Unforgettable Vacations for Singles and Solo Travelers

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Sometimes a relaxing solo vacation is the best vacation! Photo credit: Kimberly Miles

There are many reasons why one may consider a solo vacation. Perhaps friends backed out at the last minute, or they had a recent breakup with their travel partner. Or maybe they’re ready to take that bucket list vacation that they’ve been dreaming of for years, but can’t quite get their friends or family on board to take the trip with them.

If there’s one thing I’ve learned in my years as a solo traveler, it’s that one should never wait for someone else to go after their travel dreams. And sometimes, the best trips are the ones that are taken alone. Thankfully, many popular travel destinations have also taken note that the popularity of single travel is increasing. There are now a multitude of opportunities for singles to have the time of their lives.

From all-inclusive vacations and beach getaways to cruises and cross-country train rides, the opportunities are limitless when the only decision-maker on your vacation is you! Here’s our list of some of the best vacations for singles to have an unforgettable “solocation”:

A woman in front of the Atlantis Resort in Nassau, Bahamas, one of the best vacations for singles.
There is plenty to do, see and explore in Nassau, Bahamas for single travelers. Photo credit: Kimberly Miles

1. Nassau, Bahamas

A trip to the Caribbean is always a great idea, and an even better idea for a singles vacation. With beautiful year-round weather, gorgeous white sand beaches, remarkable history and culture, water activities galore and a tropical vibe that can put any traveler at ease, Nassau, Bahamas is no doubt one of the best vacations for singles.

In addition to the beaches, there is plenty to do and see in the Bahamas to keep a solo traveler busy. During an all-girls trip back in 2010, I spent some time by myself exploring the beautiful Atlantis resort (which you can gain full access to as a guest of the Comfort Suites Paradise Island), testing my luck at the nearby casinos and doing some shopping and exploring in the colorful downtown area.

All-inclusive resorts like Breezes Resort & Spa Bahamas on Cable Beach make solo travel easy, affordable and stress-free. There are numerous land and water activities, live entertainment and spa packages to pamper yourself. Single travelers can sit and relax at the beach or one of three freshwater pools. Or, take part in activities such as rock wall climbing, beach volleyball, tennis, kayaking and surfing. With all there is to do to keep busy, you won’t feel like you’re alone at all!

And if you prefer to go by cruise, Norwegian Cruise Lines offers comfy Single Studios for one on their cruises to the Bahamas from New York. Not only will you get to explore the Bahamas, but also Orlando and Bermuda!

A woman taking a selfie on a beach in Costa Rica, one of the best vacations for singles.
Costa Rica is considered one of the safest destinations for female solo travelers, and is one of the most beautiful places to get a good selfie! Photo credit: Kimberly Miles

2. Costa Rica

If your idea of the perfect vacation for singles is somewhere relaxing where you can bask in the natural beauty of your destination, Costa Rica is a top choice. Not only is Costa Rica considered to be among the top destinations for solo female travelers, but it is one of the most beautiful and relaxing places to take a trip as a solo traveler in general. I traveled to Manuel Antonio, Costa Rica as a single mom with my then 3 year old son in 2017 and it was by far one of the best solo experiences that I’ve had!

Aside from the delicious food, beautiful beaches, lush green forest and admiring the sloths, birds and monkeys in the trees, the “Ticos” were the highlight of my solo trip with my son. A “Tico” is a term used to refer to the natives of Costa Rica. Out of all of the people I’ve met traveling, they were by far some of the friendliest. Between the Ticos and other travelers (both solo and group travelers), I never once felt alone.

The Retreat Costa Rica in Atenas is an all-inclusive wellness resort and spa well worth considering as a solo traveler. In addition to its breathtaking land and sea views, there are numerous ways to de-stress and pamper yourself. There are yoga classes, mediation classes, spa treatments and healing practices. There are also annual events such as the Yoga Fest Zumbathon, a great way to meet new friends with like-minded interests!

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3. Jamaica

Jamaica is another top Caribbean destination that makes for the ultimate tropical getaway, whether you travel alone or with others. It is also home to some of the best adults-only resorts that make vacations for singles an experience they won’t forget!

If you’re not afraid to let your inhibitions loose, the legendary adults-only Hedonism II resort in Negril may be a place to consider. This all-inclusive top-clothing optional resort is considered an “adults playground” and is ideal for singles and couples. There you will have the opportunity to meet other like-minded (and open-minded) travelers while having access to stunning beaches, themed parties, numerous land and water sports, live entertainment and gourmet dining.

In Montego Bay, the all-inclusive and adults-only Hyatt Zilara Rose Hall is more traditional vacation option for single travelers looking for a fun, yet relaxing escape to paradise. The recently remodeled Zen Spa provides a place to relax and be pampered with a spa treatment or soothing massage. There are also plenty of daily activities, live entertainment and weekly parties which provide the ideal atmosphere for meeting other singles and solo travelers. And with twelve restaurants, bars and lounges, it won’t be difficult to find that perfect spot to enjoy a meal!

A woman taking a selfie in front of the Chichen Itza ruins near Cancun, Mexico, one of the best vacations for singles.
A group tour to Chichen Itza is a great way to meet new friends while learning about history when traveling alone in Cancun. Photo credit: Kimberly Miles

4. Cancun, Mexico

When I first told my family members that I had booked a solo vacation to Cancun, Mexico, they thought that I was insane. To be honest, a small part of me thought the same! However, it turns out that Cancun was one of the best vacations for singles that I have ever taken!

Cancun’s numerous all-inclusive resorts, bustling nightlife and various excursions and activities make solo travel a breeze. Within minutes of venturing out to explore the warm waters and white-sand beaches, I had met friendly locals and other tourists who were willing to strike up a conversation and provide fun company. There were also plenty of day trips that made it easy to see popular sites while meeting other travelers. With the Chichen Itza Early Access Tour, I was able to get out and see the famous ruins before the heat really hit, and still make it back in time to enjoy the day lounging on the beach.

One of the most popular all-inclusive resorts for single travelers in Cancun is the Temptation Cancun Resort. This adults-only, topless-friendly resort is made especially for singles and couples, offering an uninhibited experience with water sports, land sports and nightly live entertainment. The staff-led activities are also led in a fun way to introduce single travelers to one another, taking away the stress and “awkward” feeling of trying to meet new people!

5. Lisbon, Portugal

Portugal in Southern Europe is considered to be one of the best vacations for singles since it is extremely easy and quick to get around and explore different areas. A train between the popular cities of Lisbon and the UNESCO-listed Porto takes less than three hours, ideal for a day trip to explore the vibrant sights and culture of both.

In Portugal you can indulge in delicious food and wine while snapping some postcard-worthy photos of its scenic landscapes and charming villages. Both Lisbon and Porto, Portugal are also popular places for American expats, making it even easier to meet new friends in addition to friendly locals during your travels.

Located 30km from Faro, Club Med’s Da Balaia Resort makes solo travel to this beautiful country even easier, offering an all-inclusive package with 24 included activities and numerous excursions to keep you active and busy. Whether its a nature hike, sunset safari or sailing on a 50-foot yacht, you’ll have the time of your life!

6. Canada

If you’ve never considered exploring a country by train, now is the time to do so. The Rocky Mountaineer train company offers several train routes through the most beautiful places in Canada. It is one of the easiest vacations for singles. You won’t need to do a thing but sit back, relax and enjoy the sights around you!

The Journey through the Clouds Excursions are one of the most recommended tours. Its routes take you through Vancouver, Kamloops, Jasper, Lake Louise, Banff and Calgary. The route also includes Jasper National Park, which is part of a UNESCO World Heritage site. At the end of each evening, you’ll get a good night’s rest in a comfortable hotel.

7. Cuba

With Cuba not always being an option for travel in the past, it is now a highly-sought after destination with its 1950s cars and colonial architecture that looks like you’ve taken a trip back in time. Cuba is also considered to be among the top vacations for singles. There are gorgeous unspoiled beaches, live entertainment, delicious cuisine and plenty of salsa dancing!

The Blau Varadero Hotel is a popular adults-only all-inclusive resort for single travelers visiting the island. It is located right on the beach, making it a breeze to spend days in the sun, sand and warm Caribbean waters. There is also plenty to do at the resort to spend your solo vacation. There are salsa lessons, water sports, sports facilities, a spa, outdoor swimming pool and daily live entertainment. Food and drinks are also available 24 hours a day.

SheBuysTravel Tip: At the time of publication, travel for tourist activities from the United States to Cuba remains prohibited. However, there are a number of workarounds, including traveling to Cuba for educational programs. Check the US Embassy site and consult with a travel professional specializing in Cuba.

Two females on an all-terrain vehicle in Punta Cana, Dominican Republic, one of the best vacations for singles.
An ATV tour through Punta Cana is a great way to explore the countryside and meet other travelers. Photo credit: Kimberly Miles

8. Punta Cana, Dominican Republic

Punta Cana in the Dominican Republic is another Caribbean destination to land among our list of the best vacations for singles. Between the numerous adults-only all-inclusive resorts, pristine white-sand beaches and opportunities to take fun excursions to explore the island, a trip to Punta Cana is never boring.

I’ll never forget my first single girls trip that I took back in 2009 and thinking to myself how I’d no doubt return as a solo traveler. The ATV tour that I joined was one of the trip highlights, taking us through the country, into a cave and to a beautiful white sand beach. It was a great opportunity to meet people, both travelers and locals.

The Sanctuary Cap Cana Resort and Spa is one of the most popular places for single travelers to stay during a trip to Punta Cana. This Spanish castle-style adults-only all-inclusive resort sits cliffside, offering stunning views of the Caribbean Sea and sugary white-sand Juanillo Beach. The rooms are large and spacious, enough to make you feel like royalty. There are also plenty of activities and amenities to fill your day including a luxury spa, swimming pool with swim-up bar and water sports. If golf is your kind of sports, you’ll have access to one of the best golf courses in the Caribbean. It is certainly a place to enjoy a vacation for one!

9. Greece

A trip to Greece is a bucket list item for many travelers, and a solo vacation makes it even more special! The Greek Islands offer ancient cities, incredible architecture, beautiful beaches, exciting nightlife and delicious food and wine, all of which makes it an unforgettable vacation for singles. It is also very likely you’ll meet other single travelers along the way!

One of the best ways to explore Greece is via cruise. Norwegian Cruise Lines offers a nine-day cruise of the Greek Isles which it considers to be amongst its best cruises for singles. These cruises offer single’s common areas as well as accommodations made especially for singles. During the cruise, you’ll can visit some of the major cities including Athens, Mykonos and Santorini. Some cruises even include stops in Spain, Italy, France, Croatia and Turkey, knocking off even more items in your bucket list!

10. Las Vegas

Sin City may not be the first place to come to mind when considering vacations for singles. However, it is by far one of the most fun places to be! I once took the opportunity to turn my work trip to Las Vegas into a weekend long vacation and let me tell you – I had the time of my life!

Vegas is known for its glitzy casinos which is no doubt a place to hang out if you’re into gambling. However, there is so much more to do and see. There is always a concert or show going on to keep you entertained. The thrilling Cirque du Soleil shows including O and are a must-see. A bonus of going solo: Since you’re traveling solo, you’ll probably have access to much better single seats! If you’re into the party scene, the pool parties during the day and the club scene at night won’t disappoint. I found being a solo traveler particularly beneficial at the most exclusive places, as the bouncers didn’t mind letting in one person versus a group of friends all trying to enter at once.

For something more low-key, stroll the Strip, do some high-end shopping or try one of the many buffets. There are also day trips to the Grand Canyon and Hoover Dam if you need a break from the action on the Strip.

A long stretch of beach with a cruise ship in the distance in Miami, Florida, one of the best vacations for singles.
An evening stroll along the beach is one of the many ways you can spend a singles vacation in Miami. Photo credit: Kimberly Miles

11. Miami

If you’re into vibrant nightlife and people watching, don’t be afraid to head to Miami Beach, one of the best vacations for singles who like to see and be seen. The Latin and Caribbean vibe you feel the moment you land will most definitely draw you in – you may not want to go home!

In addition to the tropical weather and lovely beaches, Miami packs plenty of ways to enjoy a vacation for one. Water lovers will have plenty of opportunities to enjoy some of the country’s best snorkeling, scuba diving and fishing. A day cruise to Star Island, bike tour of the Art Deco Historic District or even a walk along the strip is a wonderful way to explore the area and do some people-watching. Little Havana is the place to be if you want a taste of Cuba. If you’re into shopping, you’ll be in heaven with all of the high-end luxury brands at your fingertips. And once the sun sets, head to South Beach for some of the area’s best nightlife and live music, and where you’ll be sure to meet other travelers!

When you want a break from Miami to explore other nearby areas, just hop on one of the day trips to the Florida Keys and Key West.

12. Alaska

A trip to Alaska is a bucket list item for many, and if you’re a single traveler you still have plenty of opportunities to make this dream come true! With millions of tourists visiting this massive state each year, you’ll surely run into other friendly travelers including other solo travelers!

Norwegian Cruise Lines offers seven-day Alaskan cruises with single studios especially for those who are traveling solo. These cruises take you through the Glacier Bay National Park and the cities of Juneau, Ketchikan and Skagway, where you’ll have the opportunity to see incredible glaciers, hike through the Tongass National Forest and spot wildlife such as moose, set otters, bears and bald eagles. It is quite the experience, whether you travel solo or with a group!

13. Turks and Caicos

For the single traveler really looking to do it up in the Caribbean, look no further than the Turks and Caicos. Not only is it home to the number one beach in the world, but there is plenty to do for single travelers to enjoy a relaxing yet fun solo adventure.

Club Med, known for providing some of the best vacation packages for singles, offers an all-inclusive resort on Turks and Caicos that you won’t want to miss: Club Med Turkoise. Set along the #1-rated Grace Bay Beach, this adults-only beach resort is like a dream come true for solo travelers. You won’t mind spending the day alone when you have 12-miles of powdery white sands and turquoise waters at your fingertips, daily live entertainment and unlimited land and water sports such as scuba diving, snorkeling, sailing, flying trapeze lessons, yoga and golf. And if you’re anything like me, the wine cellar with VIP service and premium terrace is all you need!

14. Hawaii

Hawaii is yet another bucket list destination and a great place for a singles getaway. Whether you want to relax poolside at a fancy resort, immerse yourself in the culture, learn some history or learn to surf, there is something to do for everyone in Hawaii. For that reason it makes our list of the best vacations for singles!

No matter which island you choose, there are plenty of activities to enjoy as a single traveler. In Maui, you’ll find some of the most beautiful beaches as well as world-class surfing. The Haleakala National Park is a must visit, and a sunrise tour is one of the best ways to experience it while traveling alone. Honolulu on the island of Oahu is the place to be for nature-loving solo travelers, with opportunities to join a guided waterfall tour of Manoa Falls or a turtle snorkeling tour along Waikiki Beach. On the Big Island, the Volcanoes, Waterfalls and Coffee Farm day trip is a fun way to visit some of Hawaii’s most diverse landscapes while meeting other travelers.

15. St. Lucia

Last, but certainly not least, the island of St. Lucia is another hot spot for a singles getaway. This relaxing island is one of the ideal vacations for singles who truly want to get away, relax, and rejuvenate.

The BodyHoliday all-inclusive resort is a top choice for single travelers headed to St. Lucia. At this luxury wellness resort, solo travelers can truly focus on relaxation with first-class accommodations, international cuisine, numerous land and water sports, and a world-renowned wellness center. Spend your day indulging in one of the many state-of-the-art spa treatments, taking a meditation or yoga class or sitting poolside with a refreshing cocktail in hand. As a single traveler, it is no one else’s decision but yours!

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