Travel time: Three hours direct from Miami and Fort Lauderdale, or five hours direct from New York, with flights starting at around $250 courtesy of United, Avianca, and JetBlue. Alternatively you’ll find lots of connections through Bogota.
Why you’ll love it: You can be forgiven if you forget that Colombia is Caribbean, and it’s a gem, with white beaches cushioning the blue waters. Ceviche, cocktails, champeta, and cumbia provide the setting to Gabriel García Márquez’s Love in the Time of Cholera. Still retaining the fantasy charm, the old town is riddled with tropical food spots, with plenty of opportunities for drinking rum and dancing exclusively with your hips in the local taverns. It’s where the old colonial romance seeps through the city’s historical walls, exuding Latin beauty of every corner. And should that not be enough, boats will take you to any spot within the nearby Islas del Rosario -- otherwise known as the next thing you’ll find to paradise.
You’re still going to be on the forefront of the tourism industry there. But hurry. Colombia is becoming safer, and in the past 10 years has seen a 250% rise in visitors. Yet prices haven’t caught up to the spike. You can eat fabulously well for under $20, with equally acceptable rates in hotels, and Airbnb rentals. All of this on perched on the exquisite Caribbean coastline, the ideal sanctuary to find your 100-hours of solitude. -- Daniel Cole, Thrillist contributor