Top 5 Places to Travel in August

August is a wonderful month. The frenetic pace of the early summer has slowed to a steady hum of relaxed barbecues, warm evenings and gentle leisure pursuits. It is a month for dreaming and for traveling, when anything seems possible – even those bucket list ideas for travel destinations that encompass the height of luxury and indulgence.

In celebration of August, here we look at the top 5 vacation destinations that you really shouldn’t miss out on.

Riviera Maya, Mexico

A cluster of luxurious delights awaits at Riviera Maya in Mexico. Nestled on the Caribbean coastline and enjoying stunning views across the gently lapping water, Riviera Maya offers something to delight and charm travelers of all ages. August is the perfect month for lazing the hours away on one of Akumal’s pristine beaches, or for snorkeling or diving to explore the northern hemisphere’s largest coral reef. Small luxury hotels, exclusive spas and a range of fine dining options ensure that a visit to Riviera Maya is a true indulgence for all senses.

Top 5 August Vacation Destinations Riviera Maya Mexico

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Catalonia, Spain

With a balmy climate and enough sand to keep even the most demanding beach lover happy, Catalonia is one of the Mediterranean’s most charming travel destinations during August. Avoid the crowds and opt for a luxury villa nestled at the feet of the Pyrenees, using it as a base to explore everything that Catalonia has to offer. Local food and wine are a must in Catalonia, while world-class golf courses, the fabulous city of Barcelona and incredible natural beauty ensure that a trip there will create cherished memories for the whole family.

Top 5 August Vacation Destinations Catalonia Spain

Costa Smeralda, Sardinia

For picture postcard beaches, intense sunshine and incredible cuisine, head to Costa Smeralda to enjoy the best that August has to offer. Tiny fishing boats bob on the gentle waves while seabirds circle lazily on the warm air currents overhead. This is the perfect place for a romantic getaway for two, so enjoy a spot of luxury travel with your loved one and soak up the Sardinian sunshine on the beach by day, before enjoying Costa Smeralda’s extensive fine dining options by night.

Top 5 August Vacation Destinations Costa Smeralda Sardinia

Evian, France

For those of a more active bent, an adventure travel vacation to the lake at Evian, in the foothills of France’s Chablais Mountains, provides everything from water-skiing to diving to windsurfing. Pedaloes and pleasure boat sailing offer a slightly gentler option, while travelers who prefer their adventures to take place on dry land can try their hand at mountain biking, climbing and mountaineering. The Evian Masters Golf Course provides yet another option for enjoying the August sunshine.

Top 5 August Vacation Destinations Evian France

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Maasai Mara, Kenya

August is the perfect month to go on safari, as the wildebeest migrate across the seemingly endless plains of the Maasai Mara. Experience some of nature’s most incredible creatures in their natural habitat by taking a luxury safari vacation to this stunning area. From walking safaris to night game drives to deep sea fishing, the Maasai Mara and the southern Kenyan coast offer the ultimate adventure vacation for travelers looking to make the most of August.

Top 5 August Vacation Destinations Maasai Mara Kenya

Louise Taylor

Louise is a travel writer with a passion for exploring the unknown. She loves visiting new places and has a particular interest in exploring local cuisine wherever she travels. Louise has lived in the UK and Portugal and is currently considering where to base her next adventure. Follow her travels at http://www.movingtoportugal.org/