So you’ve got a summer vacation on the horizon. Not sure where’s hot in July? Our best destinations will help inspire sun-seeking staycationers and globetrotters to head out and explore.
For many, a summer vacation is all about the beach. A growing number though are enjoying alternative summer vacations. These include heading out into the Great Outdoors and soaking up world-class culture. When the weather’s so great, you may just find a destination that lets you do it all!
- Destin, Florida
- San Diego, California
- The Great Smoky Mountains, Tennessee
- Aspen, Colorado
- Lake Tahoe, California
- Mammoth Lakes, California
- The Greek Islands
- Southern France
Where’s hot in America in July
Staycations have never been more popular. With this in mind, pack your sunscreen and head to an amazing USA destination this summer break! Not sure where to go, or where’s hot in July?
We bring you some great weather destinations for soaking up the heat this summertime. Great ready to enjoy the very best of this fabulous season, USA-style.
Enjoy the heat and ocean breeze in Destin (FL)
Those hoping to escape the heat and humidity of central Florida in July should make a break for the coast. You’ll have a fantastic selection of resort cities and towns to choose from. With its Gulf of Mexico beaches and golf courses, we love a summer vacation in Destin, northwest Florida. With average highs of 32°C (89.6 °F), you’ll need to expect some afternoon showers. If nothing else, they’ll keep the rising humidity of Sunshine State at bay!
You’ll find plenty to see and do in Destin. Soak up the local nature trails, the spectacular beaches, the Destin Harbor Boardwalk and the Big Kahuna’s water park. July also brings with it amazing firework displays. Don’t miss out on the 4th July shows. There’s also the Smoke on the Coast BBQ and Fireworks Festival at Destin Commons to enjoy. Our Destin vacation rentals include luxury villas, well-equipped townhomes and cost-effective condos. So whether you enjoy dipping into a private pool or a communal one, our Top Villas homes will enhance your summertime stay.
Soak up a hot and varied city break in San Diego (CA)
Hoping to know where’s hot in July along the west coast? San Diego along the Pacific coast of California is blessed with great summertime weather. Expect average highs of 24°C (75.2 °F) in July, with a 0 chance of rain! With such fantastic weather, immerse yourself in sightseeing trips and exploring the city’s best attractions. Don’t miss out on visiting the 1,200-acre Balboa cultural park, San Diego Zoo and the many local beaches. Swimmers, scuba divers and picnic fans in particular will fall for La Jolla Cove.
Whether you’re with family or friends, our San Diego vacation rentals offer the perfect July vacation base. From ocean-view condos and beachhomes to lavish villas, our homes won’t disappoint.
Go summer hiking in the Great Smoky Mountains (TN)
Prefer greenery to city buzz and sand? With average highs of 26°C (78.8 °F), the Great Smoky Mountains offer the perfect climate and outdoor playground in July. Within the National Park, embark on an epic hiking trail, such as the cross-state Appalachian Trail. Enjoy ziplining, a scenic horse ride, an energetic bike day or a whitewater rafting experience. Out of the woods, explore the incredible Dollywood theme park in nearby Pigeon Forge. There’s so much to see and do in the Smokies, visitors of all ages will love it here.
Make your vacation in the Great Smoky Mountains extra memorable, with a stay in one of our scenic cabin rentals. Enjoy going back to nature, in these timeless mountain homes. Pick one with a hot tub and verandah or pick our pet-friendly cabins. Alternatively our largest mountain mansion in Pigeon Forge sleeps multigenerational groups of 50, for an epic family ‘summer camp’ to remember!
Explore the Great Outdoors this July in Aspen (CO)
Another place to soak up the Great Outdoors this summer is Aspen, Colorado. Not for the skiing of course, but for the plethora of summer activities and cultural attractions! With average daily highs of 26°C (78.8 °F) you’ll want to pack the sunshades this July. Enjoy fine dining at one of the many superb restaurants and soak up a tempting shopping day. The upmarket resort also plays host to the annual summer Aspen Art Festival and Aspen Music Festival. Embark on the world-class hiking trails and take a trip to Maroon Bells to explore the beautiful Maroon Lake. Enjoy paragliding above Aspen Snowmass or head out on a scenic bike ride, horse trek or paddle boarding session.
Staying in our Aspen vacation homes will also become a highlight of your trip. From woodland VIP cabins to exclusive townhomes and well-positioned condos, your best summer rental awaits. Many are equipped with private back yards with BBQs, dining sets and hot tubs. So take a look!
Dip into summertime fun on Lake Tahoe (CA)
Looking to know where the best weather in July can be found? With average highs of 26.7°C (80.06 °F), it’s easy to why Lake Tahoe is such a popular outdoor destination in July. Nestled in California’s Eastern Sierra, this breathtaking holiday spot comes into its own in the peak summer season. Head here for sublime hiking routes and bike trails, as well as the sun-drenched scenic lake beaches. Thanks to its calm waters, you can soak up paddle boarding, jet skiing, canoeing and kayaking. Enjoy the evening concerts and events, or head out on a sigthseeing trip. Enjoy waterfall hopping, exploring Vikingsholm castle or taking the Heavenly Mountain gondala ride.
Our pet-friendly woodland cabins, luxury homes and stylish condos will enhance your Lake Tahoe getaway. Many of our Lake Tahoe vacation homes offer carefree access to the best hiking and bike trails too. Others are near the year-round resort amenities and activites of California Northstar. Whatever your requirements, your best summer yet starts here!
Discover the summertime sports on Mammoth Lakes (CA)
Just 140 miles south of Lake Tahoe, you’ll find Mammoth Lakes. This scenic Eastern Sierra neighbour is equally beguiling in the summertime. Head here if you’re looking to enjoy a summertime adventure in Mother Nature. The average daily temperatures of 26°C (78.8 °F) make it perfect for heading out on the water. Enjoy paddle boarding, kayaking, canoeing or a spot of fly fishing. Explore the surrounding lakes and bike trails all day long. Head out on a mammoth day hike, or an easy trek, such as to Devils Postpile and Rainbow Falls. There’s so many things to do in Mammoth Lakes, you’ll want to come back in winter for the ski slopes too!
Looking to unwind at the end of an exciting day? Our Mammoth Lakes cabins, townhomes and condos offer the perfect summertime retreat. Kick back in the jacuzzi with a beer, or cook up a storm on the outdoor BBQ. Our vacation homes paint the scene for a classic summer on the lake.
Where’s hot in July across Europe?
Aside from America, there’s a plethora of long-haul destinations perfect for a summer vacation. So, which countries are hot in July? Although sunny, you may prefer to leave the high humidity and rainy seasons of Indonesia and Thailand behind. Instead, head to Europe. This culturally rich continent is hard to beat in July! With temperatures not yet peaking to the dizzying highs of August, July is a great season for sun-drenched beach days and sightseeing trips.
Not sure exactly where’s hot in July? We bring you some of the best sunny hotspots in Europe, for guaranteed great weather!
Heat things up in Greece this July
With scorching average highs of 29°C (84.2 °F), the Greek Islands promise sun-drenched escapism this July. Home to endless Greek mythology, the Greek Islands promise some amazing bucket-list sightseeing opportunities, as well as chances to unwind. Choose from up-market resort towns to unspoilt secret gems. You’ll soon discover Greece is an increbile country of timeless beauty. Its visible antiquity will leave in you a sense of wonder and intrigue for the world, even whilst sipping a cocktail! Kick back on the countless sandy beaches, lapped by crystal clear azure water from the Aegean, Meditteraean and Ionian Seas. Enjoy endless activities too, from watersports, boat charters, parasailing, snorkelling and scuba diving.
Get heady on the Greek Islands
Head to Mykonos for upscale parties and photo opportunities of the iconic 16th century windmills, perched above the town. For luxury escapism, stay in Santorini. Stroll along volcanic beaches and explore the white cubiform houses of Fira and Oia, set high above the Aegean Sea.
Discover a quieter pace on the Greek Islands
Off the beaten track, picturesque Patmos (inhabited since 3,000 BC) is a little island with a big history. Patmos is said to be the island where Apostle John wrote the Book of Revelations. Take a visit to the 11th century monastery here, which is dedicated to the saint. The windmills, whitewashed homes and classic Greek cuisine in Chora also set the scene for a relaxed summer vacation.
Another unspoilt Greek Island to soak up is Paros. Famed in ancient times for its marble quarries, visitors coming to Paros today adore its beaches, traditional villages and unique swimming coves, formed from rock. Explore the 4th century Byzantine church, Panagia Ekatontapiliani and soak up the cosmopolitan buzz in the island’s capital of Parikia.
Whichever Greek Island entices you most, remember to savor the incredible authentic Greek cuisine and hospitality! Our exclusive Greek villa rentals with pools set the scene for an effortless July vacation. With heavenly views even the gods would envy, your next legendary summer break is here.
Where’s hot in Spain this July
When looking for where’s hot in July, say “hola” to Spain! Blessed with long, sun-drenched summers, you’ll enjoy average July highs of 28°C (82.4° F). Whether you’re hoping to experience world-class golf, beaches, sightseeing trips, or simply to switch off and ‘siesta’, Spain offers it all.
Make Marbella your sunshine destination
Marbella is an upmarket resort city along the Costa del Sol. With 27km of beaches and the impressive backdrop of the Sierra Blanc mountains, it cuts an impressive image. Walk, dine or party away along the ‘Golden Mile’ promenade, between the city centre and the luxury exuberance of Puerto Banus. Along the way, enjoy classic moments for sightseeing. Spot the Salvador Dali sculptures in Avienda del Mar, the Marbella lighthouse and the views of Gibralter and the African coast. Golfing fans staying along the Costa del Sol will also have 100 golf courses to enjoy. Those looking to unwind in Marbella will love the 23 sun-drenched beaches here. What’s more, our luxury Marbella villas set the scene for an effortless Spanish vacation, with every luxury amenity provided.
Soak up endless beach days in Mallorca
Where’s hot in July for a Spanish beach holiday? If you love beach days in a big way, then Mallorca is for you. Also known as Majorca, this is one of the most popular Spanish Baleraric Islands. Basking in plentiful sun thanks to its position in the Mediterranean, this popular summer destination is home to 200 beaches! Take in the ancient heritage sites, including the Moorish Almudaina royal palace and the 13th century Santa María Cathedral. Soak up the island culture by visiting the artistic stone-built village of Pollença and take in the heavy citrus scent from the plantations growing around the hillside village of Fornalutx. Like any great Med island, you’ll find a wealth of water sports to accompany the superb offering of beaches. There’s also a lively nightlife to enjoy in the island capital of Palma.
For something special, check-in to one of our luxury stone-built villas with pools or contemporary retreats. Offering wow-factor views, pools and classic 5-star comfort, our villas are made to impress.
Capture a summer adventure in Croatia
When looking to know where’s hot in July, it makes sense to go where the Italians go. That’s Croatia!
With long summers and average July temperatures reaching 24°C (75.2 °F), this once hidden gem has fast become the go-to destination for a top summer vacation. Home to 1,000 distinctive islands and islets along its Adriatic coastline, Croatia also boasts 10 UNESCO world heritage sites. Savor the incredible seafood and cuisine, which is heavily influenced by Italian cuisine and the Mediterranean diet. Enjoy a fun and varied summer vacation, where you can sightsee and sunbathe in equal measures!
Explore the Dalmatian coast
A vacation along the Dalmatian coast is a great place to begin exploring this incredible country. In particular the country’s port capital, Split offers an exciting start to your holiday. Explore this fascinating ancient city with a guided tour or by dining alfresco along one of its antiquated, shop-lined streets. Savor a drink or an evening dance in Diocletian’s Palace. Better yet, head below ground into the Roman palace cellars and discover a hidden market bazaar!
From Split, take one of the frequent ferries and explore any number of the Dalmatian islands. Caressed by the clear, warm waters of the Adriatic Sea, each island offers a unique vacation setting. Soak up incredible summer weather, fresh Croatian cuisine and incredible sightseeing opportunities. Holidaymakers in search of water-based activities also won’t be disappointed!
Head to Brač for its white-pebble beach, the windsurfing at Bol and the traditional seaside architecture in Pučišća. Discover the yachts, hidden beaches and lively nightlife on Hvar, or unwind like the locals in amongst the vineyards, olive groves and majestic fortified Old Town on Korčula.
Discover summertime magic along the Istrian Riviera
To the north, Croatia’s Istrian Riviera promises the perfect all-rounder beach vacation. Soak up endless beaches, unspoilt national parks and discover idyllic hilltop villages, coastal towns and a wealth of heritage attractions.
Our luxury vacation homes in Croatia provide a stunning base for your summer break. Check-in to sunny private pools, breath taking views and carefree luxury amenities, with our selection of hand-picked Croatian villas.
Savor the classical heat of Italy this July
For culture fans, there’s no summer destination quite like Italy. For timeless romance, history and beauty, Italy will beguile you in every way. With average July highs of 30-32°C (86-89.6 °F), soak up La Dolce Vita in the heat of the Italian sun. The joy of life seems to radiate from around every street corner, olive grove and beach cove. So don’t forget your sunglasses!
Sun worshippers should head to the sun-baked south. Savour the iconic charms and authentic cuisine of Puglia and Sicily. Enjoy a road trip along the romantic 50-km Costiera Amalfitana on the Amalfi coast, a certified UNESCO world heritage site. Next carry on the adventure by taking a boat out to stay on the volcanic Neopolitan island of Ischia.
Central Italy boasts the gastronomic region of Tuscany and the world-class city of Rome, in surrounding Lazio. Celebrate your vacation by wining and dining alfresco within the ancient piazzas of Florence and medieval hilltop towns. In the capital, take in the enduring ambience of classical ruins and the effortless suave of Rome. The July temperatures can easily soar here. Make the most of your Italian adventure and book one of our luxury air-conditioned villas. From elegant palazzos on olive laden slopes, to trullos with jacuzzis and chic oceanfront villas, our Italian rental homes will leave a lasting impression.
Soak up the rays of Southern France
Looking to know where’s hot in July in the culinary marvel that is France? For many, a summer vacation in Europe doesn’t come better than the South of France. With average July highs of 27°C (80.6 °F), this sophisticated holiday hot spot was made for long summer vacations.
For those seeking out a hot July beach vacation though, the south of France delivers!
Live it up on the Cote d’Azur
Along the Mediterranean coast of south eastern France, you’ll find the Cote d’ Azur. Also known as the French Riviera, this well-established destination for aristocrats, artists and the world’s jet set will not disapoint. Dip into the glamorous beach resorts of Saint Tropez and Cannes, or visit the lavish microstate of Monaco. Head to Nice and enjoy its Old Town, beaches and range of art galleries (including the Musée Matisse and Musée Marc Chagall).
Of course, where you stay whilst on holiday is everything. Our luxury retreats with pools and opulent sea view villas all promise a chic French lifestyle. Soak up 5-star exclusivity in the privacy of your own holiday home, where you can unwind and entertain away. Pick from home gyms and pools to outdoor kitchen and home theaters. Our homes are packed with additional VIP services too, for the perfect summer vacation.
Stay with Top Villas
Whichever season you book to stay in one of our exclusive homes, you’re guaranteed a first-class service. Our Guest Experience team is on hand to help enhance your vacation too, with our amazing travel extras.
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Choosing our flex properties
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