20 Cheap destinations in 2022 with great weather in August

The travel industry in 2022 is a complicated thing, but at least it’s looking better than it had the prior two summers. The COVID situation is more or less under control in most of the world’s most popular destinations, and many popular countries no longer have COVID or vaccine restrictions of any kind. But there are complications as well. Fuel prices and airfares are way up in most places, and general inflation has hit much of the world as well, so doing research is more important than ever.

The list below gives suggestions for great destinations around the world that are relatively cheap and have relatively good weather in August. Some might be surprising and it definitely includes some places you probably wouldn’t have considered on your own. At least it looks like many of us will finally be able to go somewhere in the summer of 2022, so we’ve got to take what we can get.

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COVID-19 situation in 2022

As of late June, 2022, many of the world’s most popular countries for tourism are opening up for vaccinated visitors, or have already done so. This includes many of Europe’s most popular destinations such as France and the UK, as well as many of Asia’s top places like Thailand and Vietnam.

Things could change, of course, but it looks like planning an international trip could be worthwhile for the first time in 3 summers.

For Americans the news is also welcome in that you WON’T need to get a COVID test to reenter the United States when you get home. This makes choosing destinations just that much easier without that to worry about.

Important August 2022 holidays

  • August 12 – Queen’s Birthday Holiday in Thailand (major public holiday)
  • August 15 – National Liberation Day of Korea (major public holiday)
  • August 15 – India Independence Day (major public holiday)
  • August 15 – Assumption Day in France, Germany, Greece, Italy, Spain etc. (major public holiday)
  • August 29 – Summer bank holiday in the UK (except Scotland, which is on August 1)

It’s also worth noting that huge numbers of Europeans have all of August off work, and they generally leave the cities and head to the beaches and countrysides.

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. Fortunately for us, the best places to visit in August can be found all over.

The Caribbean

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

Most 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.

Mexico is on the new list of countries that no longer have ANY COVID testing or vaccination requirements, so it’s even more popular than it normally is and it’s a great choice in 2022.

  • 3-star hotels from: US$56 per night for two people
  • 4-star hotels from: US$119 per night for two people

>>>Check current Cancun resort and package deals


Punta Cana, Dominican Republic

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

Out 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, so those looking for where to go in August should give this one a look.

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. Some people are searching for Dominican Republic alternatives so we’ve got you covered on that as well.

Dominican Republic has dropped all of their COVID testing and vaccination requirements as of summer, 2022, so things are easy once again. It’s also worth noting that these resorts are almost 100% “outdoors” in the sense that there are no walls or enclosed spaces other than the private guest rooms, which of course all have A/C. This means that the chances of catching COVID are extremely low in general.

  • 3-star hotels from: US$51 per night for two people
  • 4-star hotels from: US$178 per night for two people

>>>Check current Punta Cana resort and package deals


Ocho Rios, Jamaica

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

Ocho 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.

Jamaica is yet another country that has dropped all COVID restrictions and vaccination requirements, so visiting could not be easier. And again, guests literally spend almost 100% of their time outdoors at these resorts except when in their private rooms, so they are much safer than staying in a big city hotel.

  • 3-star hotels from: US$87 per night for two people
  • 4-star hotels from: US$239 per night for two people

>>>Check current Ocho Rios resort and package deals


Mexico City, Mexico

  • August avg high: 74°F/23°C
  • August avg low: 53°F/12°C
  • 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. If you expected Mexico City to be one of the hottest places to go in August, you’d be wrong, as it’s actually rather mild.

  • 3-star hotels from: US$46 per night for two people
  • 4-star hotels from: US$59 per night for two people

>>>Mexico City prices
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Quito, Ecuador

  • August avg high: 67°F/19°C
  • August avg low: 49°F/9°C
  • 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. Quito is one of the world’s cheapest places to travel in August, and every other month of the year for that matter.

  • 3-star hotels from: US$75 per night for two people
  • 4-star hotels from: US$91 per night for two people

>>>Quito prices
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Cartagena, Colombia

  • August avg high: 87°F/31°C
  • August avg low: 79°F/26°C
  • 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.

  • 3-star hotels from: US$83 per night for two people
  • 4-star hotels from: US$109 per night for two people

>>>Cartagena prices
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Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

  • August avg high: 81°F/27°C
  • August avg low: 64°F/18°C
  • 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.

Brazil bad been getting more expensive until a few years ago when its currency started to slide again, and now it’s a major bargain, especially for the quality. The big chain hotels might not seem cheap, but plenty of independent hotels are excellent value and will provide a better local experience as well. On the other hand, Brazil has never been one of the safest countries to visit, so it’s important to do your research and remain careful, just as you would in most other huge cities around the world.

  • 3-star hotels from: US$72 per night for two people
  • 4-star hotels from: US$109 per night for two people

>>>Rio de Janeiro prices
>>>Check current Rio de Janeiro hotel and package deals

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.

In 2022 many (but not all) of the countries on this list have dropped all COVID testing and vaccination restrictions, so visiting is just as easy as it was in 2019. The UK, Italy, Croatia, Switzerland, Czechia, Hungary, and all of Scandinavia are on that list of unrestricted countries as of June, 2022.

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

Barcelona, Spain

  • August avg high: 82°F/28°C
  • August avg low: 67°F/19°C
  • 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.

  • 3-star hotels from: US$105 per night for two people
  • 4-star hotels from: US$145 per night for two people

>>>Barcelona prices
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Tenerife, Canary Islands, Spain

  • August avg high: 84°F/29°C
  • August avg low: 71°F/22°C
  • 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.

This and the rest of the Canary Islands are very popular with Europeans all summer, and August is one of the peak months. Fortunately, the island is packed with hotels and rentals and affordable restaurants, but it’s still best to book as early as possible in order to get the best deals.

  • 3-star hotels from: US$49 per night for two people
  • 4-star hotels from: US$63 per night for two people

>>>Tenerife prices
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Budapest, Hungary

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

Budapest continues as perhaps the best-value destination in all of Europe. It’s not the cheapest of the major capitals, although it’s one of the cheapest and it’s definitely nicer than all of the cheaper ones. 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 worth 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.

  • 3-star hotels from: US$61 per night for two people
  • 4-star hotels from: US$97 per night for two people

>>>Budapest prices
>>>Check current Budapest hotel and package deals


Prague, Czech Republic

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

If you’ve never been to Prague then you should put it on your list. Hotels aren’t as cheap as they once were, at least for hotels that are well located near the river, but most other things are very reasonable. Most of all, Prague is one of Europe’s most beautiful big cities and the architecture is some of the most interesting in the entire world.

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.

  • 3-star hotels from: US$64 per night for two people
  • 4-star hotels from: US$98 per night for two people

>>>Prague prices
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Lisbon, Portugal

  • August avg high: 82°F/28°C
  • August avg low: 65°F/18°C
  • 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.

Not only does Lisbon have arguably Europe’s finest big-city climate, it’s also strangely cheap compared even to nearby neighbors such as Barcelona or Madrid. Its out-of-the-way location means that no one gets here by accident, so tourist numbers are never out of hand and prices are appealing considering how lovely it all is.

  • 3-star hotels from: US$78 per night for two people
  • 4-star hotels from: US$102 per night for two people

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Split, Croatia

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

Actually, 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. August is the peak month along the Croatian coast as Germans and other northern Europeans move in for the entire month. Fortunately, the tourist infrastructure is well developed so you’ll be able to find a place and get around as long as you plan at least a little in advance.

  • 3-star hotels from: US$55 per night for two people
  • 4-star hotels from: US$123 per night for two people

>>>Split prices
>>>Check current Split hotel deals


Krakow, Poland

  • August avg high: 75°F/24°C
  • August avg low: 59°F/15°C
  • 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. You won’t want to spend more than 3 or so days in Krakow, so fortunately it’s relatively easy to reach Prague, Budapest, or Vienna on the train from here.

  • 3-star hotels from: US$63 per night for two people
  • 4-star hotels from: US$82 per night for two people

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Istanbul, Turkey

  • August avg high: 83°F/28°C
  • August avg low: 66°F/19°C
  • 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.

If you haven’t followed the news, Turkey has been a bit unstable in the years leading up to 2022, but none of this has affected tourists yet. The good news is that the currency has dropped a lot and now almost everything is amazingly cheap for visitors. The crowds are down a bit as well, even though more Russians are doing holidays here since the war began in Ukraine.

  • 3-star hotels from: US$29 per night for two people
  • 4-star hotels from: US$57 per night for two people

>>>Istanbul prices
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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.

>>>See also: 8 Best Asia destinations in August


Kuta, Bali, Indonesia

  • August avg high: 83°F/28°C
  • August avg low: 76°F/24°C
  • 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.

Bali actually shut down for tourism for most of the first two years of the pandemic so the tourism industry has really been hurting. They have opened back up again in 2022 and the crowds aren’t fully back yet, and that’s probably a good thing for everyone. Still, it’s probably best to avoid staying in the popular Kuta Beach area, at least if you are hoping to relax during your stay.

  • 3-star hotels from: US$39 per night for two people
  • 4-star hotels from: US$68 per night for two people

>>>Kuta, Bali prices
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Nha Trang, Vietnam

  • August avg high: 89°F/32°C
  • August avg low: 79°F/26°C
  • 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.

  • 3-star hotels from: US$33 per night for two people
  • 4-star hotels from: US$57 per night for two people

>>>Nha Trang prices
>>>Check prices on Vietnam hotel and resort deals


Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

  • August avg high: 90°F/32°C
  • August avg low: 74°F/23°C
  • 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.

Kuala Lumpur might not be an obvious destination during summer months, but again, it’s hot here every day of the year and the place is well adapted for it. You can travel through large parts of the downtown area through malls or elevated and air-conditioned walkways, so even when they get the rainstorms you will be comfortable and dry.

  • 3-star hotels from: US$34 per night for two people
  • 4-star hotels from: US$53 per night for two people

>>>Kuala Lumpur prices
>>>Check prices on Malaysia hotel and resort deals

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: 85°F/29°C
  • August avg low: 75°F/24°C
  • 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.

For those not following the news, Lebanon has had some real struggles over the last few years and I would normally recommend that visitors wait until things calm down more again, but I recently received some communications from their tourism bureau assuring me that the country is open and welcoming of tourists, so who knows?

  • 3-star hotels from: US$50 per night for two people
  • 4-star hotels from: US$61 per night for two people

>>>Beirut prices
>>> Check Lebanon hotel and resort deals


Tel Aviv, Israel

  • August avg high: 86°F/30°C
  • August avg low: 75°F/24°C
  • 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.

  • 3-star hotels from: US$141 per night for two people
  • 4-star hotels from: US$169 per night for two people

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  1. anon says:

    just wanted to leave a comment saying this is how a proper article is written!

    thank you for your hard work and research. really helps with the planning

  2. lori says:

    If these are mean to be cheapdestinations whyis Tel Aviv featured?

    As you say yourself

    ‘but this one is quite a bit more expensive’

    I would also disagree that ‘It’s reasonably priced compared to summer resort cities in Europe’ – If you take Faro or Lisbon for example.

    1. Roger Wade says:

      Lori,

      Thank you for your feedback. As you’ve seen, some people are critical if it’s ON the list, and other people are critical if it isn’t. The point of this list is to give people ideas of places that are reasonably affordable once you are there. -Roger

  3. Carmen says:

    Dear Sir/Madam,

    To whom may concern, could you please change the Tenirefe picture? That picture is from Gran Canaria a different Island in Canary Islands. The picture City name is Las Palmas de Gran Canaria. Ir is the Capital of the Gran Canaria Island as it’s the capital of Canary Islands. Please change that picture.

    I look forward to hearing from you soon.

    Thanks.

    Regards,

    1. Roger Wade says:

      Carmen,

      I assume you are trying to be helpful and I appreciate that, but if you are referring to the photo of Tenerife on this page it’s of Playa de la Americas taken from Los Cristianos and I’m sure of that because I took it myself during my four-week stay there a couple years ago. I’ve not yet made it to Gran Canaria. If you are referring to the photo on the main Tenerife page it’s of Santa Cruz de Tenerife and you can tell by the Auditorio de Tenerife on the far left. But now that you mention it I think I will change that photo to a beach shot because that’s what brings most people to the Canaries. -Roger

  4. Tourist says:

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

  5. Richard says:

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

  6. 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

  7. Maria says:

    this is super helpful, thanks 🙂