Spring and Autumn are your best bets for great weather across China. The monsoon is yet to hit the south and the north is wonderfully pleasant with clear skies and warm temperatures. The cities in particular are toasty without being too sweltering. It’s also the ideal time of year for a spot of trekking.
Head to Panama in early April and, assuming you’ve missed the Easter holidays, you can expect deserted beaches and sun-kissed sand. Don’t worry if you are here over Easter though, although you won’t have the place to yourself you can join-in with the Easter festivities, one of the biggest celebrations in the Panama calendar.
Just before the wet season, April is a a great time of year for wildlife. You’ll find leatherback turtles in Tortuguero and a variety of birds. If your searching for the quetzal then April and May give you your best chance. You’ve also got a great chance of seeing large flocks of migratory birds throughout the month.
Possibly the best time to visit Cuba to avoid the tourist crowds, assuming you avoid Easter that is. Temperatures are still toasty and sun lingers in the sky. Head to out-of-the-way Baracoa for the raucous Semana de la Cultura festival celebrating the 1895 landing of Antonio Maceo. Expect indigenous cuisine and plenty of music.
Strap on your hiking boots and head off into Nepal’s mountains in April and you’ll be met with a riot of rhododendrons. Though not the peak trekking season (expect a couple of cloudy days) it’s still a great time to breath in that fresh mountain air. Head to Bhaktapur to celebrate Bisket Jatra, the Nepalese New Year.
Sri Lanka’s shoulder season offers your best bet for good weather across the country. The monsoon rains are beginning to clear from the north and east while the good weather in south and west is due to last another month. You might experience a little rain in the central highlands, but it’s nothing compared to monsoon season a few months later.
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