The snow melts, the sun slowly comes out and Love is in the air. With Valentine’s Day just a couple of days away I’m going to give you my personal top cities around the world where Cupid and myself can point you in the same direction of his arrow.
I call this part of Hawaii a magical island. From a lovers hike, boat ride to Molokini Crater, dinner and walk along the beach, this will guarantee you a lovers lifetime and something the two of you will never forget. Do not miss the best sunset you’ll ever see to end a magical day holding hands and sharing a Mai Tai.
Cupids Weather Average: High 78F/25C – Lows 60F/14C 78% humidity
Sarentos On The Beach Restaurant 4 star rating (sarentosonthebeach.com)
SAN FRANCISCO CALIFORNIA, USA
People tend to leave their hearts here. At night, the city sparkles if the San Francisco Bay Area fog is not in the way. Hop on a cable car from Market Street down to Fishermans Wharf and walk along the Pier. You will have a 360 degree view of the city’s beautiful lights and both iconic bridges The Golden Gate and Bay Bridge. Have a glass of Chardonnay at the Embarcadero’s Hyatt Hotel while the Piano Maestro serenades you. Have a seat along the waterfront and be sure to offer her your jacket at dusk.
Top of The Mark Restaurant 4 Star Rating (topofthemark.com)
Everything about this stone made city built on water will make you go on your knees and want to say the unforgettable words. There are many cafes along the walk ways where you and your loved one can remake the scene from “Lady and The Tramp” by having a glass of chianti and sharing a plate of pasta. There are no cars along the roadways where you can stroll along the canal holding hands and even enjoy a romantic gondola ride. (George and Amal Clooney got married the same week I was in town, but I misplaced my invitation and was unable to attend.) TI AMO
Ristorante La Caravella. 4.5 Star Rating (ristorantelacaravella.it)
Paris is called the city of love for no reason. Everywhere you go you’re for sure to find some kind of romantic gesture to your loved one or even a complete stranger. That is how beautiful this city is. They have horse caged rides waiting for you right by the Eiffel Tower and can take you anywhere in this city. Stroll along Pont Des Arts and make sure you lock the key to her heart before they take down the bridge wall. But from my understanding the locals still keep locking their hearts along the waterfront.
Winter is coming to a close which means that Spring Break is just around the corner and I’m taking you back to the sun. What I love about the transition of these two seasons is back to the warm weather and of course my BIRTHDAY. I usually like to go somewhere for a birthday trip and I have done that in the past. I’ve been to many different cities in previous years that consisted of beautiful beaches, great food, the night life and even family friendly sites. So I decided to list my top 5 Spring Break getaways that anyone can afford to take a pause from reality and celebrating the hard studying from midterms and term papers. From staying domestic or taking a flight to Mexico, hopefully these cities can give you the break you need.
CABO SAN LUCAS
What I like about Cabo is the majority of their resorts are all inclusive and it is affordable. And the backyard of these resorts are easy access to the beach. And if you want to head into the night life, downtown has a strip of bars and night clubs which is easy access to.
RIU SANTA FE: average hotels per night in March and April $175 a night
LAX to SJD: $350-$400 RT March/APRIL
JFK TO SJD: $400-500 RT MARCH/APRIL
Growing up watching MTVs Spring Break is probably one of the best TV rituals I had every year during spring break being a 80s and 90s child. My TV was on MTV all day when my parents would leave my sister and brother at home dreaming that we can be there under age partying with Notorious BIG, USHER and No Doubt. Until this day, Cancun has the all around effect for a perfect relaxation, let loose party until you drop with the MTV spring breakers, and even great sight seeing tourist attractions which can you bring the whole family to (Chicken Itza-Mayan Ruins, Xcaret, etc.)
All Inclusive Resorts Average: $200-$500/night – March and April
Hotel Casa Maya 4 star resort: $131/night
JFK to CUN flight average: $489-$600 RT March/April
LAX to CUN flight average: $400-$500 RT March
LAX to CUN Flight Average: $280-$520 RT April
Aeromexico RT: $285 with One Stop
My favorite city and I love to call this place my second home. My family and friends know how crazy I am over the 305. This city brings a whole lot of international and latin flavor from food to music, which I’m in love with. No matter where you go, south florida is the hot spot. Whether you want to party with the beautiful people in south beach, check out the arts district in downtown miami, or just even relax in Ft. Lauderdale, the south florida area has it all.
Ft. Lauderdale to Miami is 28 miles 45 kilometers from each other about a 40 minute drive on the I-95.
LAX to MIA $295-$450 RT/MARCH
LAX to MIA $247-$450 RT/APRIL
JFK to MIA $228-$550 RT/MARCH
JFK to MIA $216-$550 RT/APRIL
4 star hotel average $200-$650/night in MARCH
4 star hotel average $160-$500/night in April
What I love about this city is that it is a great place to relax with a beautiful scenery. If people ask me what they think of Puerto Vallarta, I tell them it is probably similar to Hawaii in my opinion but a lot more affordable. You can do a lot of the similar things like hike, lay on the beach, and have dinner and drinks with the tourists and locals. People here are very friendly and approachable.
LAX to PVR $320-$430 RT/March and April
JFK to PVR $560-740 RT/March and April
4 star hotel average $50 to $320/night in March
4 star hotel average $21 to $226/night in April
This part of the entry may be a little biased since I’m a true California West Coast guy and I live in Los Angeles, but in all honesty, you really can’t beat the many things you can do out here. My family and I used to road trip from the San Francisco Bay Area to Southern California almost every spring break. The weather is perfect and within 100-200 miles/160-320 kilometers distance away from each other you can go from Santa Barbara to Los Angeles to San Diego all in a matter of a week if you are really good with time management and money. No matter the age from your terrible twos to over the hill, you’ll always be a kid at heart by making a stop in Disneyland. And also, don’t forget the many entertainment sites you can see on Hollywood and Highland, and even stroll along Santa Monica Pier while watching the sunset on an average of 70 degree weather from sunrise to sunset.
SFO to LAX $160 to $250 RT/March and April
JFK to LAX $350 to $510 RT/March and April
4 star average Disneyland Hotels $80 to $400/night in March.
4 star average Disneyland Hotels $60 to $350/night in April