Prices and tourist crowds plummet in September, making it one of the best months of the year to travel. Sadly, the ninth month marks the end of the summer vacation period for many, but if you can buck the trend you’ll find innumerable great places to jet off to in September.
One of the most popular destinations for summer sun, Italy is at its absolute best in September. By the end of August, Italy has hit its peak in terms of temperature but the weather remains summer-like in September, especially through the first half of the month.
There are popular destinations such as Rome where the tourist crowds have ebbed away and the locals have returned from summer break relaxed and raring to go. Visitors can make the most of more temperate conditions, which make outdoor pursuits like exploring Roman ruins more pleasurable than in sweltering July and August. By September, the lines for attractions are shorter, the restaurants have re-opened, and flights and accommodation have dropped into ‘shoulder season’ prices.
Tuscany is another fantastic place to vacation in September, whether you want a city break, a country escape or a beach getaway. There are well-known beach resorts like Forte dei Marmi and Viareggio, as well as big-name cities like Pisa with its iconic leaning tower. There is history, art and architecture wherever you roam, as well as miles of lush countryside rich with vineyards.
If you’re wondering where to go in September for sun, Balkan countries like Croatia still offer a whopping 13+ hours of sunlight in early September. Famous for its dreamy coastline, historic cities and lively electronic music festivals, there are so many things to do in Croatia, and they’re all the more alluring if you’re not tied to traveling during the school holidays.
By September, the festival season is starting to wind down but there are a couple of major music events like the Outlook Festival and Dimensions taking place on the island of Pula. The coastal locations are still relatively busy too, with cities like Dubrovnik and Split offering plenty of things to see and do.
All the tourist facilities are still up and running, and you can expect pleasant sunny days perfect for swimming, sunbathing and outdoor activities – all without the busy summer crowds. At this time of year you’ll get a better feeling for how the locals live, too, with the added perk of low-cost flights and accommodation.
The island of Bali in Indonesia is one of the best places to vacation in September. The peak season crowds have dispersed and it’s the last month of the dry season, so the weather is still good.
A large number of Bali’s visitors are Australians who vacation during the summer and winter months, so if you visit in September you won’t be fighting for a space on the beach or a seat in a restaurant. Whether you want a relaxing island getaway or an all-out family affair, you’ll be in good time to get the best of the island with the added benefit of low-season prices on flights and accommodation.
It may be relatively small in size but Bali is one of the most beautiful islands in Asia, with so many amazing things to do you won’t know where to start. South Bali is where to head for the best beaches and the majority of restaurants, shops and nightlife – it’s also where the majority of hotels and villas are located.
Central Bali is home to a lush mountains and volcanoes as well as the cultural capital of Ubud, while in Eastern Bali there are age-old villages, steep hillside rice terraces and black-sand beaches to explore. The north and west regions are largely overlooked by tourists, but they offer the big draw of quiet beaches and some incredible diving and snorkeling.See our Bali villas
If your idea of vacation bliss is adrenaline-fuelled days spent at world-famous theme parks, head to Orlando – the home of big-ticket entertainment. Nicknamed the ‘Theme Park Capital of the World’, Orlando is one of the best places to vacation in September, when the sweltering summer has passed and the crowds of kids are back at school.
You’ll find countless opportunities for fun and adventure, with world-class attractions, shopping malls, restaurants and golf courses around almost every corner. What’s more, you can wander around the parks without being hampered by the heat and humidity of the preceding months. September does see some rain though, although any showers are usually light and followed quickly by clear sunny skies.
The main attractions are Disney World, Universal Studios, and Legoland, although the full list of attractions in Orlando could almost go on forever.
There’s the Downtown Orlando area, the region’s main city where you’ll find great shops, restaurants and nightlife. And if golf is your thing there’s an abundance of great courses at Reunion Resort and Championsgate, to name just a few. If it’s retail therapy you’re in search of there are malls, shopping plazas and discount stores by the shedload. Here’s a list of free things to do in and around Orlando.
If you want to explore the surrounding area there are must-visit places like the Kennedy Space Center and the Everglades National Park. There are numerous beaches near Orlando too, including popular spots like Daytona Beach near the famous Daytona International Speedway, and Cocoa Beach, home to a world-famous fishing pier and the world’s largest surf shop.See our Orlando villas
The sun shines almost all year round in Barbados so it’s no wonder it tops the list of where to go in September for sun. September may be one of the rainier months in the Caribbean region, but the weather is still fantastic with hot sunny days and gorgeously warm seas. It’s also the month when vacation prices are at their lowest as most schools start back in the first week.
There are plenty of things to do in Barbados, with its excellent offering of beaches, restaurants, shops and attractions. Daytime temperatures are still hot enough for sunbathing and swimming, and things stay nice and warm in the evenings so you’re not confined to staying indoors. If you want to explore the island, September is an ideal time for sightseeing, and if it gets too hot you can take a break to explore the duty-free shops and indoor attractions like underground caves, rum distilleries, and art galleries.
For golf, the island is a player’s paradise with courses like the Royal Westmoreland, a regular host of the PGA European Tour Seniors tournament, and Sandy Lane, where the Championships World Cup has taken place. If you’re looking for the best places to stay in Barbados, there’s an abundance of villas located in these golf resorts, as well as in top destinations across the island.See our Barbados villas
Greece is another top place to vacation in September, with countless sunny islands and some fantastic inland destinations to discover too. September is considered the last month of the summer season in Greece, however, it’s more serene than the previous months and the price tags on flights and accommodation are dramatically reduced.
The places to visit in Greece during September are many and varied, so you’ll find something to suit every kind of vacation. The small island of Santorini is a top spot for couples with its cozy clifftop restaurants where you can watch the sunset over a picturesque volcanic caldera. While islands like Mykonos and Zante offer a livelier vibe with their reputation for fun and partying, places like Corfu, Crete, and Rhodes are ideal destinations if you’ve got the kids in tow as they offer plenty of beaches, shops, restaurants, and family-friendly attractions.See our Greece villas
If you’re looking for the best places to vacation in September and you need advice on where to stay then contact us today. Additionally, our dedicated concierge team can arrange any added extras you need such as great-value car hire.