Hands up all those who have been holding off deciding where to go in July in the hope that we see a summer in the UK??… And hands up all those who are now throwing in the towel and frantically scouring for a last minute destination?!
As the start of the summer season, you certainly won’t struggle for options. School holidays are just around the corner though so look out for crowds and prices starting to climb. Sure you might not get a bargain break but there are some great options.
Here are ten of our suggestions for where to go in July
If the UK does see any decent weather this July, chances are Cornwall will see the best of it. It will definitely be busy and accommodation will be pricey, but it’s still often a cheaper alternative to flying abroad. Particularly as we come to terms with the weak pound post the Brexit vote.
Beaches on this wild and diverse coastline are beautiful, and there’s loads of sights and activities for all ages and interests. Learn to surf at Fistral beach, take in the unbeatable scenery at St Michael’s Mount or get close to nature at the Eden Project.
Cornwall also boasts some pretty impressive food. A certain pasty of course but lovers of seafood are spoilt for choice in this part of the world and Rick Stein owns practically half of the restaurants in Padstow.
The first thing to mention is that the number of sunlight hours means July isn’t the month to visit if you’re hoping to see the Northern Lights. That said, the weather is the best at this time of year. The sunlight hours give you the best chance of getting around this amazing island and experiencing a landscape like no other.
Hire a car and head out on the epic ring road drive. Just be sure to stop at the Blue Lagoon; one of the finest geothermal pools in the world.
If you don’t mind sparing practically every inch of available sand with thousands of French tourists then Corsica is a great option in July.
Visitor numbers due influence accommodation availability and prices but have the benefit of meaning that the beach parties and nightlife venues are at their liveliest.
Corsica’s towns and cities are as diverse as it’s geography; try Ajaccio for style, Bonifacio for impressive architecture and Bastia for a taste of authentic Corsica.
In general July is an ideal month to tick that African Safari off your bucket list. In no small part due to the great migration that should be in full force at this time of year.
July is also dry season and offers the best chance of seeing the big five as they venture out in search of water. Mosquito numbers should also be less at this time of year.
Whilst any of the East African safari destinations are great at this time of year, notably Botswana and Namibia, we’ve opted for Kenya, home of the Masai Mara National Park. In our view the ultimate Safari Destination.
July means great weather on pretty much all of Indonesia’s thousands of Islands, the exception being the Maluku Islands or Papua where the rainy season is in full force.
Again it’s peak season for travellers, and crowds flock in from Australia and New Zealand. Don’t let that put you off though. With over 17,000 islands and the worlds 4th largest population Indonesia offers diversity like nowhere else in the world. Every island has a landscape, culture, people and food all of its own. Come for the volcanoes, stay for the beaches.
Sticking with the South East Asian theme, Malaysian Borneo is another great option for a July adventure. A lush, natural paradise and home to some of the world’s oldest rainforests.
There’s always the chance of rain in this part of the world but conditions at this time of year in both Sabah and Sarawak are pretty much ideal. A must do is seeing Orangutans in their natural habit. Sabah is the best region for getting up close to these great apes in the wild. Alternatively, visit one of the rehab centres or sanctuaries and contribute to the preservation of this critically endangered species. Are you up the challenge of scaling the imperious Mount Kinabalu?
If beach based relaxation is more your thing, you could do a lot worse than a break in Bermuda. Temperatures peak in July, reaching daily average of in the high 20s. The sea temperature is also at its highest, so no excuses for not getting involved in some snorkelling and diving.
Stunning beaches are aplenty and this is a great destination for a luxurious, peaceful break to recharge your batteries. When you’re not topping up that tan take time to visit colonial St George Town, Bermuda’s first permanent english settlement.
Certainly not a destination for peace and quiet. This buzzing city of dreams, home to the iconic hollywood hills, venice beach and sunset boulevard to name a few, will leave you breathless.
Sunshine is guaranteed and temperatures are comfortably in the mid 20s. There is so much to do and do that you could easily spend an action packed week here. Even better use it as the starting point for an epic West Coast or Route 66 Road Trip!
If you’re looking for a short European Break then you could do a lot worse then the Venice of Northern Europe. Temperatures are comfortably in the 20s and July is perfect for hopping from island to island across the network of bridges in this compact and immensely walkable city.
It’s even possible to enjoy some down time or swimming at the cities beaches; best options being Smedsuddsbadet or Langholmsbadet. There are few more elegant capitals, and so many different neighbourhoods to explore, each with their own distinct character.
Peak season and Australian holidays means costs are certainly at their highest in Fiji in July. A visit is definitely more than worth it though. Weather conditions are perfect and you should be guaranteed constant sunshine with no risk of storms. Unwind on the idyllic beaches and make sure to get involved in some snorkelling.
July is also the month of the week long Bula festival in the bustling town of Nadi. This celebration of food, music and culture is a fantastic chance to verify the Fijian’s reputation as the world’s most friendly and welcoming population.
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