With unseasonably cold weather still plaguing most of the country, you might find yourself wanting to take changing the weather into your own hands. Let's swap those boots for flip flops! Here are 5 destinations where it's currently summer:
Your first surprise on our Galápagos island tours? People live on these islands, too. On our island-based adventure, you’ll get a real feel for how it is to have giant tortoises and blue-footed boobies outside your back door. (It’s easier and more interesting than making forays from a cruise ship.) Our naturalist-guides will lead you to extraordinary wildlife experiences, minus the flocks of tourists. You’ll have abundant chances to walk, kayak and snorkel up-close to marine iguanas, Galápagos penguins and other creatures found nowhere else on earth.
In Belize, you'll experience rainforests teeming with keel-billed toucans, ocelots, and howler monkeys on great walks with naturalists. Out of those jungles rise imposing Mayan pyramids, like the one you climb at Tikal. At Ambergris Caye and Hol Chan Marine Reserve, you go snorkeling or kayaking on the world's second largest barrier reef. Every day, the variety of nature and local culture is truly spectacular, from a soaring cave (absolutely no spelunking required) to a chocolate making demonstration on cacao plantation.
Until the middle of the 20th century, Americans puddle-jumped to Cuba for quick getaways. Now, the door is ajar again. But this time it opens to deep, warm and fun interactions with Cubanos on our one-of-a-kind people-to-people explorations. In the company of expert local guides, you’ll meet a remarkable cross-section of society: school students and cigar-makers, singers and white-magic priests, farmers and chefs. On the streets of Havana, in the scenic Viñales Valley, and in Cienfuegos and Trinidad on the Caribbean shore, every moment is eye-opening.
4. New Zealand
New Zealand will take your breath away. If the snow-capped peaks don’t do it, then the beauty and trails of Waiheke Island will. You’re as likely to gasp at the thrill of sailing on an America’s Cup yacht as at the spectacle of a lake where icebergs surround your boat. You’ll sip wine at a vineyard in a setting you could easily mistake for the Napa Valley. Our local guide also arranges for naturalists, historians and experts in glacier walking and jet boating. As you sample green lip mussels...learn about Maori culture...and walk the swing bridge across the Hooker River, you’ll appreciate New Zealand as the most scenically diverse and unstoppably fun destination anywhere.
5. Costa Rica
You don’t have to be a bird-watcher to get a buzz when a hummingbird lands on your hand. Costa Rica touches you in all kinds of ways. It’s the most bio-diverse country anywhere, the land where eco-tourism was born. Our spectrum of Costa Rica tour packages takes you from Caribbean coast to Guanacaste on the Pacific shore and include Manuel Antonio Park, Arenal Volcano, and Tortuguero National Park renowned as the breeding ground for sea turtles. You’ll meet the native ticos and residents of Afro-Caribbean villages, have mind-bending eco-experiences with our local guides and naturalists, and enjoy the most relaxing active vacation ever.