This April, as the days finally start getting longer and warmer, there’s no reason why you should stay at home. April is not only a good time to travel because spring is approaching in the Northern Hemisphere but it’s also a month of fantastic festivals and shoulder prices. And in some cases, Mother Nature herself throws the best party. Here are 25 best places to travel for the month of April.
The reflective, mirror-like effect this creates makes for something straight out of Dali’s best daydreams (check out Árbol de Piedra or the "stone tree", to see what we mean). If you’re in the area, be sure to take a jaunt to Lake Titicaca, the continent’s largest lake, and the highest navigable body of water in the world.
The lake borders Peru and is said to be the birthplace of the Incas, and has the ruins to show for it. The Titicaca National Reserve is also home to rare aquatic wildlife, including the - dare-we-say-it seriously adorable - Titicaca giant frog.
Miami Beach, Miami, Florida
Enjoy some of the most authentic Cuban food you’ll find the States-side of Cuba, right on Ocean Drive. You will pass right by the Versace mansion, also known as The Villa or Casa Casuarina, now a luxury hotel with 10 unique suites and a renowned gourmet restaurant, Gianni’s.
If you prefer beach-side to sight-seeing, the waters are warm this time of year, and the skies usually cloudless.
Grand Canyon, Arizona
You’ll want every bit of advantage maneuvering the unequal terrain and steep descent - especially if you’re hiking in with a bag full of supplies. The temperatures are also more bearable in April (t-shirt warm in the day, but sometimes hovering in the zero range at night), which means heat exhaustion is less of a risk (do still pack plenty of fluids, even if your goal is to day-hike).
Similarly, and perhaps most memorably, the fact that the Canyon is just emerging out of its winter slumber means the sun hasn’t yet had the chance to bleach it of its sheer lush, green beauty. And so, descending into the Canyon, amidst this eons-old geologic landscape, feels very much like some descent into primordial time itself. An unforgettable experience.
The Bright Angel Trail specifically is also one of the world's most challenging and terrifying hikes. But absolutely worth every step.
Santa Teresa, Costa Rica
Beyond that, the vibe is a great meld of local and ex-pat cultures bound together by surf and yoga and that Tican hospitality (many visitors from Spain, Argentina, Israel, and closer to home simply chose to stay). In fact, Costa Rica more broadly is one of the best places for Canadians to live abroad.
April is just ahead of the country's ‘Green Season’ (read: rainy season), which means the crowds are leaving and the weather is beginning to shift, but this is good news for those looking to test the waters - literally. For beginning surfers, especially earlier in April, the waves are small and fun (about waist-high). For those simply looking to relax, unwind, and soak in brilliant Pacific sunsets, or enjoy delicious seafood in local 'sodas' (that ceviche though), there is still plenty to take in.
Check out jungly Canaima Chill House, where the owner/host Juan-Carlos is friendly and helpful about things to see and do, or have a coffee at the Zwart Art Cafe, owned by Canadian artist Margriet Zwart.
You may wish to go on a bike to explore nearby beaches, the Montezuma waterfalls, or deepen your yoga practice at one of the local yoga retreats. And, just as an aside, football and quarterback phenom Tom Brady and model wife Gisele Bundchen own a villa and had their second wedding ceremony here in April 2009.
Byron Bay, Australia
The event includes a giant nightclub igloo, an enchanted forest party and a subterranean supper club. Not enough? A 500 km track, a glacier and an award-winning terrain park will offer refuge.