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Where to Travel in September This Year

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Traveling in September is a golden opportunity for those looking to make the most of their trip. Whether you’re planning to relax on the islands of the Caribbean or stroll through the historic streets of Europe, here are some best places for an enjoyable and memorable vacation in September.

It should be noted that September often brings discounted hotel rates and flights compared to peak summer months, meaning you can explore stunning destinations without breaking the bank. Plus, the weather in many popular destinations is pleasantly mild—not too hot, not too cold, just right for all kinds of outdoor activities, from leisurely city strolls to adventurous hikes. And because September is comfortably after the summer rush, you’re likely to encounter fewer crowds, allowing for a more relaxed and intimate experience at popular tourist attractions.

Dominican Republic — this is where to travel in September for a proper beach session in the Caribbean

September is the ideal time to visit the Dominican Republic, as you avoid the summer tourist season of winter. Beaches are less crowded than usual, and most all-inclusive resorts offer some of their most competitive prices of the year. Plus, there’s hardly anyone fighting over poolside lounge chairs!

The sun is out, and the translucent turquoise waters remain warm, with average temperatures ideal for snorkeling and scuba diving. This allows for intimate encounters with an underwater fauna teeming with life. Why not take a surfing lesson while you’re here?

Lisbon

The Portuguese capital is a treat for the senses at the end of summer. The city’s hills and pastel-colored buildings bask in the late summer sun, making it an ideal time to wander through Alfama’s winding streets or lose sense of time in a riverside restaurant. Lisbon is one of the best places to enjoy the absolutely perfect early fall weather!

Explore its hilly streets, the historic tramways, and the stunning views from the many vistas to understand its unique geography. For first-time visitors to Europe looking to see the main attractions, such as Sintra, fishing villages facing the Atlantic Ocean, and Lisbon’s museums, it’s the perfect time to avoid the long queues and discover the city like the locals do.

Marseille and Provence — September is great for French holidays

The charm of Marseille is at its peak in September, when the Mediterranean climate brings sunny days and cool evenings. This is the best time to explore the Calanques on foot on the many walking trails, take a day trip to the Frioul Islands without the oppressive summer heat or admire the million-dollar yatches in La Ciotat.

Not to mention swimming in the city’s many bays and beaches! You’re sure to find something for everyone even well into the shoulder season.

Of course, Marseille is also the gateway to Provence… the cicadas may not sing as loudly come September, but there’s still plenty to see and do between the national parks, the natural beauty of olive groves and the farmer’s markets. The perfect excuse to play pretend at France’s iconic, leisurely art de vivre — at a fraction of the price.

Puerto Vallarta

Choose the West Coast of Mexico for your next holiday! No need to worry about hurricane season, and the lush, green landscapes are still in full bloom. Relax by the beach, admire the sun set and go on a scuba diving excursion. Why not try your hand (or rather, feet!) at surfing while you’re here?

Explore the charming old town with its cobblestone streets, vibrant art scene, and exquisite dining options. The warm waters are ideal for snorkeling and diving, and you might even catch a glimpse of migrating whales.

Rome — one of the best places to travel in September

Now, Rome is a popular destination year-round. But with average temperatures ranging around 25 Celsius and none of the sweltering heat of European summers, the city vibrates with the abundant energy. In a tourist hotspot like the Italian capital, visitors take every opportunity to explore iconic UNESCO World Heritage Sites the Colosseum and the Vittorio Emanuele II Monument with fewer crews. And September offers exactly that sweet spot.

Discover the Eternal City in a different way; plan your city break around its historic cafes in search of the perfect morning cappuccino or plan leisurely evenings in Trastevere on the hunt for the perfect restaurant for cacio e pepe.

Athens and Greece — this is where to travel in September in Europe

Greece in September is nothing short of magical. Athens offers historical wonders, obviously. And there’s plenty to go around in the Greek islands in the Cyclades or Crete! Following the busy summer season, the crowds thin out. However, the sea remains warm, the weather is pleasant, and restaurants and hotels stay open at least until the end of the month.

Engage in local traditions and enjoy vibrant nightlife with fewer tourists. From the Acropolis to the Aegean, Greece in September is pure bliss.

Fort Lauderdale

Fort Lauderdale in September is an idyllic escape and one of the best places to visit in Florida. With its extensive waterways and beautiful beaches, this Floridian gem offers a mix of relaxation and adventure in a quieter setting. Enjoy warm, sunny days perfect for beach lounging and boating. Fort Lauderdale Beach and Las Olas Beach provide pristine sands and clear waters, ideal for sunbathing, swimming, and snorkeling. 

Explore the “Venice of America” with a scenic boat tour along the canals or hop on a water taxi. Visit the Bonnet House Museum & Gardens for a taste of history and art, or head to Hugh Taylor Birch State Park for hiking, biking, and kayaking.

Barcelona — perhaps the best destination to visit in September 2024

Barcelona in the month of September offers the perfect blend of culture, architecture, and Mediterranean charm. The city’s iconic sites like La Sagrada Familia and Park Güell are less crowded, and the temperatures are just hot enough for a refreshing dip in the sea. Plan a few day trips throughout Catalonia and enjoy delicious tapas at local bars.

Late September is also the time for La Mercè, Barcelona’s largest festival, where you can experience vibrant parades, concerts, and fireworks.

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