When it comes to sitting back, relaxing and getting the real experience of a destination, there’s no better way to do it than to go for an extended holiday or a long stay vacation – especially during the bitter winter months!
So this week, tripatlas.com/new is bringing you 10 Irresistible and Exotic Extended Holiday and Long Stay Destinations. I admit, this week was an especially difficult week to pick out our featured destinations! There are just too many beautiful, picturesque and exotic beachside and culturally thrilling places in the world to pick just ten. One great way to take an extended vacation without having to stay in one place is to go for a cruise with a 1-3 month itinerary. Find out more with Why You Should Go on a Cruise Holiday this Winter.
Honourable mentions this week also go to Cyprus, Tunisia, Malta, Mauritius, the Mediterranean, Southeast Asia and the many islands in the Caribbean that didn’t make this particular list, but are most definitely worthy! Read up on these 5 Hot All Inclusive Destinations for Fall & Winter 2008-09.
10 Irresistible & Exotic Long Stay Spots: Hot Extended Holiday Destinations
We picked these destinations because they’re known as great spots to stay for more than just a few weeks! These destinations not only have great beaches and sunny days, but also have enough sights and attractions to keep you entertained while you’re on your extended vacation. They offer long-term furnished rental apartments and condos, flexible resort packages, and great extended-stay rates on hotel rooms.
They’re too good to be true! So read on and enjoy these stunning photos of these 10 Irresistible and Exotic Extended Holiday Destinations from tripatlas.com/new.
The Algarve on the south coast of Portugal is and has been one of the top exotic extended holiday spots for many UK and European residents for years. Just 3 hours from the UK, the region offers temperate and mild warm weather, large resort areas surrounded by small villages, and four championship golf courses. Besides its 150 beaches, be sure to visit some of the “Pueblos Blancos” or traditional villages like Monchique, for great views and authentic Portuguese arts and crafts.
Southern Spain: Costa del Sol
There’s nothing like the Mediterranean beaches of the Spanish Coast to call on all sunbathers, the stylish rich and famous, and party people. In Costa del Sol, you’ll find exotic beaches, golf, luxury resorts, and Puerto Banus, one of our Top 10 Portside Cities of the Western Mediterranean, the most luxurious marina in the world. Honorable mention on the coast also includes Costa Blanca & Costa de Almeria.
From the magical streets and markets of Marrakech to the little-known beaches of Essaouira, Morocco is no longer a haven just for indulgent artists and poets. As one of the best expressions of North Africa, there’s something about Morocco that exudes an alluring and exotic culture that takes an extended holiday or long stay to really appreciate. Visit Morocco before it expands into a resort-overloaded destination!
Goa is a hot holiday spot for Indian and South Asian vacationers and is best known for its beaches, festivals and ancient temples. It was once a Portuguese colony and thus offers an eclectic mix of both east and west. Calangute and Candolim are the most popular beach towns but Goa’s capital and city, Panaji (also Panjim) is worth a visit, as is Ponda, a sacred site of Goan temples.
Florida, United States
While Florida may not be the most exotic destination on the list, but Florida is imminently known in the United States and Canada for being the home of “snowbirds” – that is residents of northern US states, Canada and now many British residents who “flock south” for the winter months. Hundreds of possible rentals are available near the beaches and Disney World – you can’t go wrong in Florida!
Canary Islands. Grand Canaria, Tenerife and Fuerteventura
Located off the northwest coast of Africa between Morocco and Western Sahara, the Canary Islands are a set of volcanic islands that are the perfect hideout for Europeans and visitors looking to stay away from snow and chilly winds. Destinations include the bigger islands of Grand Canaria and Tenerife, while Fuerteventura is known for its windsurfing and La Gomera is best for its rainforest and walking trails.
Stay for a month in Bali to get the best of enchanting Indonesian culture, cuisine, and beautiful beaches. Popular spots in Bali include Benoa Beach, Legian and Sanur Beach. This region is known for water sports enthusiasts including honeymooners, scuba divers and surfers.
Phuket and Pattaya, Thailand
White shores and the most stunning aqua blue waters you’ll ever see, Thailand and other coast-side spots in Southeast Asia like Penang, Malaysia, are popular holiday destinations. They bring together cultural heritage, mountain views, elephant camps, ancient temples and palaces, stunning beaches, water sports, resorts, restaurants and nightclubs – all in one place. Popular Phuket destinations include Karon, Patong and Kata Beaches. Hotels, resorts, bed and breakfasts, or half/full board accommodations are all available.
For fresh seafood and for sports fishing fans, Mazatlan offers exactly what you need for your extended holiday getaway. While it’s a great resort area with warm beaches that you could laze on for weeks, Mazatlan also gives its visitors a simple and taste of Mexico from the past, and today’s Mexico, all at the same time. It’s such a nice place; many Americans and Europeans stay in Mazatlan to retire! More on Mexico? Check out 10 Ways to Discover Puerto Vallarta: Where Mexico Comes to Life.
St. Martin, Caribbean
Amongst the many paradisiacal islands in the Caribbean, we picked St. Martin because it offers a great mix of relaxation, culture, with a refined sense of exotic French and European flavours. An extended holiday on St. Martin also allows time for you to explore the Dutch side, as well, or island hop to and from other nearby islands like Anguilla, St. Barts and Saba.
From us at tripatlas.com/new to you: Have a happy vacation and don’t forget sunscreen!