Where to go on holiday in April 2017 for the best weather

If you're trying to decide where to go on holiday in April 2017 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 2017: 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 2017 - 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.

Destination ideas for April 2017

  • Month: April
  • Daytime temperature: 22 - 30°C [remove]
  • Sunshine hours: 8 hours or more [remove]
  • Sea temperature: 25°C or warmer [remove]

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Rank Rating Score Destination
1 Weather Score for Anguilla in April is 100% 100% Anguilla
  Weather Score for Antigua in April is 100% 100% Antigua
  Weather Score for Bahamas in April is 100% 100% Bahamas
  Weather Score for Bali in April is 100% 100% Bali, Indonesia
  Weather Score for Bonaire in April is 100% 100% Bonaire
  Weather Score for British Virgin Islands in April is 100% 100% British Virgin Islands
  Weather Score for Cayman Islands in April is 100% 100% Cayman Islands
  Weather Score for Comoros in April is 100% 100% Comoros
  Weather Score for Cuba in April is 100% 100% Cuba
  Weather Score for Curacao in April is 100% 100% Curacao
  Weather Score for Dominica in April is 100% 100% Dominica
  Weather Score for Dominican Republic in April is 100% 100% Dominican Republic
  Weather Score for East Timor in April is 100% 100% East Timor
  Weather Score for Ecuador in April is 100% 100% Ecuador
  Weather Score for Florida in April is 100% 100% Florida, United States
  Weather Score for French Polynesia in April is 100% 100% French Polynesia
  Weather Score for Guadeloupe in April is 100% 100% Guadeloupe
  Weather Score for Haiti in April is 100% 100% Haiti
  Weather Score for Jamaica in April is 100% 100% Jamaica
  Weather Score for Lombok in April is 100% 100% Lombok, Indonesia
  Weather Score for Martinique in April is 100% 100% Martinique
  Weather Score for Mauritius in April is 100% 100% Mauritius
  Weather Score for Mayotte in April is 100% 100% Mayotte
  Weather Score for Montserrat in April is 100% 100% Montserrat
  Weather Score for Mozambique in April is 100% 100% Mozambique
  Weather Score for Panama in April is 100% 100% Panama
  Weather Score for Philippines in April is 100% 100% Philippines
  Weather Score for Puerto Rico in April is 100% 100% Puerto Rico
  Weather Score for Queensland in April is 100% 100% Queensland, Australia
  Weather Score for Saba in April is 100% 100% Saba
  Weather Score for Seychelles in April is 100% 100% Seychelles
  Weather Score for Sint Eustatius in April is 100% 100% Sint Eustatius
  Weather Score for Sint Maarten in April is 100% 100% Sint Maarten
  Weather Score for St Barthelemy in April is 100% 100% St Barthelemy
  Weather Score for St Helena, Ascension & Tristan da Cunha in April is 100% 100% St Helena, Ascension and Tristan da Cunha
  Weather Score for St Kitts & Nevis in April is 100% 100% St Kitts and Nevis
  Weather Score for St Lucia in April is 100% 100% St Lucia
  Weather Score for St Martin in April is 100% 100% St Martin
  Weather Score for Turks & Caicos Islands in April is 100% 100% Turks and Caicos Islands
  Weather Score for United Arab Emirates in April is 100% 100% United Arab Emirates
  Weather Score for Virgin Islands in April is 100% 100% Virgin Islands
  Weather Score for Wake Island in April is 100% 100% Wake Island
  Weather Score for Western Australia in April is 100% 100% Western Australia, Australia
44 Weather Score for Angola in April is 97% 97% Angola
  Weather Score for Brazil in April is 97% 97% Brazil
  Weather Score for Guam in April is 97% 97% Guam
  Weather Score for Guyana in April is 97% 97% Guyana
  Weather Score for Indonesia in April is 97% 97% Indonesia
  Weather Score for Madagascar in April is 97% 97% Madagascar
  Weather Score for Marshall Islands in April is 97% 97% Marshall Islands
  Weather Score for New Caledonia in April is 97% 97% New Caledonia
  Weather Score for New South Wales in April is 97% 97% New South Wales, Australia
  Weather Score for Nicaragua in April is 97% 97% Nicaragua
  Weather Score for Northern Mariana Islands in April is 97% 97% Northern Mariana Islands
  Weather Score for Samoa in April is 97% 97% Samoa
  Weather Score for Sierra Leone in April is 97% 97% Sierra Leone
  Weather Score for South Africa in April is 97% 97% South Africa
  Weather Score for Sri Lanka in April is 97% 97% Sri Lanka
  Weather Score for Tanzania in April is 97% 97% Tanzania
  Weather Score for Vanuatu in April is 97% 97% Vanuatu
  Weather Score for Vietnam in April is 97% 97% Vietnam
62 Weather Score for Barbados in April is 96% 96% Barbados
  Weather Score for Belize in April is 96% 96% Belize
  Weather Score for Brunei in April is 96% 96% Brunei
  Weather Score for Cancun & Riviera Maya in April is 96% 96% Cancun and Riviera Maya, Mexico
  Weather Score for Chile in April is 96% 96% Chile
  Weather Score for Colombia in April is 96% 96% Colombia
  Weather Score for Federated States of Micronesia in April is 96% 96% Federated States of Micronesia
  Weather Score for Grenada in April is 96% 96% Grenada
  Weather Score for Hawaii in April is 96% 96% Hawaii, United States
  Weather Score for Honduras in April is 96% 96% Honduras
  Weather Score for Kenya in April is 96% 96% Kenya
  Weather Score for Malaysia in April is 96% 96% Malaysia
  Weather Score for Maldives in April is 96% 96% Maldives
  Weather Score for Mexico in April is 96% 96% Mexico
  Weather Score for St Vincent & the Grenadines in April is 96% 96% St Vincent and the Grenadines
  Weather Score for Trinidad & Tobago in April is 96% 96% Trinidad and Tobago
78 Weather Score for Benin in April is 93% 93% Benin
  Weather Score for Ghana in April is 93% 93% Ghana
  Weather Score for Liberia in April is 93% 93% Liberia
81 Weather Score for Bangladesh in April is 92% 92% Bangladesh
  Weather Score for Cameroon in April is 92% 92% Cameroon
  Weather Score for China in April is 92% 92% China
  Weather Score for Djibouti in April is 92% 92% Djibouti
  Weather Score for Fiji in April is 92% 92% Fiji
  Weather Score for India in April is 92% 92% India
  Weather Score for Kerala in April is 92% 92% Kerala, India
  Weather Score for Oman in April is 92% 92% Oman
  Weather Score for Palau in April is 92% 92% Palau
  Weather Score for Papua New Guinea in April is 92% 92% Papua New Guinea
  Weather Score for Reunion in April is 92% 92% Reunion
  Weather Score for Solomon Islands in April is 92% 92% Solomon Islands
  Weather Score for Sudan in April is 92% 92% Sudan
  Weather Score for Suriname in April is 92% 92% Suriname
  Weather Score for Taiwan in April is 92% 92% Taiwan
  Weather Score for Thailand in April is 92% 92% Thailand
  Weather Score for Venezuela in April is 92% 92% Venezuela
98 Weather Score for Togo in April is 89% 89% Togo
99 Weather Score for Bahrain in April is 88% 88% Bahrain
  Weather Score for Egypt in April is 88% 88% Egypt
  Weather Score for Israel in April is 88% 88% Israel
  Weather Score for Jordan in April is 88% 88% Jordan
  Weather Score for Sharm el Sheikh area in April is 88% 88% Sharm el-Sheikh, Egypt
104 Weather Score for Burma in April is 87% 87% Burma
  Weather Score for Cambodia in April is 87% 87% Cambodia
  Weather Score for Congo-Brazzaville in April is 87% 87% Congo-Brazzaville
  Weather Score for El Salvador in April is 87% 87% El Salvador
  Weather Score for Gabon in April is 87% 87% Gabon
  Weather Score for Goa in April is 87% 87% Goa, India
  Weather Score for Guatemala in April is 87% 87% Guatemala
  Weather Score for Northern Territory in April is 87% 87% Northern Territory, Australia
  Weather Score for Pakistan in April is 87% 87% Pakistan
  Weather Score for Saudi Arabia in April is 87% 87% Saudi Arabia
  Weather Score for Singapore in April is 87% 87% Singapore
115 Weather Score for French Guiana in April is 86% 86% French Guiana
  Weather Score for Japan in April is 86% 86% Japan
117 Weather Score for Norfolk Island in April is 85% 85% Norfolk Island
118 Weather Score for Costa Rica in April is 84% 84% Costa Rica
119 Weather Score for Nigeria in April is 83% 83% Nigeria
  Weather Score for Peru in April is 83% 83% Peru
121 Weather Score for Equatorial Guinea in April is 82% 82% Equatorial Guinea
122 Weather Score for American Samoa in April is 81% 81% American Samoa
  Weather Score for Sao Tome & Principe in April is 81% 81% Sao Tome and Principe
124 Weather Score for Cape Verde in April is 80% 80% Cape Verde
  Weather Score for North Carolina in April is 80% 80% North Carolina, United States
  Weather Score for South Carolina in April is 80% 80% South Carolina, United States
127 Weather Score for Qatar in April is 79% 79% Qatar
128 Weather Score for Texas in April is 77% 77% Texas, United States
129 Weather Score for Guinea in April is 76% 76% Guinea
130 Weather Score for Guinea-Bissau in April is 75% 75% Guinea-Bissau
131 Weather Score for Alabama in April is 71% 71% Alabama, United States
  Weather Score for Georgia (USA) in April is 71% 71% Georgia, United States
  Weather Score for Kuwait in April is 71% 71% Kuwait
  Weather Score for Mississippi in April is 71% 71% Mississippi, United States
  Weather Score for Senegal in April is 71% 71% Senegal
136 Weather Score for Hong Kong in April is 68% 68% Hong Kong
  Weather Score for Macau in April is 68% 68% Macau
138 Weather Score for Bermuda in April is 67% 67% Bermuda
  Weather Score for Costa Blanca in April is 67% 67% Costa Blanca, Spain
  Weather Score for Cyprus in April is 67% 67% Cyprus
  Weather Score for Dalaman & Marmaris Coast in April is 67% 67% Dalaman and Marmaris Coast, Turkey
  Weather Score for Fuerteventura in April is 67% 67% Fuerteventura, Canary Islands, Spain
  Weather Score for Gambia in April is 67% 67% Gambia
  Weather Score for Gran Canaria in April is 67% 67% Gran Canaria, Canary Islands, Spain
  Weather Score for La Gomera in April is 67% 67% La Gomera, Canary Islands, Spain
  Weather Score for Lebanon in April is 67% 67% Lebanon
  Weather Score for Morocco in April is 67% 67% Morocco
  Weather Score for South Australia in April is 67% 67% South Australia, Australia
  Weather Score for Tenerife in April is 67% 67% Tenerife, Canary Islands, Spain
  Weather Score for Tunisia in April is 67% 67% Tunisia
  Weather Score for Western Sahara in April is 67% 67% Western Sahara
152 Weather Score for La Palma in April is 64% 64% La Palma, Canary Islands, Spain
  Weather Score for Namibia in April is 64% 64% Namibia
154 Weather Score for Antalya Coast in April is 62% 62% Antalya Coast, Turkey
  Weather Score for Bodrum & Izmir Coast in April is 62% 62% Bodrum and Izmir Coast, Turkey
  Weather Score for California in April is 62% 62% California, United States
  Weather Score for Costa Almeria in April is 62% 62% Costa Almeria, Spain
  Weather Score for Costa de la Luz in April is 62% 62% Costa de la Luz, Spain
  Weather Score for Greece in April is 62% 62% Greece
  Weather Score for Kos in April is 62% 62% Kos, Greece
  Weather Score for Lanzarote in April is 62% 62% Lanzarote, Canary Islands, Spain

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