17 Great Getaways for Groups on a Budget

by Christina Garofalo

17 Great Getaways for Groups on a Budget

by Christina Garofalo

Group vacations make memories that last a lifetime, but choosing the right destination is key. These 17 places offer group-friendly activities and accommodations, while remaining easy to navigate and — most importantly — easy on the wallet.

Group vacations make memories that last a lifetime, but choosing the right destination is key. These 17 places offer group-friendly activities and accommodations, while remaining easy to navigate and — most importantly — easy on the wallet.

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Oahu, HI
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Oahu, HI

Hawaii’s most populous island offers exotic landscapes without the challenges or costs of traveling abroad. Travelers of all ages and interests will find something they like — whether it’s snorkeling, surfing, hiking, or hula. Plus, all beaches are free to the public. Rental cars are affordable (approx. $30/day), and we found Airbnbs for as low as $99 per night.

Read more: 7 Cool Cultural Experiences You Can Try on Oahu

Hawaii’s most populous island offers exotic landscapes without the challenges or costs of traveling abroad. Travelers of all ages and interests will find something they like — whether it’s snorkeling, surfing, hiking, or hula. Plus, all beaches are free to the public. Rental cars are affordable (approx. $30/day), and we found Airbnbs for as low as $99 per night.

Read more: 7 Cool Cultural Experiences You Can Try on Oahu

Asheville, NC
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Asheville, NC

Spacious Airbnb rentals (from $34 per night!) with the Blue Ridge Mountains in the backdrop make a cozy setting for a group gathering. Make a good playlist as you drive through the winding country roads. Corral the group for hiking or rafting, or — those who prefer a more relaxed retreat — book a hot air balloon ride and indulge in the area’s excellent bars and restaurants.

Read more: Asheville, NC Is The Coolest Town You've Not Visited

Spacious Airbnb rentals (from $34 per night!) with the Blue Ridge Mountains in the backdrop make a cozy setting for a group gathering. Make a good playlist as you drive through the winding country roads. Corral the group for hiking or rafting, or — those who prefer a more relaxed retreat — book a hot air balloon ride and indulge in the area’s excellent bars and restaurants.

Read more: Asheville, NC Is The Coolest Town You've Not Visited

Newport, RI
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Newport, RI

Just three-and-a-half-hours by car from NYC, this quaint seaside city is largely walkable — making it easy to navigate without coordinating the use of a car. It’s within minutes of lovely free beaches and the mansion-lined Cliff Walk, as well as whale-watching and deep-sea fishing. Casual seafood eateries and a lively bar scene are well-suited to groups, as are rentals, which start at around $80 per night on Airbnb.

Read more: What to See, Do, and Eat in Newport, RI

Just three-and-a-half-hours by car from NYC, this quaint seaside city is largely walkable — making it easy to navigate without coordinating the use of a car. It’s within minutes of lovely free beaches and the mansion-lined Cliff Walk, as well as whale-watching and deep-sea fishing. Casual seafood eateries and a lively bar scene are well-suited to groups, as are rentals, which start at around $80 per night on Airbnb.

Read more: What to See, Do, and Eat in Newport, RI

Montreal, Quebec, Canada
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Montreal, QC

A group trip to Europe is hard to plan (let alone to schedule). Fortunately, nearby Montreal delights Francophiles with decadent restaurants, charming wine bars, European-style markets, and of course the chance to parle français. The shopping and dining scene -- plus attractions like the Montreal Botanical Gardens -- are great for groups. Airbnbs are available from $35 per night. 

Read more: A Design Lover's Guide to Montreal

A group trip to Europe is hard to plan (let alone to schedule). Fortunately, nearby Montreal delights Francophiles with decadent restaurants, charming wine bars, European-style markets, and of course the chance to parle français. The shopping and dining scene -- plus attractions like the Montreal Botanical Gardens -- are great for groups. Airbnbs are available from $35 per night. 

Read more: A Design Lover's Guide to Montreal

Nashville, TN
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Nashville, TN

In recent years, Music City has become a full-blown cultural hub. Here, Airbnb rentals start at $55 per night, and ride shares typically cost under $10. From the Country Music Hall of Fame and honky-tonks on Broadway, to the trendy eateries and cocktail bars of Germantown and East Nashville, there’s something for everyone.

Read more: What to See and Do In Nashville, Tennessee

In recent years, Music City has become a full-blown cultural hub. Here, Airbnb rentals start at $55 per night, and ride shares typically cost under $10. From the Country Music Hall of Fame and honky-tonks on Broadway, to the trendy eateries and cocktail bars of Germantown and East Nashville, there’s something for everyone.

Read more: What to See and Do In Nashville, Tennessee

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Iceland

If you want to go international, Iceland can be easy and affordable for groups — especially in the winter. Here, home rentals start at $74 per night. In the winter, flights from NYC cost around $500. And, with a couple of cars, groups can see epic waterfalls, healing hot springs, and colossal glaciers. 

Read more: 10 Icelandic Natural Wonders You Can See for Free

If you want to go international, Iceland can be easy and affordable for groups — especially in the winter. Here, home rentals start at $74 per night. In the winter, flights from NYC cost around $500. And, with a couple of cars, groups can see epic waterfalls, healing hot springs, and colossal glaciers. 

Read more: 10 Icelandic Natural Wonders You Can See for Free

Costa Rica
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Costa Rica

Although it’s a Spanish-speaking country, Costa Rica is easy to navigate. Large, luxurious home rentals — with upscale amenities like pools and hot tubs overlooking the water — are available from $65 per night. And from surfing and fishing, to zip-lining and horseback riding, and endless pristine beaches — no one will be lacking things to do.

Read more: What to See and Do in Costa Rica

Although it’s a Spanish-speaking country, Costa Rica is easy to navigate. Large, luxurious home rentals — with upscale amenities like pools and hot tubs overlooking the water — are available from $65 per night. And from surfing and fishing, to zip-lining and horseback riding, and endless pristine beaches — no one will be lacking things to do.

Read more: What to See and Do in Costa Rica

Hamptons, NY
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The Hamptons, NY

Though the Hamptons are often associate with the elite, the mansions here are primed for large group getaways. Plus, the shops, bars, and restaurants in town offer a nice escape. In fact, it's possible that you and up to 20 of your closest family members or friends can score a centrally located house for $800 per night. Meanwhile, smaller groups can find comfortable accommodations for around $150 per night. 

Read more: 6 Ways to Get to the Hamptons (And What It'll Cost You)

Though the Hamptons are often associate with the elite, the mansions here are primed for large group getaways. Plus, the shops, bars, and restaurants in town offer a nice escape. In fact, it's possible that you and up to 20 of your closest family members or friends can score a centrally located house for $800 per night. Meanwhile, smaller groups can find comfortable accommodations for around $150 per night. 

Read more: 6 Ways to Get to the Hamptons (And What It'll Cost You)

Carnival Cruises, Saint Lucia
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A Caribbean Cruise

Groups can enjoy the perks of an all-inclusive resort with the added bonus of experiencing several destinations and excursions organized for you. No need to coordinate transportation to/from activities or worry about splitting a check. If you know when to book and where to look, you can score a short, three-night cruise for under $400 per person. 

Read more: 3 Ways to Spend a 3-Night Royal Caribbean Cruise to the Bahamas

Groups can enjoy the perks of an all-inclusive resort with the added bonus of experiencing several destinations and excursions organized for you. No need to coordinate transportation to/from activities or worry about splitting a check. If you know when to book and where to look, you can score a short, three-night cruise for under $400 per person. 

Read more: 3 Ways to Spend a 3-Night Royal Caribbean Cruise to the Bahamas

Philadelphia, PA
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Philadelphia, PA

The City of Brotherly Love may be compact, but it's certainly dense with culture and history. Popular attractions, including the Liberty Bell and Independence Hall, are easily accessible via public transit. The city also boasts excellent restaurants, most of which are BYOB, and several art museums. Meanwhile, centrally located, high-end hotels are often less than $150 per night.

Read more: How to Spend an Art-Filled Weekend in Philadelphia

The City of Brotherly Love may be compact, but it's certainly dense with culture and history. Popular attractions, including the Liberty Bell and Independence Hall, are easily accessible via public transit. The city also boasts excellent restaurants, most of which are BYOB, and several art museums. Meanwhile, centrally located, high-end hotels are often less than $150 per night.

Read more: How to Spend an Art-Filled Weekend in Philadelphia

Park City
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Park City, UT

Ski trips make an epic group getaway, and there's no better place to go than Park City. Here, there's a perfect run for every skill level -- plus enough shopping, bars, and restaurants to entertain the non-skiers in your group. You’ll find Airbnbs fit for large numbers from $200 per night, and accommodations for smaller groups are available for less than $100 per night. 

Read more: How to Splurge and How to Save in Park City, Utah

Ski trips make an epic group getaway, and there's no better place to go than Park City. Here, there's a perfect run for every skill level -- plus enough shopping, bars, and restaurants to entertain the non-skiers in your group. You’ll find Airbnbs fit for large numbers from $200 per night, and accommodations for smaller groups are available for less than $100 per night. 

Read more: How to Splurge and How to Save in Park City, Utah

Sedona, AZ
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Sedona, AZ

For a restorative retreat, Sedona offers everything from salt caves to vortexes, to yoga, hiking, and spas — plus a heap of affordable homes with hot tubs, pools, and stunning views of the red rocks for under $200 per night, depending on the season. 

Read more: A One-Week Arizona Road Trip with Something for Everyone

For a restorative retreat, Sedona offers everything from salt caves to vortexes, to yoga, hiking, and spas — plus a heap of affordable homes with hot tubs, pools, and stunning views of the red rocks for under $200 per night, depending on the season. 

Read more: A One-Week Arizona Road Trip with Something for Everyone

 

Playa del Carmen, Mexico
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Playa del Carmen, Mexico

Just an hour's drive from Cancun, Playa del Carmen offers the same group-friendly activities — swimming, snorkeling, excursions (including to Chichén Itzá) — sans the rowdy college crowds. The beaches are public, so you can skip the resort for a relaxing ocean-view rental, which are available as low as $115 per night for large groups, and less than $30 per night for smaller groups. 

Read more: Playa Del Carmen Two Ways, Budget and Luxury

Just an hour's drive from Cancun, Playa del Carmen offers the same group-friendly activities — swimming, snorkeling, excursions (including to Chichén Itzá) — sans the rowdy college crowds. The beaches are public, so you can skip the resort for a relaxing ocean-view rental, which are available as low as $115 per night for large groups, and less than $30 per night for smaller groups. 

Read more: Playa Del Carmen Two Ways, Budget and Luxury

Lake Tahoe
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Lake Tahoe (CA or NV)

Lake Tahoe is a great, affordable option for groups year-round. In the winter, hit the slopes at the affordable Sierra-at-Tahoe Resort, then warm up afterward with hot spiked cider and games by the fire. In summer, have everyone pitch in for a boat for the day or go on a scenic hike. While houses start around $200 per night, smaller groups can find lodging for under $100 per night.

Read More: An Affordable Getaway in the Sierra Nevada Mountains
 

Lake Tahoe is a great, affordable option for groups year-round. In the winter, hit the slopes at the affordable Sierra-at-Tahoe Resort, then warm up afterward with hot spiked cider and games by the fire. In summer, have everyone pitch in for a boat for the day or go on a scenic hike. While houses start around $200 per night, smaller groups can find lodging for under $100 per night.

Read More: An Affordable Getaway in the Sierra Nevada Mountains
 

Orlando, FL
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Orlando, FL

Most people hear Orlando and think of Walt Disney World, but the city offers plenty to see and do for travelers of all ages. Spend the requisite day in the parks, but then hit the trendy Milk District for vintage shopping and incredible bites. Come nighttime, head downtown to explore either the revitalized Church Street Station district or the Mills 50 neighborhood, where you can enjoy affordable, authentic Vietnamese cuisine. We found Airbnb rentals for as low as $45 per night (depending on the season). 

Read more: 5 Quirky and Retro Attractions in Orlando

Most people hear Orlando and think of Walt Disney World, but the city offers plenty to see and do for travelers of all ages. Spend the requisite day in the parks, but then hit the trendy Milk District for vintage shopping and incredible bites. Come nighttime, head downtown to explore either the revitalized Church Street Station district or the Mills 50 neighborhood, where you can enjoy affordable, authentic Vietnamese cuisine. We found Airbnb rentals for as low as $45 per night (depending on the season). 

Read more: 5 Quirky and Retro Attractions in Orlando

Lake Coeur d'Alene
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Coeur d'Alene, Idaho

This under-the-radar city -- located about 40 minutes east of Spokane, Washington -- offers something for everyone. From hiking and kayaking to shopping and dining. Spend a day or two by the Lake Coeur d'Alene, where you can swim, fish, kayak, or partake in other water sports. Meanwhile, hikers will love the 3.3-mile Mineral Ridge Scenic Area and National Recreation Trail, which offers postcard-worthy views you have to see to believe. Downtown Coeur d'Alene offers a wide variety of shopping and dining options (The Garnet Café is a must!). Spacious Airbnbs are available from $140 per night.

Read more: How to Visit Idaho's Affordable, Up-and-Coming Wine Country

This under-the-radar city -- located about 40 minutes east of Spokane, Washington -- offers something for everyone. From hiking and kayaking to shopping and dining. Spend a day or two by the Lake Coeur d'Alene, where you can swim, fish, kayak, or partake in other water sports. Meanwhile, hikers will love the 3.3-mile Mineral Ridge Scenic Area and National Recreation Trail, which offers postcard-worthy views you have to see to believe. Downtown Coeur d'Alene offers a wide variety of shopping and dining options (The Garnet Café is a must!). Spacious Airbnbs are available from $140 per night.

Read more: How to Visit Idaho's Affordable, Up-and-Coming Wine Country

Baton Rouge
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Baton Rouge, LA

With a bustling culinary scene, fascinating history, and plenty of green space, Louisiana's capital city makes the perfect destination for your next group getaway. Start off by embarking on a group swamp tour -- an absolute must! -- before eating your way through the city (we recommend Umami for fresh Japanese fare, Zorba’s for authentic Greek cuisine, and Frank's for Cajun classics like hearty jambalaya). Large Airbnbs (8+ guests) can be found for under $100. 

Read more: Here's How to Eat Like a Local in Baton Rouge

With a bustling culinary scene, fascinating history, and plenty of green space, Louisiana's capital city makes the perfect destination for your next group getaway. Start off by embarking on a group swamp tour -- an absolute must! -- before eating your way through the city (we recommend Umami for fresh Japanese fare, Zorba’s for authentic Greek cuisine, and Frank's for Cajun classics like hearty jambalaya). Large Airbnbs (8+ guests) can be found for under $100. 

 

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