8 sun destinations for the month of November

8 sun destinations for the month of November

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The greyness of autumn has set in and you suddenly want to flee to warmer skies? Escape south to one of these sunny destinations usually sheltered from tropical storms.

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1. CARTAGENA DE INDIA, COLOMBIA

Cartagena is a fantastic city to discover in a few days. Its rich past, its Spanish colonial architecture, its exquisite Caribbean gastronomy, its beaches… everything is there for a successful and diversified holiday.

What to do:visit the old town, stroll through the colorful alleys of the Getsemani district, bask on the beaches of Bocagrande, escape by sailboat for a day on the Rosario Islands, admire the sunset at the famous Café del Mar.

Getting there: direct flight from Montreal, duration 5h40

Some accommodation ideas:

  • Luxury:the Arsenal hotel, in the heart of the colorful Getsemani district with exceptional service, a rooftop swimming pool with sea and sunset views
  • All inclusive:< /strong> the Decameron Cartagena, with 5 restaurants, 3 bars, 1 swimming pool, 1 km from the old town

Hurricane risk: low

2. PLAYA BLANCA, PANAMA

If you like miles of beaches and sunbathing, Playa Blanca in Panama is the place to be. Surrounded by coconut trees, cocktail in hand, leave your worries behind and enjoy a well-deserved vacation.

Things to do: stretch out on the beaches, visit the famous canal from Panama, take an excursion to the Anton Valley.

Getting there: direct flight from Montreal to Rio Hato airport, duration 6 hours

Some accommodation ideas:

  • Luxury: the Royal Decameron Panama, a 4-star all-inclusive with water slides, tennis courts, cinema, swimming pool, and golf course.
  • All-inclusive: the Playa Blanca resort is an all-inclusive with 6 bars, 1 restaurant, 2 swimming pools and a playground for children.

Risk of hurricane: low

3. TAMARINDO, COSTA RICA

 

Costa Rica is the ultimate destination for ecotourism and biodiversity. Less than 1h30 from Liberia airport, the Tamarindo region is ideally located on the country's Pacific coast. Between the lush jungle and the golden sand beaches, become one with the surrounding nature.

Things to do: surf the waves of the Pacific, go in search of giant leatherback turtles, howler monkeys and crocodiles, enjoy the most beautiful sunsets on the west coast.

Getting there: direct flight from Montreal, duration 5h45, then 1h30 drive

Some accommodation ideas:

  • Luxury: Jardin del Eden is a boutique hotel that offers breakfast and dinner, for adults only, swimming pool, spa services, and access to the beach.
  • All inclusive: Occidental Papagayo is an adult-only all-inclusive with 2 pools, 4 restaurants, and access to the beautiful beach.

Hurricane risk: weak

4. ARUBA

In the Lesser Antilles, the island of Aruba is simply heavenly. The turquoise water, the dry and warm climate, the calm sea and the sea breeze that blows all year round make it a sun destination par excellence. With its many shipwrecks (there are 42 around the island!), it is also perfect for scuba diving enthusiasts looking for the treasures of the Caribbean.

What to do: walk on the golden beaches, taste seafood, cross the island in a 4×4, go diving.

Getting there: flight with a layover from Montreal, variable duration

  • Luxury: The Ritz-Carlon Aruba is an upscale hotel by the sea with 4 restaurants, a spa, 2 outdoor swimming pools and a 24-hour casino.
  • All inclusive: The Riu Palace Aruba is the ultimate family destination with 3 swimming pools, 6 restaurants and 5 bars, a playground games and a Kids Club.

Hurricane risk: moderate

5. MEXICO CITY, MEXICO

Mexico is sheltered from storms thanks to its geographical location inland. No beach here, but beautiful sunny weather and tons to see while on vacation in Mexico's vibrant capital.

Things to do: visit the Frida Kahlo Museum, discover the markets, photograph the Plaza de la Constitutión, sail in the floating gardens of Xochimilco.

Getting there: direct flight from Montreal, duration 6 hours

Some accommodation ideas:

  • Luxury: the Hotel Geneve, located in a retro London-style building from 1907, offers a refined stay in the center of Mexico City, breakfast included.
  • Affordable: Hostel Mundo Joven Catedral is perhaps a hostel but the private rooms offer the necessary privacy while being in the heart of the city and the view from the roof terrace is fantastic.

Hurricane risk: nil

6. WILLEMSTAD, CURAÇAO

The island of Curaçao is located off the coast of Venezuela and is part of the Kingdom of the Netherlands. We go to its capital Willemstad for the colorful colonial architecture, but also to explore the coral reefs by snorkeling or diving. Its crystal clear water invites you to water sports or simply to contemplate from its many beaches.

What to do: Lounge on the beaches, paddle a sea kayak, try “kitesurfing”, hike in Christoffel National Park, wander the streets of Punda and Piertermaai.

Getting there: flight with one or two stopovers from Montreal, variable duration

Some accommodation ideas:

  • Luxury: Avila Beach Hotel has its own small private beach, infinity pool, spa and on-site catering.
  • All inclusive: The Sunscape Curacao Resort Spa and Casino by AMR Collection offers many activities for sports enthusiasts as well as several options for children, located directly on the beach.

Hurricane risk: moderate

7. PHOENIX, ARIZONA, USA

Phoenix, Arizona is an incredible destination, especially in November when the temperature is around 25 degrees. The city has everything to please with art deco architecture, several magnificent golf courses, a botanical garden filled with cacti, delicious Tex-Mex gastronomy. What more could you ask for?

Things to do: Hike minutes from town, visit the Desert Botanical Garden, experience the Mesa Agritourism Route, fly above of the desert in a hot air balloon.

Getting there: direct flight from Montreal, duration 5h45

Some accommodation ideas:

  • Luxury: the Mountain Shadow Resort Scottsdale for its architecture, the activities offered, the swimming pool and the nearby golf course.
  • Affordable: The Holiday Inn Club Vacations Scottsdale Resort is a bit outside of downtown but has 4 heated pools, a waterslide and villas that have up to 4 bedrooms.
  • < strong>Hurricane risk: nil

8. LIMA, PERU

The Peruvian capital is very sunny in November and is the gastronomic destination par excellence in South America. With its wide beach on the Pacific, its impressive cliff, its historic district, its tasty coffee and its frenzied nightlife in Miraflores, Lima is a city where you never get bored.

What to do: taste Peruvian specialties, try paragliding, wander around Barranco, go on an excursion to Cusco and Machu Picchu.

Getting there: direct flight from Montreal, duration 8h30

Some accommodation ideas:

  • Luxury: thee Iberostar Selection Miralores is a 5-star hotel in the most famous district of Lima and its rooftop swimming pool has a beautiful view of the sea.
  • Affordable: the Bed and& Breakfast Belma Boutique has everything you need for a successful stay; it is located within walking distance of the most popular attractions and 2 blocks from the beach.

Hurricane risk: none

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ABOUT HURRICANES

With climate change, parts of the Caribbean, America Central and South America normally rarely affected by seasonal hurricanes still find themselves in the path of some storms. Be sure to check for tropical storm system formation before you depart and adjust your plans as needed.