Summertime is ending in most places north of the Equator. People are getting ready for colder weather and thinking about ways to pass the winter. In southern latitudes, however, the seasons are reversed and winter is only just winding down.  This means that warm weather and sunny skies are on the horizon for people in Australia, Southern Africa, and South America. People in Europe and North America can take advantage of the differences between the seasons in the Northern and Southern Hemispheres to take a break from winter.

If you choose the right destination, there is no need to confine your wintertime vacation to a crowded tropical resort town. If you travel far enough to the south, the weather will be ideally warm and sunny, but you won’t be confined to a “package tourist” resort scene.

Here is where to go to get the most out of travel to the Southern Hemisphere during its summertime.

Summertime is ending in most places north of the Equator. People are getting ready for colder weather and thinking about ways to pass the winter. In southern latitudes, however, the seasons are reversed and winter is only just winding down.  This means that warm weather and sunny skies are on the horizon for people in Australia, Southern Africa, and South America. People in Europe and North America can take advantage of the differences between the seasons in the Northern and Southern Hemispheres to take a break from winter.

If you choose the right destination, there is no need to confine your wintertime vacation to a crowded tropical resort town. If you travel far enough to the south, the weather will be ideally warm and sunny, but you won’t be confined to a “package tourist” resort scene.

Here is where to go to get the most out of travel to the Southern Hemisphere during its summertime.

Durban

Beach, Durban
Photo: Vince Smith / Flickr

Located on South Africa’s East Coast, this large metropolis is known for its beaches and cosmopolitan vibe. Surfing conditions are excellent here, but plenty of people just lounge on the sand, creating a wonderfully energetic and social beach scene. Shopping malls, museums and a large aquarium with the world’s most impressive collection of sharks in captivity provide some diversions away from the sun and sand, while casinos, malls, markets and nightlife venues offer the chance for visitors to create a very diverse vacation itinerary. Some would-be travelers will be concerned with the high crime rates in South Africa. While crime is a problem in Durban, the beach areas are quite secure and well-lit at night.

Brisbane

Beach, Brisbane
Photo: Jyoti Das / Flickr

A city that is the capitol of Queensland, Brisbane is not quite as large or as hectic as Melbourne or Sydney. It features gardens, parks, and a very cosmopolitan vibe. Both amazing beaches and scenic wine country destinations are within reach of the city, while the laid-back pace of life and pleasant summertime weather add up to give Brisbane a pretty impressive list of positive traits. Brisbane also has zoos, cultural attractions and even some low-lying mountains that are ideal for day-hikes. In short, the list of possibilities for activities is very diverse, and visitors will never be lacking for things to do, even if they stay in the city for a week or more.

Buenos Aires

Madero Port. Buenos Aires
Photo: Tiago Cata / Flickr

Argentina’s largest city boasts a heady mix of European style architecture, South American joie de vivre, and an almost limitless amount of attractions. During the summertime, the nightlife does not stop until dawn, with people even heading out on weeknights to party. The pedestrian areas of the city are filled with shops, steakhouses, wine bars and cafes, all of which are full with people out enjoying the buzzing summertime atmosphere. Because of this, Buenos Aires, which is a great city to visit at any time of year, is especially attractive at the height of the Southern Hemisphere’s summertime.

Auckland

Auckland
Photo: Louis Tan / Flickr

Almost one in every three people who reside in New Zealand live in Auckland. The city has almost 1.5 million people and a very unique, but thoroughly cosmopolitan, vibe. A number of museums and art galleries can give a visit here a strong cultural element, while nature is easily accessible both inside the city and in the outlying areas. The nightlife scene is diverse, and the live music calendar is always full. Sports options, from sailing and hiking to spectator sports like rugby and cricket, mean that there is never a shortage of exciting options, day or night, in Auckland.

Sao Paulo

Sao Paulo
Photo: Andre Deak / Flickr

Brazil’s largest city gets warm during the summer. However, it lacks the sweltering heat that people in the coastal lowlands experience. Because of its location in the highlands away from the coast, weather in Sao Paulo is quite pleasant all summer. The city is huge and features a variety of attractions. During the summertime, outdoor street markets take on an almost festival-like air, while strolling around the central areas will lead to some great architectural sights, including both historic churches and impressive modern structures. Parks, museums and biking paths are also on the agenda, as is an almost endless list of shopping options and nightlife venues.

What is your favorite wintertime warm weather destination. Let us know where you plan to go to enjoy the Southern Hemisphere summer in the comments section below.

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