November is just around the corner. The days are getting shorter here in the North, the sun prefers to hide behind the clouds, we’ve swapped our summer coats for heavy-duty alternatives, and we’re keeping an even closer eye on our weather apps.
Whether you prefer crisp cold and fresh snow, or sunny skies and beautiful beaches, November has plenty to offer in terms of holiday destinations. During the coming winter season, KLM has flights to three new destinations: Guanacaste Liberia (Costa Rica), St Martin (Lesser Antilles) and Bangalore (India). Here are tips for each of these destinations, plus three others!
Guanacaste Liberia, Costa Rica
If you’re looking for peace and quiet while basking in the sun on endless beaches, surrounded by magnificent mountains and spectacular volcanoes, Guanacaste has it all. This tropical paradise is sheltered by two mountain ranges, the Cordillera de Tilarán and the Cordillera de Guanacaste, which lend this province of Costa Rica its wild and majestic atmosphere. Although November falls just within the rainy season, it is the rain that imparts the glorious colours to this landscape. You should definitely visit Guanacaste National Park and take a trip to the volcanoes Orosi and Cacao. And for a bucket-list experience, head over to the Playa Ostional, where you may be lucky enough to see hundreds of turtles dragging themselves up the beach.
St Martin, Lesser Antilles
If it’s bright-blue skies, brilliant beaches and beautiful weather you want, the Caribbean island of St Martin is the place to be. This is the world’s smallest island shared by two countries: France and the Netherlands. The sun shines (almost) 365 days a year, which means your chances of getting a good dose of vitamin D are almost 100 percent! You can absorb the island horizontally, of course, reclining on its dazzling beaches, but there’s plenty more to do here. You can explore St Martin on foot or horseback, or by diving and snorkelling in the clear, blue waters around Pinel Island. Don’t forget to head out to Maho Beach to capture iconic shots of aircraft skimming low overhead.
Bangalore is known as the Silicon Valley of India, but also as the “Garden City”. The third largest city in India owes its nickname to the beautiful parks, gardens and lakes. It’s a city of tech-knowledge and certainly a great place to add to your wish list. Although it isn’t commonly known as a tourist destination, there are plenty of places to visit. The city is renowned for its many (botanical) gardens, one of which is Lal Bagh. You should also definitely take a walking tour of Bangalore Palace or Tipu Sultan’s Summer Palace. Other popular spots include the commercial area Brigade Road, which also boasts Mantri Square Mall, the largest shopping centre in the whole of South Asia.
If you prefer putting on your hiking boots in cooler climes and heading out to explore spectacular landscapes, here are three other options:
Have you always wanted to see the Northern Lights? Then you should certainly visit Tromsø, the biggest city in the north of Norway. It not only has lots to offer in terms of culture and natural splendour, it is also one of the best spots to witness the spectacular aurora borealis light show. Tromsø really has it all. If you enjoy bustle and buzz, you could attend the world-famous Tromsø International Film Festival or the Northern Light Festival. And if you prefer peace and quiet in magnificent natural surroundings, why not head out for some whale spotting, kayaking or hiking. With a bit of luck, you’ll see herds of reindeer roaming free.
Apart from the Northern Lights another must-see is the Fjellheisen cable car that takes you to the top of Storsteinen (421 metres), giving you a fairy-tale panorama of the city below. And because the Tromsø is a coastal city, it has a relatively mild climate.
Boston, United States
Attend sporting events, go whale-spotting, visit museums, wander around universities (hello, Harvard), or explore the city by bike – Boston is never boring. The city’s rich history is everywhere you look. And it’s a great place to hike. The Freedom Trail is a highly popular four-kilometre walk that takes you to all the city’s main historical sites. And don’t forget to visit Beacon Hill, arguably the city’s most beautiful district.
This relatively undiscovered, but absolutely stunning city is also known as the “Venice of Poland”. Wroclaw spans the River Oder and is renowned for its twelve islands, connected by no fewer than 112 bridges. Wroclaw is the perfect place to skip public transport and explore the city on foot, enjoying the street art, mingling with locals in the Hala Targowa market, marvelling at the famous coloured houses on Rynek Market Square, before climbing the tower of the St Elizabeth Church for a panoramic view of the city.
If you have any alternative destinations for November, please share them in comments below. We’re always looking for something new!