Everyone needs a little escape from reality, but traveling to an unreal destination doesn't have to cost a fortune. Plan a last minute weekend getaway with flights under $400 from Miami. Even though you live where everyone vacations, sometimes Miamians needs a change of scenery and culture.
These destinations are unique and will inspire you to live your best life come 2019. All you need is a backpack or carry-on to begin your solo adventure. Whether you land in the beaches of Cancun or end up drinking a Cerveza Presidente in Santo Domingo, we guarantee you'll enjoy every minute of it.
Check your passport before booking a trip overseas and don't forget to pack the bathing suit. All you need is to take a leap of faith and explore new grounds.
Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic
This is the island that has it all. Heaven beaches, good beer, and charismatic people. The city of Santo Domingo is home to one of the oldest cities in America, La Zona Colonial. Once you land in this paradise you’ll experience things you never thought existed. For a late night meal, try the chimi- a Dominican dish burger. Bring your fancy shoes and dance the night away to merengue. Dominicans are known for their hospitality and jovial personality. We guarantee you’ll have the time of your life.
If you have an upcoming birthday, celebrate the new year with a trip to Tulum. Your mornings will turn into acai bowls and daily yoga practices. This is a place you'll require a bathing suit. Tulum has several cenotes (subterranean swimming holes) that are great for snorkeling. Take a break from sunbathing and book a tour to see the Mayan ruins and pyramids. You'll fall in love with the food, the people, the history, and the vibes. Tulum is the perfect place to recharge and center yourself.
New York, New York
New York is always a great idea. The empire state will inspire you and make you want to visit more than once. No matter if it's your first time or tenth time in NYC, the city offers everything for everyone. There's always a new pop-up, museum, or exhibition going on. The city is great for food lovers looking to expand their culinary tastes. Flying to NYC is cheaper than you think and is less than three hours away. Visit the MET museum, go thrift shopping at Williamsburg, or visit a swanky rooftop.
San Jose, Costa Rica
Pura Vida is San Juan’s motto. You’ll experience pure life and real nature in this country. Brew lovers will fall in love with this city. Start your morning early with a coffee plantation tour and end with a sightseeing expedition in four wheels. Costa Rican coffee is one of the richest coffee you’ll ever try. If you want more adventure, explore the rainforest on a zip lining ride. The volcanoes expeditions will rush your adrenaline and give you another perspective of the world.
Montego Bay, Jamaica
Escape to the Caribbean and enjoy the vibrant culture of Jamaica. The warm weather and smiles will turn your vacation into a fun experience. Jamaican food is one of the best and the jerk chicken will become one of your favorites meals during your trip. Expect reggae music when you hit the bars and lounge after hours. You'll be dancing and drinking coconut water all day. This is the island where people are spreading love and happiness all day long.
Los Angeles, California
Live the Hollywood lifestyle at the City of Angels. This west coast city has different landscapes and environments. You can have the beach, desert or mountains. A stroll around Rodeo Drive will make you feel like a million bucks. For sightseeing we recommend you visit Santa Monica Pier, Griffith Observatory, LA County Museum of Art, and The Getty Center. Also, take time for a morning hike at Runyon Canyon Park and fall in love with the panoramic view. It's one of those cities that you fall in love at first sight.
New Orleans, Louisiana
For a cultural experience visit this vibrant city. New Orleans is known for its Creole cuisine, distinct music, and Mardi Gras festivals. No matter what time of the year you visit, the French Quarter will keep you entertained every time you're there. Visit the different bars and restaurants, and for a more historic learning experience go to The National WWII Museum. Take the trolley and explore the different districts in one day.
Imagine a city that looks like New York but cleaner and more spacious. Toronto is one of the best cities to visit right now. The art and culture in Toronto are amazing. For a different adventure visit the CN Tower and Bata Shoe Museum. The Distillery District is a great place to do a brewing tour and start your happy hour early. This multicultural city is full of artists, writers, and foodies. You can also spend the day at Art Gallery of Ontario and end at a fancy restaurant in Queen West for a good dining experience.
Las Vegas, Nevada
This is not only the place where you come to gamble. Las Vegas has so many things going around that you will need a full month to do it all. You can walk around the strip and visit the different hotels. Attend the different shows or spend the day at a pool party. If you're into making everything public on Instagram, visit the Neon Museum and have a photoshoot day. This is the city to explore with your friends or S.O. You might only go back to the hotel room to sleep or change clothes. Las Vegas is magical in every sense of the word.
Escape your boss this weekend to Nassau. This island has crystal clear beaches and the best conch ceviche you'll ever try. Don't worry to pack your shoes because you'll be barefoot most of the time. The Bahamas is the perfect island to snorkel and ride a jet ski. You'll be spending most of your days in a bathing suit if you love doing water sports. Visit the Blue Lagoon Island with your bae and spend a day kayaking with the sunset as a background.
The windy city has one of the best architecture in the city. This city mixes mid-western hospitality with New York City hustle. The city is surrounded by history and great cuisine. Start at the iconic Millennium Park and end with a Ferris Wheel ride at the Navy Pier. For the wisdom writer, visit the American Writers Museum. For cold afternoons take a hot chocolate break at Mindy's Hot Chocolate and get a pack of their homemade marshmallows. They might not last the day. You can't miss a dinner date at 3 Arts Cafe at Restoration Hardware. You'll be inspired by the furniture and decor. Complete your trip with a panoramic view at 360 Chicago.
Mexicans know how to have a great time. If you thought New York was the city that never sleeps think again. Cancun is a party all day and night. Try the best tequila and beaches at this paradisiac destination. Visit Chichén Itzá to learn about Mayan history. Isla Mujeres is the best place to take your bachelorette party at. But if you're feeling like partying, wear your best outfit and go to Coco Bongo Cancun for a night of debauchery.
Many millennials are visiting this city due to its incredible art scene. The Union Station is a great place to go for your first meal after landing. If you want to explore art walls, visit the River North Art District and explore the market for fresh fruits. After a few days here you'll hear the mountains calling. Rent a car and drive to Guanella Pass for a scenic drive.
Charlotte, North Carolina
Charlotte is a metropolitan city with a lot to discover. The city has unique neighborhoods and great music scene. The uptown area is very clean and has amazing restaurants. For a taste of home-grown products visit the 7th Street Public Market. If you want to escape the uptown hustle visit the Freedom Park and go for a pleasant walk around the lake.
Saint John, U.S. Virgin Islands
Fall in love at the U.S. Virgin Islands. Chill out at the beach or snorkel around the coral reefs. This is the place to get a suntan and come back home sun-kissed. You can go hiking or do watersports around the island.