Some 14.2 million travelers are expected to take to the skies this Labor Day—a 3 percent increase from last year that could break records for summer travel. Earlier this month, Expedia released a report stating that 80 percent of travelers wait until August to book their weekend getaway. If you’re one of those people, here are some suggestions on where you might want to go and what you can look forward to.
Free GoPro rental: The Costa Rica Marriott San Jose invites lodgers to capture and share memories via complimentary—and waterproof—GoPro Hero4 cameras provided during their stay. Guests of the colonial hacienda, which is set on a 30-acre coffee plantation, are encouraged to share their footage with Marriott via social media to be included on its website, social media channels, and even on the in-room TVs.
Refreshing poolside treats: The swanky W Retreat & Spa-Vieques Island offers complimentary ice cream by the infinity-edge splash pool, which overlooks the ocean. The quirky flavors, which are signature to Puerto Rico, include avocado lemon, coconut guava, and corn and red pinto beans, among others.
Spanish and salsa instruction: At the oceanfront Los Suenos Marriott Ocean & Golf Resort in Costa Rica, guests can learn Spanish and salsa onsite with a language instructor. Hour-long Spanish classes are offered to guests for free every day at 2 p.m. by the palm-lined pool.
Picnic in the park: Celebrate one of the greatest urban parks in the world with a yummy picnic this Labor Day. The New York Hilton Midtown, located only a few blocks from Central Park, recently introduced picnic baskets from their gourmet market, Herb N’ Kitchen. For $68, the baskets include a Murray’s cheese plate, two sandwiches, two signature salads, New York cheesecake, and a bottle of wine.
Hawaiian hula: The Hilton Hawaiian Village, Waikiki’s only beachfront resort, has received numerous awards for being the most family-friendly resort in Waikiki. Celebrate Labor Day at the 22-acre playground, which boasts an array of outdoor activities that range from surfing lessons at the world-famous Duke Kahanamoku Lagoon to hula lessons and lei making.
Backyard BBQ: With a Facebook flash sale for bookings that launched this weekend, Tucson’s Westin La Paloma Resort & Spa will offer $89 nightly room rates and a food and beverage credit in addition to a curated backyard BBQ menu. The poolside festivities include musical entertainment, giveaways, dive-in movies, specialty cocktails, and BBQ options such as adobo-spiced chicken breast sandwich and baby back ribs with prickly pear sauce.
Dive-in movies: Situated on 500 acres along a mile-long section of tropical beach in northeast Puerto Rico, the Wyndham Grand Rio Mar Beach Resort & Spa invites guests to join them this Labor Day weekend for a nightly “dive-in” movie, which they can watch from the comfort of the pool. The resort also features daily freebies such as hair braiding and iguana feedings.
Family fun in the dark: Families can experience Glow Games at the Hilton Orlando from now through Labor Day. The array of LED-powered glow-in-the-dark activities set up throughout their $45 million recreation center is offered in conjunction with their nightly rates of $119.
Make like a mermaid: The Hilton Orlando Bonnet Creek offers SummerBlast! weekly programming featuring the Mermaid Academy, a one-of-a-kind experience where kids don fins and learn how to swim like a mermaid (or shark) in the three-acre lazy river. Other SummerBlast! programming includes Rubber Duck Races and Spa Happy Hours.
DJ lawn party: The Koch Brothers of DMK Entertainment Group are bringing their renowned RISE party to New York’s Montauk Yacht Club Resort & Marina this Labor Day weekend. The Ibiza-meets-Hamptons event will take place on the resort’s Great Lawn and features music by DJs Paul Hamr and Claudius Raphael, as well as eats prepared by executive chef Ron Duprat.