April is prime time to visit these three places

Calatafimi Segesta

Calatafimi-Segesta, Sicily

April is a great month to vacation. Since Spring Break/March Break is over, we’re entering into a less busy travel period, which means lower prices and fewer tourists where you visit. I find it a great month to see beautiful places without a lot of people around.  I wrote a post earlier this month about the best places to visit in March. If none of the places I mention here are appealing, the ones I listed in that post are still good in April too.

From seeing vineyards, or visiting beautiful sites, April has many options. I’m only going to focus on three that I really enjoyed during the month. Even though April is more reasonable to travel, as a reminder I have to two main cost saving tips that can help even further reduce the price.

Two weeks is the sweet spot: When not fully booked, airlines, hotels, and cruise ships often offer huge discounts two weeks before the travel date.

Be flexible: The time of day and the day of the week you travel can have a huge impact on costs either higher or lower.

Some places to visit in April

I tried to pick places that people may not consider as their top destination spot.

Scopello, Sicily, Italy

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Scopello, Sicily

When I hear people talk about visiting Italy, It’s mostly to Rome, Florence, Venice, or Milan, and more. Italy is a beautiful country all over; I have not been to a place there that didn’t have spectacular sights. I was born in Sicily, and there is a wide variety of things to do and see. Late April is a great time to go. It’s not going to be beach weather, well for some people it may suffice, but there’s far more to do than the beaches.

Sicily has more than 600 miles of sands, inlets, nature reserves, and resorts. The southern side has spectacular ruins beyond the beaches, magnificent scenery and architecture.

 Some attractions
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Riserva naturale dello Zingaro

Riserva naturale dello Zingaro: You can only visit the reserve on foot. It’s ideal for hiking and taking in amazing sites, including picnic areas, museums, and for bird lovers there are over 30 species of birds there.

Vineyards: There are over 700 vineyards in Sicily. You can find several in the Trapani region in and around Scopello. TripAdvisor has ratings from visitors on some of the top vineyards in the area. You won’t be disappointed; generous portions of top-quality wine and cuisine are in abundance.

Roman ruins and architecture: Calatafimi-Segesta, Alcamo, and Erice are three places you can tour to see what makes this part of Italy so unique.

Food scene: There are restaurants scattered all over Scopello, so you won’t have trouble just popping in and grabbing a bite to eat when you’re hungry. The restaurant at Hotel La Tavernetta has great views and is known for its service and food.

Nightlife: There are a few places to unwind with music and drinks. Check out what people are saying on Yelp for places and events.

Average temperature: High 63F / 17C, Low 50F /10C

For more information, read what other travelers have said on TripAdvisor.

St. George’s, Bermuda

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The Unfinished Church

Bermuda is a tiny island so you pretty much can go and see a lot of places regardless of where you stay. St. George’s is quieter than Hamilton, and when I vacation I like less traffic and noise (part of that is because I live in New York).  I found St. George’s to be relaxed, beautiful and an arm’s length from many other sites to see on the island. It has a rich history that you can walk around to see. Bermuda can get expensive, and St. George’s is a more reasonable option, as is going in April. It is considered the best month to go to Bermuda regarding price and availability. They have only one hotel and an inn, but many places to rent to stay, which is also more affordable. If you want beach weather, go later in the month, it’s a bit warmer, although for some the water may still be a bit cold.

Some attractions
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Tobacco Bay Beach

Beach: Tobacco Bay is a small beach but the waters are calm, and you can snorkel or swim. There is a beach bar for food, drinks, and music.

Sporty: Jet ski, paddleboard, play golf or go horseback riding or fishing. You can go for walks or bike ride to see all the historic sites St. George’s has to offer.

Sites to see: Check out Fort St. Catherine, The Unfinished Church, or Somers Garden; shop for unique jewelry, or go to one of the museums or the art gallery.

Get involved: There is an Open Volleyball Tournament every April if you’re interested in playing, watching or donating to sponsor a team.

Food scene: There are a surprising number of restaurants and bars/pubs in a small place. If you’re a seafood lover, you’ll be pleased. But from fine dining to cheap eats, you’ll find something you’ll enjoy. For me, it was a place called Wahoo’s Bistro & Patio. It was recommended by someone that lived there, and I had great grilled fish with peas and rice. It gets lively at night too if you’re looking for a fun night out.

Average temperature: High 71F / 22C, Low 63F /17C (later in the month it goes up)

For more information, read what other travelers have said on TripAdvisor.

Peninsula Papagayo, Costa Rica, Central America

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Peninsula Papagayo

I was in Costa Rica two weeks ago for a business trip. Although it was March when I was there, I was told that March and April have similar temperatures, but April is cheaper to go and less busy. So, if it’s anything like I experienced, then it is a must see. I’m not sure when I’ll get back there, so I wanted to cover it. Note that it is very hot there, so if you love the heat, this is for you!

Some attractions

Playa Hermosa

Playa Hermosa

Beaches: Playa Hermosa is a beautiful beach, and it’s quiet. It’s perfect for swimming, snorkeling, and surfing.

Sporty: You can also surf, swim and snorkel at one of the other beaches. Nearby, you can find deep sea fishing, boating, jet skiing, water sports, zip lining and river rafting.

Food scene: There are a lot of restaurants around the area, including along the Playa Hermosa beach. Two restaurants that stood out to me were Le COQ, which serves Lebanese food and Kaixo, which is a mix of Spanish and International. Casual atmospheres and great meals at both with a lot of options that were vegetation, vegan and gluten-free, so they’re perfect for anyone. Service was friendly and great too.

Average temperature: High 93 F / 34 C, Low 75F /24 C

For more information, read what other travelers have said on TripAdvisor.

Five awesome beach destinations, has some of my favorite beach locations if you’re looking for something warmer (except Sicily, which I’ve already listed here).

Some resources to help you with better pricing for your trip:

These are a few areas I have in April. Do you have any others to add to the list?

 

37 replies »

  1. Thanks Aldo for a great blog and suggestions. I would definitely like to visit those places but it would have to be another month since I have no holidays in April. However, I can see April being a great time for Europe for travellers who don’t like the heat or the big crowds in the summer. I agree with you that Costa Rica would be cheaper and quieter in April. If only I can go in April. Haha

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    • Thanks Marko. April seems to be getting harder to travel workwise (well at least I get to travel for work a lot so no complaints!) making it even more desirable to go. I’ve heard Copenhagen is good too in April so I’m hoping to make it there one year.Costa Rica was good in March too if you can get there

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