Coast of San Diego with strip of beach running along the ocean. Beach houses in grid neighborhood and roller coaster. Lakes in the distance.
Expect plenty of water sports like surfing, stand-up paddle boarding and kayaking available.
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8 Dreamy Vacation Destinations for Summer 2023

Where Will You Vacation This Summer?

More people than ever are choosing to travel this summer, taking advantage of no school and slow days at work. Two great options are Extended Stay America and Temptation Resort Cancun, each with their own unique space.

Extended Stay America

Extended Stay America is a hospitality company that specializes in providing comfortable and affordable accommodations for travelers seeking long-term stays.

Extended Stay America operates over 600 hotels across the United States, offering spacious suites that are designed to feel like a home away from home. Each suite is equipped with a full kitchen, allowing guests to prepare their own meals and save money on dining expenses. The company also offers amenities like free Wi-Fi, on-site laundry facilities, and pet-friendly accommodations.

Temptation Resort Cancun

Temptation Resort is an all-inclusive, adults-only resort located in the hotel zone of Cancun, Mexico. The resort offers a lively and energetic atmosphere, with a focus on entertainment and socializing. It features 430 guest rooms, including standard rooms, suites, and penthouses, each with a private balcony or terrace.

The resort is known for its topless-optional atmosphere and its provocative entertainment, including themed parties, poolside games, and live shows. Guests can also enjoy a variety of dining options, including several restaurants, bars, and a coffee shop, all of which are included in the all-inclusive package. The resort also features several pools, hot tubs, and a private beach area.

Extended Stay America vs. Temptation Resort Cancun

Extended Stay America and Temptation Resort are two very different types of hospitality companies that cater to different types of travelers.

While both Extended Stay America and Temptation Resort offer accommodations, they cater to very different types of travelers with very different needs and preferences. Extended Stay America is designed for longer stays and is more focused on comfort and convenience, while Temptation Resort is designed for short-term, all-inclusive vacations and is more focused on entertainment and socializing.

Playa del Carmen, Mexico

When most people think of summer vacations in Mexico, Cancun comes to mind — but in recent years, Playa del Carmen has given Cancun a run for its money. While Playa del Carmen is only about an hour south of Cancun, it’s remarkably cheaper and more accessible to vacationers.

Boasting a smaller population and fewer crowds in general, it’s a lot easier to get a bite to eat or find a spot on the beach here. A short way off shore is the island of Cozumel, which offers spectacular scuba diving during the summer months.

Playa del Carmen also has a majestic eco-park (perfect for kids), an underground river and natural aquarium where the whole family can go snorkeling.

San Diego, CA

San Diego consistently ranks as one of the best summer vacations in the US. As family-friendly cities go, San Diego is one of the best.

Theme parks abound including SeaWorld and Legoland in addition to an enormous zoo, which houses over 650 species and sub-species. As it’s on the coast of California, expect plenty of water sports like surfing, stand-up paddle boarding and kayaking.

Aside from its beautiful beaches that are perfect for a family beach vacation, there are also plenty of places to cool off, from water parks to aquatic centers and even splash pads in the city. Plus, no visit to San Diego is complete without a visit to Balboa Park where you can find outdoor concerts, a science museum and an international village.

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Toronto, Canada

Toronto’s a happening place, which makes it ideal as a summer vacation spot. Big name musical acts perform all over the city and summer festivals abound, celebrating the best in music, food and culture.

Aside from an essential stroll through hip Kensington Market or bustling Chinatown, there are plenty of sightseeing destinations in Toronto. Enjoy the best view of the city from the CN Tower and explore Toronto’s own castle estate, Casa Loma.

River with bridge. Skyscrapers on left hand side and tour boats on road side of river.If you're not one for the summer heat, a trip to Melbourne is the perfect destination.Photo Credit: Getty Images

Melbourne, Australia

Just because it’s warm in the northern hemisphere, doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy a bit of a chill down under. Maybe you’re not one for the summer heat, which makes Melbourne the perfect getaway in June or July.

Explore Federation Square, which is full of museums and charming sidewalk cafes. Take a stroll in the Royal Botanic Gardens, a lush oasis even in the winter.

The Queen Victoria Winter Night Market is also a must for warming your belly with delicious food and beverages as you peruse the 80+ stalls. Australians love to drink, so there’s no shortage of hip bars and things to do around drinking like Game of Rhones, a themed wine celebration of Rhone Valley wines.

Garden along the water with statues and tall monuments.Enjoy hiking up active volcanoes, surfing in turquoise waters and white water rafting along playful rivers.Photo Credit: Getty Images

Bali, Indonesia

While it’s also in the southern hemisphere, Bali has a tropical climate that makes it one of the best places to go in the summer and a top destination to visit with friends. June through September is dry season for the island with temperatures in the 70’s and 80’s.

As a result, outdoor activities abound like hiking up active volcanoes, surfing in their turquoise waters, and white water rafting along the Ayung River. Steeped in ancient culture, Bali is full of beautiful Hindu sites like Tirta Empul — a water temple with a sacred spring you can bathe in.

As the island attracts thousands of tourists each year, Bali has a lively nightlife scene. It also a top spot for yoga vacations as yogis flock to retreats and studios to get in touch with their spiritual sides.

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Winding driveway to a cluster of cobblestone houses. Road is lined with thing trees. Situated in rolling countryside with yellow wildflowers.Tuscany is host to both jazz and rock and blues festivals in the summer.Photo Credit: Getty Images

Tuscany, Italy

Summers in Italy are a must, particularly amid the scenic and fruitful landscapes of Tuscany. Even just taking a train ride through the country is enough to make you feel like you’re on vacation.

You could spend an entire week visiting wineries and tasting their wares while imbibing in delicious picnics of charcuteries. By July, Tuscany slows down and many locals flock to the beaches for swimming, boating and sunbathing. It’s easy to pack for a beach vacation — what could be better than that?

But Tuscany is also full of culture and history, playing host to the Puccini Festival. If opera’s not your thing, rock and blues festivals abound as well. Villages in the area also celebrate with a sagra in July — like the one in Monteriggioni — a medieval festival with plenty of food and entertainment.

Top of mountain looking into valley below. Moss covered rocks jutting up in foreground.Outdoors lovers will adore all the activities to be had in Snowdonia.Photo Credit: Getty Images

Snowdonia, Wales

Despite its name, Snowdonia makes for one of the best places to visit in summer. Outdoorsy types will thrive at the national park where you can hike up a variety of footpaths to the top of Mount Snowdon.

It’s also a great place to stargaze at night, where there’s no light pollution from surrounding cities. Snowdonia offers an eclectic mix of adventure sports like the man-made “wave garden” in Conwy Valley where you can surf in a little lagoon.

ZipWorld has the fastest zip line in the world as well as one of the largest zip areas, including an entire underground area built in a cave (complete with bounce mats and slides for the kids). Then of course there are all the castles in the area, which will let you step back in time and appreciate the area’s history.

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Silhouette of two small boats on the water with yacht in the background. Low hanging clouds overhead.There's always something going on at the waterfront, from the amusement park to concerts.Photo Credit: Wildwood Crest

Wildwood Crest, NJ

Hopefully, Jersey Shore hasn’t turned you off from considering the area as a vacation destination because Wildwood Crest was voted TripAdvisor’s Top Summer Hot Spot in recent years. The epitome of boardwalk beach culture, Wildwood Crest has a classic American seaside amusement park called Morey’s Pier & Beachfront Water Parks.

A series of piers filled with rides, games and concerts dot the beach with something for everyone to enjoy. Don’t miss Breakfast in the Sky, which is exactly what it sounds like, but is served while you ride a giant Ferris wheel!

Cheap fitness classes like zumba and yoga are also offered in a nearby park and biking is a popular activity along the boardwalk. The area has a number of affordable vacation rental options, which makes it an attractive alternative to other east coast summer standbys like Martha’s Vineyard or Myrtle Beach.

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