Just because Labor Day weekend usually means the unofficial end of summer doesn’t mean that rule applies to everywhere in the world. In fact, some cities and islands throughout the globe are seriously even better to visit after summer ends (who knew.) From Cape Town to Catalina Island to Fiji, here’s 10 places where summer is a forever state of mind. I knew there was some higher being that didn’t like pumpkin spiced lattes.
Lake Garda, Italy
Italy’s largest lake prolongs boating season, which let’s be honest, that’s the best part of summer anyway. You have the last Ice Age to thank for the beautiful landscape of Lake Garda, considering glaciers formed this alpine region. The weather is always amazing, especially in the spring. Not to mention, it’s about half-way between Brescia and Verona and between Venice and Milan. Hello road trips.
Honestly I couldn’t think of a better way to spend a fall weekend than in Zanzibar, a truly picturesque archipelago off the coast of East Africa. Between the historic trade center intertwined with Swahili and Islamic influences and the beaches lined with hotels and umbrellas, you’ll fall in love with the African country.
Known for its opulent spas and retreats, Tucson is a pretty damn good city to go to when it comes to avoiding the perpetual cold. Surrounded by mountain ranges and desert, it’s also home to the University of Arizona. So that means going to college bars and house parties minus the snow boots and jackets, guys.
All it takes is one quick Google search to realize you’re seriously messing up if you don’t make a trip to the Pre-Columbian Mayan-walled city. The weather is absurdly nice all the time, it’s straight up beautiful and there’s an abundance of cool hippie villages worth exploring. Want to head to somewhere where literally no one will find you? Go to Chamico’s, a beachside cafe so secret you might not ever come back.
Portugal’s Azores archipelago is comprised of nine volcanic isles of pure sunny weather year round. There’s festivals like TeTerceira’s Angrajazz in September and even the Outono Vivo world music festival in October. The best part? You can immediately head right to the white sand beaches after you’re done partying.
Catalina Island, California
If you ever wanted to feel like you’re on the coast of Europe somewhere without actually leaving the United States, the famous Catalina Island in SoCal meets that requirement. Rarely ever seeing days lower than 70 degrees, the 22-mile long island is full of incredible restaurants, beach shops and a few good bars worth checking out.
I just raved about how the island of Oahu, Hawaii is the ultimate place to party, so the nearly 80 degree weather all year round is just another perk. It rains less than 20 inches annually in Oahu and Kahului in Maui, so you’ll get plenty of sunny days. Plus nothing beats telling your coworkers mid-fall you’re jetting off to Hawaii while they are stuck warming up their cars.
Malolo Lailai Island, Fiji
The YourParadise music festival turns Malalo Lailai Island in Fiji into the ultimate fall destination in November right before Thanksgiving. The white sand beaches are turned into wild dance floors for six days while music lovers flock to the tropical setting to get weird for a couple days. Who says music festivals are only hosted in the summer?
Take a hot air balloon tour in the semi-arid region of Capadoccia in central Turkey and you’ll feel like you’re in a totally different universe. Known for its natural sites and rock formations, this is the perfect place for people who are down for a weird adventure and don’t mind trekking to a semi-remote region. Again, weather is pretty bomb all year.
Cape Town, South Africa
Between visiting the prison that once held Nelson Mandela to climbing mountains, the port city of South Africa’s southwest coast is one of those places you need to visit once before you die. Locals head to nightlife hot spots like Marco’s Africa Place, where you are literally encouraged to stand and dance on tables while a live band and dancers perform. Then cool off at Café Caprice, an outdoor bar in Camps Bay. Either way, visiting Cape Town any time of the year is a really good idea.
Nicole Theodore is an editorial assistant for Playboy. Follow her on Twitter.