It happens every year: We wait nine long months for summer to arrive and then soak up every last drop of the season. Then it’s back to waiting another nine long months—while dreaming of days at the beach, fruity tropical cocktails and the warm summer sun on our skin. It’s said that “the tans fade, the memories last forever,” but why not keep that summer glow all year long by considering some fall getaway destinations?
Even though autumn is on its way, the summer celebration doesn’t have to end! We fully believe that summer is a state of mind. It’s easy to forget what time of year it is when you’re in the right place, surrounded by the right people and living your life to the absolute fullest.
Another way to stay in the summer state of mind is to chase the sun! And having a travel companion by your side only makes the experience better. After you make a match on Seeking with that great upgrade deal, you can start planning some romantic couples getaways in fabulous locations with some serious summer vibes.
We took the liberty of doing some preliminary travel research for you, identifying destinations around the globe that keep summer-y celebrations going long after those seasonal tourist crowds have returned home. So, chase the sun at these luxury vacation spots that will certainly keep you in a summer state of mind.
Seeking’s Top Choices for Fall Getaway Destinations
With crystal clear waters, pristine beaches and lush tropical gardens, French Polynesia might be the closest thing to Paradise. Your overwater bungalow, visits to the wellness spa and witnessing a South Pacific sunset will only help you appreciate the natural beauty you’re surrounded by.
Luxury resorts and spas dot the coast, offering a number of options for rest and relaxation. But if you’re interested in a little adventure, consider paddle boarding the lagoon or take a stroll by a protected ocean habitat for up-close views of the island’s exotic wildlife.
The best part? Fall is the perfect time to go. The peak season has passed and you’re there right before the island’s rainy season begins.
Athens is amazing for its storied history, hiking enthusiasts love Crete’s outdoor opportunities and the party never ends at Mykonos. But if you’re looking for a Greek Isle to soak up the sun in complete luxury, Santorini might be exactly what you’re looking for.
Stay at one of the five-star resorts or opt for a luxury villa—either way, you’re likely going to be enjoying the breathtaking views of the vibrantly blue Aegean Sea and Santorni’s eclectic coastal villages that make it an idyllic fall getaway destination.
If you and your beau are self-proclaimed foodies, even better! Enjoy culinary demonstrations, amazing Greek cuisine and the crisp white wines the isle is known for—you’ll have your pick from a handful of vineyards to visit!
There’s a reason the famous vacation in St. Tropez—a few, actually. The French Riviera hot spot is synonymous with lavish yachts, glamorous hotels and exclusive beach clubs, all boasting the privacy and luxury Hollywood A-listers are looking for. If you’re looking for something opulent, this vacation spot is certainly for you.
And while the Côte d’Azur—and all of Europe, for that matter—is jam-packed with tourists throughout the summer season, they tend to abandon the South of France by September. So, walk the cobblestone streets of its villages in peace in between visiting the local vineyards for wine tastings or soaking up the Mediterranean sun at the famous Pampelonne Beach.
If you’re looking for a late fall vacay, something Caribbean might be the right place to jet-set to. The stormy season usually comes to a close in November, when accommodations start to come to life again.
And if it’s the Caribbean your wanderlust desires, St. Bart’s just might be the créme de la créme of the tropical locale. Book rooms at its famed resorts or consider private rentals—the island’s selection of luxury villas might be exactly what you want to wake up to each morning.
As for activities to experience, St. Barts has it all. It’s known for its amazing culinary scene, designer boutiques and outdoor recreation. So, who’s up for a morning kayak expedition and shopping in the afternoon before dinner at a Michelin-star restaurant?
The Caribbean’s hurricane season also affects this Mexican hot spot, so consider saving this fall getaway destination for November. That’s when its “dry season” begins—and if you go early enough, you’ll avoid crowded beaches while the weather is still perfect to experience all the outdoors have to offer.
And if you’re an outdoor enthusiast, Riviera Maya has more than enough to fill your itinerary. Relax in the cool waters of the area’s cenotes (swimming holes in caves and caverns), snorkel or scuba dive in Cozumel, take an ATV tour or explore the area’s ancient ruins.
After you’ve gotten your adventure fix, relax at a luxury spa and enjoy views of the Caribbean from the balcony at your fabulous resort room. Vacation can’t all be about thrills, right?
There’s no need to get a new stamp in your passport to soak up some more summer. Catch some rays in sunny San Diego, California, where temperatures will still be above 70 degrees Fahrenheit in the height of fall.
And if you’ve chosen “America’s Finest City” for your getaway, we highly recommend Carlsbad. You’ll have your pick of some of the world’s finest resorts, as Four Seasons, Omni and Hyatt are just a few luxury lifestyle destinations in the trendy San Diego area.
In addition to enjoying its sandy beaches, visitors to Carlsbad also can play a round of golf at some of the country’s most exclusive courses, explore the vibrant dining scene or take a road trip on the coastal Historic Highway 101.
Regardless of where you decide to vacation at this time of year, or whether you choose to take advantage of our fall getaway destinations guide, what really matters is who you’re experiencing the destination with! Sign into Seeking and find someone to lay on the beach with!