Wonderful Escapes for June 2012
Everyone is talking about how they will be spending this June bank holiday and half term break and for most, it is here in the United Kingdom with a Pimms in one hand and the Union Jack in the other but, what if you don’t want to be a true Brit and would rather escape somewhere wonderful?
Here are a few good suggestions close by and far, far away!
1. South Africa
It’s a particularly good month to fly to South Africa especially if you love big game watching as its Winter there and the game is abundant in their Winter. An added plus is that flights are cheaper and so is accommodation!
We recommend Addo Elephant Park toward the South Eastern Coast. You can fly into Port Elizabeth and hire a car to drive directly to Addo where you can get a chalet from as little as £80 for a family of four!
The best reason for going there is that it boasts over 550 elephants, lions, buffalo, rhino, hyena, antelope, leopard, zebra, and other African animals. Addo has also started its expansion into a mega park of 652 000 acres that includes a marine protected area with island that are home to the world’s largest breeding populations of gannets and endangered penguins to say nothing of being able to see whales and dolphins close up and personal!
Donegal in Ireland is an obvious choice this June as the weather will be great and it’s a reasonable trip on the ferry for families. We recommend Rossnowlagh Beach and in particular the Sandhouse Hotel.
Rossnowlagh Beach is also known as the Heavenly Cove. It’s a great destination for surfers and families with the wide beach and great walks.
There’s wind-surfing, kite-surfing, and of course swimming and the beach boasts a surf club, a lifeguard station, and a bar. You can also take your car right onto the sand although the speed limit down there is 15km/h.
It’s hidden away and you could easily pass by without knowing it. Perfect for a June getaway!
3. East Coast of England
We’re told we must not go South this June unless we’re desperate or have tickets to the Olympics so our suggestions is head North East and take a break in Suffolk.
Suffolk has a superb coastline with a mixture of bays, sandy dunes and cliffs and the best part is that there are hardly any people there!
It’s just perfect for a family break with sandy beaches, great walks and award winning beaches.
We like Kessingland Beach which is very spacious and unspoilt and a bit of a secret so far! It’s a good mix of marshland, shingle and good sand and stretches for miles towards Lowestoft and Southwold. For peace and quiet in a spot where the dog is really welcome, we’d recommend it!
4. The Island of Lokrum, Croatia
June is perfect for peace and quiet but warmth in Croatia.
There aren’t so many tourists and the average temperature is around 25°C (77°F) and the sea surface temps between 20° C and 25°C.
Dobrovnik is perfect for family holidays or for a romantic couple to escape for a few days or a fortnight. High quality, good prices and plenty to see like the island of Lokrum.
The Island of Lokrum is ten minutes pleasant sail by taxi boat from Dubrovnik and it’s a great way to spend a whole day enjoying the sun and sea. The island is a natural resort protected by the Croatian Academy of Art and Science.
On the island there is a Botanic garden with tropical and subtropical plants. At the highest peak Fort Royal stands, built in a shape of five pointed star by the French army in 1806. It has the most magnificient view of Dubrovnik, Cavtat and the island itself.
There’s an old Benedictine monastery, partly restored, now serving as a restaurant and café bar. There’s also a small lake linked called Mrtvo more – Dead Sea, very suitable for children and non swimmers to bathe in.
Lokrum’s beaches are rocky and back onto groves of pine trees.
5. Key west, Florida, USA
If you’re really anxious about escaping the mayhem and traffic and all those Union Jack’s this June head out to the States Garden Route and drive through the Keys.
You’re never far from the ocean or a good beach and it’s a top end, luxurious way to drift through ten days!
Key West is home to gingerbread mansions and palm trees, over the ocean bridges and fabled treasures dating back to ancient Spain conquerors. Sea food abounds and convertibles are a must!
We love the look of the old Conch Mansions located in the Old Town where you can walk to the local restaurants, night life and activities. These grand old houses are set in lush, tropical gardens with great areas for relaxing and reading.
In the Keys you can be as laid back as you want to be.