21 Cheap destinations in 2017 with great weather in August

We continue with this year-long series of articles highlighting cheap cities that have great weather during a particular month, this time for August. If you are a global weather-watcher you might already know that August weather tends to be nearly identical from the previous month, so you’ll also notice quite a few similarities with our list of cheap cities with great July weather.

So not only is the weather in these two months similar, but it’s a similar predicament for budget travelers in that Europeans (even more so than Americans) tend to cram a huge amount of vacation time into the height of summer. This means that any city with a beach that is in or near Europe will have its highest prices of the year during August. There are a few cities on the list below that aren’t nearly as crowded in summer, so let’s have a look, shall we?

The Backpacker Index price listed for each city is based on our annual survey.

This article was updated in May, 2016.

The Americas

During August many Americans and Canadians are on vacations, but the numbers tend to tail off in the second half of the month in this region. Still, all the cheaper cities in these two countries have high prices during summer anyway, so it’s a good time to go a bit further afield.

The Caribbean

CancunWhile it’s true that August is officially part of the wet season in most of the Caribbean, most islands actually only get a bit of rain this month and some get almost none. In spite of this, room rates at resorts in Mexico and on the islands are crazy low, with the best deals being at the all-inclusives. In addition to Mexico you’ll find that Jamaica and Dominican Republic have the best deals this month.


Cancun, Mexico

  • August avg high: 92F/33C
  • August avg low: 77F/25C
  • August avg precip: 4.3″/10.8cm

CancunMost people forget about tropical destinations like Cancun when it’s warm all over the Northern Hemisphere, which is exactly why it can be great value this time of year. You can be sure that it will be hot every day and warm every evening in August, but you’ll also have sea breezes along the beaches and strong air-con in all hotel rooms, so it’s far more pleasant than you might imagine.

You’ll be seeing an influx of European tourists in August who know that Cancun offers good deals this time of year, but it’s still much slower than it is in the winter months, and this huge area is built with enough hotels for peak season. The Cancun Airport has cheap direct flights from all over, and the airport also serves Playa del Carmen and the nearby island of Cozumel just to the south. All-inclusive resorts can also be great value in August.

Well-reviewed 3-star resorts in Cancun start at US$60 per night for 2 people in August

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Punta Cana, Dominican Republic

  • August avg high: 89F/32C
  • August avg low: 77F/25C
  • August avg precip: 1.1″/2.8cm

PuntaCanaDROut on the eastern tip of the Dominican Republic, you’ll find its most popular resort area with some of the island’s best sandy beaches. It’s going to be warm every day and every night in August, but it’s also generally dry, and most guests rarely spend much time out of the cooling sea breezes.

The best news is that Punta Cana can be very cheap in August, even for many of the higher-end resorts and the all-inclusives. They build enough of them so that they are mostly full in January, which means that they have to fiercely compete in low season months like this. There are great water sports opportunities as well, although you won’t be seeing much in the way of authentic culture in a resort compound like this.

Well-reviewed 3-star Punta Cana resorts start at US$58 per night for 2 people in August

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Ocho Rios, Jamaica

  • August avg high: 91F/33C
  • August avg low: 78F/26C
  • August avg precip: 1.1″/2.8cm

OchoRiosJamaicaOcho Rios is the next resort area east of Montego Bay, and visitors to both will fly into the busy Montego Bay Airport. Ocho Rios (and the rest of Jamaica) has a similar climate to Punta Cana in August, in that it’s guaranteed to be very warm but most people spend most of their time on the beach or by the pool anyway.

And again, the hotel deals in the resort area of Jamaica are quite amazing in August when many people incorrectly assume it’s way too hot. Even the all-inclusive resorts here pull out the stops with deals that sometimes look like misprints because rates are so low. If you want to tour museums and cathedrals, go elsewhere, but if you want to relax on the beach with great food and cheap drinks, it’s hard to beat Ocho Rios this time of year.

Well-reviewed 3-star Ocho Rios resorts start at US$70 per night for 2 people in August

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Mexico City, Mexico

  • August avg high: 74F/23C
  • August avg low: 53F/12C
  • August avg precip: 6.7″/16.8cm

You might get a bit of rain in Mexico City in August, but there are so many great indoor activities here that it’s easy to work around it. Best of all, Mexico City has pleasant and moderate temperatures all summer while most of the rest of the region is blazing hot. This huge city is far more interesting and far less dangerous than most people realize, with excellent food, culture, and historic sights in abundance.

2016 Backpackers Index: US$27.60

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Quito, Ecuador

  • August avg high: 67F/19C
  • August avg low: 49F/9C
  • August avg precip: 1.0″/2.5cm

Quito is at such altitude and so near the equator that the temperatures are almost exactly the same every day of the year. And while it’s hard to call these days “great” in the traditional sense, at least August (along with July) is the driest time of year so there’s little chance of getting caught in a storm.

If Quito were easier to reach it would be far more popular, but as it is this is not a city that people arrive in accidentally. This helps contribute to the fact that things are extremely cheap by international standards, so it’s not a bad place to just hang around in if you can manage it.

2016 Backpackers Index: US$22.20

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Cartagena, Colombia

  • August avg high: 87F/31C
  • August avg low: 79F/26C
  • August avg precip: 4.7″/11.8cm

Another city with a climate that barely changes from one part of the year to another, Cartagena can be counted on for warm and muggy days and warm and muggy nights pretty much any time. August is technically within the rainy season as well, but it’s tropical rain that never lasts long.

This city also has an advantage of offering long stretches of very nice beaches near the center, plus a charming Colonial walled city in the middle of it all. With both options available it’s easy to take advantage of the sunny days on the beach and still get a bit of culture in when it’s cloudy and looks like rain is on the way. Once you get here, you’ll find that hotels, restaurants, and attractions are excellent value.

2016 Backpackers Index: US$29.21

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Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

  • August avg high: 81F/27C
  • August avg low: 64F/18C
  • August avg precip: 1.6″/4.0cm

Just as we said for July, this ties for the nicest two-month stretch of the year in a city where it’s always pretty damn nice outside. Being barely in the tropics but in the Southern Hemisphere, Rio de Janeiro is plenty warm this month but never scorching. This is also the driest time of year, so humidity is down a bit and you won’t have to worry about afternoon rainstorms.

Booking a trip to Rio can be a bit tricky though, so it’s worth doing some research. This is a sprawling metro area with a bunch of amazing (and famous) beaches that are quite a distance from the city center. If you are coming to hit the sand it’s worth paying a bit more for a nearby location.

2016 Backpackers Index: US$41.19

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Europe

As mentioned on top, August in Europe is like shopping malls just before Christmas. There’s plenty of great weather in the north, but extremely high prices to go along with it, so we are staying in the south for the most part.

Even though August is peak season for sunshine holidays, you can still find cheap Europe beach destinations if that’s your goal.

Tenerife, Canary Islands, Spain

  • August avg high: 84F/29C
  • August avg low: 71/22C
  • August avg precip: 0.0″/0.5cm

August is a very popular month in Tenerife, which is the largest of the Canary Islands, but it’s still quite a bargain by international standards. You’ll find the southern resort areas packed with Brits, Germans, and Swedes, sunning themselves and enjoying cheap beer and food at the hundreds of outdoor restaurants. Non-Spanish speakers will have the easiest time in the southern towns of Los Cristianos and Playa de la Americas.

2016 Backpackers Index: US$46.81

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Sofia, Bulgaria

  • August avg high: 78F/26C
  • August avg low: 58F/14C
  • August avg precip: 1.9″/4.8cm

With dependably nice weather all of August, Sofia is a top choice for the cultural traveler in Europe. This is one of the cities that actually clears out a bit during the height of summer (people flock to the resorts on the Baltic), so some good deals can be found at some of the fancier hotels in town.

This is Europe’s cheapest tourist city all year so it’s becoming more popular with the backpacker set in particular, but it’s worth pointing out that the infrastructure is more than a little lacking in places, so you should adjust your expectations down at least a bit.

2016 Backpackers Index: US$25.56

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Krakow, Poland

  • August avg high: 75F/24C
  • August avg low: 59F/15C
  • August avg precip: 3.2″/8.0cm

Even though August is one of the wetter months in Krakow, the precipitation totals are still quite low on average so it’s no reason to stay away. The crowds of partying Europeans might actually be a reason to postpone your visit until September or later if possible, so prepare for crowds and queues if you do come in summer.

Krakow is easily one of the best bargains in Europe, with accommodation, attraction, food, and drink prices being near the bottom of the pack for the continent, in spite of the charming city center and welcome reception visitors receive. The city is also very popular among stag and hen parties lately, so if you are a light sleeper it might be worth staying a bit outside of the center.

2016 Backpackers Index: US$24.77

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Budapest, Hungary

  • August avg high: 79F/26C
  • August avg low: 59F/15C
  • August avg precip: 1.9″/4.8cm

Budapest isn’t as cheap as it used to be not long ago, but it’s still one of the best bargains in Europe. During August you can expect warm sunny days and reasonably cool nights, though if you get unlucky you might be there for a few scorching days. The bigger problem will be the crowds, as this city is anything but a secret among the budget travel set.

Prices for hotels do tend to be at their highest during August, but hostel prices tend to stay steady through the middle of the year so it might be worthing trying to book a private room in a hostel if you can do so early enough. It’s still much cheaper in Budapest than any large city to its west.

2016 Backpackers Index: US$31.18

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Istanbul, Turkey

  • August avg high: 83F/28C
  • August avg low: 66F/19C
  • August avg precip: 0.9″/2.3cm

Istanbul might feel like it would be absolutely scorching all summer long, but in reality it’s quite reasonable, with a few steamy periods mixed in each month. Crowds in August might be overwhelming, however, as this is yet another large city that other Europeans flock to rather than away from during the peak season.

Hotel prices in particular might be shockingly high during August, and hostel prices are unusually high during summer as well, so Istanbul might not look like much of a bargain at all anymore. The good news is that there are plenty of cheap attractions and local food options, so once you pay for a room the worst is over.

2016 Backpackers Index: US$33.78

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Prague, Czech Republic

  • August avg high: 76F/24C
  • August avg low: 57F/14C
  • August avg precip: 2.8″/7.0cm

Unfortunately, Prague is similar to Budapest and Istanbul (mentioned above) in that it tends to be very crowded all year long, and absolutely packed to the brim in August itself. There’s some strange condition where the main attractions are clustered along one main route that actually makes Prague feel like there are a million visitors there even during the shoulder season.

Hotels in Prague do charge quite a bit in August, but hostels can be good bargains still, especially the ones a bit away from the tourist zone. Booking well in advance is wise for August. At least you’ll have the cheap and excellent beer waiting for you through the frustrations.

2016 Backpackers Index: US$41.15

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Lisbon, Portugal

  • August avg high: 82F/28C
  • August avg low: 65F/18C
  • August avg precip: 0.3″/0.8cm

Being on the coast like it is, Lisbon has pretty much perfect weather all summer. The cool breezes come in to make even the warmer days feel quite nice, so it’s far more pleasant than Madrid this time of year. There’s also virtually no rain in Lisbon during the summer so you can confidently leave your umbrella at home.

Lisbon is not nearly as cheap as most of the European cities listed above, but it’s quite a bargain considering how proper and organized things are. You’ll struggle to find cheap food options so it might be worth considering staying in one of the city’s excellent hostels and cooking a bit on your own if you are a cheapskate.

2016 Backpackers Index: US$48.48

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Split, Croatia

  • August avg high: 85F/30C
  • August avg low: 71F/22C
  • August avg precip: 1.7″/4.3cm

SplitActually, Dubrovnik used to be on this list, but we replaced it with its neighbor, Split, because this city is similar in most ways except much cheaper and easier to reach. August will be crowded in this whole region, though Split is a relative bargain. The city is gorgeous, historic, and fascinating, and there are great beaches nearby and on the islands just a short ferry ride away. As in all of Croatia, apartments are more plentiful and better value than hotels.

2016 Backpackers Index: US$40.56

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Barcelona, Spain

  • August avg high: 82F/28C
  • August avg low: 67F/19C
  • August avg precip: 2.4″/6.0cm

Barcelona is one of the world’s great summer party cities, and that means it’s extremely crowded in August, with peak season hotel rates to contend with as well. At least the weather is nicer than in Madrid, since Barcelona is coastal and even has a few beaches near the city center.

Booking as early as possible is your best bet for a city like this. Even the hostels will be jammed during August so arriving with no reservations and going door to door could be problematic and exhausting. At least food and drink prices are reasonable, even in summer, so once you have a bed sorted out it’s easy to keep your budget down otherwise.

2016 Backpackers Index: US$62.50

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Africa

We only cover a handful of cities in Africa, and none of those could make this list for August. It’s still too cold down in South Africa, and it’s blazing hot in Morocco and Egypt. Check back in September for some possibilities here.

Asia

Asia is usually the king of cheap destinations with great weather for most of the year, but August is still in the middle of the rainy season for most of the tropical cities, as well as for Beijing and Hong Kong. Those who like to take their chances could actually have a great and cheap trip by going almost anywhere in Southeast Asia. It’s a bit cooler than in April and May, and most of the rainfall comes suddenly, plus it’s usually easy to get out of the way.

Nha Trang, Vietnam

  • August avg high: 89F/32C
  • August avg low: 79F/26C
  • August avg precip: 2.1″/5.3cm

Pretty much all of Southeast Asia has its monsoon season during August, with Nha Trang on Vietnam’s southern coast being one notable exception. Here the rainy months are in autumn so you be basking in the sunshine on the huge beaches here all August. The night time temperatures don’t give you much of a break in summer though, so make sure you book a place with aircon.

Nha Trang is very popular with Australians and some others from around Asia, as it provides a rare sunny beach this time of year in the region. It’s incredibly cheap and quite tourist friendly, but the cultural offerings in the town are relatively weak so it’s hard to justify coming in from a very long distance just to sit on its beaches.

2016 Backpackers Index: US$19.28

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Kuta, Bali, Indonesia

  • August avg high: 83F/28C
  • August avg low: 76F/24C
  • August avg precip: 0.9″/2.3cm

Being just below the equator, August is technically a winter month in Bali, but of course there is no winter, and this is the single nicest month of the year here. The high temperatures are at their lowest, though it’s always balmy, and there’s virtually no rain this time of year as well. It never gets cold at night though, so you can leave the sweater or jacket at home.

Things are really crowded in Bali these days, and those who book in advance online might find that hotel prices seem to be much higher than they expected. It’s true that a huge number of fancier hotels have opened up, but there are still plenty of cheap guesthouses all over that cost very little. And this month you can probably skip the air-con and save a bit more. Food and drinks are very cheap as long as you avoid the fancy hotels as well.

2016 Backpackers Index: US$29.15

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Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

  • August avg high: 90F/32C
  • August avg low: 74F/23C
  • August avg precip: 6.1″/15.3cm

Another city very near the equator, it’s hot in Kuala Lumpur every day of the year, but it’s also very worth visiting if you are in the region, and August is one of the better months. There’s less rain during summer than the rest of the year, and it tends to come in those tropical bursts so it won’t ruin your whole day.

This is a very modern and urban city with many shopping malls and great restaurants, so even when it does rain you might not even notice it. The public transportation system here is top notch and cheap as well, so this is an easy and cheap city to visit any time of the year.

2016 Backpackers Index: US$33.84

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Middle East

Much of the Middle East is crazy hot during August, and even those places can get crowded this month, but there are still a few good choices to consider.

Beirut, Lebanon

  • August avg high: 85F/29C
  • August avg low: 75F/24C
  • August avg precip: 0.0″/0.0cm

It’s not an obvious destination in summer, but you could make a case for Beirut quite easily. This city has warm days and nights, though almost never scorching like some of its neighbors. There are also beaches in the city so there are chances to escape the heat if you get unlucky and turn up during a very warm spell.

One of the better features for Beirut is that it’s among the cheapest cities in the Middle East, with even alcohol not being insanely expensive as it is in so many other nearby cities. If you follow the locals you can eat hearty and authentic meals at low prices, but even the touristy places are quite reasonable.

2016 Backpackers Index: US$39.42

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Tel Aviv, Israel

  • August avg high: 86F/30C
  • August avg low: 75F/24C
  • August avg precip: 0.0″/0.0cm

Tel Aviv is another big city with really nice beaches near the center, but this one is quite a bit more expensive. It’s reasonably priced compared to summer resort cities in Europe, but August is definitely the peak season so finding a cheap place to stay might be challenging. Book as early as possible for best results.

At least food here is quite cheap as long as you eat at the same casual places that the locals flock to all day and all night. Drinks do tend to be very expensive here, so Tel Aviv is not an ideal place for cheapskate drunks.

2016 Backpackers Index: US$72.03

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4 Responses to “21 Cheap destinations in 2017 with great weather in August”

Maria says:

this is super helpful, thanks 🙂

 
Memolanka says:

Hi, I would love to add Sri lanka in August list. I think its really nice to travel to Sri Lanka during August since it has an amiable weather during that month.

Stacy

 
Richard says:

Guanajato Mexico has perfect weather, friendly people, and low prices.

 
Tourist says:

Tel Aviv is far from being a good destination in August – it’s still way too hot!

 

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