The most popular international destinations this summer, according to Airbnb
The official start of summer is less than a month away, which means people are already gearing up for their first trip of the season. And with many international destinations starting to open up for the first time in two years, the idea of a sunny holiday abroad is more exciting than ever.
But where exactly do people go? Airbnb recently released its list of trendy summer destinations based on where users were booking stays between June 1 and August 31 this year; and while guests have already planned stays in more than 72,000 cities around the world, there are a few cities that people seem particularly keen to visit.
Domestically, travelers are looking for coastal listings in popular beach destinations. In fact, 6 of the 10 most popular US destinations are somewhere in Florida. For international travel, users are a little more willing to venture inland and book offbeat listings (think treehouses, barns, and tiny houses).
Below, we’ve listed the exact international places American travelers are planning to visit this summer, along with some great rentals to consider booking in each region. All of our featured properties are managed by Superhosts, who each have a rating of 4.8 or higher, a record of zero cancellations and a response rate of at least 90%, ensuring a fast response time when you’re ready to Reserve.
Whether you’re looking to sunbathe on a Mexican beach or go wine tasting in Tuscany, this list is sure to inspire your first summer vacation of 2022.
10. Merida, Mexico
Mérida may not be directly on the coast, but what it lacks in beaches more than makes up for in its creativity and affordability. You’ll find historic architecture, canteens churning out mezcal at all hours, and more pork belly riffs than you can imagine – and if you still craving some action on the beach after all that you can find sandy spots about 45 mins away.
9. La Paz, Mexico
The capital of Baja California Sur offers perfect weather, turquoise seascapes and some seriously great seafood restaurants (plus a much more relaxed vibe than neighboring Cabo San Lucas). To get your casual seafood fix, press Mariscos El Empanada for the chocolate clams, Taco Fish La Paz for the fried tacos, and McFisher for bacon-wrapped shrimp with cilantro vinaigrette.
8. Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic
The Dominican Republic is one of the liveliest and most geographically diverse countries in the Caribbean, but travelers focus on the capital, Santo Domingo. Even this one city has something for everyone, with a UNESCO-protected city center, a beautiful botanical garden, and white-sand beaches just a short drive or walk away.
7. Florence, Italy
With its diverse selection of museums, restaurants and shops, it’s no surprise that Florence is attracting tourists in droves this summer. When you’re not busy visiting historic sites within the city limits, be sure to plan a few wine tours in the surrounding Tuscan countryside.
6. Quepos, Costa Rica
Costa Rica has no shortage of travel-worthy beach towns, but Quepos is a great option for those who want to venture off the sand once in a while. The city is known as the gateway to Manuel Antonio National Park, a tropical paradise teeming with wildlife ranging from three-toed sloths and howler monkeys to iguanas and hundreds of bird species.
5. Tamarindo, Costa Rica
Tamarindo offers the best of both worlds: incredible surfing and swimming by day, and lively restaurants and clubs by night. The city (located on the Pacific coast of Costa Rica) is known for having some of the most beautiful beaches in the country, so enjoy the hours of sunshine, dance the night away, then settle into one of these enviable Airbnbs.
4. Puerto Escondido, Mexico
If you’re craving a decidedly low-key, ultra-relaxing Mexican vacation, then Puerto Escondido is the place for you. Located on the Pacific coast (about 29 km from Oaxaca), this laid-back town offers incredible surfing and scuba diving, as well as cheap mezcal and after-hours beach parties. for those who want a taste of spring break in the middle of summer.
3. Capri, Italy
By reputation, Capri is by far the most glamorous and spectacular island in Italy. From the emblematic rocks of Faraglioni settled in the azure of the Mediterranean to the scent of the many flowers of the island, it is almost sensory overload. And while some of the best hotels in the world are nearby, there are plenty of Airbnbs that are just as nice (and much more affordable).
2. Nassau, Bahamas
Over the past few years, there’s been one thing that’s drawn us to Nassau more than anything else: Baha Mar, the three-billion-dollar resort complex that’s taken long weekend getaways to Bahamas an absolute necessity. But there are draws to this capital city beyond the adult-only pools and massive spas. There’s also great seafood, sailing catamaran tours, and a surprisingly large arts scene.
1. Venice, Italy
Venice got a much-needed reprieve during the pandemic, when citywide lockdowns gave local government a chance to work on its overtourism issues. It looks like we’ll find out pretty quickly just how well these cruise ship bans and tourism caps will work, as Venice is officially the summer’s most sought-after international destination. Here’s hoping we can start enjoying the city’s world-class museums and ice cream parlors again without bumping our elbows too much.