Where to go on holiday in October 2017

Finding somewhere to go on holiday in October 2017 is relatively simple, as long as you know what you want. If you're craving seriously hot and sunny weather, be prepared to travel a little further however, if it's a case of just escaping for some pleasantly warm and sunny conditions, ideal for doing a bit of exploring, you'll still find this within easy reach of the UK at this time of year.

Where to go on holiday in October 2017: top five destinations

Whether it's a half term holiday or a just a late deal for some pre-winter sun, there's a wealth of short and long haul places offering perfect weather in October. Five of our favourite destinations for those considering where to go on holiday in October include:

Where to go on holiday in October 2017 © Jose Ignacio Soto - Foltolia.com
Where to go on holiday in October 2017 © Jose Ignacio Soto - Foltolia.com

1. Orlando, USA

  • Flight time: 9 hours
  • Daily high: 29°C
  • Daily hours of sunshine: 7

The USA's number one playground for all ages is a wonderful option when it comes to deciding where to go on holiday in October, as the weather starts to lose some of the aggression of the preceding summer months. Days are still long and hot but the heat and humidity level drops to moderate, making conditions much more comfortable, and there's only a slim chance of seeing a passing shower.

Enjoying the weather in Orlando in October © Julie Fletcher - courtesy of Visit Florida
Enjoying the weather in Orlando in October © Julie Fletcher - courtesy of Visit Florida

As well as delightful weather, Orlando makes a great destination simply because it has so many places to go and a seemingly endless list of things to do. For the theme park hunters there's Walt Disney World Resort and Universal Studios (among many others), while water parks and wildlife parks keep big and little kids entertained. Head to Restaurant Row for your pick of dining options, or try alternative activities such as stargazing and horseback riding.

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2. Cyprus

  • Flight time: 5 hours
  • Daily high: 27deg;C
  • Daily hours of sunshine: 8
  • Sea temperature: 25°C

Cyprus makes our top five list of where to go on holiday in October thanks to its enduringly good conditions. Destinations to the east including Larnaca and Ayia Napa are arguably the best places to go, as they see the most sunshine, the highest temperatures, and the warmest seas, all paired with low heat and humidity.

Troodos Mountains, Cyprus © fazeful - Fotolia.com
Troodos Mountains, Cyprus © fazeful - Fotolia.com

Visiting Cyprus after the heat of the summer months also means it's that little bit easier to get around and explore without being too hot and sticky. If you fancy a break from lounging on Ayia Napa's blue flag Nissi Beach, take a trip into the Troodos Mountains to see quaint hilltop villages, or sample some of the freshest fish on Larnaca's promenade.

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3. Cape Verde

  • Flight time: 6 hours
  • Daily high: 29°C
  • Daily hours of sunshine: 8
  • Sea temperature: 26°C

Cape Verde, an archipelago off the west coast of Africa, is another great destination if you're trying to find somewhere to go on holiday in October for some heat. There's plenty of sunshine, virtually no rain and the sea is nice and warm. Evenings also remain pleasant, rarely sinking lower than around 24°C, letting you sit out and enjoy the great weather.

Santa Monica Beach, Cape Verde © niall62 - Flickr Creative Commons
Santa Monica Beach, Cape Verde © niall62 - Flickr Creative Commons

There is a moderate level of heat and humidity, which can make it feel even hotter although this is in part countered by the cooling breezes which sweep off the surrounding Atlantic Ocean. You will also need to watch out for the high level of UV, and pack a strong SPF. It's a superb beach holiday destination, with a load of water sports and numerous beaches to choose from. Check out the links below to visit our detailed Cape Verde holiday guides.

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4. Marrakech, Morocco

  • Flight time: 3.5 hours
  • Daily high: 27°C
  • Daily hours of sunshine: 8

Marrakech is a bewitching place much loved by everyone from city breakers to long term travellers. If you're deciding where to go on holiday in October that's perhaps a little different but with lovely weather, then Marrakesh is likely to be for you. During the day it's nice and warm, great for exploring the souk, enjoying a tagine on the terrace or visiting the stunning Ben Youssef Madrasa, while evening temperatures drop by more than 10°C to around 15°C, so you will want to pack a few layers.

Ourika Valley, Marrakech in autumn © maximus shoots - Flickr Creative Commons
Ourika Valley, Marrakech in autumn © maximus shoots - Flickr Creative Commons

There's no heat and humidity to worry about, and at most only a passing rain storm. October is also a good time to get out of the city, whether you head into the Atlas Mountains or take a day trip to the Ouzoud Falls. Fly direct to Marrakech with BA, EasyJet, Ryanair and Thomson.

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5. Tenerife, Canary Islands

  • Flight time: 4.5 hours
  • Daily high: 26°C
  • Daily hours of sunshine: 10
  • Sea temperature: 23°C

Much closer to home in the year-round favourite of the Canary Islands is Tenerife, with its comfortable conditions, ideal when hoping to find somewhere to go on holiday in October within a five hour flight. Expect warm, sunny days with just the high UV to look out for. You might want to consider a hotel with a heated pool also, as 23°C sea temperature is verging on chilly, and may well be too cold for some to go swimming.

Hotel on the south coast, Tenerife © Nikolai Sorokin - Fotolia.com
Hotel on the south coast, Tenerife © Nikolai Sorokin - Fotolia.com

Discover Teide National Park with its selection of walking routes across the highest peaks in Spain, go horse riding, cycling, or take big and little kids on an adventure at Loro Parque, Monkey Park or the epic Siam Park. Tenerife is full of things to do from January to December, proving it's not all about the beaches and sunbathing.

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Where to go on holiday in October: alternative destinations

If you're still unsure about where to go on holiday in October, there are a few other exciting destinations with great holiday weather at this time of year.

For somewhere a bit special, the Seychelles in the Indian Ocean is a real treat in every respect. Temperatures sit in the high twenties by day, falling no lower than around 23°C by night and only moderate heat and humidity. The sky isn't completely cloudless but you will enjoy plenty of long spells of sunshine, will around seven hours per day. Watch our for UV which is at extreme during October, especially if you're making the most of the bath-like sea which is lovely and warm at 28°C. Expect the odd shower, but nothing that will dampen your holiday.

Hotel in Bali © yplastun - Fotolia.com
Hotel in Bali © yplastun - Fotolia.com

Heading east on a similar latitude, Bali is also incredibly inviting at this time of year. Expect high temperatures, and very high heat and humidity, with warm seas. There's also an abundance of sunshine, so if you're after somewhere to go on holiday in October with seriously hot and sunny conditions, this could be for you. Just watch out for the extreme UV, which is vicious.

Continuing to circumnavigate the globe, the Pacific island of Hawaii is another winner when it comes to finding somewhere to go on holiday in October. Hawaii is stuffed with scenic spots, tasty treats and an abundance of things to do, from surfing to hiking volcanoes; for those who love the outdoors, this is a great call. You can look forward to daily highs of 29°C, and warm evenings in the low twenties. There's a touch more sunshine than you'd find in the Seychelles, although a similar chance of passing cloud and rain storms. The sea is inviting at 27°C, but can be notoriously strong in terms of current and waves, so do check where it's safe to swim.

Finally, if you're after somewhere a little closer to home and a bit more budget friendly, we have to mention Turkey and its array of coastal resorts that make for ideal destinations when thinking about where to go on holiday in October. You may find it's too chilly to swim at 23°C (the highest on the coast at Antalya), but thanks to pleasant temperatures reaching 26°C with up to eight hours of sunshine, you could find yourself having a truly relaxing time sampling Turkish cuisine, indulging in a Turkish bath, and relaxing by a hotel pool - heated, of course.

Kabak, near Olu Deniz, Turkey © Stijn Nieuwendijk - Flickr Creative Commons
Kabak, near Olu Deniz, Turkey © Stijn Nieuwendijk - Flickr Creative Commons

Although the summer in Europe may be a distant memory, deciding where to go on holiday in October 2017 for the best hot and sunny weather isn't as difficult as you might think, it's just a question of making sure you know what you want to do, and finding the right location to do it in. If it's a beach holiday with beaming sunshine and high temperatures you will be looking further afield, but if it's a more flexible break with warm and sunny conditions, you'll certainly find these slightly closer to home.

For more inspiration about where to go on holiday in October 2017, visit our dedicated weather in October section. Don't miss our dedicated travel deals section with the latest offers on everything from holidays to cheap flights and car hire - happy hunting!

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Rank Rating Score Destination
1 Weather Score for Alabama in October is 100% 100% Alabama, United States
  Weather Score for Bahamas in October is 100% 100% Bahamas
  Weather Score for Bali in October is 100% 100% Bali, Indonesia
  Weather Score for Brazil in October is 100% 100% Brazil
  Weather Score for British Virgin Islands in October is 100% 100% British Virgin Islands
  Weather Score for Cape Verde in October is 100% 100% Cape Verde
  Weather Score for Comoros in October is 100% 100% Comoros
  Weather Score for Cuba in October is 100% 100% Cuba
  Weather Score for Cyprus in October is 100% 100% Cyprus
  Weather Score for East Timor in October is 100% 100% East Timor
  Weather Score for Egypt in October is 100% 100% Egypt
  Weather Score for Florida in October is 100% 100% Florida, United States
  Weather Score for French Polynesia in October is 100% 100% French Polynesia
  Weather Score for Hawaii in October is 100% 100% Hawaii, United States
  Weather Score for Israel in October is 100% 100% Israel
  Weather Score for Kenya in October is 100% 100% Kenya
  Weather Score for Lebanon in October is 100% 100% Lebanon
  Weather Score for Lombok in October is 100% 100% Lombok, Indonesia
  Weather Score for Madagascar in October is 100% 100% Madagascar
  Weather Score for Maldives in October is 100% 100% Maldives
  Weather Score for Mayotte in October is 100% 100% Mayotte
  Weather Score for Mississippi in October is 100% 100% Mississippi, United States
  Weather Score for Mozambique in October is 100% 100% Mozambique
  Weather Score for New Caledonia in October is 100% 100% New Caledonia
  Weather Score for Queensland in October is 100% 100% Queensland, Australia
  Weather Score for Saba in October is 100% 100% Saba
  Weather Score for Sharm el Sheikh area in October is 100% 100% Sharm el-Sheikh, Egypt
  Weather Score for Sint Eustatius in October is 100% 100% Sint Eustatius
  Weather Score for St Kitts & Nevis in October is 100% 100% St Kitts and Nevis
  Weather Score for Tanzania in October is 100% 100% Tanzania
  Weather Score for Texas in October is 100% 100% Texas, United States
  Weather Score for Tunisia in October is 100% 100% Tunisia
  Weather Score for Vanuatu in October is 100% 100% Vanuatu
  Weather Score for Virgin Islands in October is 100% 100% Virgin Islands
  Weather Score for Wake Island in October is 100% 100% Wake Island
36 Weather Score for Antigua in October is 97% 97% Antigua
  Weather Score for Benin in October is 97% 97% Benin
  Weather Score for Cancun & Riviera Maya in October is 97% 97% Cancun and Riviera Maya, Mexico
  Weather Score for China in October is 97% 97% China
  Weather Score for Dominica in October is 97% 97% Dominica
  Weather Score for Fiji in October is 97% 97% Fiji
  Weather Score for Georgia (USA) in October is 97% 97% Georgia, United States
  Weather Score for Ghana in October is 97% 97% Ghana
  Weather Score for Guadeloupe in October is 97% 97% Guadeloupe
  Weather Score for India in October is 97% 97% India
  Weather Score for Indonesia in October is 97% 97% Indonesia
  Weather Score for Marshall Islands in October is 97% 97% Marshall Islands
  Weather Score for Martinique in October is 97% 97% Martinique
  Weather Score for Montserrat in October is 97% 97% Montserrat
  Weather Score for North Carolina in October is 97% 97% North Carolina, United States
  Weather Score for Papua New Guinea in October is 97% 97% Papua New Guinea
  Weather Score for Philippines in October is 97% 97% Philippines
  Weather Score for Samoa in October is 97% 97% Samoa
  Weather Score for Seychelles in October is 97% 97% Seychelles
  Weather Score for Solomon Islands in October is 97% 97% Solomon Islands
  Weather Score for South Carolina in October is 97% 97% South Carolina, United States
  Weather Score for St Lucia in October is 97% 97% St Lucia
  Weather Score for Togo in October is 97% 97% Togo
  Weather Score for Trinidad & Tobago in October is 97% 97% Trinidad and Tobago
60 Weather Score for Anguilla in October is 96% 96% Anguilla
  Weather Score for Antalya Coast in October is 96% 96% Antalya Coast, Turkey
  Weather Score for Bonaire in October is 96% 96% Bonaire
  Weather Score for Cayman Islands in October is 96% 96% Cayman Islands
  Weather Score for Curacao in October is 96% 96% Curacao
  Weather Score for Goa in October is 96% 96% Goa, India
  Weather Score for Guyana in October is 96% 96% Guyana
  Weather Score for Mauritius in October is 96% 96% Mauritius
  Weather Score for Mexico in October is 96% 96% Mexico
  Weather Score for Oman in October is 96% 96% Oman
  Weather Score for Puerto Rico in October is 96% 96% Puerto Rico
  Weather Score for Sint Maarten in October is 96% 96% Sint Maarten
  Weather Score for St Barthelemy in October is 96% 96% St Barthelemy
  Weather Score for St Martin in October is 96% 96% St Martin
74 Weather Score for Barbados in October is 93% 93% Barbados
  Weather Score for Brunei in October is 93% 93% Brunei
  Weather Score for Dominican Republic in October is 93% 93% Dominican Republic
  Weather Score for El Hierro in October is 93% 93% Hierro, Canary Islands, Spain
  Weather Score for Grenada in October is 93% 93% Grenada
  Weather Score for Guatemala in October is 93% 93% Guatemala
  Weather Score for Guinea-Bissau in October is 93% 93% Guinea-Bissau
  Weather Score for Haiti in October is 93% 93% Haiti
  Weather Score for Reunion in October is 93% 93% Reunion
  Weather Score for Sri Lanka in October is 93% 93% Sri Lanka
  Weather Score for St Vincent & the Grenadines in October is 93% 93% St Vincent and the Grenadines
  Weather Score for Turks & Caicos Islands in October is 93% 93% Turks and Caicos Islands
86 Weather Score for Belize in October is 92% 92% Belize
  Weather Score for Bermuda in October is 92% 92% Bermuda
  Weather Score for Burma in October is 92% 92% Burma
  Weather Score for Colombia in October is 92% 92% Colombia
  Weather Score for El Salvador in October is 92% 92% El Salvador
  Weather Score for Gambia in October is 92% 92% Gambia
  Weather Score for Honduras in October is 92% 92% Honduras
  Weather Score for Hong Kong in October is 92% 92% Hong Kong
  Weather Score for Jamaica in October is 92% 92% Jamaica
  Weather Score for Japan in October is 92% 92% Japan
  Weather Score for Jordan in October is 92% 92% Jordan
  Weather Score for Kerala in October is 92% 92% Kerala, India
  Weather Score for Liberia in October is 92% 92% Liberia
  Weather Score for Macau in October is 92% 92% Macau
  Weather Score for Malaysia in October is 92% 92% Malaysia
  Weather Score for Panama in October is 92% 92% Panama
  Weather Score for Senegal in October is 92% 92% Senegal
  Weather Score for Sierra Leone in October is 92% 92% Sierra Leone
  Weather Score for Taiwan in October is 92% 92% Taiwan
  Weather Score for Thailand in October is 92% 92% Thailand
  Weather Score for Vietnam in October is 92% 92% Vietnam
107 Weather Score for Western Australia in October is 91% 91% Western Australia, Australia
108 Weather Score for Dalaman & Marmaris Coast in October is 88% 88% Dalaman and Marmaris Coast, Turkey
  Weather Score for Rhodes in October is 88% 88% Rhodes, Greece
110 Weather Score for Bahrain in October is 87% 87% Bahrain
  Weather Score for Bangladesh in October is 87% 87% Bangladesh
  Weather Score for Cambodia in October is 87% 87% Cambodia
  Weather Score for Djibouti in October is 87% 87% Djibouti
  Weather Score for French Guiana in October is 87% 87% French Guiana
  Weather Score for Guinea in October is 87% 87% Guinea
  Weather Score for Pakistan in October is 87% 87% Pakistan
  Weather Score for Palau in October is 87% 87% Palau
  Weather Score for Suriname in October is 87% 87% Suriname
  Weather Score for Venezuela in October is 87% 87% Venezuela
120 Weather Score for American Samoa in October is 86% 86% American Samoa
  Weather Score for Angola in October is 86% 86% Angola
  Weather Score for Costa Rica in October is 86% 86% Costa Rica
  Weather Score for Nicaragua in October is 86% 86% Nicaragua
  Weather Score for Nigeria in October is 86% 86% Nigeria
  Weather Score for Northern Mariana Islands in October is 86% 86% Northern Mariana Islands
126 Weather Score for Gran Canaria in October is 85% 85% Gran Canaria, Canary Islands, Spain
  Weather Score for La Gomera in October is 85% 85% La Gomera, Canary Islands, Spain
  Weather Score for La Palma in October is 85% 85% La Palma, Canary Islands, Spain
  Weather Score for Malta in October is 85% 85% Malta
  Weather Score for South Africa in October is 85% 85% South Africa
  Weather Score for Tenerife in October is 85% 85% Tenerife, Canary Islands, Spain
132 Weather Score for Northern Territory in October is 83% 83% Northern Territory, Australia
  Weather Score for Saudi Arabia in October is 83% 83% Saudi Arabia
  Weather Score for Sudan in October is 83% 83% Sudan
  Weather Score for United Arab Emirates in October is 83% 83% United Arab Emirates
136 Weather Score for Federated States of Micronesia in October is 82% 82% Federated States of Micronesia
  Weather Score for Singapore in October is 82% 82% Singapore
  Weather Score for St Helena, Ascension & Tristan da Cunha in October is 82% 82% St Helena, Ascension and Tristan da Cunha
139 Weather Score for Cameroon in October is 81% 81% Cameroon
  Weather Score for Equatorial Guinea in October is 81% 81% Equatorial Guinea
  Weather Score for Gabon in October is 81% 81% Gabon
  Weather Score for Guam in October is 81% 81% Guam
143 Weather Score for Bodrum & Izmir Coast in October is 80% 80% Bodrum and Izmir Coast, Turkey
  Weather Score for Greece in October is 80% 80% Greece
  Weather Score for Kos in October is 80% 80% Kos, Greece
  Weather Score for Morocco in October is 80% 80% Morocco
  Weather Score for New South Wales in October is 80% 80% New South Wales, Australia
148 Weather Score for Kuwait in October is 79% 79% Kuwait
  Weather Score for Madeira in October is 79% 79% Madeira, Portugal
  Weather Score for Qatar in October is 79% 79% Qatar
151 Weather Score for Crete in October is 77% 77% Crete, Greece
  Weather Score for Formentera in October is 77% 77% Formentera, Balearic Islands, Spain
  Weather Score for Fuerteventura in October is 77% 77% Fuerteventura, Canary Islands, Spain
  Weather Score for Ibiza in October is 77% 77% Ibiza, Balearic Islands, Spain
  Weather Score for Kefalonia in October is 77% 77% Kefalonia, Greece
  Weather Score for Lanzarote in October is 77% 77% Lanzarote, Canary Islands, Spain
  Weather Score for Lefkas in October is 77% 77% Lefkas, Greece
  Weather Score for Majorca in October is 77% 77% Majorca, Balearic Islands, Spain
  Weather Score for Paxos in October is 77% 77% Paxos, Greece
  Weather Score for Peloponnese in October is 77% 77% Peloponnese, Greece
  Weather Score for Sicily in October is 77% 77% Sicily, Italy
  Weather Score for Zante in October is 77% 77% Zante, Greece
163 Weather Score for Congo-Brazzaville in October is 75% 75% Congo-Brazzaville
  Weather Score for Sao Tome & Principe in October is 75% 75% Sao Tome and Principe
165 Weather Score for Corfu in October is 71% 71% Corfu, Greece
  Weather Score for Ecuador in October is 71% 71% Ecuador
  Weather Score for Italy in October is 71% 71% Italy
  Weather Score for Menorca in October is 71% 71% Menorca, Balearic Islands, Spain
  Weather Score for Neapolitan Riviera in October is 71% 71% Neapolitan Riviera, Italy
  Weather Score for Samos in October is 71% 71% Samos, Greece
  Weather Score for Sardinia in October is 71% 71% Sardinia, Italy
  Weather Score for Western Sahara in October is 71% 71% Western Sahara
173 Weather Score for Costa Almeria in October is 68% 68% Costa Almeria, Spain
  Weather Score for Costa Blanca in October is 68% 68% Costa Blanca, Spain
  Weather Score for Mykonos in October is 68% 68% Mykonos, Greece
  Weather Score for Naxos in October is 68% 68% Naxos, Greece
  Weather Score for Paros in October is 68% 68% Paros, Greece
  Weather Score for Santorini in October is 68% 68% Santorini, Greece
  Weather Score for Skopelos in October is 68% 68% Skopelos, Greece
  Weather Score for South Korea in October is 68% 68% South Korea
  Weather Score for Spain in October is 68% 68% Spain
  Weather Score for Syros in October is 68% 68% Syros, Greece
183 Weather Score for California in October is 67% 67% California, United States
  Weather Score for Lesbos in October is 67% 67% Lesbos, Greece
  Weather Score for South Australia in October is 67% 67% South Australia, Australia
186 Weather Score for Azores in October is 66% 66% Azores, Portugal
187 Weather Score for Algarve in October is 64% 64% Algarve, Portugal
  Weather Score for Argentina in October is 64% 64% Argentina
  Weather Score for Chile in October is 64% 64% Chile
  Weather Score for Costa de la Luz in October is 64% 64% Costa de la Luz, Spain
  Weather Score for Costa del Sol in October is 64% 64% Costa del Sol, Spain
  Weather Score for Gibraltar in October is 64% 64% Gibraltar
  Weather Score for Namibia in October is 64% 64% Namibia
  Weather Score for Peru in October is 64% 64% Peru
  Weather Score for Portugal in October is 64% 64% Portugal
  Weather Score for Skyros in October is 64% 64% Skyros, Greece
197 Weather Score for Albania in October is 63% 63% Albania
  Weather Score for Halkidiki in October is 63% 63% Halkidiki, Greece
  Weather Score for Skiathos in October is 63% 63% Skiathos, Greece

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