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Where is it hot in October?

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With the travel corridors list changing all the time, your summer holiday might not have turned out as you hoped. Don’t fret. There’s always time to go on a last-minute sunny holiday, if you know where it’s hot in October.

The destinations below all average temperatures from 22°C-32°C (arranged from hottest to coolest) and are open for travel from the UK. From cosmopolitan Mediterranean cities to exotic Caribbean islands, these 11 destinations are ideal for your October holidays. Need any more destinations to choose from? Check our regularly updated, interactive global map, which shows you where’s open for business.

Where to go for October holidays:

  1. Curaçao
  2. Antigua and Barbuda
  3. Barbados
  4. St. George, Grenada
  5. St. Lucia
  6. Paphos, Cyprus
  7. Havana, Cuba
  8. Izmir, Turkey
  9. Bermuda
  10. Palermo, Italy
  11. Azores, Portugal

1. Curaçao

Average temperature: 32°C

Curaçao's tropical climate makes it consistently hot in October

The Dutch Caribbean island is a tropical gem of unspoiled beaches and coral reefs bursting with marine life. Curaçao is one of those places where it’s hot in October… and all year long. The temperatures don’t often fall below 30°C throughout the year, ensuring warm waters and an abundance of sunshine. Explore the island’s 35 beaches, mostly tucked into secluded coves along the southwest coast, and don’t forget your diving suit.

Once you’re ready to think about dry land again, take a stroll in the capital Willemstad’s streets lined with pastel-coloured colonial architecture. Do pay a visit to the Curaçao Museum in the Western part of Otrobanda, where you’ll gain some insights about the history of Curaçao, the realities of colonial times and the abolition of slavery.

2. Antigua and Barbuda

Average temperature: 31°C

In Antigua and Barbuda, you might get some tropical rain but it's still hot in October

Where the Atlantic and the Caribbean meet, the twin islands of Antigua and Barbuda await to steal your heart. There are 365 beaches in total, one for every day of the year! Average temperatures don’t fall below 25°C (in January) and although this is the wet season, which means you can expect some tropical rain, the climate is still quite hot in October. With the capital of Saint John as your base, you can explore the island of Antigua and its 153 km of superb coastline, washed by the Caribbean Sea, as well as nearby Barbuda and its beautiful reefs and large lagoon.

It’s not just about the water though. Antigua also sports a beautiful rainforest, which you can explore on an eco-tour. There are also interesting natural formations to explore, like the Devil’s Bridge outside the village of Willikies in Antigua – a limestone rock that’s the result of millions of years of ancient reef formation – or the caves in Barbuda. The Indian cave features petroglyph drawings made by the Arawak indigenous tribe.

3. Barbados

Average temperature: 31°C

Barbados temperatures are hot in October... cool off with some rum

This tiny eastern Caribbean island pucks a punch. There are more than 80 white-sand beaches on this coral island, many of which have been recognised as some of the best in the world. Get your adrenaline pumping with some jet-skiing at Mullins Beach, try your hand at kitesurfing at Silver Sands or go boogie boarding and paddle boarding at Pebbles Beach. When you’re ready to soak up some history, Barbados’ capital of Bridgetown is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, because of the colonial architecture and historical importance of the Garrison area.

And speaking of soaking things up: Barbados is the birthplace of rum. The story of how rum has been distilled here for more than 300 years is a fascinating one, and deeply entwined with the history of the island itself. Immerse yourself in it by taking a rum tour organised by the historical Mount Gay distillery (complete with a rum tasting, of course). Now that’s another way to feel hot in October…

4. St. George, Grenada

Average temperature: 31°C

Crystal clear waters and sunny skies... Grenada is consistently hot in October

Often called the ‘Spice Isle’, the hilly Caribbean island of Grenada is home to white-sand beaches, breathtaking waterfalls and numerous nutmeg plantations. Visit the Gouyave Nutmeg Processing Station to see how the spice is collected and processed.

The capital of St. George features many impressive Georgian buildings and an early-18th-century fort, which you can better explore by downloading the Grenada Heritage Map, which will also guide you to the sites of the smaller nearby islands, Carriacou and Petite Martinique. There are more than 40 beaches to choose from, but the lively Grand Anse beach is a must. And even if you’re not much into diving, it’s worth reconsidering just to marvel at the underwater sculpture park at Molinere Beauséjour Marine Protected Area.

5. St. Lucia

Average temperature: 31°C

Get hot in October on a mountain hike in St Lucia

With a tropical climate all year long, the Eastern Caribbean island is a great place for a last minute holiday; it’s still rather hot in October. Start your exploration with the Pitons, the two volcanic mountains that dominate St. Lucia’s southwestern coast: you can hike around Gros Piton (771 metres high) and Petit Piton (743 metres high) or sail around them to get breathtaking photos. There are numerous other hiking opportunities on the island, such as the Eastern Nature Trail along the Atlantic coastline, as well as many waterfalls, rivers and opportunities for water sports.

But perhaps one of the most fascinating things to do in St. Lucia is to sample the local cuisine. Many people travel to the island just for its rich Creole flavours. At the award winning, farm-to-table Dasheene Restaurant you’ll get to sample some of the local delicacies (like the roast conch with pickled vegetables served in a yam basket or the Cajun Creole vegetable bakes) for yourself, with a view of the Pitons and the Caribbean sea.

6. Paphos, Cyprus

Average temperature: 27°C

Paphos is hot in October - cool off in the sea

When it comes to last-minute holidays, few places can beat Paphos. The city on the southwest coast of Cyprus combines idyllic beaches, a cosmopolitan city centre and an unbelievably rich history, having been inhabited since the Neolithic times. Stroll the cobblestone streets of Old Paphos, a UNESCO World Heritage-protected city, and visit the Pafos District Archaeological Museum where you can explore exhibits from the Neolithic age up to the 18th century.

But the history lesson doesn’t stop at the city limits. You should also visit the Tombs of the Kings, a UNESCO-protected necropolis with underground tombs dating as far back as the 4th century BC, carved out of solid rock. Or how about exploring Petra tou Romiou (literally translating to ‘the rock of the Greek’) where, according to the local myth, the Goddess Aphrodite was born out of the waters? Just remember you’re not allowed to climb the actual rock. Then, Paphos has many amazing beaches where you can unwind after your history lesson and the waters are still hot in October. Try Coral Bay in Peyia.

7. Havana, Cuba

Average temperature: 26°C

Cuba is hot hot hot in October

The siren song of the Cuban capital is strong. Just taking a stroll along its vibrant streets, surrounded by colourful houses and vintage cars, is enchanting enough. But the awe factor goes up a notch once you step into the Catedral de San Cristóbal de la Habana, one of the oldest churches in the Americas. Check the cupola and the numerous statues and frescoes and then head back to the plaza for people watching, mojito at hand.

Channelling your inner Hemingway yet? Do it properly at El Floridita, the historic bar where he used to drink daiquiris when living in Havana (his favourite seat is cordoned off with a velvet rope). Follow the author’s trail even further with a visit to the Ambos Mundos Hotel, where he started writing For Whom the Bell Tolls. And if you want to escape the buzzing city for a bit, the valley of Viñales is just two hours away and offers gorgeous views and spectacular caves, particularly the flooded caverns of the Cuevas del Indio (Indian Caves).

8. Izmir, Turkey

Average temperature: 26°C

Izmir is a great option for a cheap October holiday

If you’re looking for a cheap October holiday, look no further than Izmir. Izmir is known as Turkey’s ‘sunshine city’, with its 629 km coastline offering 50 beaches and 3 marinas, all blue-flag awarded. We think the name is quite earned: at an average of 26°C, Izmir is pretty hot in October. The metropolitan city on the Aegean coast has a rich history, with impressive archaeological sites dating back to the years of Alexander the Great. Plus, although very tourist friendly and the third-largest city in Turkey, it’s still a lesser-known destination so you can avoid tourist traps.

Get lost in the maze that is the Keremalti Market in the Bazaar district or visit the covered market of Kızlarağası Hanı (it’s been around since 1744). At the open-air museum of Agora, you can admire the ruins of the ancient city (Smyrna) dating back to the 4th century BC. And don’t forget to check out the Clock Tower on Konak square, one of the most iconic landmarks of the city.

9. Bermuda

Average temperature: 25°C

Sand, sea and palm trees in sunny Bermuda

From pink-sand beaches to blue grottoes, Bermuda is a colourful paradise. Take a walk on the cobblestone streets of the capital, Hamilton, with its pastel-coloured shops, museums, galleries, restaurants and bars surrounding the harbour. In Front Street, you’ll also find the Bermuda Underwater Exploration Institute, where you can step into a shark cage and dive in a virtual submarine.

As for the pink sands we promised? You’ll find them in nearby Horseshoe Bay (the hue is thanks to a mixture of crushed coral and calcium carbonate interacting with the turquoise waters). Make sure to also visit the Walsingham Nature Reserve & Blue Hole Park, where you can get lost in sub-tropical forests, blue-water mangrove ponds and subterranean caves and grottoes. Don’t forget your Bermuda shorts.

10. Palermo, Italy

Average temperature: 22°C

Historic Palermo is warm in the autumn

Sicily enjoys fine weather throughout autumn, and although it’s not very hot in October, the slightly cooler temperatures make it much more pleasant than in August. As you explore the decaying grandeur of Palermo, make sure to take some time out for a visit to the eerie Catacombe dei Cappuccini. The catacombs have been in use since the 1600s as the final resting place of monks, friars, and members of the city’s elite – with many of the mummified bodies still on display. Undoubtedly the city’s most ghoulish attraction, it’s the perfect place for October holidays with a Halloween twist.

11. Azores, Portugal

Average temperature: 22°C

Take an October holiday in the Azores

The Azores archipelago comprises nine volcanic islands in the middle of the Atlantic Ocean but the largest, São Miguel, will steal your heart with its volcanic calderas, great lagoons, green forests and countless coves. Explore the tidal pools of Sul Mosteiros on São Miguel’s north coast or relax at the calm waters of the Água d’Alto Beach. Visit the 16th-century Fort of St. Blaise and take in dramatic sunset (or sunrise) views at Ponta Da Madrugada, in the municipality of Nordeste.

Just be aware that while Azores and mainland Portugal have been added to UK’s travel corridors and there are no restrictions when you travel from and to England, this could change last minute and you may need to isolate on your return if you’re travelling from Wales or Scotland.

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