In April, you can experience the beginning of Spring with sunshine and flowers. Or, you can head to the Southern Hemisphere for the start of Winter if you’re not ready to say good-bye to cold weather.
April is a fantastic month to travel, especially for budget travelers. The summer crowds haven’t arrived at some of the world’s most popular destinations, you have lots of festivals to choose from, and tulips, cherry blossoms, and wildflowers will be blooming all over the world.
So here are the best destinations to visit in April!
If you want to see the Netherlands’ famous tulips at their best, then you need to visit in April. I’d recommend making Amsterdam your “home base,” and take a day trip to the town of Keukenhof – home of one of the world’s largest tulip gardens.
April has the least rainfall of the year, so it’s one of the best weather months for Amsterdam. The days will be warmer and longer, but you’ll still want layers for the mornings and evenings.
For the Seychelles islands, April is the transition month between the hot and humid northwest trade winds and the cooler southeast trade winds. So the temperatures will be pleasantly warm in the 80s°F (27-30°C), and the weather should be bright and sunny.
Seychelles is a year-round destination. There’s no “bad” time to visit, which means there’s not an actual off-season. However, April sees some of the lowest tourist numbers and prices you’ll find all year.
April also has some of the best water visibility (up to 30 meters in places!) for diving and snorkeling.
April is the end of the rainy season in Bali. This means you’ll want your raincoat for some final afternoon rain showers of the year. But this also means the waterfalls will be at their best, and the jungle and rice fields will be at their lushest.
This is the beginning of the shoulder season, so prices and tourist numbers will be lower. You’ll actually have a chance to take some photos at the famous sites without too many people in your photos.
If you’re a surfer, then this is one of the best months for surfing on the island’s west coast.
Charleston, South Carolina
Charleston is my favorite town in the Southeast United States! It’s got that iconic antebellum charm combined with great beaches and modern accommodation and dining.
April is a great month to visit because it’ll be warm enough to lounge by the water, paddle in the swamps, and walk around in shorts and cute sundresses. But the humidity (which is stifling, even for a Southeast local like me) won’t have set in yet.
April is the best month to visit Bolivia’s salt flats. It’s the end of the rainy season, so 4x4s can traverse the terrain again, and some of the flats will still be submerged in water, giving you those iconic reflected-in-the-water pictures you see on Instagram.
This is the beginning of Winter, so day temperatures will be in the mid-50s°F (14°C), and at night expect it to be in the mid-30s°F (1°C).
So make sure you have the proper clothing, especially if you’re going on a multi-day trek of the salt flats.
April is the end of the peak season, so everything will still be open and in full swing, and prices and crowds will be decreasing.
The weather here this month is fantastic. Daytime temperatures will average around 85°F (29°C), and the northeast Tradewinds will keep you cool and comfortable. This is one of the driest and least humid months of the year, and nighttime temperatures will still be pleasant in the mid-70s°F (around 24°C).
In April, the water will be warm – perfect for lots of swimming, snorkeling, surfing, and diving.
April in California has the perfect 70-degree (21°C) weather. This is a great month to visit any part of the state. Yosemite, Sequoia, Joshua Tree, Redwoods, and the other national parks will be fully open and accessible, and the tourist hordes won’t have descended yet.
This is still the shoulder season for Big Sur, San Francisco, Sonoma, and Napa in the north and LA, San Diego, and Palm Springs in the south.
You can also attend Coachella and the Newport Beach Film Festival this month!
Malaysia has two monsoon seasons – the Southwest Monsoon from late May to September, and the Northeast Monsoon from November to March. So, April is one of the only times a year you can visit the entire country without competing with a monsoon season.
Kuala Lumpur’s humidity is at some of its lowest all year in April. And the jungle will be at some of its lushest after the monsoon season.
This is also the beginning of the low season, so prices and tourist numbers will decline throughout the month.
For an African safari in April, head to Zambia. Zambia’s wildlife diversity and density are equal to nearby Botswana and Tanzania, but the prices and tourist numbers are less in Zambia.
It’s easy to see Victoria Falls while you’re in Zambia, and because this is the start of the dry season, Victoria Falls will be more visible because its water level and spray will be less.
Kafue and Luangwa National Parks are the most established safari reserves. Houseboats on the Zambezi River and Lake Kariba are also excellent options for accommodation and wildlife viewing.
If you want a Mediterranean escape in April, then Cyprus will be perfect for you. It’s the shoulder season, so travel costs and tourist numbers will be relatively low.
Cyprus is one of the best destinations to visit in April because the weather will be warm enough for swimming and lounging on the coasts, but still cool enough to be pleasant. In the rugged interior, April is the greenest month of the year.
I recommend doing some biking and or hiking on the island because freshly-bloomed wildflowers will surround all the trails.
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