Meg Bernazzani is a Content Marketing Associate at FlipKey. Meg's favorite trip was an 11-day drive across the country from California to Massachusetts. In addition to visiting many of the states within the U.S., Meg has also traveled to 8 different countries. When she's not traveling, Meg enjoys cooking and spending time at the beach.
They say all you need is love… but we like to think a spectacular island honeymoon never hurt anyone!
Island Honeymoon Destinations In Your Budget
While it might be tempting to spend big bucks on a post-nuptial trip to Bali or Fiji, you don’t have to break the bank to have the honeymoon of your dreams. In fact, some of the most beautiful (and affordable!) island honeymoon spots are right here in the US!
Whether you’re ready to book or still adding inspiration to your Pinterest boards, our list can help you decide where to kick off your married life together. From coastal towns just a hop, skip and a jump away from the mainland to lush Hawaiian villages in the middle of the Pacific, we’ve highlighted some of the most affordable island destinations and the can’t-miss restaurants nearby. Honeymoon bliss found!
For many honeymooners, Hatteras is just right—offering a quintessential Outer Banks experience, from endless beaches and historic lighthouses to romantic waterfront dining! Plant yourself in the sand and take in panoramic views of the Atlantic as far as the eye can see. Feeling adventurous? Try your luck kiteboarding through the waters of Pamlico Sound, or cast your fishing line into the water right from the beach. At the end of the day, retreat to your vacation home to listen to the waves wash over the shore. You’ll leave your stresses of planning on the mainland when you escape to Hatteras Island for your honeymoon!
Our Romantic Restaurant Pick: The Open Water Grill keeps things “simple and delicious” with a menu that features fresh Outer Banks seafood and a long list of cocktails. Dine on the deck overlooking the water or enjoy the colorful decor inside—you can’t go wrong here!
You haven’t lived until you’ve experienced a Marco Island sunset. The sky becomes a dazzling watercolor of pastels and serves as the perfect backdrop for a cozy dinner for two on the water. In addition to its breathtaking setting, Marco Island offers plenty of adventure! Tour Everglades National Park in a swamp buggy, rent stand-up paddleboards to explore the surrounding waterways, or simply lie on the beach, Piña Colada in hand.
Our Romantic Restaurant Pick: Cafe de Marco Restaurant is where visitors and locals alike go for succulent Gulf seafood in Marco Island. Specialties include Shrimp Aubergine, Tilapia and Snapper Almondine and it’s diverse menu offers something for even the pickiest of eaters. Call ahead for a reservation and enjoy your meal in the outdoor courtyard.
If wide swaths of golden beaches, privacy and an endless supply of tropical drinks are what honeymoon dreams are made of, Kailua-Kona definitely delivers! Wake up each morning to the smell of Kona coffee brewing and enjoy breakfast on your balcony. In the afternoon, head to the beach for swimming and snorkeling, or hike the local trails until you reach a secluded waterfall. The fun doesn’t end once the sun goes down either! Make your way downtown for a Mai Tai or kick up the romance stargazing at the summit of Mauna Kea.
Our Romantic Restaurant Pick: Known for its award-winning food and exceptional dining experience, Roy’s is a staple in Waikoloa. The cuisine is island-inspired and rooted in freshness and flavors that are totally worth the splurge.
Home to the majestic Acadia National Park, Mount Desert Island is where honeymooners go to escape the crowds and unwind amidst nature. Stroll along scenic Shore Path, which wraps around a portion of the island, or wake up early and hike to the top of Cadillac Mountain for a jaw-dropping sunrise. If you’re just as happy sunbathing on the beach, pack up your cooler and spend the day at Sand Beach. Whether you’re looking for a spot along the rugged coastline or a rental right downtown, this affordable island destination has plenty to choose from for your honeymoon.
Our Romantic Restaurant Pick: Red Sky is the perfect place to celebrate your nuptials. From fresh seafood caught off the coast of Maine to locally grown produce, there’s something to please all palates here.
You don’t have to be a wine connoisseur to appreciate Whidbey Island (but it won’t hurt!). This picturesque island in Puget Sound is known for its critically acclaimed wines, craft beers and world-class spirits. Enjoy a tasting at one of the island’s two distilleries or sample the region’s unique wines over a romantic dinner for two. In addition to its culinary scene, Whidbey Island boasts a number of secret beaches, beautiful state parks and scenic hiking trails, which make it an unmatched setting for your honeymoon.
Our Romantic Restaurant Pick: Treat your taste buds to a delightful meal at Christopher’s on Whidbey during your honeymoon. This island favorite has been serving fresh Northwest cuisine and distinctive local wines for more than 30 years.
Surround yourself with swaying palm trees and white sandy beaches on Sanibel Island. Located just off Florida’s Gulf Coast and accessible via car, it’s an affordable island honeymoon spot with serious appeal. Rent bicycles and cruise along the coastline, browse the local art galleries, or comb the beaches for seashell souvenirs. Just want to relax? Sanibel Island boasts 15 miles of unspoiled beaches, warm water and abundant sunshine. Whether you’re all about the romance or looking to experience the area like a native, it won’t disappoint!
Our Romantic Restaurant Pick: Sweet Melissa’s Cafe features impeccable service and an inviting atmosphere all honeymooners will enjoy. Choose a specialty cocktail, share a small plate or order an entree—there’s plenty to choose from on the menu at this Sanibel Island treasure!
For easy access to some of the world’s best beaches, look no further than Lahaina. This historic waterfront town sits on the coast of Maui and draws millions of travelers each year. When you arrive, make your way straight to the beach. Whether you’re swimming, surfing or sunbathing, any stress from wedding planning will vanish as soon as you hit the sand. Once the sun sets, stroll down bustling Front Street to shop and dine at your leisure. The possibilities for fun and romance are endless in this tropical paradise.
Our Romantic Restaurant Pick: Owned by Mick Fleetwood of the rock band Fleetwood Mac, the award-winning restaurant Fleetwood’s on Front St. is well-known for its live entertainment and top-notch food. Stroll around downtown Lahaina and let the music drifting from the rooftop lure you inside for happy hour or dinner.
It’s unlikely you’ve ever experienced a place quite like Fire Island. With car-free streets and small-town vibes, you’ll feel like you’ve gone back in time when you step off the ferry. Explore the quaint island via bicycle or walk hand-in-hand along the wooden boardwalks, taking in 360-degree views of nature. Whether you prefer romantic picnics on the beach or lively happy hours where cocktails are never far from reach, this affordable island honeymoon destination has a bit of everything.
Our Romantic Restaurant Pick: Famed for its refreshing “Rocket Fuel” cocktail and waterfront location, CJ’s Restaurant & Bar is the place to go on Fire Island.. Stop in for the mouthwatering food and stay for the lively beach party atmosphere.
Pop the champagne and settle into a cozy waterfront cottage during your honeymoon on Kiawah Island. This destination is famous for its wind-swept beaches, championship-level golf courses and tasty Lowcountry fare, and it continues to be a fabulous source for honeymoon bliss. After a round of 18 holes, pamper yourself at the spa with a couples massage or drift to sleep in a hammock at your rental. From its pristine natural landscape to its laid-back atmosphere, Kiawah Island is an ideal island honeymoon destination that doesn’t break the bank.
Our Romantic Restaurant Pick: For those who enjoy tender filet mignon and fine wine, The Ocean Room at Kiawah Island is a must. Its signature dishes and unparalleled steakhouse experience keep visitors coming back time and again.
One trip to California and it’ll be immediately apparent why many say the West Coast is the best coast. Its rugged coastline boasts jaw-dropping views of the sparkling Pacific Ocean, while the countless beach towns lining the shore are positively charming. Swim, sunbathe, shop or eat during your California getaway—the possibilities are endless!
To help you plan your West Coast adventure, we’re taking you on a tour of the most adorable coastal California towns to rent a beach home, from Crescent City all the way down to La Jolla. Let’s go!
“Made us feel right at home, cozy and warm…sipping hot chocolate in the observatory while watching the waves hit the shore. Would definitely recommend” – FlipKey Traveler
Crescent City hugs the coast of Northwest California just 20 miles south of Oregon. It was named after the crescent-shaped strip of sand just south of the town center and boasts wild beaches and grand redwood forests. Climb to the top of Battery Point Lighthouse for panoramic views of the coast or explore the densely forested Jebediah Smith Redwoods State Park. Each tree is bigger than the next!
“We truly enjoyed our stay…so much so that we already booked another week for this summer!” – FlipKey Traveler
Whether your stop in Eureka is planned or you find yourself in town after a split-second decision to pull over to marvel at the ocean views, this adorable West Coast community is a must-visit! It’s brimming with unique things to do and an excellent destination for a family adventure. Drive along the scenic Redwood Highway, visit the Sequoia Park Zoo, or simply curl up on the couch in the comfort of your Victorian home rental.
“Silence (except for the surf and the birds), peace and serenity. Go enjoy and be prepared to be blown away!” – FlipKey Traveler
Mendocino flies under the radar as one of California’s top coastal towns for a beach getaway. This means you get to enjoy the unspoiled natural setting and laid-back, hippy vibes without the crowds. Stroll through downtown Mendocino past alluring art galleries and inviting restaurants, or hike the towering oceanfront bluffs and secluded nature trails. Just make sure you keep your camera at the ready for the perfect photo-op!
“Whale watching from ‘inside’ our Penthouse became our favorite activity! Our month-long stay was a dream-come-true!!” – FlipKey Traveler
Described by travelers as a “perfect place for a restful getaway,” Monterey is the ideal coastal escape. Not only does it offer the shimmering Pacific Ocean at your fingertips, but it’s also a convenient spot to rent a vacation home if you’re planning to make day trips to nearby Carmel, Big Sur and Wine Country. During your West Coast stay, trek to the hilltops for panoramic sea views, explore the bay via kayak, or pack a picnic and simply take it all in from the comfort of your beach chair. While Monterey’s rugged coastline is a breathtaking attraction in and of itself, this destination is so much more than just a pretty place!
“It felt like our home away from home, and maybe even better.” – FlipKey Traveler
Carmel-by-the-Sea is nothing short of spectacular. With its dramatic mountainous backdrop and seaside charm, you’ll be swept away by the beauty of this coastal California town. Along the water, take in sweeping views of the Pacific Ocean. Downtown, indulge at the spa, dine al fresco or shop the local boutiques. Whether it’s a romantic escape you’re after or a fun beach retreat, Carmel-by-the-Sea is a world-class choice!
“Just what we needed to soothe our souls!” – FlipKey Traveler
Cambria is a haven for beachgoers, outdoor enthusiasts and travelers looking to escape it all on vacation. The picturesque destination unfolds along Central California’s shore and offers a beautiful place to retreat from the hustle and bustle of city life. It’s free of retail chains and features a refreshing emphasis on natural beauty and one-of-a-kind attractions, including the iconic Hearst Castle. Hop on a bike to explore, saunter down Main Street or plant yourself in the sand at Moonstone Beach—you can’t go wrong in Cambria!
“Our destination of choice for a great weekend getaway! We will be back again and again!” – FlipKey Traveler
Think choice surfing, lush green golf courses and an unhurried pace of life in Pismo Beach. Located roughly midway between Los Angeles and San Francisco, this oceanfront town is a great home base for those looking to explore the West Coast. Cast your fishing line at Pismo Pier and let the hours slip by, test your balance during a surfing lesson, or book a tee time for a leisurely round of golf. No matter what you do during your time here, Pismo Beach is sure to impress travelers of all interests.
“I teared up when it was time to leave. I’ll have to live on memories til our next visit.” – FlipKey Traveler
Often described as the “American Riviera,” Santa Barbara is where coastal charm and scenic landscapes meet historic landmarks and cultural sites. Its warm, breezy weather, access to world-class beaches, and variety of shops and restaurants make this city along the Pacific a popular destination all year long. Admire Mediterranean-style buildings while learning about the city’s Spanish colonial heritage, walk down fig tree-lined paths along the shoreline… a trip to Santa Barbara offers a breath of fresh air.
“Cannot beat the location. The ocean lulled us to sleep every night!!!” – FlipKey Traveler
Travelers flock to Laguna Beach in Southern California for many reasons. For some, it’s the abundant sunshine and mild weather. For others, it’s the array of eclectic art galleries! Still, many come simply to enjoy the town’s picturesque beaches and coves. Book a Laguna Beach vacation rental just steps from the Pacific and catch the first wave of the day or choose a cliffside home and watch the sun melt into the ocean every evening. Paradise found.
“This is the most relaxing vacation we have had in years. Our family could not be happier.” – FlipKey Traveler
It’s all about the beach in La Jolla: sunbathe on the shore, perfect your stance surfing, or snorkel through sea caves. Even seals are drawn to the majestic coastline here! If you want to be near the water without getting wet, book a tee time at Torrey Pines, La Jolla’s premier golf course, or get a bird’s eye view of the area on a private helicopter tour. Situated just north of San Diego, this seaside community is easy to reach, but we bet it’ll be tough to leave!
Planning a trip to the Newport Folk Festival this year? We’ve got you covered!
Every July, folk music fans flock to Newport, Rhode Island for the much-anticipated Newport Folk Festival. The three-day event boasts four stages of live entertainment and an unrivaled focus on folk music from iconic performers to up-and-coming acts.
Whether you’re all about the music and good vibes, or you’re looking to hit some of the city’s highlights too, we’re sure your Newport getaway will be fun-filled. For out-of-towners (and curious locals), we’ve rounded up the absolute must-dos in this charming New England city. Consider booking one of the many FlipKey vacation rentals near the Newport Folk Festival, and check everything off our list during your summer getaway!
Where to Find Newport Folk Festival Vacation Rentals
The Newport Folk Festival takes place on the expansive lawn of Fort Adams State Park, overlooking the picturesque Newport Harbor. Book a rental nearby for your best chance at scoring front row seats—tickets are general admission and always sell out. The closer you stay to the venue, the easier it’ll be to roll out of bed and be first in line! Not only will staying in a vacation home in Newport give you easy access to the event, it’ll likely be less expensive than booking multiple hotel rooms for you and your group. Choose from cozy cottages, downtown apartments, and more on FlipKey!
Because Newport is such a popular destination (especially during the summer!), consider expanding your vacation rental search to nearby towns like Narragansett, Middletown and Tiverton for more affordable options.
Newport Food & Drink
Whether you’re craving a heaping plate of seafood, a juicy hamburger or something seasonal, there’s no shortage of award-winning food in Newport. Dine al fresco while admiring panoramic ocean views, or slide into a booth at one of the eclectic cafes downtown. Here’s where we recommend fueling up during Newport Folk Festival weekend:
After a day of singing, dancing and laughing with friends, it’s no surprise you might not be ready to head back to your vacation home in Newport. Keep the party going into the wee hours of the night at some of FlipKey’s favorite spots. From casual cafes off the beaten path to popular bars known for their nightlife, check out these lively places during your stay:
Newport truly comes alive during the summer months, so you’ll have lots to do, even when you’re not at the folk festival! Tour the ornate Newport Mansions and take in more than 250 years of American history, or pop into St. Mary’s Catholic Church to see where the Kennedys got married. Ready to get off your feet? Soothe your body (and soul!) with a massage at the local spa. With so much to choose from in Newport, we urge you to check out these top attractions:
For many, Fourth of July goes hand-in-hand with relaxing outdoors, spending time with family, and, of course, BBQ! It’s also the perfect excuse to book an extra long weekend getaway!
With that in mind, we’ve rounded up eight vacation rentals that boast magnificent outdoor kitchens and entertaining spaces, ideal for your Fourth of July cookout. Whether you’re the BBQ master or a hungry guest, these homes across the US have top-notch grills that will be sure to heat up your summer vacation plans.
Equipped with an oversized gas grill, outdoor TV and a dual gas and wood fireplace, the backyard at this Peoria vacation home is the perfect place to host your Fourth of July bash! Crank some summer tunes while you fire up the grill for an afternoon feast of burgers and hot dogs. While Peoria sees nearly 300 days of sunshine each year, the outdoor living space is cleverly covered, ensuring that the festivities will go on, rain or shine.
Walk straight through the sliding glass doors of this French-inspired mountain estate into a beautiful backyard oasis. Grill masters will gravitate to the industrial BBQ shaded by a pergola, while peckish guests can snack on appetizers by the bar. Once you’ve had your fill of grilled goodness, gather around the double-sided fireplace to make s’mores. With spectacular views of Truckee Valley, there’s no better place to dine al fresco.
Spend the Fourth of July bouncing from pool to patio at Pelican Perch. The cozy outdoor space where the grill is located is just steps from the community pool, and provides a sunny place to dry off, grab dinner and dine with family and friends. There’s plenty of room here to entertain from sunup to sundown, or retreat to the wraparound porch for some shade.
With the Blue Ridge Mountains out back, relax in the comfort of Enchanted Elegance’s backyard portico. It’s home to a gas grill, beautiful stone fireplace, flat-screen TV and enough seating for 10+ guests. Toss a variety of meats and veggies on the grill to cook while you play lawn games with your family just steps away. When you’ve had your fill of barbecue, roast marshmallows over the fire while watching a baseball game on TV—it doesn’t get more Fourth of July than that!
A stainless steel BBQ, big enough to cook dinner for your entire group, sits on the back deck of this majestic mountain home! Built into the same stone wall are a sink and large prep space that make preparing a Fourth of July feast a cinch. Once your meal is cooked, grab a seat on the couch in front of the fireplace, or pull up a seat at the counter, and take in the natural beauty of South Lake Tahoe. We feel more relaxed just thinking about it!
After an afternoon of swimming and splashing in the pool, grab food hot off the grill and dine outdoors at Stepping Rock. The custom outdoor kitchen is just steps from an open air entertainment area that features a TV and fireplace. Additional dining space can be found in the large yard, where you can eat at picnic tables surrounded by live oaks, with string lights twinkling overhead. With its warm temperatures and abundant sunshine, head to Austin to celebrate this beloved US holiday.
At Island Oasis, kick back on your balcony and enjoy some fresh air as the tantalizing aroma of barbecue wafts from the grill. With fresh, local ingredients at your fingertips in Maui, it’ll be hard to resist whipping up Hawaiian favorites like grilled pineapple and Huli Huli chicken. This luxurious Hawaiian villa is surrounded by swaying palm trees and verdant greens, the ideal setting for a Fourth of July getaway.
Set on 20 acres of pristine land in Montana, the Nelson Farmhouse is a wonderful place for your Fourth of July festivities. Offering an alluring valley setting and top-of-the-line gas grill, there’s no reason not to take the cooking outdoors here. Pile barbecue onto your plate then make yourself comfortable in an Adirondack chair by the fire pit, or take a seat in the gazebo. There’s even a heat lamp here, so you can stargaze late into the night without getting chilly at this Bozeman vacation home.
Whether you’re celebrating a stellar report card or embracing warmer weather, summer is the perfect time for a fun-filled family vacation. So, if you’re in need of a little inspiration, we’re here to help with our list of 12 summer vacation ideas, tailored to your family’s interests. Relax at the beach, explore a new city, or climb a mountain—these trips are sure to please the whole gang!
Choose from more than 300,000 rentals on FlipKey, and enjoy all the comforts of home during your family summer vacation.
Your family: scours the web for the latest art gallery openings and appreciates art in all its forms.
The destination: Home to one of the world’s 100 most-visited art museums, Grand Rapids is one of the best summer vacation ideas for families that love art. Mornings here are best spent discovering life-size works of art in the city’s renowned sculpture park. Save your afternoons for experiencing the flourishing arts and cultural scene downtown. Pop in and out of art museums (admission ranges from free to $10), or visit a local furniture shop and discover the original artistry that put Grand Rapids on the map.
Your family: lives for days at the beach and looks sun-kissed all summer long.
The destination: Families seeking a trip filled with sun, sand and surf will find Hilton Head to be an idyllic vacation spot. Relax on a wide, windswept beach or recruit other families for a game of volleyball on the sand. From oceanfront homes, steps from the water, to cozy apartments in the heart of town, your family will love the convenience (and affordability!) of having an entire rental all to yourself. In Hilton Head, family fun goes hand in hand with sun-dappled days and golden beaches.
Your family: are enthusiastic gig-goers who love a good sing-along.
The destination: There’s no better place for music-loving families than Nashville. Nicknamed Music City, you’ll find everything from up-and-coming artists and mainstream music-makers to museums and landmarks that tell the history of the music industry here. Dance your way down Lower Broadway, world-famous for its non-stop live entertainment and countless honky-tonks, or take the family to a show at the renowned Grand Old Opry. For a toe-tapping good time on your summer family vacation this summer, Nashville is the obvious choice.
Your family: love theater productions, movies, educational programming, you name it—your family enjoys it all!
The destination: Often overlooked when it comes to summer vacation ideas for families, Omaha offers fun for all ages. Set aside time to explore the cobblestone streets of the Old Market—Omaha’s historic entertainment district—where you can enjoy captivating events or simply be entertained by people watching. Other entertainment options include catching a performance at the community playhouse or splash around at one of Omaha’s water parks. If you’re stumped in terms of summer family vacation ideas, we urge you to consider this hidden gem!
Your family: cheers for their home team, no matter the sport and turns everything into a competition.
The destination: As far as summer vacation ideas for families that love sport goes, Dallas is hard to beat. Here, you’ll find several professional sports teams and loads of attractions to bring out your competitive side. Cheer on the Texas Rangers at Globe Life Park, challenge each other to a round of golf, or explore the city via a running tour. When you’re not touring Cowboys Stadium or playing at one of the many parks, make yourself at home on the front porch of your Dallas vacation rental.
Your family: makes it a priority to learn something new about every place you visit.
The destination: For families that love to soak up the culture during their stay, Savannah is ideal. From centuries-old antebellum mansions to hauntingly beautiful cemeteries, stroll through the city and you’re sure to uncover the local culture and history. Savannah is known for embracing its cultural roots, displaying art and historic exhibits at the city’s 30+ museums. Linger at Forsyth Park, imagining all the famous people to have stood there before you, or enjoy some Savannah home cooking at one of the many award-winning restaurants.
Your family: can’t say no to anything that gets the adrenaline pumping and would jump out of a plane for fun.
The destination: Known for its fiery red rock canyons, countless nature trails and abundance of wildlife, Sedona is a vacation paradise for adventure-seeking travelers. It’s situated right in the middle of the Arizona desert and is one of our favorite summer vacation ideas for families looking for more daring experiences. Whether it’s whooshing down a mountain on a bicycle or turning a casual hike into an outdoor adventure, there’s no limit to the potential for thrills in Sedona.
Your family: believes that no plan is the best plan and always goes with the flow.
The destination: Toss your itinerary out the window and lose track of time in Hampton. It’s hard to beat this destination if you’re simply looking to relax and spend time together as a family during your summer vacation. Hit the beach for a blissful day in the sun or roam around one of the local parks. In addition to its leisure activities, Hampton is hailed as a leader in the pursuit of aeronautics and space exploration. Combine relaxation and education by touring local specialty museums dedicated to the city’s contributions to science.
Your family: finds it impossible to sit still and is always on the move.
The destination: You can do it all in Boulder. Trek through pine forests, stroll across fields of wildflowers, climb to snow-capped peaks of majestic mountains and still make it back to your vacation rental by dinnertime. The city is filled with opportunities for outdoor recreation and the surrounding 30,000 acres of pristine land beg to be explored. Whether your family is in peak physical condition or simply choosing to explore the outdoors, Boulder is ideal for travelers who don’t want to slow down on vacation.
Your family: will travel for food and can’t say no to dinner at the hottest new restaurant.
The destination: Delicious eats and one-of-a-kind microbreweries are all within reach in Portland. While this family summer vacation destination has long been revered for its fresh-off-the-boat seafood, today, its restaurant scene is famous for all types of cuisine. Head downtown where restaurants dot the cobblestone streets, or stroll along the coastline until you stumble upon a hole-in-the-wall seafood shack. Prefer to earn your meal? Experience what life is like for a lobsterman in Maine, hauling in traps and bringing home your fresh catch to cook for dinner at your vacation rental. Don’t forget to bring your appetite when you visit Portland!
Your family: loves the outdoors and any chance to be surrounded by nature.
The destination: Clarksville has everything a nature enthusiast craves from beautiful state parks, grand lakes and sprawling farms to lush vineyards. Families will love this summer vacation spot because children can play carefree outside while adults sneak a nap under the shade of an old oak tree. Wake up in your cabin to the sound of birds chirping, or rent a lake house and and be lulled to sleep by the soothing sound of water rippling outside your window. Walk, swim, float, or fish on vacation in Clarksville—the possibilities are endless!
Your family: is about to book your first summer vacation as a family, planning your itinerary around nap time, or course.
The destination: Its proximity to Disneyland makes Anaheim a top choice when it comes to vacation ideas for families with young children. The city’s beloved theme park boasts fun with Mickey and Minnie for the little ones and thrilling rides for the adults. Or trade your Mickey ears for a baseball cap and catch a game at Angel Stadium. Cheap tickets and kid-friendly foods (hello, helmet sundae!) make it an excellent evening activity for the young and young-at-heart. We bet your kids will be begging to move to Anaheim after visiting this popular, family-friendly city.
Planning a trip to Comic-Con International this year? We’ve got you covered!
Comic-Con International is a much-anticipated annual convention that takes place in sunny San Diego, California. It’s organized by comic, science fiction, and movie fans from around the world, and lures enthusiasts of everything from anime to Game of Thrones.
Your days at Comic-Con International will be jam-packed schmoozing superheroes and chasing zombies, but the fun doesn’t have to end when you walk out the door. We’ve uncovered some of the must-dos in the area so you can make the most of your time in Southern California. Consider booking one of the many San Diego vacation rentals on FlipKey so you can check everything off our list.
Where to Find Comic-Con Vacation Rentals
Although the official Comic-Con schedule isn’t released until two weeks before the event, you can count on a full program of exciting events every day. Reserve a vacation rental near the San Diego Convention Center to be first in line for your favorite Comic-Con events. The Marina and Gaslamp Districts border the area where the event takes place and are the best neighborhoods to search for Comic-Con vacation rentals.
Not only will staying in a rental give you easy access to the event, it’s less expensive than booking multiple (and costly!) hotel rooms for you and your group. Choose from cozy beach bungalows, downtown apartments, spacious homes, and more on FlipKey!
Where to Eat During Comic-Con
After a day exploring exhibits, attending film screenings, and rubbing elbows with fellow costumed attendees, one thing’s certain: you’re sure to have worked up an appetite. Whether you prefer dining al fresco on a roof deck or saddling up at the bar, San Diego has plenty of great restaurants to choose from. The city’s known for flavorful Mexican cuisine (a nod to its proximity to the US-Mexico border), fresh-off-the-boat seafood, and everything in between! Here are some of FlipKey’s favorite places, no matter what you’re craving:
Puesto | 789 West Harbor Drive, Suite 155, San Diego, CA 92101
San Diego was dubbed the “Capital of Craft Beer in America” and for good reason. The city boasts a whopping 100+ breweries, all serving a variety of award-winning ales and lagers. Order a pint or fill up a growler, and swap stories of the day’s events under the sunny, blue skies of San Diego. Here’s where we recommend getting your drink on post-Comic-Con.
You don’t have to go far to continue your celebration of all things comic book-related—there are a surprising number of comic book stores in San Diego worth checking out. Stock up on mainstream classics like Marvel or dive into a new comic book series when you visit each store. The comic book shops we recommend have a little bit of everything:
Tacking on an extra day to the weekend can make a world of difference after a long week in the office. And what better way to take advantage of some much-needed time off than to book a quick trip?
Whether you prefer lazy days at the beach or a history-filled excursion, we’ve highlighted seven of the best destinations for an affordable long weekend getaway along the Eastern Seaboard. Each place offers a variety of vacation rentals to choose from and endless East Coast appeal—all for less than $500!
“If one is looking for a step into the past of Lowcountry South Carolina, it is right here.”—FlipKey Traveler
Situated on Port Royal Island, in the heart of South Carolina’s Sea Islands, Beaufort is an idyllic choice for an affordable long weekend getaway. It’s the second oldest city in the state, with gorgeous antebellum mansions, centuries-old oak trees, and period architecture epitomizing its historic charm. When you’re not strolling down Main Street, or browsing at one of the local art galleries (Beaufort has close to 20!), retreat to the comfort of your rental. No matter where you stay, you’ll never be more than minutes from the waterfront!
“We couldn’t have asked for a better trip. Ocean was gorgeous, soft sand, more shells than I could ever imagine and plenty to do.”—FlipKey Traveler
Panama City is so much more than just a spring break destination. With year-round sunshine and a slew of family-friendly activities, it’s a wonderful place to visit—even for a few days. Book an oceanfront home and roll out of bed onto the beach each morning, or choose a high-rise condo and enjoy loads of amenities at your fingertips. When you’re not chilling at your rental, take advantage of the abundant water-sports around St. Andrews Bay. Water-skiing, snorkeling and deep-sea fishing are always popular.
“I can honestly say that I don’t remember ever staying in a place that was so beautiful and peaceful—something we all treasure in our hectic lives, even for just a little while.”—FlipKey Traveler
Climb aboard a ferry from Boston and cruise across the bay to the tip of Cape Cod. You’ll dock just down the road from your final destination: Wellfleet. This town is situated on a narrow strip of land hugged by the sea on both sides. It’s renowned for its stunning seashore, world-famous oysters, and eclectic culture. Make the most of your long weekend here by exploring the area via bicycle or hopping from art gallery to art gallery on Main Street. Not in a rush? Let time stand still as you watch fishing boats, trawlers, and yachts come and go out of Wellfleet Harbor.
“The sound is peaceful, and we loved watching the wildlife—we even saw a river otter swim by early one morning. A really great trip to Emeriald Isle as always!”—FlipKey Traveler
A slice of paradise along North Carolina’s coast, Emerald Isle boasts 29 miles of blissful beachscape and outdoor activities galore. The best part about this destination, though? You can stay steps from the beach, without breaking the bank! Even if you don’t choose an oceanfront home, it’s easy to find a wooden boardwalk that will lead you through the swaying dunes and down to the ocean. Whether you’re swimming in the Atlantic Ocean or flying kites along the water’s edge, the whole family will be happy on vacation in Emerald Isle.
“Couldn’t have asked for a better place for our 20th Girls’ Weekend. A great time in Ogunquit, Maine!”—FlipKey Traveler
Ogunquit is the picture of New England charm: boats bobbing in the harbor, luscious seafood fresh off the boat, and quaint cottages right near the beach. The town’s name even translates to mean “beautiful place by the sea.” It features over three miles of sandy beaches and coastline, making it the ultimate place to relax and unwind after a busy week. From sunbathing and strolling, to sailing and deep sea fishing, there’s plenty to do in Ogunquit!
“Family members explored the quaint seaport and enjoyed fine seafood restaurants. Plum Island’s beaches and natural areas were explored by others.”—FlipKey Traveler
Get your dose of the beach in Newburyport, a charming East Coast town just 35 miles north of Boston. It sits along the water, where the Merrimack River and Atlantic Ocean meet, and features a vibrant town center with local restaurants and shops. During your stay, slip into routine grabbing coffee on your way out to Plum Island each morning. Use your afternoons to discover the area’s rich maritime history or to laze about on your rental’s back deck. Newburyport is an affordable long weekend getaway spot you don’t want to miss this summer.
“Perfect in every way!! I loved taking my coffee outside every morning and looking at the water. Fenwick is such a wonderful place to vacay.”—FlipKey Traveler
If you enjoy the beach, you’ll love Fenwick Island! Tucked along the Delaware-Maryland border, this affordable long weekend getaway spot is a coastal gem offering picturesque state parks, family-friendly amusements and more. Decide between a round of putt-putt, a boat ride through the bay, or a lazy day at the beach—you can’t go wrong, no matter what you decide! If you tire of the laid-back beach vibes, the excitement of Ocean City, Maryland is just down the road.
With Instagram fast approaching 1 billion active users according to a recent study, the photo app has quickly become a source for unending travel inspiration. From pictures of unspoiled tropical beach destinations to videos of bustling city streets (and everything in between!), we are #obsessed.
But now it’s your turn to get behind the camera! We’ve searched the globe and hand-picked 10 of the most luxurious rentals ready to grace your Instagram feed. Whether your idea of paradise is sitting by an infinity pool in Thailand or gazing out over the Los Angeles skyline from around a fire pit, the photogenic vacation homes on our list will not disappoint. They’re sure to kick-start your vacation planning and give you some serious wanderlust (you’ve been warned!). Happy browsing!
Perched at the highest point of Beverly Hills, this open-concept home offers panoramic views of the Los Angeles skyline, surrounding mountains, and Pacific Ocean. Whether you plant yourself by the pool or near the fire pit here, make sure to snap a sunset photo to share. In addition to its stunning setting, visitors will enjoy luxurious amenities such as a home theater, spa-like bathroom, and a swanky outdoor patio. Although a vacation at this place runs $2,500 per night, you can’t put a price tag on amazing.
Look familiar? You may have seen Villa Rak Tawan on our Instagram feed where it’s currently inspiring travelers from around the world. The insanely beautiful villa offers an indulgent escape where luxurious spa treatments and meals prepared by a private chef are the norm. When you’re not lounging by the infinity pool, take in the view of Surin Beach from your bedroom’s private balcony.
For the ultimate mountain getaway, plan a stay at the Moonlight Summit Chalet in Big Sky’s high-end Moonlight Basin community. Inside the home you’ll find exposed timbers, vaulted ceilings, and massive picture windows that face Montana’s jaw-dropping landscape. But that’s not all! Six spacious bedrooms, a family-friendly game room, and several fireplaces make this rental extra inviting. Whether you’re unwinding in the sun-drenched living room or soaking in the hot tub, this place is #vacationgoals.
Between the tree-lined garden, saltwater pool, and picture-perfect gazebo, you may be tempted to stay at this Tuscan farmhouse forever. Situated in the Italian countryside, Villa Emma offers seven bedrooms spread out over two spacious floors of living space—plenty of room for you and 14 of your friends! Spend time here lounging under the shade of an olive tree or head to the nearby village to catch a performance at the Theatre of Silence, a famed open-air amphitheater five minutes down the road.
If you think renting an entire castle is out of your budget, think again. When you split the $605 nightly rate between 15 guests, Chateau de la Paix becomes uber-affordable. Amenities here include a game room, heated pool, on-site gym, and more. There’s even the option to splurge on a private chef or daily housekeeping, so you can truly relax during your stay. With eight bedrooms and two additional cottages available to rent on the property, the more, the merrier at Chateau de la Paix!
Ditch your worries at the door when you arrive at Villa Mia. With four outdoor terraces overlooking the ocean, a heart-shaped hot tub that fits sixteen people, and a large palapa bar, this rental is sure to put you at ease. For the more active travelers in your group, Villa Mia also boasts an on-site squash court and a place to slip kayaks into the water for an adventure at sea.
Dali Hale Estate is nestled along the bluffs of Kilauea overlooking Kauai’s spectacular North Shore coastline. In addition to the lush tropical setting, the 6,000 square foot plantation-style home features floor-to-ceiling windows, a gourmet kitchen, and a wraparound lanai perfect for watching the sunset. Dine al fresco under the gazebo; play some tennis; take a bubble bath on the balcony (yes, really!)—the possibilities are endless here!
Tree Villa offers unobstructed views of some of Camps Bay’s most famous attractions: Table Mountain, the Twelve Apostles, and Camps Bay Beach. When you’re not taking in the panoramic views, head indoors where the villa’s airy rooms and modern furnishings are equally Insta-worthy. Sink into one of the plush couches near the living room fireplace or cozy around the kitchen island as your group makes dinner. There’s something amazing to discover in every room!
Boasting sweeping bay views, this contemporary masterpiece known as Villa Venetia sits along the water’s edge in Miami Beach. Here, luxurious indoor spaces blend seamlessly with outdoor living areas, and modern amenities make for a once-in-a-lifetime stay. Need a break from lounging on the rooftop terrace or swimming in the pool? Catch a boat from your private dock and head to nearby beaches.
We bet you’ll rack up the likes on photos of this astounding Grecian villa! It’s located in a quiet corner of Santorini and features several floors of immaculate living space. Walk through the home and you’ll see colorful paintings and elegant furnishings that bring the whitewashed walls to life, while arched ceilings will draw your eyes upward. As you reach the back of the villa, have your camera ready—the volcano views and sparkling sea will take your breath away.
As summer approaches, there’s one thing on everyone’s mind: a fantastic vacation.
But this year, skip the tried-and-true beach destinations and head to the Southern hemisphere for a cold-weather escape. Here, winter lasts from June to September, so you can get your fix of the outdoors, without breaking a sweat.
From the mountains of Australia to the ice fields of South America, we’ve highlighted six cool rentals, perfect for beating the heat. They offer breathtaking views, soothing hot tubs, and wood-burning fireplaces, while allowing you to enjoy winter at its best. Choose a place from our list and chill out on vacation this summer.
Don’t let the lack of snow in photos of this magical home fool you. It’s located at the edge of Lake Nahuel Hapi, just a short drive from the snow-covered slopes of Cerro Catedral. After a day skiing, warm up by the fire or use the indoor parrilla (grill) to barbecue a hearty homemade meal. This beautiful lake home combines rustic charm with modern conveniences, which makes for a memorable stay.
The Eastern is perfect for vacationers looking to experience winter in the Southern hemisphere. It’s situated at the foothills of Mt. Kosciuszko and boasts panoramic views of the Australian Alps. Amenities like heated floors, ski storage, and luxurious linens make this sleek rental extra special. Past visitors have said it’s “beautiful, down to the smallest touches,” and we’re sure you’ll agree!
Planning to spend your vacation skiing? Then book this rustic mountain loft and have the slopes at your doorstep. It offers ample space to relax, while its warm ambiance is inviting after a busy day outdoors. Floor-to-ceiling windows throughout the house provide glimpses of the surrounding woods and the enormous fireplace in the living room is the ideal place to take it all in. The perfect end to the day? Everyone gathered around the large family table, glass of wine in hand.
Disconnect from the day-to-day at Isla Macias Retreat. Built of native wood, this private home sits on the shores of Chile’s General Carrera Lake and sleeps up to 10 guests. It’s near some of the region’s most impressive attractions, including the Marble Caves, the Exploradores Glacier, and the San Rafael Lagoon. Whether you’re gawking at the magnificent landscape or dodging falling chunks of ice at nearby glaciers, you won’t soon forget a visit to Puerto Rio Tranquilo!
Fox Glacier has everything you need for a cold-weather escape: heli-hiking, glacier tours, ice climbing… you name it! Bundle up and experience all of the outdoor activities the region has to offer, then make your way home to the Church at Fox. Recently restored and fully-stocked, guests describe this unique church-turned-vacation rental as “absolutely stunning” and having the “wow factor.” It’s the perfect rural retreat in New Zealand’s Westland National Park.
Exposed wood beams, a natural stone fireplace, and floor-to-ceiling windows allow visitors to co-exist with nature at Villa Trafu. It’s located in Nahual Huapi National Park and offers all the comforts of home after a day of outdoor adventures. Plan a trip here during the winter to truly escape the stresses of everyday life. This part of Patagonia is sparsely populated during the winter months, so you can enjoy the area’s natural beauty all to yourself!
Alpine Vista is the perfect base for a cozy winter getaway. In this luxury Queenstown home, you’ll wake up to stunning views of snow-capped mountains. And before heading to bed, you’ll love settling in around the fireplace for a quiet night at home. No matter what room you’re in, massive picture windows bring nature indoors, creating a peaceful place to relax.
The tax deadline has come and gone and now you’re eagerly waiting for that refund to hit your bank account… and probably daydreaming about where to spend it. While you might feel obligated to save that money (the average tax refund is $3,120 according to the IRS), you’ve worked hard this year and there’s no reason not to spoil yourself!
To inspire you, we looked at the median weekly rate for a 2-bedroom rental in the US this summer. What we found were 10 surprisingly affordable places your tax refund will cover. Here they are, along with our favorite free attraction in each city.
Just 22 miles off the coast of California and easy to reach by sea or air, Catalina Island is the picture-perfect place to spend your tax refund. Cruise along in your golf cart to explore the coast and feel the refreshing sea breeze whip through your hair. Packed your swimsuit? Reserve a cabana at Descanso Beach Club or dive into the Gulf of Santa Catalina to snorkel alongside schools of colorful fish. Book a rental in the hills and wake up to ocean views each morning—you’ll feel a million miles away from the mainland!
Beautiful brownstones, succulent seafood, avid sports fans, and centuries-old history: in a word, Boston. Discover the story of America’s founding at every turn while visiting this classic New England city. The 2.5-mile Freedom Trail can’t be missed, while a peaceful swan boat ride through the Public Garden is the pinnacle of a sunny summer day in the city. Check out exhibits at the Museum of Fine Arts, browse trendy shops on Newbury Street, or take a tour of Fenway Park. No matter what you do, Boston will quickly work its way into your heart.
In Charleston, you’ll indulge in gourmet food, admire swoon-worthy antebellum mansions, embrace the meaning of Southern hospitality, and so much more. Head to Fort Sumter to see where the first shot of the Civil War was fired, or keep things light with a stroll past Rainbow Row down to the waterfront. The Charleston City Market combines history and shopping, while King Street offers a plethora of restaurants and bars, perfect for an evening jaunt. On your way out of town, stop to walk across the Arthur Ravenel Jr. Bridge—the amazing views and photo-ops make the 5-mile walk well worth it!
Washington, DC may be known for its high-profile diplomats and government agencies, but it’s more than just a hub for US politics. It’s made up of many neighborhoods, each with its own personality and appeal. If history is what excites you, spend an afternoon at the National Mall marveling at the city’s most iconic landmarks. Tour world-class art museums or get a taste of DC’s buzzing social scene in Dupont Circle. Stay in a modern apartment near M Street to be close to nightlife or opt for a place downtown and discover the history of our nation’s capital—all within walking distance.
From city parks draped in Spanish moss to celebrated museums, haunting sites and five-star dining, Savannah will tick all the boxes on your vacation checklist. Wander through the Historic District where period architecture will transport you back in time; take five under the shade of a massive oak tree in Forsyth Park; or tour the famed Bonaventure Cemetery (if you dare!). At the end of the day, retreat to the comfort of your Victorian home’s veranda allowing yourself to be seduced by Savannah’s Southern charm.
Whether you dance your way down Bourbon Street, feast on mouthwatering Creole dishes, or experience the city’s supernatural side, New Orleans always shows visitors a good time. Want to be in the center of it all? Saunter down the streets of the French Quarter known for its high-energy, vibrant nightlife and rich history—the soulful grooves of jazz music are inescapable here! Prefer something more laid-back? No problem. Tour The National WWII Museum, followed by a cup of cafe au lait and a beignet at Cafe du Monde.
Meander the San Antonio’s River Walk, following the scent of spicy chili wafting in the air. Lined by bars, restaurants, public art and nature, the 2.5-mile stretch along the river showcases the best of the city. Of course, you can’t forget a visit to The Alamo either! The former mission has long been a symbol of San Antonio’s storied past and is an absolute must for all visitors. Other popular attractions include the spectacular Natural Bridge Caverns, the Majestic Theatre, and the tranquil San Antonio Botanical Garden.
Marco Island’s sprawling beaches, colorful sunsets, and tropical drinks will have you in vacation mode in no time. Choose an oceanfront rental and roll out of bed onto the beach each morning. Whether you’re walking the sugary sands of Marco Island or taking flight on a parasailing adventure, the beauty of this destination never dulls. Looking for more ways to enjoy island time? Retreat to the spa or book a tee time at the local country club.
Hidden away in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains, vacationers have described a visit to Lake Lure as “luxuriously lazy” and “a treat.” That’s because a day here consists of casting your fishing line into the lake as your toes dangle off the dock, cruising along the shore via pontoon boat, and reveling in the beauty of your surroundings. Need another reason to love Lake Lure? You won’t have to spend your entire tax refund to stay here.
With its proximity to Disney World—only 20 minutes away!—and its affordable median weekly rate, Davenport is an obvious choice for families looking to make the most of their tax refund. When you’re not at the theme parks, play catch at the park, take a dip in the pool (most Davenport homes have one!) or eat out at one of the many local restaurants. For less than $650/week, get on your family’s good side and book a stay in Davenport ASAP.
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