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Girls Trip 2017 Top 10 Destinations

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Whenever I get a case of the blues or run out of “f’s” to give, my main escape is either traveling or grabbing a few cocktails with my girls. Imagine the journey when these two pastimes are combined and we embark on a much-needed girls trip. I enjoy getting together – sharing, laughing…even crying, over whatever comes to our minds. Be it our job, kids or our significant others – we try to have an excuse to come together, and just get away.

Escaping can be truly therapeutic. But, there is more to simply jetting around the globe. There is a method, to the madness! I had to compose a list of the top ten destinations for girls travels in 2017. These places are my all-time favorites. As your local travel ambassador, it’s my job to bring you all the best – in travel, beauty, and style.

10. Girls Trip to New Orleans

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Known as the ultimate party capital, this locale offers tons of chic shopping! No wonder its the go-to destination for the Girls Trip Movie. During the day, stroll down Magazine Street, through their distinguished boutiques; or explore the Royal Street Mall antiques. Take a cuisine course at Culinary Crossroads. Check out live music venues, such as D.B.A or a burlesque show at an Irvin Mayfield’s Jazz Playhouse. Take the girls and head for a taste-test, and see why New Orleans is ranked number one in desserts. Be your own judge! Check out Morning Call, Café du Monde, and Gracious Bakery. Most of all, head over to the Essence Music Festival, which is held every year, between July 1 and the 6th.



9. Honolulu

Ranked number one for romance and family getaways, Honolulu offers an abundance of stress-relieving experiences. Grab your besties and head on over to explore Hawaiian food by bike tour. Yes, you heard me right. Gather in Waikiki, for a 3 to 4-hour tour of Honolulu (Hawaiian Foodie Tour), and get an insider’s perspective. Stop at anywhere from 10 to 13 various restaurants, cafes, bars – at local favorites – as you bite, taste, and sample the islands exotic flavors. Next, shop shop shop – again, in Waikiki, at the Royal Hawaiian Center. This shopping mecca boasts cultural and entertaining activities such as lomilomi massages, ukulele playing, hula dancing, lei making – in addition to top high-end stores and The Cheesecake Factory. And Honolulu has some of the best nightlife (check out RumFire Bar & Night Club) – what more can your girls ask for?

8. Miami

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I have to admit, hanging with my girls in Miami – is always an amazing experience. I will always cherish and remember. We usually go around the Columbus Day holiday, which is Miami’s Caribbean Carnival time. We play mass and have loads of fun. It has made me realize that I can never go to Carnival – anywhere – and not play mass. It’s not the same. Miami is so diverse and culturally rich – it’s impossible to not find something to do. Our favorite place to shop is the Aventura Mall. And walking along Collins Avenue, in Miami Beach, stopping to mix with the locals, grabbing a few drinks and devouring the local Cuban cuisine…ah, the memories. Collins also offers a great nightlife. This strip is always jumping.

7. Girls Trip to New York City

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New York City has an abundance of girly things to do! This is my former stomping grounds, as I am – and happy to say – a Caribbean-New Yorker! I was raised in New York, from the age of three. Much like the image above, NYC offers an array of day-to-night frolic. One can literally get lost in shopping, as the locations are never-ending. From Soho to Fifth Avenue – to Times Square to Union Square. Then there is the chic nightlife, in the city that NEVER SLEEPS! One can literally bar hop on the Lower East Side, or check out some fine dining and high-end shops through the Upper West Side. And FYI, 34th Street is definitely a must! Head over to Brooklyn, and visit Coney Island for some laughs and thrills – and stop by Footprints Caribbean Restaurant for an unforgettable experience, set to an amazing ambiance. And venture over to Fort Green/Downtown Brooklyn and visit the Atlantic Center Mall. The eateries in this vicinity are some of the best in NYC, like Sugar Cane’s Caribbean Lounge.

6. Las Vegas

Your Vegas vacation will explode with excitement. There is so much to do, it doesn’t even begin to make any sense. You can ride the gondola at The Venetian – or head over to Paris, Las Vegas and explore the Eiffel Tower. Catch a fountain show at the Bellagio or venture the Vegas strip, and witness the glitz and glam of Las Vegas Boulevard. Stretch your muscles at the Red Rock Canyon, catch a history lesson at the Neon or Mob Museums or see a light show at the Fremont Street Experience. Shop through the enormous collection of brands, and as for nightlife…just step outside and pick whatever tickles your fancy. There is never a dull moment in Vegas. And remember ladies, whatever happens in Vegas, stays in Vegas.

5. Bahamas

The Bahamas promises a totally different experience. Grab your girls and head over to some gorgeous beaches and ocean-themed fun in the sun. Opt to experience Paradise Island’s Cabbage Beach – with flanky hotels, water activities, and eateries galore.  Check out the One&Only Ocean Club, which offers complimentary access to Atlantis Resort Complex – their 21 restaurants, and 19 lounges. The Bahamas offers quintessential relaxation during this Caribbean escape. Try scuba diving at Thunderball Grotto, to explore the coral reefs or you can hike Lucayan National Park in Freeport, for a 40-acre spread of mangroves, palm, and pine trees.

4. Girls Trip to Los Angeles

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Ladies, you will quickly get exhausted, before getting bored, in LA. Shopping on Rodeo Drive is like an experience unlike any other. Beverly Hills and High-End shopping just seem to go perfectly together. Think Pretty Woman, and I mean the movie. Cruise Sunset Boulevard in style, or look flawless in your two-piece bikinis as you swag on Venice Beach, Santa Monica Pier and Beach, or Zuma Beach (Malibu, Wealth, all are welcomed). Want a more eclectic feel? Check out Santa Monica’s Third Street Promenade – a shopaholics dream! Cocktails? Try funky The Roger Room or L.P Rooftop Bar.



3. Tokyo

There’s never a dull moment in Tokyo. With over 12 million locals, you will have to expect an abundance of things to fit every personality. Shop Ginza for those designer pieces and the Tsukiji Market for food; head for a sky view of the Tokyo Tower or a bird’s eye view of the city at the Tokyo Metropolitan Government Building. Witness how the royals lived by visiting the Imperial Palace.

2. Jamaica

I fell in love with love in Jamaica. Negril to be exact. The atmosphere, ambiance, and culture were simply unforgettable. I’ve spent time in Ocho Rios, Montego Bay, Kingston, and yes, Negril. I am planning to go visit Portland Parish, to take “a leap of faith” at The Rabbit Hole at Reach Falls. This location is less popular than the coveted Dunn’s River, but the excitement and lure of seclusion make it an amazing bucket-list, girls trip must! But don’t forget Margaritaville restaurant, in Montego Bay, or the seven-mile beach of awesomeness in Negril (I highly recommend an all-inclusive) and for nightlife, head over to Rick’s Cafe (no jumping at night).

1. Punta Cana, DR

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Another bucket list fave, Punta Cana makes it impossible to be disappointed. Experience nightlife like never before, at this old country cave, turned nightclub – Imagine Nightclub. Dance until dawn. Shuttle service is provided by hotels. Journey down a tree-lined path, approaching the cave’s entrance – as you’re greeted by the bass of the music and neon lights. For daytime fun, take a day trip to Saona Island. Sail on a catamaran – touch down on pristine shores, to the yacht anchoring spot of Palmilla. Book a day trip with lunch included.

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Comments

  • Nancy at Whispered Inspiration

    These are great destination ideas for a girls trip! You are making me want to plan one right now. I could totally use a vacation with some of my close friends.

    September 13, 2017 at 7:06 pm
  • Gingermommy

    There are so many places on this list that I would want to visit, whether it be with a girls trip or just in general. Jamaica looks beautiful, I have heard many great things about the Rabbit hole at Reach falls!

    September 13, 2017 at 7:08 pm
  • Censie 'Mumby' Sawyer

    I am saving this. My BFF and I always do a yearly girls trip and we are looking for new places to visit. I love any trip with my girls because it is always fun but relaxing too! Love being able to escape from mom life for a bit! Great list!

    September 13, 2017 at 9:33 pm
  • Mimi Green

    Hawaii is at the top of my list. I just need to figure out how to do it without being on the plane for 10 hours. I’ve already done Miami, NYC, and New Orleans.

    September 13, 2017 at 10:35 pm
  • Marysa

    Those all sound like great getaways! I think I would go for NYC or Bahamas. We have some really long, harsh winters here, and a quick trip to the Bahamas would be a great way to recharge.

    September 13, 2017 at 10:36 pm
  • Joanna @ Everyday Made

    These are all great locations. We are fairly close to New Orleans…and I love NYC! I think I’d probably choose one of those places.

    September 13, 2017 at 10:36 pm
  • Jennifer Van Huss

    These destinations look fabulous! The only one I have been to is New York City and it rocked!! I really want to see all of these places!

    September 13, 2017 at 10:37 pm
  • Joely Smith

    What an entertaining post! I would love to hang with you in any of these places! I do love Miami and the Bahamas! Been to NYC a few times but never really got to enjoy it – it was always for business. Bummer! I need to get out more!

    September 13, 2017 at 10:38 pm
  • I do need to get away! I have a lot on my bucket list – but not a girls
    trip! But why not? I would love to do this with my friends! Any of those
    places would be nice right now!

    September 14, 2017 at 9:34 am
  • I have not had a fun girls night out or getaway in ages! I would love to go to LA for a fun time with my girlfriends!

    September 14, 2017 at 12:23 pm
  • Kathleen @AnyTots

    I haven’t been on a girl trip in a mighty long time. The trips I’ve been taking are all trips with the kids, haha. I could use some cocktail right now. I never thought of Punta Cana, I will look into that destination. I need a vacay so bad!!!!

    September 14, 2017 at 1:08 pm
  • Karlyn Cruz

    My girlfriends and I always try to plan a trip once a year. This is a great list! I think I like the New Orleans one! Maybe I can be the girl in the front seat! lol!

    September 14, 2017 at 1:29 pm
  • Christy Garrett

    I love all of these suggestions. We went to Jamaica a few years ago when we went on our cruise. It is a beautiful country and I always wanted to go back so that we could experience a few other areas.

    I would also love to go to a few of the other destinations too.

    September 14, 2017 at 2:49 pm
  • Wendy Polisi

    Las Vegas is usually where I escape to. I went to the Bahamas once and really enjoyed it as well.

    September 14, 2017 at 3:25 pm
  • Monica Young

    I am planning a girls trip, and I will be taking a close look to all these destinations. They do look like a lot of fun to get out with the girls. Bucket list for many of them already, so i cannot wait to start planning the trips. Thank you for sharing

    September 14, 2017 at 4:35 pm
  • This is what I get for being so introvert. I have NO girl friends to take fun trips with like this! lol

    September 14, 2017 at 5:13 pm
  • Seeking Neverland

    great list. I want to visit most of these cities for I have never been. New Orleans is actually on my list for girls trip. I hear great things. I already live in LV and have been to LA more times than I can count.

    September 14, 2017 at 6:11 pm
  • I must admit, I am not a big party animal but I absolutely love that you’re including Tokyo in this – I love the city for the culture and the exoticness while showing some key NYY elements, and one can have a brilliant time hopping from one karaoke bar to the next (did that in 2008…)…

    Happy travels!
    C

    September 14, 2017 at 11:55 pm
  • I totally like this list of Places. Me and my husband are planning to settle in Las Vegas soon. These are awesome suggestions!

    September 15, 2017 at 9:05 am
  • Lynn Dee

    Great list! I would love to go back to NYC. We were there last Christmas. And I would love to explore Tokyo. We’ve only been to the airport in Tokyo.

    September 15, 2017 at 11:04 am
  • I absolutely LOVE this idea! I also love the list you’ve compiled. When I feel extremely overwhelmed, I love to just take a deep breath and have a trip with my sisters. It’s amazing what travel can do for you!

    September 15, 2017 at 3:05 pm
  • Adaleta Avdic

    I would happily go on any of those! I just got back from NYFW and it was so much fun!

    September 15, 2017 at 3:27 pm
  • Adriana

    Aren’t girls trips just the best?! I love all of your picks! LA and Punta Cana are definitely my favorites too. I also really love Hawaii! So much fun – I need to plan another girls trip now haha!

    September 16, 2017 at 1:04 am
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