09 August 2016
If you are trying to start a family you may be particularly interested in avoiding the Zika virus, spread mainly by particular strains of mosquitoes. For most people it is a very mild infection and isn't harmful, however, it may be more serious for pregnant women.
With the Zika virus dispersed in the Pacific region, South and Central America, the Caribbean, the Black Sea coast of Russia, Madeira, Georgia, Africa and parts of central Europe, you may be asking yourself:
“Where on Earth can I take a Zika-free holiday?!”
You will be pleased to know that there are still lots of holiday destinations still Zika free. Here are 6 sunny places to visit, where so far, you don’t have to worry about Zika as you eat your ice-cream and sip your sun-downer.
With only one travel-related Zika virus case in France, Normandy is a beautifully safe bet. Apart from its wonderful cliff lined coastline and famous association with the World WarII D-Day landings when 156,000 Allied troops landed on its beaches, Normandy is also renowned for its cheese, cider production and fishing. Visit Mont Saint-Michel, an incredible abbey and one of the wonders of the western world as it is built predominantly out of a tidal flat! Check out Monet’s gardens in Giverny and stop at apple signs to sip cider on the “Route du Cidre”.
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You can easily drive here from the East Coast of America and it is easy on the budget. If you are into your Victorian history there is a collection of Victorian homes to visit. You can visit the local lighthouse or go whale watching. There is a Cape May county zoo for the animal lovers, or several Alpaca farms. You can rent bikes so you can enjoy what is dubbed as a “National Historic Landmark” and tour the white sandy beaches which all have a certificate of Excellence.
Zika-free, San Diego is a tempting offer. With summer temperatures at an average of 22 °C, it has a relaxed surfer atmosphere on its 68 miles of beaches with fun and sun for all ages. When you are all beached out there is the Balboa Park filled with Natural History and Art museums, historic Spanish-Mexican architecture and gardens. Don’t forget the unmissable San Diego Zoo!
A fun family destination, as this 0 Zika case location has it all. Kayaking, canoeing, parasailing, paragliding, river rafting and tubing to name just a few activities. You can book an air tour with Brooks Seaplane Service - Tours, or book yourself into the Coeur d’Alene Resort Spa while the adrenaline junkies of the group go to the Cherry Hill BMX Park or whatever takes their fancy.
Enjoy this architecturally astounding Island in the knowledge that there have been zero Zika cases reported. If you like history and hiking then you will love visiting the ancient Kourion, St. Hilarion Castle, Bellapais Monastery and The House of Dionysus. When you need of a dip, head straight for Makronissos Beach, Knonnos Bay or take a tour through the Sea Caves of Ayia Napa! Fosouri Watermania Water Park is a great family fun day, winning a Travellers Choice award in 2016. Between 25 and 30°C on the coast in July, make sure you pack sun cream in abundance!
With average summer temperatures between 15 and 20°C, Cornwall is not a mosquito friendly climate and the UK as a whole is not a natural environment for Zika. Cornwall has enough warmth and sun to enjoy the beaches and tranquility without being uncomfortably hot. Venture into the Tanglewood Wild Gardens or the Wild Futures Monkey Sanctuary, support the Eden Project eco park and rest in St. Ives Bay.
Choose one of the places mentioned above for your next safe vacation and have a great trip!