Where to go on holiday in April 2016 for the best weather

If you're trying to decide where to go on holiday in April for the best weather you're in luck, as this is the month things start to heat up closer to home but before the madness of summer, making it a little bit more affordable to go away.

Where to go on holiday in April 2016: top five destinations

The prospect of longer days and rising temperatures, particularly in the Mediterranean, heralds the start of the European holiday season. Although warm and pleasant, it's not yet hot in April, so those looking for a real beach holiday will still have to fly that bit further. Read on to discover our top five destinations to help you decide where to go on holiday in April for the best weather...

Where to go on holiday in April 2016 - JBR Beach, Dubai © Guilhem Vellut - Flickr Creative Commons

1. Agadir, Morocco

  • Flight time: 4 hours
  • Daily high: 21°C
  • Daily hours of sunshine: 9
  • Sea temperature: 17°C

One of the closest warm and sunny destinations to the UK in April is Morocco. While people often flock to Marrakech, Agadir on Morocco's Atlantic coast is becoming more popular with holidaymakers after a mix of sea air, sunshine and souks. Agadir is a crescent bay lined with cafes and restaurants that overlook the sea, backed by the Atlas Mountains, and with ample to do nearby from golfing to hiking.

The beach in Agadir, Morocco © Maciej Czekajewski - Fotolia.com

As somewhere to go on holiday in April, Agadir offers warm days with loads of sunshine and no heat and humidity to battle. You can expect almost unbroken sunshine, so watch out for the very high UV rays. The sea is perhaps a little too cold for swimming, so look for accommodation with a heated pool if you fancy taking a dip, and bring an extra layer or two for evenings which can sink to around 12°C.

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2. Cyprus

  • Flight time: 5 hours
  • Daily high: 22°C
  • Daily hours of sunshine: 9
  • Sea temperature: 18°C

From the beginning of April, many destinations in the Mediterranean are warm with plenty of sunshine, especially in the east. A reliable option when considering where to go on holiday in April is Cyprus. It's comfortable at this time of year, feeling slightly warmer and sunnier than the average summer's day in the south of England. It's also only the start of the holiday season so remains uncrowded.

Chrysochou Bay, western Cyprus © Davekinder - Dreamstime.com

It's probably a bit early to be swimming in the sea, although there are plenty of hotels with pools, not to mention loads of other things to see and do in Cyprus. Be cautious of the high UV rays at this time - make sure you slap on the sun cream.

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3. Dubai, UAE

  • Flight time: 8 hours
  • Daily high: 32°C
  • Daily hours of sunshine: 10
  • Sea temperature: 25°C

If you're yearning to feel sand between your toes and enjoy a full-on beach break, then Dubai is arguably the closest destination to the UK with sufficiently warm temperatures - by warm, we mean hot - gloriously hot without the burn of the later summer months.

Dubai Museum © Chuckas_McFly - Flickr Creative Commons

Beach holidays aren't for everyone though, and if you're deciding where to go on holiday in April for the best weather, but fancy exploring more the area, then Dubai offers a wealth (literally) of shops and restaurants, not to mention a select few museums, aquariums, and plenty to do for all the family.

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4. Orlando, USA

  • Flight time: 10 hours
  • Daily high: 28°C
  • Daily hours of sunshine: 9

Orlando is a firm favourite with families and theme park enthusiasts, not to mention great at this time of year. If you're thinking about where to go on holiday in April for the best weather, it should definitely be on your radar, as much of southern and central Florida has long sunny days with little chance of rain. You'll need a good SPF to battle the high UV, but there's only moderate heat and humidity to contend with, and as Orlando is inland it does cool at night dropping to around 15°C.

Walt Disney World Florida © Disney - courtesy of VISIT FLORIDA

If you're thinking of heading stateside to visit ride the roller coasters of Busch Gardens or scour the sets of Universal, don't forget to check out FloridaTix, which has some fantastic offers on entry to the biggest and best theme parks.

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5. Cancun, Mexico

  • Flight time: 10 hours
  • Daily high: 32°C
  • Daily hours of sunshine: 8
  • Sea temperature: 27°C

Cancun is known for its long white beaches, pristine waters and lively nightlife. Perched on Mexico's Caribbean coast, it's a popular choice with holidaymakers after a touch of the exotic without breaking the bank, and April's a great time visit.

Isla Mujeres, the island just off Cancun © Tose - Dreamstime.com

Just about everywhere in the Caribbean has very good weather in the spring, and if you're deciding where to go on holiday in April for the best weather, then it's definitely one for the list. April's the last month of the dry season not to mention one of the sunniest of the year with the rains generally holding off until May. Cancun enjoys hot and sunny days, making it the ideal beach holiday destination.

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Where to go on holiday in April: alternative destinations

If you're yet to find somewhere to go on holiday in April that really floats your boat, we have a few long haul suggestions up our sleeve. To start with, Los Angeles in April resembles a good summer's day in the UK with daily highs of around 22°C, no heat and humidity, and 10 long hours of sunshine. You might catch a shower but you'd be unlucky, and as this is the showbiz capital of the world, you won't be stuck for things to do. From visiting downtown studios, to shopping, fine dining and hiking in the Hollywood Hills, there's something for everyone in the City of Angels.

View from the Hollywood Hills, Los Angeles © FiledIMAGE - Fotolia.com

Looking southeast across to the Caribbean, Antigua offers a taste of the tropics in April. Days are hot at up to 29°C with eight hours of sunshine, high heat and humidity, and warm waters at 26°C - great conditions for hitting the beach. Just remember to seek out some shade as the UV is extreme and therefore unforgiving at this time.

If you're after more beach destinations, you might want to consider the indian Ocean as somewhere to go on holiday in April. Here island paradises such as Mauritius and the Seychelles offer more exotic conditions as their hot and humid summer seasons come to an end. In Mauritius, things are similar to Antigua with daily highs at 29°C and warm water at 27°C with perhaps a higher chance of seeing some rain and only moderate heat and humidity.

Anse Cocos Beach, La Digue Seychelles © Yykkaa - Dreamstime.com

In the Seychelles, things are even hotter with daytime temperatures reaching 30°C matched only by the water that can also peak at 30°C, which is incredibly inviting. The high heat and humidity can make it feel even hotter, while UV is set to extreme, so pack your best SPF. In true tropical style, there's also more chance of seeing a passing shower here, but don't be put off. If you're looking for somewhere to go on holiday in April that's a little luxurious like this, splash the cash and indulge in a stylish resort with every amenity, from spas to private infinity pools.

As you can see, April provides plenty of options as it just precedes summer, offering plenty of holiday spots closer to home. If you're still wondering where to go on holiday in April, have a look at our weather in April page for a more detailed breakdown of conditions and destinations, while our holiday deals and discounts show you the best ways to get there for less.

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Jonathan Nigel

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