CHICAGO, Jan. 23 /PRNewswire/ -- For singles seeking a new flame, and couples hoping to keep theirs burning, CheapTickets.com has identified the top travel hot spots for romance, just in time for Valentine's Day. The list reveals that when it comes to love (or lust), singles prefer sun and sand, while couples are seduced by southern charm. The results also prove that, when duty calls, Cupid can deliver on a budget.
"Valentine's Day is not just for couples. We wanted to make sure our customers were well-equipped with value-focused information that would appeal to both the love-struck duo and the sensational single," said Marita Hudson Thomas of CheapTickets' Cheap Squad(SM). "Valentine's Day pricing in 2008 suggests that an affordable holiday retreat is within reach -- for both sets of travelers."
CheapTickets' team of destination experts reviewed hotel bookings for top singles hot spots and couple's retreats over Valentine's Day weekend, finding the most traveled popular destinations for singles and couples are Miami and New Orleans, respectively.
Those who want a memorable vacation without the financial memories should consider CheapTickets' top Valentine's Day budget picks. Singles can head south of the equator to Rio de Janeiro, while couples can saunter over to another Southern Belle, Savannah, GA. Both destinations offer an average hotel price of about $83 per night during the holiday weekend.
CheapTickets Top Valentine's Day Destinations
Top Destinations for Singles
Ranking Destination(1) Average Daily Hotel Rate(2)
1 Miami, Fla. $181.93
2 San Francisco, Calif. $112.76
3 Washington, DC $101.10
4 Rio de Janeiro, Brazil $83.64
5 Nashville, TN $113.90
Top Destinations for Couples
Ranking Destination(1) Average Daily Hotel Rate(2)
1 New Orleans, LA $134.80
2 Savannah, GA $83.06
3 Ft. Myers / Naples, Fla. $271.94
4 Bermuda $179.56
5 Montreal, Canada $110.72
(1) Valentine's Day destinations (singles and couples) were nominated by
CheapTickets staff and ranked using aggregate hotel data. Rankings
are based on CheapTickets bookings as of 1-9-08 for arrivals
(2) Average daily rate was calculated by taking the average price for all
hotel bookings purchased on CheapTickets.com as of 1-9-08 for
arrivals Feb. 13-16.
Where to Find Love: Hot Spots for Singles
MIAMI -- Endless sun and sand mean plenty of pecs, washboard abs and navel bling on display. Add to that the white-hot South Beach nightclubs and Miami reigns as the place for singles to see and be seen.
SAN FRANCISCO -- Tony Bennett left his heart here, but plenty others have found theirs, thanks to the city's eclectic urban cocktail of world-class restaurants, chic shops and lively clubs. Not to mention those sunset views over the bay.
WASHINGTON, D.C. -- In the nation's capital, singles can power up for love American style, partisan or non, while club hopping along the trendy U Street corridor. Maybe a romance will be inspired by capping off the night with a stop at I Street's Eyebar.
RIO DE JANEIRO -- CheapTickets' top budget pick for singles in 2008, Rio de Janeiro sizzles with seductive pleasures, from the Ipanema beach to samba clubs and open-air bars.
NASHVILLE -- The country music capital may have inspired countless songs of love gone wrong, but who's got time to cry in their beer with a music and club scene this hot?
Where to Keep The Flame Burning: Hot Spots for Couples
NEW ORLEANS -- New Orleans and romance go hand in hand -- and so will couples, as they take a carriage ride through the French Quarter, savor an elegant dinner by candle light, or sway to the sultry strains of jazz at a local club in this top-ranking dream destination.
SAVANNAH -- Steeped in southern charm, CheapTickets' top budget 2008 pick for couples is this Georgia peach. Stroll the historic neighborhoods by moonlight for a glimpse of Savannah's mysterious side, immortalized in Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil.
FT. MYERS/NAPLES -- From grand resorts to intimate inns, Ft. Myers and its neighboring towns accommodate romantics of all types. Fine restaurants and a lively night scene are balanced by tranquil nature preserves and the secluded sands of the aptly named Lovers Key State Park.
BERMUDA -- With its pink sand beaches and quaint white cottages, Bermuda is a visual valentine. And legend has it that a kiss under one of the island's many limestone moongates ensures a long and happy union.
MONTREAL -- It's got the romance of Paris and the excitement of Monte Carlo, but it's a whole lot closer than either. The cobblestoned streets of Vieux Port are lined with quaint cafes ideal for dinner a deux, and for a big night out, Montreal's ship-shaped casino offers five levels of gaming thrills.
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