Here's Where to Vacation This Labor Day, According to the Chicest Jet-Setters

Updated 08/13/18

We'd be lying if we said we didn't scour our favorite bloggers' Instagrams to plot our next once in a while. From the beaches of Tulum to the tops of Shanghai towers, these jet-setting freelancers have both the leisure and the discerning eye to fly the globe in search of the best and greatest, making them one of our most valuable travel resources. Better yet, they've crafted their iPhone photography skills to painstaking perfection—ensuring a great dose of wanderlust with each scroll.

So when we were in search of the perfect getaways, we decided to go right to the source and poll the bloggers who make us want to book a flight each time we fire up our Insta feed. From the adventure-seekers to the young parents or the singles on the go, there are just enough recommendations to please everyone. There's just one consensus as far as this is concerned: It's time to hit the beach one last time with these Labor Day getaways.

Cabo San Lucas, Mexico

Labor Day Getaways — Cabo San Lucas
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Bloggers agree: Cabo San Lucas is the destination of choice for Labor Day. Both and Michelle Madsen of recommended the Mexican Baja coast as their favorite long weekend escape. "Cabo San Lucas is one of my favorite getaways in the world," Styles says, "and the fact that it's only a three-hour flight from Austin makes it perfect for a long weekend. It's the ideal spot to pretend that summer's not quite over as you lounge in a beach chair and listen to crashing waves, margarita in hand."

Stay: Styles suggests the . "It's pure luxury on the most beautiful stretch of private beach—and they have the best poolside fish tacos I've ever tasted." Madsen prefers . "It's beautifully designed with a negative-edge pool, super-friendly staff, and excellent food. I especially loved the live music at night and drinks at their rooftop bar."

Eat: The ceviche at One&Only. "I could eat at this restaurant every night of my vacation," Styles says. "They have the freshest sushi and ceviche prepared in really creative ways, plus you can sip a tequila cocktail and watch the sunset over the ocean during a romantic dinner."

Do: "There are so many hotels to explore in a short distance, and fun excursions like horseback riding and boat rides," Madsen says.

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Russian River, California

Labor Day Getaways — Russian River
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"I just got back from camping in an Airstream and decided that Russian River Valley is my next long-weekend getaway destination," says Amber Lewis, principal designer and owner of . "There's just something about Northern California that's so intriguing to me. The wilderness is so pristine and untouched up there, and it's just a few hours' drive from Los Angeles."

Stay: The blogger and interior designer suggests . The campsite is located in Sonoma County in the Russian River Valley, where you can ride bikes and barbecue with your family. "A vacation really does not get much better than that," Lewis says.

Do: "During the day, you can swim and canoe in the Russian River, hike, and explore Armstrong Redwoods State Natural Reserve," she says.

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Sydney, Australia

Labor Day Getaways — Sydney, Australia
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"In my ultimate Labor Day fantasy, the flight Down Under would be a brisk two hours, and we would able to go back sans work, sickness, and sans full-time kids so that we could enjoy all that it has to offer," says mom, blogger, and best-selling author , who had to spend part of her recent Australian vacation tending to a sick husband and taking care of two young toddlers. Despite the bad luck, she still made the most of her time in Sydney.

Eat: "We loved our quick trip to Berry and Gerringong—it's about two hours south of Sydney and is a great getaway from the bustle of the city," Henderson says. "Make sure to stop at for some food and to take in the wonderful atmosphere." In Sydney, she also recommends as a Labor Day trip. "It's family-friendly, on the beach, and has so many cute little places to stop in and eat." What else could you need?

Do: "Bondi Beach is definitely a bit of a tourist destination, but if you've never been to Sydney, it's well worth the visit," Henderson says. "That pool on the water is what dreams are made of." Being an avid shopper, Henderson also praises the boutiques and for home décor, and for some good threads.

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Palm Springs, California

Labor Day Getaways — Palm Springs
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"Palm Springs is where I want to be this Labor Day," says Rumi Neely, blogger at . "It's far enough from L.A. to feel like a getaway, but it still lets me get in as much California as possible before New York Fashion Week. I never get tired of the long days by the pool and the warm romantic nights."

Stay: "I usually will rent a house with friends or stay at the if it's just me and my boyfriend," Neely says. "The grounds are like something out of Lewis Carroll's imagination."

Do: "A typical day would include an avocado sandwich from , vintage shopping, and a pool session followed by dinner at ," she says. Sounds like a perfect Labor Day trip to us.

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Montauk, New York

Labor Day Getaways — Montauk, New York
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Ask NYC-based advertising account executive and blogger where she would want to spend her Labor Day, and her answer is simple: the Hamptons—more specifically Amagansett or Montauk, New York. "The Hamptons are my ideal Labor Day weekend destination because there's simply so much to do," she says. "You have great shopping, amazing restaurants, and the beach all at your fingertips. Plus it's only a two-and-a-half–hour ride from Manhattan."

Stay: "My absolute favorite place to stay in Montauk is ," Nelson says of the Sean MacPherson–designed hotel.

Eat: "For your morning coffee, be sure to visit in Amagansett or in Sag Harbor. Grab a lobster roll at or the Clam Bar at Napeague. And for dinner, I have so many recommendations," Nelson says. "You can't miss , , , , or ."

Do: "For shopping, I highly recommend visiting 's new Amagansett location or in Montauk," she says. Consider our bags packed.

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Napa Valley, California

Labor Day Getaways — Napa Valley
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Julia Engel of built a brand around her love for travel, so we were excited to hear her suggestion. "My ideal Labor Day trip is Napa Valley," she says. "It's so relaxing, the weather is great that time of year, and it's around harvest season, so the valley is buzzing with enthusiasm for this season's crop. It's the best place I know to savor the last moments of summer."

Stay: For accommodations, Engel suggests the , , , , or .

Eat: "Eat breakfast at or ; lunch at , , or ; and dinner at or ," Engel says.

Do: "Obviously, being in wine country, you must go wine tasting. We love , , and , just to name a few." Sounds idyllic.

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British Virgin Islands

Labor Day Getaways — British Virgin Islands
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Lisa Dengler, Los Angeles–based blogger at , recommends island-hopping in the British Virgin Islands this Labor Day.

Stay: , and dock at different islands, suggests Dengler. "It makes island-hopping so much simpler—never having to move your stuff around from hotel to hotel," she says.

Eat: Dengler recommends restaurant in Virgin Gorda or BananaKeet Café and in Tortola.

Do: Snorkeling is the blogger's activity of choice in the British Virgin Islands.

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Porto Ercole, Italy

Labor Day Getaways — Porto Ecole, Italy
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Amanda S. Gluck of , a Miami-based blogger, event designer, and mother of two, recommends jetting to no other place than Italy, specifically Porto Ercole for a Labor Day trip to Tuscany.

Stay: The blogger recommends treating yourself to a room at . "It was named a , and for good reason," she says. "It's where Slim Aarons staged many of his photos. With only 50 rooms, the hotel is quaint, and the staff is like no other."

Eat: "Eat at , the more casual hotel restaurant," Gluck says. "You can sit under a bed of umbrellas and dine while taking in views of the pool and cliffside."

Do: "Lie by the pool or beach. Relax at the spa. Seriously, there's no need to leave the property," Gluck says. This is the perfect destination for anyone looking to seriously hit the reset button.

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Laguna Beach, California

Labor Day Getaways — Laguna Beach
Courtesy of Christine Andrew

Christine Andrew, Salt Lake City–based blogger at and owner of , loves to get away on the Californian coast during Labor Day. "There are so many hidden areas that feel so different, from the shopping in Beverly Hills to the cliffs of Catalina Island and Big Sur, and, of course, the beach," she says. "Anything involving water is the perfect last hurrah in August before it starts to cool down and fall officially begins."

Stay: "We love to stay at the ," Andrew says. "There are so many great beaches you can walk to along the stretch with amazing views. The grounds at the Montage have the prettiest gardens, direct beach access, a great pool, and good food—you never have to leave the resort."

Eat: "For my Mexican food fix, there is an amazing taco place across the street from the Montage called . It's so good." Andrew says.

Do: "The whale watching tours at can't be missed," she says. "We saw tons of dolphins too—it was a hit."

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St. Tropez, France

Labor Day Getaways — St. Tropez
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Marianna Hewitt, YouTuber and blogger at , loves to escape to the South of France this time of year. "Labor Day is the best time for a getaway before a hectic month of fashion weeks," she says. "My favorite vacation destination this summer has been St. Tropez."

Stay: "In St. Tropez, you can stay at an in the port to get the full experience and feel like a local," she suggests. "If relaxation is for you and you want to sit by a pool, check into ."

Eat: "Breakfast at Dior Café is a must," the blogger says. "Have its signature cappuccino that is Instagram-worthy. Have lunch at , and then head to for a beach party."

Do: In a party mood? Hewitt recommends : "The bar has live music on weekends, and it's situated between Fendi and Céline, in case you want to shop."

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San Diego, California

Labor Day Getaways — San Diego
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"Being from Los Angeles, I try to stick to areas that are relatively close by for Labor Day," says blogger and YouTuber Sona Gasparian of . "An ideal destination is San Diego, since it's only a two-hour drive, and the beaches are so beautiful."

Stay: "If you're staying in downtown San Diego, I recommend the ," Gasparian says. "You get beautiful views of the bay, and there are so many great restaurants nearby. If you prefer to stay by the beach, I recommend . It's a great beachfront property with lots to do. It's more of a relaxing atmosphere, so it's a perfect family getaway."

Eat: As far as restaurants go, the blogger recommends , , or .

Do: "Rent a boat for the day," she suggests. "It's a blast."

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This post was originally published August 9, 2016, and has since been updated.

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