If you’re getting bored of the same old holiday’s in places close to home then take a look at the impressive list of upcoming destinations that First Choice have to offer. These six exotic destinations are becoming more and more popular every year, as tourists across the globe continue to chase white sand beaches and more adventure, in new, exciting locations. First Choice are making it easier for families to travel to these wondrous destinations too, with free child places and a money-saving discount code available on all long-haul holidays! So, what are you waiting for?
1. Thailand (Krabi)
Thailand has become increasingly popular over the years. Once notorious for it’s student backpacking appeal with it’s stunning beaches and great nightlife, Thailand is fast becoming more popular with seasonal holidayers who’re looking for beauty and adventure somewhere far from home. Most tourists head to the most well known locations in Thailand such as Phuket and Bangkok, but there’s one destination that’s quickly becoming more and more recognised each year.
Krabi, is a resort town near the Andaman coast. It lies in an area of limestone karsts and mangrove forest. The reason for its increasing popularity is not just because of its beautiful scenery and panoramic views from landmarks like the Tiger Cave Temple and Khao Kanab Nam, but also because of it’s easy ferry access to must-see wonders like the Phi Phi Islands. And, although this idyllic Thai Town may seem somewhat inaccessible and inevitably expensive, it doesn’t have to be. With First Choice, you can enjoy affordable long-haul holidays to beautiful resorts in places like Krabi, and if you use the first choice discount code BEACH100, you can enjoy incredible savings on your booking too. Costa Rica
2. Costa Rica
If you’re fancying something a little more exotic for your next holiday destination, why not whisk yourself away to Latin America’s golden coast of Costa Rica. This stunning long-haul destination now has a tempting discount code ensuring your next flight isn’t as expensive as you think. Located on the continent of Central America, Costa Rica is a far promise away from your typical beach holiday. If sun and the sand is the peak of your vacation, immerse yourself into the luscious sands of the Papagayo Bay, where a string of white sandy beaches behold you filled with watersport activities and stunning views of volcanic peaks. Head to Playa De Matapalo where you may discover more monkeys than people, or revel in the yacht-filled and tropical ambience of Playa Flamingo, where everything you’d hope for from a coastal scene is brought to life.
If it’s adventure and culture you’re in search for on your next holiday, head inland from the coast of Costa Rica and discover a blanket of greenery and a sea of jungle wildlife. You can also enjoy an amazing line-up of adrenaline filled activities including zip-lining over treetops, white water rafting, river tubing, horse riding and volcano treks. Surfing is a massive hit on the coast too. The annual tropical climate means that from February to July, the dry month promises scorching climates reaching 35 degrees. Welcoming for families, couples, large groups, or solo explorers, something for every type of traveller awaits you in Costa Rica. Featuring all board types and an array of hotels and apartments boasting 5* luxury resorts and equally as friendly but more affordable spots, start your search today. Head over to our Discount section to ensure you reap the savings for your next vacation.
3. Sri Lanka
In recent years it seems that more and more tourists are looking for more than your bog standard beach holiday, as they swap nearby places like Spain and Greece for long-haul locations such as Sri Lanka. Floating in the Indian Ocean, not far from the equator, Sri Lanka boasts all the typical tropical island beauty you’d expect. The weather is always brilliant, the countryside is cloaked in greenery, and the picturesque beaches are accessorised with swaying coconut palms.
Not only does Sri Lanka offer amazing settings, it also has plenty of cultures too with tea plantations and temples as well as sensational views from places like the Sigiriya Rock Fortress. Sri Lanka is also known for its elephants. Head to Minneriya National Park and admire them in their natural habitat on a 4×4 safari, or check out the Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage, where you can help out with feeding time and enjoy the gorgeous mammals in the river below. A great place for both adults and children, this upcoming destination is the ideal family holiday location. With this in mind First Choice is offering free child places on many long-haul holidays, so you can still enjoy the magnificence of faraway lands like Sri Lanka while working on a budget.
The ultimate coastal holiday in Mexico is now awaiting you at First Choice with prices you simply can’t afford to miss out on. Along with an array of other dreamy, long-haul destinations, you can now reap great discounts with a price pinching promotional code, making your next holiday in closer reach than you thought. The hustle and bustle of the Caribbean resort of Cancun prove a hit for the fun-filled and adventure-minded travellers who expect riveting nightlife, activities filled with adrenaline and a tranquil beach to unravel their towels and soak up the rays. Snorkeling in the warm turquoise waters, jet-skiing beneath the year-round sun, busking mariachi bands, jungle-clad ruins and chilli-fuelled enchiladas are just a few things you can expect from your Cancun, Mexican retreat.
Head south of Mexico and enjoy a calmer ambience, where by no means the fun stops. The sandy beaches of Playa del Carmen behold the luxurious resort of Playacar which a short distance from the laid-back town of Tulum where you will discover the Riviera Maya – home to the must-see Mayan ruins. This part of the coast lures holidaymakers with its luxe hotels, silky sands and must-see Mayan ruins. Venture into the city of Puerto Vallarta for the country’s best restaurant scenes, plus chic boutiques and a promenade made for strolling. Whether you’re seeking a beachy, relaxed vibe for your next vacation or you’re out to explore, experience and discover, Mexico has something for you.
Another upcoming destination that First Choice is offering a discount on in Goa. Book your long-haul holiday to either the North or South of this exotic Indian location. With long belts of white sand, age-old Hindu temples, and huge, thundering waterfalls, holidays to Goa have got splendour and excitement written all over them. Enjoy laid-back resorts, whitewashed churches and bustling markets as you venture through the snug streets of this intriguing western state. Head to Old Goa; the capital during the 16th century. This place is a star attraction with its Se Cathedral of St Catherine – the biggest church in Asia. Whether it’s the free-spirited full moon parties that were introduced in the sixties, the white-sand beaches and ancient temples are hidden among jungle foliage or the historic culture and busy marketplaces that appeal to you, you’re sure to enjoy every experience you encounter in Goa. And with yearly temperatures of around mid-20 to early 30, you’re never going to be short on sun either.
6. Dominican Republic
The Dominican Republic is a firm family favourite amongst every Caribbean coastal resort, and it’s no surprise why. Beyond its stunning stretch of amazing beaches of the lively Puerto Plata or the eastern tip of the island, Punta Cana, The Dominican Republic also lines up an array of rainforest-covered mountains, lively towns, and locals with a laid-back approach that’s fascinating for the culture-loving travellers. Whilst a picturesque, white sandy beach is never too far out of reach in the Dominican Island, each and every resort is unique and offers something for every type of explorer. The popular Punta Cana beholds the Punta Cana Golf Club and the lively resort of Bavaro. If it’s a quieter setting you’re yearning for, the sleepy Uvero Alto sits at the opposite end of the spectrum.
Great for families, couples or larger parties, the Dominican beholds some of the most luxury resorts found in the Caribbean. Expect watersport activities, and the finest cuisine ranging from Caribbean favourite to dishes you know and love. If you’re facing a day out, how about spotting humpback whales in Samana Peninsula or get to know the new world’s oldest city, Santo Domingo. With annual temperatures reaching the 30’s almost 300 days a year, you’re almost promised excellent weather, so you can rest assured everything else which follows to be amazing.