What are the Tropics?

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The tropical region lies in between the Tropics of Cancer and Capricorn which lie parallel to the north and south of the equator. The defining feature of tropical travel destinations is that they are all struck by perpendicular rays of the sun at noon on a least one day of the year and tend to adhere to a similar climate.

When you think of tropical holidays, you probably imagine pearly white beaches, sparkling waters and forests of palm trees. This isn’t far from the truth but there is actually a lot more of the world that lies in this region than you may think; Central America, most of South America, the Caribbean, many Pacific islands and the majority of Africa lie within the tropics so there are numerous places to choose from.

The climate in tropical travel destinations is also unique; unlike other places in the world it does not have any identifiable seasons. Instead the region has certain areas with dry and rainy periods but the time of year does not really affect this. Instead, it is the distance from the equator that determines how much rain a place sees; those closer to the equator get more rainfall than those that are further away.