Best Black Friday holidays in 2022
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The heat of the summer has evaporated away leaving us with nothing but daydreams about our Black Friday holidays. But, it is not all doom and gloom. Luckily, the holiday season is around the corner and there will be time to gather with loved ones again and head off on an adventure to foreign lands. Now, we know what you are thinking. A family holiday abroad can be pricey. But, not if you book one of the Black Friday trips and take advantage of the seasonal savings. To make things easier, we have rounded up our top 10 favorite Black Friday hotel deals to choose from. All you have to do is pack your bags and get ready to soak up some winter sun.
How did the concept of Black Friday holidays begin?
While the true origins of Black Friday are debatable, many people agree that the following anecdote is the most likely origin of this greatly anticipated holiday. The concept dates back to the 1960s when Americans were encouraged to hit the shops the Friday and Saturday after Thanksgiving Thursday. These days marked the start of the Christmas shopping season and the first time in the year when shops began to make profits (black ink). Yet the term Black Friday is said to originate from the Philadelphia traffic police who used the term to describe the terrible traffic conditions. To this day, the phrase has stuck and retailers continue to entice shoppers out of the house with incredible deals on household items, clothing, accessories, and even Black Friday holidays. Read on to discover our favorite escapes this fall.
Escape the cold of the fall and soak up the sun in Punta Cana
1. Plan your Black Friday vacation in the Dominican Republic
The Dominican Republic has long been a favorite among those keen to escape the biting cold of winter. The golden sand beach resorts of Punta Cana are the star attraction of this Caribbean island and which so much on offer in this part of the island, why go anywhere else? If you are looking for a romantic getaway, the seafront hotels that back onto Bávaro Beach are a must. This stretch of paper white sand has been voted one of the top ten best beaches in the world. When you are not enjoying the luxurious comforts of the all-inclusive hotel, spend time sunbathing on the beaches, marvelling at the incredible coral reef or enjoying active adventures hiking through caves. There is even a luxury golf course nearby for those eager to try out their hole-in-one skills while on vacation. However, despite the endless list of fantastic things to do, while in Punta Cana the top priority is to relax, unwind and celebrate being alive.
Don’t miss a trip to Chichen Itza while exploring the Riviera Maya
2. Discover the best travel opportunities this Black Friday for a Mexican adventure
The Yucatán Peninsula is a must-visit for anyone keen to explore Mexico. This southern region is packed full of adventure, culture, and history as well as offering some of the best gastronomy in the country. The Riviera Maya is one of the top destinations for the Black Friday holidays.
The Riviera Maya is one of the top destinations for the Black Friday holidays
It is a family-friendly destination that offers something of interest to all ages. Dive into the Mayan culture with a refreshing dip in one of the famous cenotes (underground lagoons) before devouring a freshly prepared ceviche at a beachside restaurant in Tulum. Spend the day soaking up the sun on the white sand beaches and for those eager to explore the coral reefs, snorkeling is a fantastic way to get up close to marine life. For those who prefer dry land, you cannot return home without a trip to Chichén Itza, the most famous Mayan temple. If you want to let your hair down, Playa del Carmen hosts a beautiful array of shops, bars, and restaurants as well as a buzzing nightlife scene. And, when you want to rest your weary head, head to the all-inclusive hotels in Cancún for the ultimate relaxing experience.
The Arenal volcano is one of the must-sees in Costa Rica
3. Black Friday trips to Costa Rica
Get a taste of the Pura Vida on your Black Friday holidays this year. Head to the natural paradise of Puntarenas and soak up the beauty while lying on the white sand of the idyllic Tambor beach. If surfing is your thing, you will be delighted to find the Doña Ana beach which is famous for its strong surf. Puntarenas is also home to a lively town center which is full of interesting shops, art galleries, a theatre and even a rescue center for seahorses, turtles and crocodiles. Puntarenas is an ideal base for staying in one of Costa Rica's top all inclusive hotels or for venturing off and exploring the landmarks. The Arenal volcano and the lake of the same name are two of the most spectacular natural wonders hiding just a 3-hour drive outside the town. The La Fortuna waterfall is also a must-see. 2 hours in the opposite direction from Puntarenas you will find the famous Langosta Beach in Tamarindo. If you fancy extending your trip and discovering more about this colorful country, use this as your base to explore the Guanacaste Province known for its Santa Rosa National park and its spectacular Pacific Ocean white beaches.
It doesn’t get more relaxing than Palm Beach Aruba
4. Escape to Aruba this Black Friday
There is nothing like a Caribbean escape to keep spirits high during the long winter months. Aruba is an excellent choice for your Black Friday holidays not just because of its close proximity to the USA but because it offers some of the most luxurious ways to rest and do nothing for a few days. Check yourself into a luxury all-inclusive hotel like the Barceló Aruba located on the bank of the picturesque Palm Beach.
Check yourself into a luxury all-inclusive hotel like the Barceló Aruba located on the bank of the picturesque Palm Beach
Explore local landmarks like the California Lighthouse, soak up the spectacular sunsets, and let your worries melt away thanks to the skilled hands of the spa staff. Aruba is a place to rest and disconnect from the world, a place where the only decision you will need to make is between taking a dip in the pool or the ocean.
Cuba is famous for its white sand beaches like Varadero Beach
5. Enjoy a Black Friday beach break in Cuba
Just 90 miles off the coast of Florida lies a little slice of paradise known as Varadero. Its close proximity to the USA means there are many travel opportunities on Black Friday to enjoy Cuba's all inclusive hotels. This thin outcrop is famous for its 12-mile-long white sand beaches, world-class luxury hotels and amazing diving conditions. When in Cuba, there is no better plan than to spend a long-afternoon soaking up the sun from the comfort of a sun lounger-mojito in hand is optional. This relaxing destination is ideal for those who want to step off the world and forget about their worries. The only tough decisions you will be making here are whether to take a refreshing dip in the pool or in the Caribbean sea. For those wanting to explore further afield than their all-inclusive hotels, Coral Beach is a fantastic hub for divers. The Varahicacos Ecological Reserve is worth a visit and for those interested in the social history of Varadero, a trip to the Municipal Museum of Varadero is a must. Of course, when exploring this beautiful town, don’t pass up the chance to row a boat on the lake of Josone Park, an idyllic oasis in the middle of the town.
Stroll along the streets of Dubai and enjoy the cosmopolitan city
6. Enjoy a family adventure to Dubai
Let’s face it, December looks better in Dubai. If you fancy jet-setting off further afield for your Black Friday holidays, you cannot go wrong with a vacation in the United Arab Emirates. It may be the playground of the rich and famous but there is something for all tastes and budgets here. The Dubai Marina is a wonderful location for those wanting to explore the city. Here you will find all-inclusive hotels in Dubai, smart cafés and interesting craft markets dotted along the marina. And, you will only be a stone’s throw from Dubai’s top attractions such as the Dubai Mall, Dubai Miracle Garden, and the Burj Khalifa. Yet with so many amazing sights to see, don’t forget to spend time relaxing on one of the city’s white sand beaches.
Playa Las Teresitas is one of the white sand beaches in Tenerife
7. Explore the volcanic landscapes of the Canary Islands
If you want to soak up the winter sun while still getting a dose of European charm, then the Canary Islands are an ideal destination for your Black Friday holidays. Located off the coast of Morocco, these Spanish islands are a melting pot of cultures and styles. Tenerife is an ideal island to choose from if you want to spend some quality time with your family. Hit the south where the beaches stretch out for as far as you can see and use it as your base to explore the iconic landmarks such as the El Teide volcano and the UNESCO world heritage city of La Laguna. Gran Canaria is a wonderful escape for couples in search of a cosmopolitan break. The capital Las Palmas offers a world of adventures as well as a varied gastronomic scene while further south, the beaches of Maspalomas offer an idyllic setting to catch up on R&R. Lanzarote and Fuerteventura are smaller islands but still worth a visit. Soak up the bohemian vibe of Lanzarote and enjoy discovering the artistic legacy of César Manrique. Or if watersports are your thing, the large empty beaches of Fuerteventura are a must-visit.
Andalusia is home to incredible architecture like the Alhambra
8. Take in the history and the culture of Andalusia this Black Friday
What better way to spend your Black Friday holidays than exploring Spain’s magical southern coast? Andalusia is steeped in mystery and years of exciting history. It is the homeland of famous Spanish artists such as Picasso and Lorca as well as the birthplace of Flamenco. The passionate, artistic nature of this area makes it an intriguing place to explore. Start with Granada and the Moorish Alhambra palace. Here you can enjoy the beautiful architecture and picturesque city full of cute cafés and off-the-beaten-track boutiques.
For the best tapas, head to Seville which is famous for its spectacular Cathedral
For the best tapas, head to Seville which is famous for its spectacular Cathedral. Malaga is a modern metropolis that has caught the art world’s attention and is worth a visit, if not for any other reason than to visit the Picasso museum. Of course, no trip to Andalusia is complete without tasting one of the local delicacies - Sherry. And, what better place to do so than in the place where it is produced, Jerez?
Cala Ferrera, a jewel in Mallorca’s crown
9. Island hop in the Balearic Islands
One of the best times to visit the Balearic Islands is just after the summer season has ended and before the cold winter sets in. This makes it one of the top destinations for your Black Friday holidays. Venture off-the-beaten-track in Ibiza and uncover the island’s hippy side full of colorful craft markets and wellness retreats. You could even spend your time hopping from one island to another as each one offers a unique flavor of Balearic life. Mallorca is a must-visit, especially for the stunning, secluded calas like Cala Ferrera. The city of Palma is also worth a visit and its winding streets full of cafes, upmarket boutiques, theatres, and galleries are buzzing with life.
The Barceló Palmeraie is an ideal way to spend the Black Friday holidays
10. Visit the markets of Morocco, for some Black Friday vacation fun
Set in a majestic Moroccan palm grove, the Barceló Palmeraie is the place to be when exploring the enchanting city of Marrakech. This privileged location makes it the ideal bolthole for enjoying all-inclusive luxury while still being a stone’s throw away from some of the best street markets in the city. Spend time living like royalty within the grounds of this impressive hotel with world-class spa facilities and a vast array of dining options. Yet, when your curiosity gets too much, step outside the grounds and into the bustling streets of Marrakech. Head to the souk to pick up some artisan souvenirs. Textiles, spices and ceramics are ideal reminders of your Black Friday vacation in Morocco. The Yves Saint Laurent house and gardens are a spectacular addition to the city’s cultural offering. And, from Marrakech it is possible to venture off for a camel ride in the desert, camp under the stars with a Berber tribe and climb through the Atlas mountains to get a glimpse of the city from above.