Whether organizing group travel is your secret talent or a skill you’ve yet to master, we’re about to make you look like a veritable trip-planning wizard. After consulting the data for spring vacations, we’re sharing insider info on this season’s most affordable destinations for group getaways.
Based on the median price for a three-bedroom TripAdvisor rental, these 15 spots offer a great value (less than $2,200 total!) for a weeklong stay. If you thought “the more the merrier” didn’t apply to vacations, think again. You’ll save big by splitting the cost, so the bigger the group, the better the discount.
Go ahead and pretend you stumbled upon these brilliant deals and budget-friendly destinations yourself. Your secret’s safe with us.
Even the closest families need space to spread out on vacation, which is why the rambling oceanfront rentals on Hatteras Island are a perfect fit for group travelers. Spend the day surfing, take a paddleboarding tour of the Pamlico Sound, or hop on a bike and explore the hidden corners of this pristine barrier island. Don’t miss the excellent fishing spots in Hatteras Village!
EAT: Hatteras Sol Waterside Grill
PLAY: Equine Adventures
SEE: Graveyard of the Atlantic Museum
STAY: See all 600+ rentals in Hatteras Island!
Visit Sarasota, Florida, for access to some of the best shoreline in the country—including Siesta Beach, the 2017 Travelers’ Choice pick for No. 1 beach in the US. This award-winning stretch of sand is located on Siesta Key, a barrier island six miles from central Sarasota. Not a beach lover? No problem. This getaway spot is surrounded by restaurants, museums, and 30+ golf courses.
EAT: The Rosemary
PLAY: Siesta Key Sea Planes
SEE: Ca' d'Zan Mansion
STAY: See all 980+ rentals in Sarasota!
Whether you decide to book a modern home downtown or a log cabin in the mountains nearby, Chattanooga is group travel destination with activities for families and outdoor enthusiasts alike. Catch a game at AT&T Field, bike along the Tennessee Riverpark (a paved trail from downtown to the Chickamauga Dam), or take a guided tour of the cave and waterfall below Lookout Mountain.
EAT: Public House
PLAY: Chattanooga Ducks
SEE: Tennessee Aquarium
STAY: See all 140+ rentals in Chattanooga!
There’s a reason this charming seaside community has been called Southern California’s best-kept secret. With secluded beaches and a colorful mix of restaurants and galleries, Solana Beach makes an ideal home base for the ultimate California adventure. It doesn’t hurt that this vibrant city is only a short drive from downtown San Diego and attractions like Legoland California.
EAT: Claire’s on Cedros
PLAY: Fletcher Cove Beach Park
SEE: California Dreamin’ Hot Air Balloon Adventures
STAY: See all 225+ rentals in Solana Beach!
Group travel is about spending time with friends and family, so it’s only fitting that many South Haven vacation homes are designed with the whole gang in mind. Open floor plans, farmhouse tables, and communal fire pits are just a few of the reasons you should book a rental in this friendly port town. Enjoy a peaceful getaway fishing for walleye and kayaking on Lake Michigan.
EAT: Sherman’s Ice Cream
PLAY: KJC ATV Rentals
SEE: South Haven Lighthouse
STAY: See all 315+ rentals in South Haven!
Home to snow-covered mountains and one of the most iconic lakes in the country, South Lake Tahoe welcomes winter and summer with equal enthusiasm. Book a rental bordering national forest land and strike out on 400 miles of hiking and mountain biking trails; the area is full of private, secluded lodges based near beaches, casinos, and golf courses.
Located less than two hours from the mountains, the coast, and Willamette Valley Wine Country, Portland offers a big-city getaway without the big-ticket price tag. Rent a spacious condo near top restaurants and attractions downtown, or book a home outside the city along the Willamette River.
A picture-perfect destination for group travel, Galveston offers a range of excellent restaurants and activities, including the Historic Pleasure Pier, Moody Gardens, and Seawall Urban Park. Spend the day at one of Galveston’s popular beach parks, then unwind on your rental’s waterfront deck or gather up your gear to catch red snapper and kingfish at Galveston Fishing Pier.
EAT: Rudy & Paco's
PLAY: Galveston Island Historic Pleasure Pier
SEE: The Strand Historic District
STAY: See all 900+ rentals in Galveston!
With stunning views of the Atlantic and beach access at every block, Folly Beach is oceanfront relaxation at its best. This sunny South Carolina spot is full of classic beach house rentals designed to accommodate large groups. Whether you want to host a low country boil in the gourmet kitchen or grill burgers on the patio, you’ll have plenty of room (and enough place settings!) for everyone.
EAT: Rita’s Seaside Grille
PLAY: Charleston SUP Safaris
SEE: Folly Beach Pier
STAY: See all 420+ rentals in Folly Beach!
This Texas Hill Country town appeals to visitors with its vibrant art scene and beautiful vineyards. Located within easy reach of one of the country’s most popular wine regions, Fredericksburg makes a charming base camp for a wine getaway. Add in the variety of restaurants and cozy shops on Main Street for an unforgettable group travel experience that won't cost a fortune.
PLAY: Mesina Hof Winery and Resort
SEE: National Museum of Pacific War
STAY: See all 370+ rentals in Fredericksburg!
From gorgeous beaches to group-friendly attractions, Fort Lauderdale makes it hard to argue with a trip to South Florida. Glitzy local rentals offer amenities like deep-water docks for mooring your yacht. Don’t own a boat? (Yeah, us either.) The good news is that you don’t have to be a millionaire to vacation like one—especially when you split the cost of that waterfront mansion with a group.
EAT: Truluck’s Restaurant
PLAY: Everglades Holiday Park
SEE: Bonnet House Museum & Gardens
STAY: See all 780+ rentals in Fort Lauderdale!
This Gulf Coast city has a well-deserved reputation for its sugar-white sand and laid-back lifestyle, but Orange Beach doesn’t just cater to beach bums. Go kayaking on Lake Shelby, bike along the Backcountry Trail, or see a concert at the Wharf Amphitheater. Boutiques, amusement parks, prime fishing spots, and championship golf courses add to the spot’s group travel appeal.
EAT: Brick & Spoon Restaurant
PLAY: The Wharf at Orange Beach
SEE: Sail Wild Hearts
STAY: See all 4,040+ rentals in Orange Beach!
Experience the warmth and charm of historic architecture in Boston, where top rentals for groups include Queen Anne-style mansions and beautiful brick row houses. With historic attractions like the Freedom Trail and Fenway Park, the Hub is a destination worth checking off your bucket list.
Picture yourself lounging by a rooftop pool, sipping cocktails with friends, and you’ll start to understand why Miami is a brilliant destination for spring group travel. From the city vibes to the sunny weather, Magic City offers visitors a front-row seat to arts, culture, and a touch of adventure.
EAT: CVI.CHE 105
PLAY: Thriller Speedboat Adventures
SEE: Little Havana
STAY: See all 950+ rentals in Miami!
When most travelers think of Santa Barbara, they picture surfboards and swaying palms, but this coastal city is also home to the Santa Ynez Mountains. The area features plenty of hiking trails for groups who want to explore on foot, but don’t leave without taking a drive along Alameda Padre Serra. This winding road features amazing views of the city, harbor, and ocean beyond.
EAT: The Boathouse at Hendry’s Beach
PLAY: Santa Barbara Waterfront
SEE: Old Mission Santa Barbara
STAY: See all 390+ rentals in Santa Barbara!