By Kelsie Ozamiz for the Orbitz Travel Blog
Think of all the things you'd talk about if you went to a place where weather was never the topic of conversation.
Let's get this one out of the way. San Diego is the textbook example of beautiful year-round climate. It's never too hot and never too cold, with a very minimal amount of that pesky California fog to get in the way—when it does roll in, it burns off pretty quickly in the morning. Winters average at 57° F, summers at 72° F—72° F, people! If ever there was a perfect temperature, that's the magic number. The people of San Diego have adopted a sunny attitude to match, as well as a fierce affinity for being active. Isn't it crazy what a little good weather can do to a person?
Not a lot of people know about this little Spanish doubloon, and isn't that awesome? Nothing spoils beautiful weather faster than a flock of tourists. It sits right on the Mediterranean coast and it's got one of the warmest winters of any European city. With such whimsical weather, think of all the tapas you could eat, think of the gardens you could stroll, think of the open-air markets you could peruse! Oh, the possibilities.
Spain really has this whole weather thing figured out. The Spanish-owned archipelago off the coast of Morocco is one sweet slice of sunshine. The Canary Islands are close enough to the equator to always be warm, but have the benefit of the sea and trade winds to keep things moderate. The natural scenery is something prehistoric. You'll half expect a wrestling T-rex and King Kong to come tumbling out of the giant peaks, lush woodlands, and deserty Mars-like scape. Oh, they also have amazing beaches.
This little sheila gets an average of 340 days of sunshine per year. If you live in the Midwest or Northeast, that sentence probably made you sad. Cheer up, mate. Sydney will make you forget all your troubles. March through November (spring, winter and fall to them) are the best months to be Down Under. A Sydney summer will run you the risk of experiencing a drought or heat wave, but as long as you hang by the beach or another form of watering hole, you'll be in good shape. Luckily their climate is mostly dry, so even if it's hot, there's no humidity.
Ecuador is a magical place where there's no such thing as daylight savings time. It's literally named after the equator, which is the sunniest latitude on the planet. Loja temperature averages in the 70s all year round, and it's also considered the music capital of Ecuador. What better muse than the sun?
You probably know it because of the salsa, and how do you think they get such high quality salsa vegetables? Sunshine! El Paso has dry heat and just enough rainfall to keep the plants happy. Much like San Diego, El Paso is an outdoor playground. You can climb rocks in Hueco Tanks State Park or cycle through Franklin Mountains State Park—the largest urban state park.
Hawaii is the United State's own little slice of paradise, but many a honeymooner has been met with rain instead of sunshine. Hawaii has a wet season and a lot of different microclimates that can play a part in the weather fluxes. Oahu, also called "The Gathering Place," has the most reliably clear and sunny weather of all the Hawaiian Islands.
It's nice. Really nice. A distant coastline neighbor of Málaga, this Mediterranean sea star is just as sunny. Walk or bike along the palm-peppered promenade des Anglais during a sunset and you'll think you're in California. The smell of French bread and wine will bring you right back, though.
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