Do you want to travel but don’t know where during Christmas? Are you looking for beautiful places to travel too but are worried about the expenses?
As traveling requires lots of calculations for all the costs of being in a new place. This December will be different because you will enjoy your time as well as save money.
So don’t worry, we got your back with this list of the top 13 best and low-cost destinations to travel to this December.
1.) Belize, Central America
Belize is located on the eastern coast of Central America directly below Mexico.
If you are into historical monuments, you are lucky to travel to this country. Home to the ancient Mayan civilization, there were monuments built during that time such as the Xunantunich which holds more than 25 temples and palaces and also holds a museum.
Being very famous and declared as one of the top 10 diving spots on earth, the Belize Blue Hole is one of the best diving places to go too.
This is a circular hole that measures 300 meters across giving you the opportunity to dive freely.
It also has an amazing Caye Caulker island that is so beautiful in its natural scenery. With its delicious restaurants and beachfront sea, you will enjoy your time there.
It is also home to the world’s second-largest reef, the Belize Barrier Reef, which is really incredible to see.
You can also visit the Mountain Pine Ridge Forest Reserve where you can see and hike through pine forest, waterfalls, and caves.
In addition, today, there are modern monuments such as Government House and St. John Cathedral where people also like to check.
Not only will you get to see new scenes and enjoy your time, but you will also get to save a lot of money.
2.) Oaxaca, Mexico
The Oaxaca, a UNESCO World Heritage site and cultural hub, where people will enjoy seeing the city’s elegant architecture and walking on its cobblestone streets.
The city is famous for its amazing beaches and mountains which are great for hiking and going for a swim; it is home to many outdoor activities.
There are also many places to visit such as the Oaxaca Textile Museum where there are different elite collections of rugs, clothing, and textiles.
You can also see the photography museum, Centro Fotográfico Álvarez Bravo if you are into photography.
Famous for its churches and temples, you can visit the well-known Templo de Santo Domingo where you get to see guides telling stories of the church’s and city’s Spanish colonial past.
It’s a really fun experience where you get to know more about the city.
Being lively, the city has two main events. They are the Día de Los Muertos where there are multiple events inside this event, music, and altars.
The other event is the Guelaguetza where there is an annual festival in July showing different cultures and dances from around the city.
For anyone interested in food, there are two famous markets, the Mercado de la Merced for empanadas and Mercado 20 de Noviembre for carne asada where you get to enjoy buying the high quality and delicious food.
3.) Montego Bay and Kingston, Jamaica
Looking for an affordable beach destination, we’ve got the place for you. Both Montego Bay and Kingston are popular vacation spots for those who want to relax.
You could relax and rest in a beach chair, hike through mountains, snorkel and chill out on the pool. All of which is done with very low costs saving you high hotel costs and airfare.
A major advantage is that you can ride hotel shuttles and taxis on offer without renting cars. All of which saves you a lot of money.
If you have an afternoon to spare, you can go on a four hour trip across the White River on an inner tube across the river. You will get the chance to see a 17th-century Spanish bridge and historic coconut plantation.
You will also get to see the Blue Hole which has a waterfall and underwater caves to explore. Not only you get to see it, but you can also dive into through hanging from a rope like a rope swing.
This place is for you if you enjoy adventures. All of which are done at a really low cost where you get to save a lot.
4.) Banff, Alberta, Canada
Located in the Banff National Park, every season has different activities for people to enjoy. In the summer, activities include hiking, scrambling ( a mix between hiking and mountain climbing), and fishing.
While in winter, the most suitable activities are skiing on the icy landscape. It is most famous for its landscape where you could do many outdoor activities comfortably.
Banff has a Sulfur Mountain which offers an epic view from the summit. You could also climb the mountain as an outdoor activity. On top of the mountain, there are interactive exhibits, a gift shop, and places to eat.
Moraine Lake is famous for 10 mountain peaks reflecting on the lake’s water; it’s beautiful scenery to photograph.
The lake is near the town, just an hour drive, to arrive at your destination which is very convenient if you want to have an adventure.
You could also book a horse sled in through the snow or bathe in the Banff Hot Springs.
Even though skiing is expensive, in general, if you ski a lot you will get deals. There are packages such as the ” Stay and Ski” package where you will save a lot.
You will get cheaper room rates and discounted lift tickets at three famous resorts, they are Banff Sunshine, Lake Louise Ski Resort, and Mount Norquay.
5.) Salt Lake City, Utah
Temple Square in Salt Lake City’s is the most attractive tourist site in the city. You can spend as much as 30 minutes or a couple of days seeing the Temple Square.
You will save a lot of money because everything is free at Temple Square.
You could also see City Creek Center which is a 700,000 square foot shopping and dining destination. You will have fun and enjoy your time with their skylight roof.
You could also see the Library Square and Washington Square which has two of the city’s most iconic buildings: they are the Salt Lake City Library and the County Building where people are drawn to it when they visit Salt Lake City.
It also features one of the city’s famous museums named Leonardo. The Leonardo museum is one of the newest museums featuring a mixture of art, science, and technology.
It’s a fun way for adults and kids to spend some time viewing the inside of the museum.
If you are into relaxing into parks, then Liberty Park is the right place for you; it’s the oldest and most prominent park in Utah.
Being an open space, it best for people who like seeing beautiful trees and landscape, enjoy ponds, and do sports.
6.) Cancun, Mexico
Even though it’s expensive during normal times, in the first half of December, it will be cheaper and less crowded than other times of the year. So, by coming early, you ensure that you get the best value.
Also, it is home to lots of attractive and beautiful sites. Most of the Cancun resorts are built with direct access to stunning beaches. It has become a very popular destination for many people because of its clear crystal water.
If you are into monuments and history, you can go visit the Mayan ruins known as El Rey. This site has the remains of 47 buildings and many tombs built by the Mayans in the past.
Saving money has never been easier, now, many resorts offer low-cost trips to this site.
Museums are interesting places to visit when you want to learn about ancient civilizations. You could also visit the Maya Museum to know all about the country’s history.
A famous underwater museum is the Cancun UnderWater Museum. It was set up in 2009 due to storm damage to the Cancun National Marine Park.
Setting it up was mainly to preserve and conserve the sculptures and lets divers enjoy the underwater exploration.
Finally, but not least, you can also visit the Scenic Tower which is very famous due to its tall height of 110 meters tall. Being at the top, you get to enjoy viewing all of the city in a full view.
7.) Guanacaste, Costa Rica
You can travel to this destination at a very low cost. Also, it is among the most popular and attractive tourist destination in Latin America.
Visitors enjoy the sight of many rainforests which are naturally beautiful. Having a warm climate all year long, tourists won’t feel too hot or too cold while being there.
You will also find low-cost hotel rooms where you can stay and enjoy your time there. There is also a beach town called Las Catalinas that is still being built for affordable vacation rentals and hotel.
If you love nature, then Costa Rica is the place for you. Being home to 20 national parks and 8 biological reserves, it is a mesmerizing nation to go visit and explore.
You can explore rainforests such as the Congo Trail where you hike and walk in a beautiful rainforest enjoying nature.
The meals in Costa Rica are quite affordable. Resorts make sure that dining is at reasonable costs. So not only will you enjoy nature, but you will also save up a lot of money while enjoying a wonderful trip.
8.) Punta Cana, Dominican Republic
If you are looking for a warm, bright, and beautiful place with affordable packages, Punta Cana is definitely one of the places that you have to visit.
Surrounded by crystal blue water and sandy beaches, it is so mesmerizing for many visitors.
In addition, there are many natural sites to visit such as going to the Sauna Island, an uncrowded island where you get to see lots of wildlife, in Punta Cana. You can go there if you want some time for relaxation.
There is also the Indigenous Eyes Ecological Park where visitors can enjoy swimming in certain lagoons.
As for dining, visitors will definitely enjoy the experience of dining in the Capri Beach House, a beachside restaurant and guesthouse. With affordable pricing, you can have a great dining experience while relaxing and chilling.
9.) Chiang Mai, Thailand
Being relatively low in cost in December, Chiang Mai is also cooler at that time. It is one of the major attraction sites for backpackers and travelers from all over the world.
There are lots of fun activities to do such as going to cooking classes, seeing temples, and enjoying the culture.
If you are into historical places, you could go to the Wat Doi Suthep temple where it hosts a Buddha statue and is one of the most popular tourist sites in the city.
You can get the temple through either hiking up the mountain or through a car drive. Inside the temple, there are many statues and carvings of the Buddha, dragons, and elephants.
You could also visit a village called Hmong village where you can get to know the traditional hill tribe’s house that they lived in, enjoy the beautiful garden with its plants and scenery.
If you are hungry, you can eat food from nearby restaurants that are famous for their special dishes in the area.
10.) Orlando, Florida
Orlando offers the best deals in December; at the time, many hotel’s prices are in half. If you book air travel early too, you will get the best prices.
While you save money on hotels and air travel, you can then focus on having a fun time while your there.
You can go to Disney’s World which is so famous and popular throughout the year. It has really fun parks to enjoy your time in. You can enjoy fireworks and parades throughout the night.
You can also visit Universal Studios where there is a combination between a theme park and working studio so it gave visitors an interactive experience.
If you love animals, you can visit Orlando’s Seaworld which is a series of large aquariums that host dolphins and whale shows and exciting rides.
11.) Panama City, Panama
Panama City is one of the most affordable places to go to in December. It is famous for its beautiful beach resorts. Also, it combines two aspects; either you can live on the beach or you can live in the city.
So, it gives travelers freedom of choice for where they will stay.
There are also many tourist attraction sites to visit such as the Casco Viejo which is a UNESCO protected district made from colonial houses and features hotels, houses, and restaurants that every traveler will enjoy.
It’s site to the most famous museum in the area, the Biomuseo, which is home to an ancient civilization in Panama City. It’s very popular and a tourist site that many travelers love to see.
You can also visit the Panama Viejo which is a place that holds the ruins that remain from the old Panama City. Today, it is a Heritage Site by the UNESCO.
If you are into nature, then the Soberania National Park is perfect for you. You will get to see all types of wildlife such as monkeys, parrots, jaguars, and eagles.
12.) Cartagena, Columbia
Cartagena is an interesting mix between beaches and a colonial city with lots to see. This allows travelers to enjoy relaxing on the beach as well as seeing historical artifacts.
It is a very popular tourist site for both international and local tourists in the winter so you will find the place crowded; however, you will get to enjoy the place.
Hotels are affordable especially 4-star hotels along the beach making you save a lot of money.
You can get to explore the famous Castillo de San Felipe de Barajas which is an ancient fortress that was built by the Spanish people. You could walk through walls and battle areas and enjoy the view from the top of the fortress.
You can also enjoy the famous beach, Playa Blanca. which is known for its clear water and white sand.
The wonderful aspect that this place has is that it combines both beach and city life.
13.) Tenerife, Spain
One of the most English-speaking of Spain’s Canary Island, you can easily communicate with the people.
During December, hotel prices drop down giving the best saving opportunity that you can have.
It has lots of amazing scenery and places to go such as its golden and black, mainly the Playa Jardín and the Playa de las Americas beaches, that you can swim and relax on while starring at its beautiful sands.
You could also enjoy their authentic cuisine which features Spanish tortilla and Papas arrugadas which is wrinkled potatoes.
Tenerife has many mountains and as such, you can drive between them; you will enjoy the scenery as you drive through.
Traveling is a great way to discover and explore new places. You get to enjoy your time checking out a country’s culture and historical places or you can enjoy the beaches and natural landscapes too.
You could, now, travel to magnificent places where you will enjoy your time at very affordable and low prices.
Share your experience if you have visited any of these places. What did you think about them and What did you enjoy the most?