4 Terrific Places to Vacation with Friends

A few weeks ago, I went on a quick trip to New York City with one of my best friends and we had such a fantastic time. It was our first trip together in close to ten years and it got us thinking about where we’d like to go on our next vacation.

So, in honor of today, February 4, being ‘National Friends Day’, here’s a look at some fun places to vacation with friends –

Four places to vacation with friends

St. Pete/Clearwater

You can never go wrong with a beach vacation. The Guy Harvey Outpost, a Tradewinds Beach Resort in St. Pete Beach, Florida offers beachfront cabanas that you can reserve online (yes!), plenty of umbrella drinks and complimentary S’mores around the fire pit each night. My family and I visited there last year and I’m ready to go back – kid-free this time!

For a non-beach day, check out my favorite local brewery – 3 Daughters Brewing and then visit the Dali Museum, they are hosting the Disney and Dali: Architects of the Imagination exhibit right now and it looks fascinating.  Pro Tip: Try the Beach Blonde Ale at 3 Daughters – it is my favorite beer.

places to vacation with friends- St. Pete Beach Florida

Take a Cruise

A Carnival cruise may be the ultimate ‘friends vacation’. You let someone else be in charge of cooking, doing dishes, making the bed — no worries, just fun.

From the fine dining at the Steakhouse and relaxing over fancy drinks at the Alchemy Bar and grabbing a deck chair near the pool for a relaxing sea day, there’s fun off the ship too. Explore tropical destinations and make new memories with your friends.

places to vacation with friends - carnival cruise line

Seaside, Florida

Located along the classic Highway 30A, I instantly fell in love with Seaside during our visit last year. Seaside, Florida has no big-box stores, no chain restaurants – everything is locally owned and operated and filled with great, Southern charm.

No need for individual hotel rooms in Seaside, as this quaint town is filled with beautiful cottage rental properties. The Cottage Rental Agency helped us secure a fantastic home for our weekend trip – individual rooms, great living area for catching up with friends, an amazing kitchen and complimentary bike rentals so we could explore the area. Pro Tip: Here are my picks for six great places to eat in Seaside.

places to vacation with friends - Seaside Florida

New York City

If the beach scene isn’t your thing, round up your friends and visit the big city. Earlier this month, when my friend Christine and I explored New York we had a list full of restaurants, bars we wanted to visit and not to mention the museums and usual touristy spots.

There’s nothing better than catching up with friends over a glass of wine at a rooftop bar and navigating your way through the city. We made some great memories during our visit, it is a city filled with adventure and I’m ready to return again soon. Pro Tip: Check out my stay at the Fifty NYC, an Affinia Hotel located in Midtown.

Fifty NYC - Radio City Music Hall

What types of destinations do you look for when planning a friends vacation? My trip to New York City was the first of many friends vacations – I can’t wait to start planning our next adventures.

Have you taken a ‘friends vacation’? Where did you go?


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I'm Carrie McLaren,

based in Jacksonville, Fla. Family travel is my passion and I want to help you succeed in making fantastic memories with your family.




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