8 Destinations to Warm Up to This Spring

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A spring vacation may be exactly what you need to get out of a winter funk and prepare for some nice summer weather. But you don’t want to accidentally go somewhere where it’s not very warm, the grass isn’t green, and the water isn’t the perfect swimming temperature, so that begs the question: Where to go?

Known for beautiful spring weather, great beaches, and constant sunshine, here are eight top spring vacation destinations.

1. Hawaii

On your spring holiday, were you hoping for beautiful scenery, breathtaking beaches, and beautiful flowers? Then look no further than Hawaii. It offers everything from Oahu’s Waimea Bay, a well-known surfing spot with a waterfall and botanical garden nearby, to Kauai’s Koke’e, described by USA Today as a forest “where mist collects like cotton among native koa and ohia trees and lends a mysterious glow to this unspoiled plateau that rises up 4,000 feet.”

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2. U.S. Virgin Islands

According to U.S. News & World Report, April is an ideal time to take a trip to the U.S. Virgin Islands. There’s also an island-wide party in April, during which you can expect to enjoy great food, parades, and over-the-top costumes. And since the peak season will be over during your stay, you can expect to see a drop in airfare and hotel rates. Expect to pay around $120 a night, all while avoiding the excessively hot weather that summer brings to the Caribbean. As an added bonus, no passport is needed.

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3. Charleston, South Carolina

You can see the sights, enjoy the beach, and soak up the beautiful weather that Charleston has during the spring. “Enjoy the city’s mouthwatering cuisine, perfect weather, beautiful beaches, and warm hospitality,” writes the Travel Channel. “Tour Battery Park to see gorgeous Southern mansions, stroll along King Street to check out eclectic shopping and visit the picturesque plantations for a glimpse into the pre-Civil War South.”

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4. Tulpenfestival, Noordoostpolder, Netherlands

“Late March through mid-May, precise rows of blooming tulips unfurl like crayon-colored ribbons across the flat Dutch landscape. While not as famous as North and South Holland’s Bollenstreek (Bulb District), central Flevoland is home to about 5,000 acres of bulb fields — tops in the country,” National Geographic reports. This beautiful area is great for biking, hiking, or even riding in a horse-drawn carriage on one of the covered wagon tours.

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5. Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada

Great weather, exciting festivals, and fairly cheap hotel rates make this a great spot to beat the winter blues. There are 11 miles of beaches to one side of Vancouver, according to U.S. News & World Report, and a line of coastal mountains on the other side. That makes for plenty of fun outdoor activities, including kayaking, rock climbing, parasailing, and mountain biking.

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6. San Diego, California

“In the springtime, spectators can admire San Diego’s main attractions at their best. The city’s blooms are on display at the annual Coronado Flower Show, one of the largest flower shows on the West Coast,” U.S. News & World Report writes. You’ll be able to enjoy San Diego’s consistently sunny weather, great food, and its well-known beaches, such as Mission Beach or La Jolla. It’s guaranteed to be a laid-back getaway.

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7. Greece

The Travel Channel writes that May is one of the best times to take a trip to Greece. There are fewer crowds during the spring, meaning you get to enjoy a cheaper trip in perfect weather. Be sure to check out some of its well-known sites such as the Acropolis and the Temple of Apollo at Delphi. Take a tour of the islands and be sure to taste-test plenty of the food — especially if you like fresh seafood.

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8. Portugal

Beautiful beaches and a unique landscape make Portugal a perfect place to take a trip. You can visit the coastline, enjoy lush vineyards, and take in mountains mixed with castles. “Celtic, Roman, and Islamic influences are evident in the land and its people, whose unique culture is best experienced in the ever-popular cafe and bar scene,” Fodor’s writes.

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