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10 Best Southern Hemisphere Destinations Where It Will Soon Be Summer

This winter, travel to Earth’s warmer half
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Bali, Indonesia

Bali Indonesia

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Stunning temples, intimate beaches, and picturesque rice paddies are just a few reasons Bali is a desirable getaway destination. Since it’s located just below the equator, any time of year is a great time to visit. 

Buenos Aires, Argentina

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Argentina’s summer months can get pretty hot — so pack light, breathable clothes — but it’s a popular time for travelers to visit to escape the colder climate of the Northern Hemisphere. Between December and March, you can find plenty of free summer events around the city, too.

Cape Town, South Africa

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There is an endless list of things to do on the South African coast, and Cape Town is a wonderful city for adventurers to visit during the summer. With the ocean on one side and Table Mountain on the other, you can split your time between diving with sharks and hiking the mountain. 

Diani Beach, Kenya

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A Kenyan paradise, Diani Beach is a destination for travelers who just want some relaxation time by the beach. The white sand beaches stretch for miles with snorkeling, deep-sea fishing, and scuba diving being just some of the many water activities offered. The Shimba Hills National Reserve is also a short drive away if you want to see some magnificent elephants. 

Easter Island, Chile

Easter Island, Chile

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Easter Island, a serene and isolated island far off the mainland. Most famous for its monolithic statues — known as moai — and clear water, the island is a dream for photographers and adventurous travelers. It’s a small island, but there are plenty of climbing opportunities, as well as horseback riding and surfing.

Lima, Peru

Lima, Peru

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Lima is a bustling city with no shortage of entertainment and many historical sites to visit. You can take a culinary tour of the city (one of South America's best food towns), visit the Museo Larco's stunning collection of pre-Columbian art, or just lay out on the beach.

Male, Maldives

Male, Maldives

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Though not quite in the Southern Hemisphere, the city of Male is close enough to the equator that summer weather can still be enjoyed. January through April is the best time of year for scuba diving in the Maldives, but snorkeling and sightseeing is also popular. 

Queenstown, New Zealand

Queenstown, New Zealand

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If you’re an outdoor adventurer who can’t sit still, Queenstown is a prime summer destination. From sky diving, to river surfing, to canyoning, Queenstown is perfect for adrenaline junkies. 

Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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During the summer beaches can get crowded in Rio de Janeiro, but that shouldn’t discourage you from planning a trip there. The Corcovado Mountain, Tijuca Rain Forest, and city nightlife will keep you busy.

Sydney, Australia

Sydney, Australia

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Enjoy a culinary experience by the water, or wander off to a secret beach. Sydney is a great destination with something to offer to any traveller. The skyline, gardens, parks, art, surfing, and the many beaches are just a few reasons that make Sydney a popular destination.