Key West, Florida
The Florida Keys are a taste of the tropics--but you don't have to have a passport to get there! Head all the way to end of the Keys to settle in Key West, a laidback island town with plenty of funky shops, beach bars, and an endless stream of parties. Wander along the mile-long Duval Street: get a picture with the iconic "Southernmost Point" buoy at one end and join the nightly festivities at Mallory Square on the other. The area around the island is known for its snorkeling and scuba diving, so bring your flippers.
Just a quick ferry or plane ride away from America's southern states, the Bahamas are a great destination for those looking to escape for the weekend without spending hours and hours traveling. The capital of the Bahamas, Nassau is a major destination within the island chain--and for good reason, as the city has everything a weekend visitors could want from gorgeous beaches to historic walking tours. Spend the afternoon at Junkanoo Beach or find the perfect souvenir at the Straw Market downtown.
Riviera Maya, Mexico
Head across the border for a long weekend filled with blue waters, palm trees, and plenty of guacamole! The Riviera Maya is a 100 mile stretch of coast along the northern Yucatan peninsula that offers relaxing Caribbean views, Mayan ruins, and all-inclusive resorts.
Cabo San Lucas, Mexico
If you're on the western coast of the United States and want a weekend away, Cabo San Lucas is a great option. Located on Mexico's Baja California peninsula, Cabo San Lucas has world-renowned nightlife, stunning beaches, and an easygoing, friendly culture. Relax on Playa El Medano to catch some rays, and take a picture of the iconic El Arco at Land's End.
San Diego, California
San Diego is the perfect place for travelers who want a beach vacation with plenty of other available activities. Soak up the sun at Mission Beach or Silver Strand State Beach, then explore Balboa Park and the world-famous San Diego Zoo. The city also has a wide variety of museums including the USS Midway, the San Diego Museum of Art, and the Air and Space Museum.