12 Best Places for Girls’ Weekend Vacations


Nothing beats a weekend getaway with the girls, whether you’re traveling with your mom, sister, or a group of friends. These 12 locations around the world are ideal for a weekend getaway full of fun, photogenic views, and quality girl time.

#1 Montréal, Canada

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Head to Montréal in Canada’s French-speaking region of Québec for a city break filled with cute alleys, cafés, and cobblestone streets. Fill up on poutine (and enjoy the rest of the city’s thriving food scene), hike Mount Royal, wander historic Old Montréal, ride the La Grande Roue de Montréal Ferris wheel, visit the Notre-Dame Basilica of Montréal, and take a breather at the Montréal Botanical Garden. Book a hotel in the Old Town for charm as well as a convenient location near Montréal’s many attractions.

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#2 Cayman Islands

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If you and your girlfriends are looking for an adventure, go to the Cayman Islands. Grand Cayman is a short flight from Miami, and you can spend a weekend scuba diving, kitesurfing, sailing, and swimming with stingrays. Stay at the Kimpton Seafire Resort + Spa on Grand Cayman or the Southern Cross Club on Little Cayman for a tropical take on girls’ night out.

Best hotels in Grand Cayman

#3 Florida Keys

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Consider the Florida Keys for a tropical island vacation that doesn’t require a passport. This destination is packed with easygoing vibes and plenty of relaxing sea breezes from Key Largo to Key West, home of the continental United States’ southernmost point.

Stay at Bungalows Key Largo, an all-inclusive property with stand-alone bungalows; Isla Bella Beach Resort, where every room on the private 24-acre property has an ocean view and oversized outdoor terrace (perfect for lounging with your girls); Playa Largo Resort & Spa, a Marriott Autograph Collection hotel where you can kayak, parasail, snorkel, paddleboard, or learn to sail; Baker’s Cay Resort, a Curio Collection by Hilton property; or Little Palm Island Resort & Spa, the only private island resort in the U.S.

Expect an exciting weekend on the water no matter where you go in the Keys: snorkeling, diving, boating, and fishing are just a few of the water sports available.

On land, go to Robbie’s in Islamorada to feed massive tarpon by hand. Do you crave fresh fish? Take it from a local: The Fish House in Key Largo has the best fresh catch in the Keys because it is one of the few remaining restaurants that sources solely from local commercial fishermen and filets all fish on-site.

Best hotels in Florida Keys

#4 New York City

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When it comes to planning an action-packed weekend, there is no better place to visit than New York City, which has so much to offer. Get a CityPass, which includes admission to five of New York’s top attractions, but also make time for activities like walking the High Line, biking through Central Park, indulging in pizza, and seeing a Broadway play. Stay in the heart of the action at the Renaissance New York Times Square, which has a fantastic location with views of Times Square’s flashing neon signs. There are plenty of great boutique hotels in New York City for those who prefer something smaller and more personalized.

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#5 Tulum, Mexico

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Tulum delivers whether your group is looking for a lively party scene or simply wants to unplug. You can visit a cenote, explore Mayan ruins, enjoy an outdoor spa day, or simply relax near the ocean. You’ll also be able to fill up on fresh fruits and juices, as well as tasty Mexican cuisine and margaritas straight from the source. When it comes to hotel accommodation, Papaya Playa Project and Nômade are two of the most photogenic options.

Best hotels in Tulum

#6 Bahamas


The Bahamas, located about 80 miles off the coast of Florida, is a surprisingly easy-to-reach island destination. Whether you go to Nassau or one of the Out Islands, you’re in for a relaxing weekend of sipping cocktails, filling up on fresh conch ceviche, and simply enjoying everything that makes a tropical vacation so dreamy.

Stay at one of Baha Mar’s three resort properties or at Atlantis, the ultimate in Bahamian indulgence — The Cove has an adults-only pool and a more upscale vibe. Book a wine-blending class for your group at the vibrant Bahama Barrels by Graycliff, and you’ll each get to create your own bottle of vino to take home as a souvenir. And, of course, make time for the beach and the pool.

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#7 Miami, Florida


Miami, Florida, has a sizzle like no other, and your girls will love the contrast of sunny beaches and energetic nightlife. If you want to make the most of your trip, go in August — it’s hot, but it’s also the only month when Miami’s spa, restaurant, and hotel months overlap. For a reasonable price, you can stay in five-star hotels, enjoy luxurious spa treatments, and dine at Miami’s best restaurants.

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#8 Providence, Rhode Island

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Plant City, the world’s first plant-based vegan food hall, and WaterFire, an awe-inspiring downtown celebration that includes dramatic fire and art displays along the Providence and Woonasquatucket rivers, are just two of the many things to love about Rhode Island’s capital, Providence. Providence has a big-city vibe, with many trendy bars, restaurants, and hotels, but it’s much more laid-back than your typical urban getaway.

Looking to get away from the city? Stay at the historic Bradford-Dimond-Norris House, a family-run bed-and-breakfast on Mount Hope Bay, and dine on fresh New England seafood at The Lobster Pot.

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#9 Lisbon, Portugal

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With numerous direct flights from the United States, visiting the coastal Portuguese capital of Lisbon on a weekend is doable. A six-and-a-half-hour flight from New York will land you in a world of wine, rich culture, appealing architecture, and picturesque beaches. Ride the trams, visit Belém Tower and Jerónimos Monastery, walk Pink Street, and eat as much pastel de nata as you can.

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#10 Cartagena, Colombia

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Cartagena, located on Colombia’s Caribbean coast, is a relatively short direct flight from many US destinations, but you’ll feel as if you’ve arrived in another world. Expect vibrant streets, incredible food, and nights spent salsa dancing, as well as artisan goods to buy and beautiful beaches to explore. Wandering the walled Old Town with your group will quickly reveal Cartagena’s allure.

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#11 Palm Springs, California

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Palm Springs is the iconic California getaway, with the laid-back vibes you’d expect from SoCal — Coachella season or not. Palm Springs has something for everyone, whether they like hot springs, vintage boutiques, spas, mid-century modern architecture, hiking, or a stylish hotel scene.

Best hotels in Palm Springs

#12 London, England

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Spending a long weekend in London from the East Coast is more feasible than you might think — a nonstop flight from New York, for example, takes as little as six and a half hours. It may be a whirlwind weekend, but the opportunity to walk over Tower Bridge, enjoy an elegant afternoon tea, watch the changing of the guards at Buckingham Palace, and hear the tolling bells of Big Ben with your friends is well worth it.

Best hotels in London

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