Stay Cool this Summer with 8 Trips to the Southern Hemisphere

Beating the heat was never such an adventure.

Courtesy South African Tourism
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Whale-Watching, South Africa

What makes the coastal town of Hermanus special is that starting this August (and roughly until November), hundreds of southern right whales will be making their way from the Antarctic to breed and calve, making this part of South Africa whale-watching heaven. Travelers staying at the oceanfront Birkenhead House can actually spot whales from the property itself, but the concierge can also organize private charters to see ocean giants up close and personal. Plus, the property sells an all-inclusive package that covers wine-tastings, mussel-picking, and even surfing lessons with the GM. From $240 a night; 119 11th St.; 27-28/314-8000;