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Tired of the grey, dreary days and perhaps digging out from underneath mounds of icy cold snow? While summer is still months away, there are plenty of places for experiencing warmth in the spring, which is just around the corner. These sunny spring destinations, in particular, are fabulous for enjoying the season early and provide an unforgettable escape, near or far.
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Spring in Tucson promises idyllic temperatures around the low 80s with endless sunshine during the day and cool nights. It’s the ideal time to visit Saguaro National Park, which protects and preserves a giant saguaro cactus forest that pans across the valley floor just outside the city. The park is also home to historic sites, prehistoric petroglyphs and offers great wildlife watching including javelina, coyote and desert tortoise. Look forward to taking scenic drives, hiking or biking enjoying views of the giant saguaros that sometimes soar as high as 50 feet. If you arrive in early spring you can enjoy a beautiful scene that includes colorful wildflowers.
When the winter crowds have diminished and spring break is said and done, Grand Cayman Island is a wonderful place to be with warm, dry weather tempered by cooling trade winds. Arrive between mid-April and mid-May and you’ll beat the rainy season while enjoying the pristine white sand beaches and azure water without the big crowds. The largest of the Cayman islands, Grand Cayman is home to luxury beachfront resorts and the famous Seven Mile Beach, which offers great snorkeling and diving among vibrant coral reefs, paddle boarding, kitesurfing and fishing, along with a number of historic attractions and great golf.
Cabo is ideal for an adult spring break vacation with the season coming with just about perfect temperatures, typically in the low to mid-80s. It’s synonymous with beautiful beaches like Lover’s Beach with the famous arch at Land’s End, bars, tacos, tequila and water sports. There are lots of places to enjoy live music, and if you arrive at the beginning of spring in mid-March you can attend the Cabo Music Fest which features big-name EDM, house and hip hop performers.
The peak season for tourism in Costa Rica is the dry season, which stretches from December to April, with the wet season running from May through November. If you go in mid-spring, you can often enjoy the best of both worlds with a good chance for decent weather by avoiding the peak rains while also avoiding the peak crowds. At Manuel Antonio National Park you’ll find some of the country’s beaches without all the spring breakers, along with lush tropical rain forest home to tropical birds, monkeys, iguanas and other wildlife.
The Greek Islands are jam-packed in the summer, but you can avoid those big crowds and enjoy more comfortable warm weather by going in the spring. Pretty much all the islands here are stunning at springtime, but Santorini, is surely one of the most enchanting with its famous whitewashed homes and blue-domed churches overlooking the glistening expanse of the sapphire Aegean Sea.
Spring is one of the best times to visit the Grand Canyon, after all, the temperatures here tend to be sizzling in the summer, despite the season bringing the biggest crowds of the year. Enjoy the sun and the jaw-dropping views from lookout points along the South Rim, along with sights made even more spectacular by the parks hundreds of wildflowers, like Indian paintbrush, evening primrose, white violet, ground cherry and Rocky Mountain iris, which join more than 650 species of herbaceous wildflowers. The landscape splashed with purple, red, yellow and white flowers is one of the Southwest’s most breathtaking scenes.
Miami Beach is guaranteed to be hot, in more ways than one, though the temperatures won’t be as scorching as they will in the summer. It’s the perfect time to enjoy some of America’s most breathtaking beaches, edged by brilliant turquoise water and filled with countless beautiful people. South Beach is the place to go for those looking to get wild and crazy, or just enjoy topless sunbathing. This southernmost neighborhood is ideal after dark too, with cutting-edge restaurants and nightclubs for dancing the night away and possibly running to a few of the rich and famous who are drawn here.
Morocco isn’t a good destination for a summer visit unless you can suffer through unbearable heat. But spring means pleasantly warm weather during the day and night. Chefchaouen is especially picturesque, a place many refer to as a “blue dream” with its vibrantly painted blue architecture nestled within the hills of northwest Morocco. Row after row of buildings in its center is covered in blue in shades that range from baby blue to aquamarine. No cars are allowed on the narrow streets, making it ideal for buying or browsing the wares sold in open, traditional markets.
San Diego is great for sun and warm weather pretty much all year long, but spring is especially ideal if you avoid going during crowded spring break. The beautiful beaches are likely to have plenty of room for stretching out and you might be able to score a bargain rate on a hotel room too. Plan your visit around May 5, Cinco de Mayo and you can enjoy cultural festivals, live mariachi music, traditional Folklorico dancing, live mariachi music, authentic Cali-Baja tacos paired with refreshing margaritas and much more.
If you’re looking for an exotic getaway with postcard-perfect looks, it’s hard to do better than Italy’s Amalfi Coast, encircled by the “road of 1,000 bends” that links small villages via a landscape filled with lemon trees and olive groves. While the tiny two-lane road can be a traffic nightmare in summer, spring can be incredibly tranquil and it brings the chance to enjoy the scent of Jasmine and orange flowers that will be bursting into bloom. The water will probably be too chilly for a swim, but this is a perfect time to enjoy beautiful beaches all to yourself.