Five Last-Minute Labor Day Escapes

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With Labor Day right around the corner, many of us are dreading the end to all of our warm weather fun. But summer isn’t over yet, which means there’s still time to squeeze in one last getaway!

There are great summer destinations just waiting for you to come out and explore them. So pack your bags, gas up the car (or hop a quick flight!) and check out these fun, last-minute Labor Day escapes.

1. Tybee Island, Georgia

Atlanta is great, but it’s not the only place to visit in the peach state.  Tybee Island is nestled just off the coast of Savannah and is the perfect place to get a bit of old Southern charm with a bit of a modern kick.  Here you’ll find everything from secluded/private islands, marshlands, sea turtles and peaceful public beaches, to fresh Georgia shrimp, bottlenose dolphin tours, and a relaxed nightlife. It also makes for a great family getaway before the kids head back to school (if they haven’t done so already).

2. Punta Cana, Dominican Republic

One of the reasons the Dominican Republic is one of the most visited tourist destinations in the Caribbean is that it is a hub for all-inclusive stays, many showcasing great eleventh-hour deals. One of the newer resorts, the Hotel Riu Palace Bavaro, often offers amazing last-minute deals on junior suites for as low as $115/night, per person, all-inclusive, with spa credits and golf discounts.

3. Big Sur, California

More secluded and private than other California coast destinations, this escape is not to be missed.  From hiking and biking through Pfeifer Big or Andrew Molera State Parks where Redwoods, a 60-ft waterfall, and rocky coastal vistas line your path, to tubing or kayaking on the Big Sur River, there is plenty to do here. On a good day, you can even get to see Endangered Blue Whales move along the coast–definitely something that will be a hit with children.

4. Cancun/Riviera Maya, Mexico

When it comes to quick, last-minute getaways, Mexico is one destination that I swear by.  Mexico is pretty much perfect.  Lots of options for places to stay, great weather, it’s cheap and there’s no shortage of activities.  Beaches, snorkeling and exploring Mayan ruins like Chichen Itza and Tulum are all within reach.  Check sites like and for last minute flight deals.

5. Washington, D.C.

This one is a hidden gem. In addition to the city’s beautiful parks and rich history, visitors can enjoy two free music events: the first is the 26th annual DC Blues festival on Saturday; the second is an annual free concert performed by the National Symphony Orchestra on the West Lawn of the Capitol building.  The best part?  No need to deal with crowded airports, simply catch a budget friendly Megabus ride and enjoy the scenery on the way to your escape.

About Danielle Pointdujour

Danielle Pointdujour

Danielle Pointdujour is a proud Howard University grad and Brooklynite living the passport life to the fullest. With over 40 countries under her belt, you can always find Danielle traveling the globe in search of new experiences and sharing her two cents about the world around her. You can follow her writing, musings and global adventures on Twitter and Instagram.