The Best Destinations For October Half Term

Whether you want to jet the family off to a tropical location or stay closer to home and discover the true Sicilian lifestyle, we have got you covered.

Sicily

Flight time: Avg. 2 hour 55 minutes, Time difference:+1 hour, Currency: the Euro

Although Sicily may not be the first destination that springs to mind for an October getaway, it can still offer a great family holiday experience. With cooler temperatures of 21°C, you will find exploring more comfortable while still being able to enjoy a day or two at the beach. This is one of the quieter months to visit Sicily which means that you can beat the queues when visiting the popular tourist locations, whether this be the exhilarating slopes of Mount Etna or the fascinating Greek and Roman ruins. Local coastal towns will also be less busy meaning you can get closer to the authentic Mediterranean lifestyle.

Perfect for families with older children, Club Med Cefalu offers a luxurious slice of paradise, with a variety of fun activities on offer, including archery and Vibhava yoga, and delicious cuisine. Alternatively, our Kamarina resort has something for the whole family. Our Kids Clubs for those aged 2 to 17 years old will allow your children to make new discoveries every day and pick up new skills. While they are having the time of their lives you can enjoy true relaxation at the Club Med spa or simply recharge by the pool.

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Dominican Republic

Flight time: Avg. 9 hours, Time difference:-5 hours, Currency: Dominican Peso and US Dollar.

For guaranteed warmer weather, the Dominican Republic is the place to be. You are more likely to experience rain during October than in the other summer months, but temperatures still reach up to 32°C and you will have an average of 9 hours of sunshine a day, so there will be plenty of opportunity to top up your tan and enjoy the sun. Sea temperatures average at 29°C, making it perfect conditions for watersports such as snorkelling and kayaking. Plus, this is still low season so beaches and watersports facilities will be less busy meaning more space and activities to yourself.

October Half Term is typically close to Halloween so what better way to treat the kids then to a trip to Michès Playa Esmeralda, where they can visit the secret chocolate room for some delicious treats. Kids will also enjoy our Kids Clubs and the wide variety of family activities on offer such as family yoga and ‘Club Med Amazing Family’. You can also try new experiences like horse riding and flying trapeze. This eco-chic resort is also made up of four boutique villages with the ‘Explorer Cove’ village tailored specifically to families! For a more adventurous half term visit our Punta Cana resort, here you can test your limits with our Creactive circus playground or discover the exotic marine life as you scuba dive in the warm Caribbean sea.

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Portugal

Flight time: Avg. 3 hours, Time difference: 0 hours, Currency: Euro.

For somewhere closer to home, Portugal is a great October half term destination. This popular European destination may get busier during the half term but it will still be a lot quieter than the peak summer months. This means that you can enjoy your family holiday in relative peace and make the most of the stunning locations Portugal has to offer. Explore the beautiful cities, some of which allow you to gain an insight into the traditional Portuguese lifestyle. While others have been partly modernised to offer the perfect holiday experience. With some of the best beaches in the world, this experience is not to be missed and highs of 23°C mean that beach days will be possible.

The Algarve is well-known for its amazing beaches and historic sites, so it is only right that you choose to stay in a resort here. Our Da Balaia resort is based on the magnificent red cliffs of the Algarve and is perfect for families. Adventure awaits for kids as they can enjoy a flying trapeze class, play a round of mini golf or simply visit the Club Med Kids Clubs to learn new skills and make new friends. For golf fanatics, you will have free access to the Balaia Golf Club and if you want to improve your skills you can take part in the golf lessons with PGA Europe professionals. If golf isn’t your thing, then there are plenty of other exciting activities to try including archery and volleyball. The resort also has an adult-only zen zone where you can enjoy a dip in the eco-friendly zen pool or visit the juice bar for a refreshing smoothie. This resort truly has something for everyone.

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Florida, USA

Flight time: Avg. 9 hours 25 minutes, Time difference:-5 hours, Currency: US Dollar.

For an adventure for the whole family visit Florida. Although this may seem like a long way to travel for a week's holiday, the whole experience will be worth it. In October popular tourist attractions will be less busy as there are no American holidays around this time; making it a great time to visit Florida’s most famous theme parks which will definitely provide some excitement for kids and adults alike. A more comfortable temperature of 26°C and lower levels of humidity and rain than peak summer months mean that you can enjoy more time outdoors, whether this is just exploring or visiting one of Florida’s beautiful beaches. These conditions may also be better for those with young children.

What better base to have for this adventure than Club Med Sandpiper Bay. Located between Orlando and Miami on the St. Lucie River, this all inclusive family resort has something for everyone. Try your hand at some classic American sports such as pickleball and beach volleyball, or make the most of its riverside location by taking part in the many water sports on offer. Kids will love the splash zone where they will enjoy a variety of water based fun! They can also visit the Kids Clubs and unleash their inner artist in the art studio or be introduced to Zumbatomic, a fun way to exercise!

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Turkey

Flight time: Avg. 4 hours 30 minutes, Time difference: +2 hours, Currency: Turkish Lira.

Surprisingly, October is one of the best months to visit Turkey. With an average temperature of 22°C and fewer crowds, this is a great time for exploring in Turkey. Turkey has an amazing mix of ancient towns and modern cities where you can learn more about the local history and culture. A trip to Turkey also wouldn’t be complete without a visit to a traditional Turkish Bazaar. October has an average of 9 hours of sunshine a day and since temperatures could reach up to 26°C, days by the pool or at the beach are definitely a must-do!

Club Med Palmiye, near Antalya one of Turkey’s most stunning cities, is located across a pearl grey beach on the edge of the beautiful Mediterranean Sea. Here you can experience authentic Turkish culture either through enjoying local dishes in one of the restaurants or adventuring beyond the resort on our meticulously planned excursions. Kids will be spoilt for choice with the wide range of activities on offer and parents will love the adult-only zen zone dedicated to peace and tranquillity. This all-inclusive family resort is a true Turkish delight.

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