22 Cheap destinations for 2017 with great weather in April

Phuket Beach Chairs PatongApril is the perfect month for cheap vacations in much of the world because most people prefer tropical holidays in the months ending in March, so you can still find perfect weather combined with lower hotel prices in many fantastic destinations.

Much of Latin America has ideal weather this month, while April is (weirdly) the single hottest month in most of Southeast Asia, so that budget-traveler hot spot is really better avoided until autumn.

Those looking for a cheap beach vacation will have many really good options because even places with scorching weather can be quite bearable if all you are doing is sitting under an oversized umbrella sipping cocktails all day long, with breezes always rolling in.

Prices listed for each city are from our Backpacker Index for 2015, which compares cities around the world for the same common budget travel expenses.

The Americas

April is an in-between month in the Americas except of course for the Tropics, where it’s hot all year round. This is an excellent time to head to the Caribbean, as the crowds are thinning and prices are coming down after winter.

The Caribbean

Negril JamaicaThere are many great “cultural” destinations listed a bit down the page, but if you are mainly interested in relaxing in the sun and maybe doing some water activities and that sort of thing, you’ll want to head to the Caribbean.

Hotel rates in April are lower than in March because it’s already starting to warm up in the southern United States and in southern Europe. This year, with Easter falling on March 27, 2016, April will be even cheaper than normal with the Spring Break crowds back at home already.

Cancun, Mexico

  • April avg high: 89F/32C
  • April avg low: 74F/23C
  • April avg precip: 1.5″/3.8cm

April in the Cancun area, which also includes Playa del Carmen and the island of Cozumel, is starting to warm up, but at least it’s dry and the ocean breezes are always pleasant. Most of the snowbirds that come to Cancun are already back home by April, so room rates can be very appealing in spite of the perfect weather.

There are some all-inclusives in the Cancun area, and those have great rates this month as well, but most hotels here operate on a pay as you go basis so you can try different restaurants and bars all the time. This is also the best place in the Caribbean for big nightlife, with several huge clubs featuring top DJs and all-you-can-drink deals once you pay the cover charge.

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Punta Cana, Dominican Republic

  • April avg high: 86F/30C
  • April avg low: 74F/23C
  • April avg precip: 1.1″/2.8cm

PuntaCanaDRIf you are thinking about doing an all-inclusive holiday in April, then Punta Cana is the place to be. The room rates from Christmas through Easter are quite good considering the high quality of the resorts here, but starting in April the rates go down and the value is amazing.

The white, sandy beaches in this area are lined with huge resorts, nearly all run by European resort chains, and they compete fiercely on price during the non-peak months. In other words, you can get an all-inclusive room at a well-reviewed 4-star beach resort in Punta Cana for under US$200 per night for two people. The room itself will feel worth the nightly rate, so the unlimited food and alcoholic drinks seem like a bonus.

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Montego Bay, Jamaica

  • April avg high: 87F/31C
  • April avg low: 73F/23C
  • April avg precip: 1.3″/3.3cm

MontegoBayJamaica is closer to the US and Canada than Punta Cana is, so flights into the large and busy Montego Airport are shorter and often cheaper as well. Another small bonus is that everyone you encounter in Jamaica will speak English, which definitely isn’t true in the Dominican Republic or most of the rest of the Caribbean. Montego Bay is home to quite a few top resorts, including many all-inclusives. The town itself is kind of a dud, so it’s best for those who want to book and stay in a large self-contained resort.

If Montego Bay itself doesn’t sound perfect then you might instead consider Negril or Ocho Rios, both of which are about 90 minutes from the same airport and each has a different feel. Ocho Rios is similar to Montego Bay (also with a dud of a main town), and there are many great resorts all along the northern coast. Negril, on the other hand, is the place to go if you want to stay in a smaller beach hotel where you can try different restaurants and bars rather than being stuck in one big place.

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Mexico City, Mexico

  • April avg high: 80F/27C
  • April avg low: 51F/11C
  • April avg precip: 1.0″/2.5cm

April is an ideal month to visit Mexico City because it’s one of the two warm and dry months before the summer rainy season begins, so things really don’t get any better all year. You can see just above that the days will be reliably warm while the nights are mild, so it’s an excellent spot for those who don’t want to swelter in the Tropics.

Mexico City is massively underrated as a tourist destination, and it’s pleasantly cheap as well. The huge tourist-oriented area in the middle of the city is as impressive as most of the major cities in Europe, and there are excellent cultural sights here as well such as museums and ruins. The nightlife here is also top notch, although it’s easier to join in if you know at least a bit of Spanish.

2016 Backpackers Index: US$27.41

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Lima, Peru

  • April avg high: 76F/24C
  • April avg low: 66F/19C
  • April avg precip: 0.0″/0.0cm

As long as you don’t require extreme heat, you won’t find a better month to visit Lima. The daytime temperatures are warm and evening temperatures are mild as well, with virtually no chance of rain. Better still, this is the first month of the off-season for hotels, so prices are low and crowds are down.

Many people visit Lima on their way to Cusco, and this is an ideal month for that town as well, as the rainy season is over and days are still warm. If you want to do the Inca Trail you’ll find it expensive on the train or with a guided tour, but both are very worthwhile anyway.

2016 Backpackers Index: US$29.84

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Panama City, Panama

  • April avg high: 89F/32C
  • April avg low: 78F/26C
  • April avg precip: 2.5″/6.3cm

Those looking for a Central American adventure who might not want to pay the higher Costa Rica prices should think about Panama. The capital city is a new hot spot and a legitimate cultural destination that is one of the region’s bright spots, while the beach resorts on both coasts are also well worth considering.

Prices in Panama are generally very reasonable for the area and things are more modern than in a few of the countries just below Mexico, so it’s a nice compromise. It’ll be hot in April, even at night, but those near the beaches should be fine, and hotel prices are off their high-season peaks as well.

2016 Backpackers Index: US$40.10

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Cartagena, Colombia

  • April avg high: 86F/30C
  • April avg low: 78F/26C
  • April avg precip: 1.0″/2.5cm

Being fairly close to the equator, Cartagena has constant warm temperatures all year round, but the rainy season does begin in May so April is an ideal time to go while it’s still dry. More good news is that the crowds have tailed off from the winter as well so hotel prices are quite low, especially at the high-end beach hotels.

Cartagena is the best value destination in the Caribbean at the moment, with a gorgeous historic walled city and nearby beach resorts that are all surprisingly cheap. The food and drinks here are also bargains, even at many of the posh-looking places, so budget travelers can live like kings and queens here.

2016 Backpackers Index: US$29.08

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San Jose, Costa Rica

  • April avg high: 79F/26C
  • April avg low: 63F/17C
  • April avg precip: 1.8″/4.5cm

San JoseThis recommendation is really more for the whole country of Costa Rica because its capital city isn’t much to get excited about. Most of the country has a similar climate and April is perfect because the rainy season doesn’t start until May yet most of the crowds are gone.

In addition to nearly perfect warm weather you’ll find smaller crowds in the touristy areas and low hotel prices. Since most people book their winter holidays before April, those who wait a bit are rewarded by low prices along with perfect weather.

2016 Backpackers Index: US$35.63

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Buenos Aires, Argentina

  • April avg high: 73F/23C
  • April avg low: 57F/14C
  • April avg precip: 3.8″/9.5cm

Buenos AiresAs the weather cools off a bit in Buenos Aires and the crowds from summer are gone, April might be on the borderline when it comes to weather, but this is really a cultural and indoor city anyway, and the whole month is quite pleasant without much rain.

This is also the first month of the off-season for hotels so you’ll be able to get a great deal on just about any hotel you like, especially the 3- and 4-star places that will suddenly find themselves otherwise empty. You’ll be dining and dancing mostly with locals rather than other tourists, which can be quite another nice benefit as well.

2016 Backpackers Index: US$29.37

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Ambergris Caye, Belize

  • April avg high: 81F/27C
  • April avg low: 76F/24C
  • April avg precip: 1.7″/4.3cm

San Pedro BelizeWith the rainy season starting in Belize around the middle of May, April is the last month you can reliably go to enjoy the perfect warm and humid weather without a chance of major storms. We list San Pedro on Ambergris Caye on our site, but really Caye Caulker is the island just nearby that is similar yet cheaper so those on a budget should probably head there instead.

Belize is definitely one of the cheapest Caribbean destinations, and the offshore islands actually do have quite a Caribbean feel in spite of being surrounded by Latin America. There are wonderful resorts here for those willing to spend more, but even the cheaper hotels are decent, and very good bargains even in high season.

2016 Backpackers Index: US$53.56

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Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

  • April avg high: 86F/30C
  • April avg low: 70F/21C
  • April avg precip: 3.9″/9.8cm

Rio de JaneiroSince Carnival is never as late as April you can always count on this being a perfect and cheap month to visit Rio de Janeiro. The high season for hotels is over and yet the weather this month is even nicer than during the summer as there is less rain and temperatures are less scorching.

Being (just barely) in the tropics, it’s beach weather pretty much all year round in Rio, so better to go when it’s not as hot and the city isn’t so full of other tourists. Hotel deals, even along the main Copacabana and Ipanema beaches, are easy to find in April.

2016 Backpackers Index: US$41.50

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From November through March there are literally no European cities that could qualify as having “great weather,” except for the Canary Islands, mentioned just below. Even in April you won’t find much good weather until the end of the month, and even then it’ll only be in the far south. It’s a great month to visit as long as you don’t mind bringing a light jacket.

If you are thinking about an early sunshine holiday then late April might work in many of Europe’s cheapest beach destinations.

If you are thinking about a city break instead you should check out our recommended cheap London hotels, our recommended cheap Paris hotels, and our recommended cheap Amsterdam hotels, recommended cheap Rome hotels, recommended cheap Prague hotels, and recommended cheap Berlin hotels.

Tenerife, Canary Islands, Spain

  • April avg high: 72F/22C
  • April avg low: 61F/16C
  • April avg precip: 1.1″/1.5cm

This is really here to represent all of the Canary Islands, which have fairly mild weather all year round. Tenerife is the most popular island for English-speaking visitors and April is yet another nice month in this part of the world, though it’s still a bit too cool to sit on the beach most days.

April is technically part of the high season for Tenerife hotels, yet by this time the crowds are thinning out a bit before they pick back up in summer, so this is a good time to get good deals at some of the more desirable places.

2016 Backpackers Index: US$46.81

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April is a good month for the northern and southern parts of Africa, which are where most of the popular destinations are anyway.

Cairo, Egypt

  • April avg high: 82F/28C
  • April avg low: 57F/14C
  • April avg precip: 0.1″/0.3cm

You’ll really never have to worry about rain in Cairo so it’s just a matter of the heat, which is still in check in April but starting in mid May it can become unbearable, so this is the perfect time to come. As long as the political situation allows, Cairo is usually safe and always very cheap.

April is still technically part of the high season for hotels, but it’s at the end of it so it’s easier to find a good deal, especially at one of the fancier places. And until further notice it will likely be easy to get good hotel deals almost anywhere in Cairo.

2016 Backpackers Index: US$25.89

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Sharm el-Sheikh, Egypt

  • April average high: 86°F/30°C
  • April average low: 68°F/20°C
  • April avg precip: 0.0″/0.0cm

SharmelSheikhMost people outside of Europe and the Middle East had never heard of Sharm el-Sheikh until it hit the news in late 2015 for unfortunate reasons. Until then it had been a safe and reliable holiday destination that offered amazing value considering the wonderful weather and quality resorts.

Some people won’t be ready to go there in 2016, but the situation won’t be sketchy forever, and at some point this is going to be one of the world’s great bargains for anyone who can find a flight. Even before the challenges, room rates here were amazingly low, and you can expect zero rain to go along with comfortable temperatures every day and every night.

  • 3-star hotels from: US$23 per night for two people
  • 4-star hotels from: US$36 per night for two people

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Marrakech, Morocco

  • April avg high: 75F/24C
  • April avg low: 52F/11C
  • April avg precip: 1.5″/3.8cm

April and May are really the perfect months for a little tour of Morocco because the weather is pleasant both day and night, before the scorching days of summer are upon you. Fez tends to be a bit cooler year round and a bit cheaper as well, though April is quite nice during the day and you’ll be fine with a jacket in the evening, just as you would here.

This is still technically part of the high season for hotels in Marrakech, but crowds have thinned out by now and finding deals should be easy. The crowds in the touristy areas are thinning out as well, which can make the whole visit much more pleasant anyway.

2016 Backpackers Index: US$28.85

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Cape Town, South Africa

  • April avg high: 73F/23C
  • April avg low: 53F/12C
  • April avg precip: 1.6″/4.0cm

At least until the end of April, Cape Town is nicely warm and dry pretty much every day, so it’s a good time to visit as long as you aren’t specifically coming to sit on the beach. It’s the last month of high season for hotels, though finding a good deal should be easy if you hunt around for online specials.

Most people visit Cape Town as part of a tour of South Africa, otherwise the airfare alone can make it hard to justify, at least this time of year. Starting in May it’ll get cool and rainier so this is really the last good month to visit until November.

2016 Backpackers Index: US$34.37

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April is a good month to visit many parts of Asia, although some cities like Bangkok, Saigon, and Siem Reap are already too hot during the day for most people.

Boracay Island, Philippines

  • April average high: 88°F/31°C
  • April average low: 77°F/25°C
  • April avg precip: 2.4″/6.0cm

BoracayIslandIf you are looking for a relaxed beach holiday in Tropical Asia in April, then Boracay might be your best bet. This is actually the hottest month of the year in most of this region, but the peak heat doesn’t get here until late May. This month is also not part of the high season so you can get some excellent bargains at nice hotels on or near the beach.

The only tricky part of a Boracay vacation is that it’s somewhat remote so nearly everyone will have to change planes in Manila or Cebu on the way. But once you get here that remoteness pays off because it feels very relaxed and old-school compared to places like Phuket where chain hotels dominate. The main mode of transportation on Boracay is walking along the sandy footpath that separates the beach from the restaurants and hotels, so it’s truly and idyllic little island.

  • 3-star hotels from: US$47 per night for two people
  • 4-star hotels from: US$70 per night for two people

2016 Backpackers Index: US$35.54

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Pokhara, Nepal

  • April avg high: 79F/26C
  • April avg low: 55F/13C
  • April avg precip: 1.5″/3.8cm

April is the first of the four good weather months each year in Pokhara (the others being May, October, and November) so things actually can get a bit crowded here, especially toward the middle of the month when all the trekkers have based themselves in town for their various journeys nearby. Still, even during high season Pokhara is cheap compared to nearly anywhere else.

There has been a hotel-building boom in Pokhara in the past few years so finding a good deal on a hotel should continue to be relatively easy. Still, as this is one of the busiest months it’s wise to book as far in advance as possible so you’ll have your pick of the good places instead of having to settle for what’s left.

2016 Backpackers Index: US$15.38

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Hanoi, Vietnam

  • April avg high: 80F/27C
  • April avg low: 71F/22C
  • April avg precip: 3.2″/8.0cm

Hanoi, which is way up north, a bit inland from Vietnam’s coast, is one of the few cities in Southeast Asia where it’s nice in April. Nearly everywhere else is sizzling hot and humid as well, so it’s really best avoided. Hanoi is actually quite nice in April, and of course so is Halong Bay, which is a very popular trip nearby.

You can also go up into the nearby mountains to visit Sapa or other villages near the China border. It’s all very cheap and the crowds are thin in April so you’ll have much of it to yourself. But seriously, avoid Saigon and that area unless you are a fan of heatstroke.

2016 Backpackers Index: US$17.12

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Goa, India

  • April avg high: 91F/33C
  • April avg low: 78F/26C
  • April avg precip: 0.3″/0.8cm

By the time April rolls around it’s getting very hot in Goa, even at night, so booking a place with air conditioning is pretty much essential. Since nearly everyone who comes to this Indian state does so to sit on or near the beach then it’s still very nice with the sea breezes and all that.

The famous Goa party season is totally over after Easter, and barely going at all after February, so you won’t find many DJ parties on the beach, but you will find great deals at nice hotels in towns up and down the coast here. The cheapest places don’t have A/C and even with a ceiling fan it might be hard to sleep in April in Goa.

2016 Backpackers Index: US$18.02

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Bali, Indonesia

  • April avg high: 87F/31C
  • April avg low: 78F/26C
  • April avg precip: 3.7″/9.3cm

April is the first somewhat non-rainy month of the year in Bali, but it’s almost on the equator and that means storms come and go quickly so even when they hit they are rarely a problem. This is also the time of year between the dual high seasons, so hotel prices are at or near their lowest of the year.

The prices listed are for Kuta, Bali, which is the backpacker and surfer area that most people will tell you to avoid, but really almost the whole island is this cheap, except for the purpose-built resort area of Nusa Dua. It’s a good idea to stay in several different parts of Bali on the same trip if you can, but watch out for the traffic, which has gotten horrible in recent years.

2016 Backpackers Index: US$29.12

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Phuket, Thailand

  • April avg high: 92F/33C
  • April avg low: 77F/25C
  • April avg precip: 4.8″/12.0cm

While April is technically part of the high season for hotels in Phuket, you should really be able to find a very good deal on a beachfront resort this time of year. This is the hottest month of the year here, as it is through most of SE Asia, but at least most people go to Phuket to sit on the beach so it’s bearable.

Starting in May the skies and open up and really go nuts so you won’t find nice weather here until the middle of November again. Those looking for a late-season beach getaway should get very good value in Phuket this month.

2016 Backpackers Index: US$28.16

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Middle East

Those looking for a cultural trip in warm and dry weather should consider Beirut, Amman, and Tel Aviv in April. It’s still quite cool in the evenings and not warm enough to sit on the beaches, but it’s a perfect time of year to visit the actual sights.

3 Responses to “22 Cheap destinations for 2017 with great weather in April”

This information really helps backpackers. Pokhara is a paradise for backpackers. Nepal has been always friendly and welcoming to those tourists from the time of Hippies.

Sara says:

Rude how you dedicated whole paragraphs to other countries whereas the Middle East get a few sentences.



    I normally don’t reply to trolls, but just in case this was serious, then please share some of the Middle East destinations that I should include? They have to be relatively cheap, with great weather in April, and that many people can reach safely and easily. I’d love to include more places on these lists, so I appreciate your help. -Roger


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