings.
During the day, take a 4x4 rainforest tour, explore the quaint colonial towns and scuba down amid the coral-encrusted shipwrecks and colourful reefs – despite its small size, this island has a lot to offer.
July in Jamaica is favoured by many tourists in search of sunshine, good vibes and plenty of things to see and do.
Jamaica is one of the liveliest islands in the Caribbean. With a lust for life, the locals pull out all the stops for visitors to have a good time. This is the true Caribbean – loud, soulful and completely spellbinding.
The spirit of Bob Marley is strong on the island, and no trip would be complete without a visit to the reggae king’s home and studio in Kingston. This also gives you a way into the deep and complex history of the island, which can be explored further in the many houses and museums in the country.
The natural beauty of Jamaica is everywhere. We recommend a visit to the Dunns River Falls as well as Martha Brae and Rio Grande to experience the other side of this incredible island.
Blessed by Mother Nature, St Lucia has incredible good looks and cultural riches that surpass many of its neighbours.
This is an island of romance – from its opulent resorts catering for every possible whim, to the magnificent, lush scenery that dominates the island.
Escape to the hidden beaches of Soufriere, the photogenic Pitons and the natural wonder of the Diamond Falls, or head up to Rodney Bay to enjoy pampered days in spas, beaches and acclaimed restaurants. St Lucia is all about seclusion, privacy and total luxury on an island paradise.Have we inspired your wanderlust? Check out more of our destinations and plan your dream holiday today.