Places You Should Never Visit in Summer

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17 Places You Should Never Visit in Summer

Between the heat and the crowds, summer turns these destinations into a nightmare
Places You Should Never Visit in Summer

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Summer is one of the best seasons to travel. But not every traveler chooses their destination wisely. Those who look forward to sunstruck evenings and outdoor adventures might think that summer at any warm or popular destination would be a blast. What better time to go hiking or visit natural wonders than the heart of summertime? But the climate of certain parts of the world can be dreadful in these humid months. And other spots just are so overrun with rude tourists that they become impossible for travelers to enjoy. While these destinations are fabulous for vacations during other times of year, you should never book a trip to these places in the summer.

Bahamas

Bahamas

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While the Bahamas is a scenic place to travel to escape chilly winter temperatures, it’s not ideal in the summertime. The humidity can reach extremes, and rainfall levels are higher than any other time of year. Whether you prefer to splurge on a fancy resort or experience a quaint hotel among locals, it’s likely most of your plans involve spending time outside. But the mosquito situation alone might be enough to ruin your poolside relaxation. Additionally, the Caribbean faces a threat of hurricanes in the late summer.

Bogota, Columbia

Bogota, Columbia

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Tourists flock to Bogota for its vibrant food scene, its abundance of artistic venues and activities, and its upbeat culture. It’s home to some of the happiest tourists, but you may be happier choosing another time to visit. The clubs, restaurants and amusement parks are packed all summer long, so you may end up wading through crowds and waiting in line more than you’d like. Wait until summer is on its way out and then pay this destination a visit.

Cancun, Mexico

Cancun, Mexico

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This is a destination you may also want to avoid in the spring. Favorite of spring breakers and others looking to party in warmer weather, Cancun can get crazy busy. In the summer, the crowds don’t really die down and the temperature rises quite a bit. Those who travel for the nightlife will miss out, and those who don’t will still suffer some claustrophobia. Water temperatures are at their highest in August, so the ocean may not help you to cool off after basking in the summer heat.

Dubai, United Arab Emirates

Dubai, United Arab Emirates

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Dubai is one of the world’s hottest destinations — both literally and figuratively. But in the summer months, it can get way too hot for most people to handle. With highs over 100 degrees Fahrenheit, the weather in Dubai just might be severe enough to ruin your trip. Unless you want to spend the vacation racing from one air-conditioned location to the next, you might want to put off your trip until summer is over.

French Riviera

French Riviera

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This upscale destination on the southern coastline of France has been a glitzy escape for Europeans for hundreds of years. However, if you’re hoping to enjoy your stay free of crowds and obnoxious tourists, you may want to pick a less popular season. It can seem like all of Europe traveled to this area at once, especially in August. The resort prices and lines will be enough to take all the glamour out of your experience.

Grand Canyon, Arizona

Grand Canyon, Arizona

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If you’re trekking to the Grand Canyon, you probably have plans for hiking or otherwise touring the scenery. People sometimes say that the view seems unreal, but you might actually hallucinate if you spend too much time in the summer heat here. Temperatures have risen above 120 degrees Fahrenheit — not a climate in which you want to be marching through a desert climate.

India

India

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Not only is India excessively hot in the summertime, it’s also hit with monsoons through the season. Monsoon season lasts through September; it might be a good idea to wait until the threat of a natural disaster is over.

Morocco

Morocco

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Morocco has an abundance of cities and natural scenery to visit, but you don’t want to travel there in summer. The weather is brutal, with temperatures veering into the hundreds and strong rays of sun baking the city streets. Marrakesh is best toured by spending time outdoors at street markets and palace lawns, while the rural areas near the Atlas Mountains are gorgeous for hiking. Wait till the temperatures have cooled (along with the crowds) and then travel to this Middle Eastern country.

New York City

New York City

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New York City is always packed — but it gets especially bad in the summer. Times Square is a sunstricken madhouse. Manhattan is packed with people walking around and crowding all available sidewalk space. Children are roaming the subway system in large packs because of city summer camps. All the best outdoor restaurants are unlikely to have available reservations. Not to mention the fact that the subways are humid and lack sufficient air conditioning. What’s worse than a packed subway car? A packed subway platform without A/C. Unless you want to end up nose-first in a tall person’s armpit, avoid traveling around the city in the summer.

Paris

Paris

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It may sound like a romantic destination, but a summer trip to Paris isn’t the smartest plan. During the mild summer months, Paris is ridden with tourists. The museum lines are outrageously long, hotel prices skyrocket and flights are harder to come by. You want to visit the quaint streets of this city in another season when you can have some space to explore without fighting the crowds.

Rome

Rome

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There are a few reasons to avoid this popular destination in the summer. First is the weather — you may not realize just how hot Rome gets during the warmest months of the year. You’ll be walking down scorching, sun-scorched streets and wishing air conditioning was installed at the Colosseum. Additionally, many Italians actually leave the city during the summer to escape the heat themselves. As a result, local businesses tend to close shop to give families a break.

Seville, Spain

Seville, Spain

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Andalucia’s capital, Seville, is a beautiful cultural destination with awe-inducing architecture and tapas to die for. But if strolling the streets of Spain is your prerogative, you don’t want to withstand the brutal temperatures of Seville in summer. The weather often rises above 100 degrees this time of year. You’ll be so sweaty and tired you’ll have to take a siesta.

South Africa

South Africa

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If you’re looking to escape the summer heat, by all means, go to South Africa. But if you want to experience summer and its many activities, don’t go this far into the Southern Hemisphere. In the Southern Hemisphere, winter weather actually happens during summer months. In August, the temperatures of Cape Town might be in the 40s or 50s Fahrenheit, which could put a damper on your beach plans.

South Florida

South Florida

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Miami, Fort Lauderdale and Delray Beach have some of the best beaches in the world. But summer is not the time to visit them. You might think that warm weather would be great for tanning, but you’re underestimating just how hot it gets. Along with highs well above 100 degrees, it’s not uncommon for South Florida to see humidity levels at 100 percent. This results in dense, sticky air that can feel so hot it’s suffocating. Even the water at the beach won’t provide relief, as it’s often very warm. Tourists might find this odd, but most Floridians avoid spending time outside in summer, opting to hide in air conditioning instead.

Thailand

Thailand

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The weather in Thailand is unpredictable. There are so many things to do in this country for foodies and history buffs alike. But many of these activities take place outdoors. If you go in the summer, you may find that the weather rains on your parade for the entirety of your trip.

Venice Beach, California

Venice Beach, California

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Venice Beach is known for being one of the most crowded shorelines in the country. In summertime, it’s going to be miserable to find a spot on the beach that isn’t already claimed by huge families, drunk 20-somethings and littered trash. Wait until it calms down a bit and visit this stunning shoreline in the early fall or late spring.

Walt Disney World, Florida

Walt Disney World, Florida

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The Most Magical Place on Earth gets considerably less magical once summertime hits. Students’ summer breaks mean that families pack up their vans and take a road trip to Orlando to visit their old pal Mickey Mouse. But one park secret Disney doesn't want you to know is that Walt Disney World was built over a swamp in Florida. So it gets hot. And humid. And it will rain basically every day. Going to Disney World during the summer is one of the biggest rookie mistakes you can make. Other spots in Florida can be lovely in summertime, however. These are the destinations that are must-visits during the summer months.

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