Every New Yorker knows that sometimes, the best part of living in the city is getting out of the city...especially in the summer. New York, being the center of the universe and all, is a hop, skip and a jump away from a ton of easy weekend escapes. Here are some of our favorites.

By Jes Ware
View of the Beach
Photo by Hotel Esencia

Playa del Carmen: Esencia

Swap the sweaty subway platform for Esencia’s secluded stretch of Mayan sand. Less than an hour’s drive south of Cancún, Hotel Esencia’s a laid-back beauty with fashion-shoot worthy style, a spa that feels like a sacred temple and clean foodie fare on the beach, by the pool or in the oh-so-romantic, pure white peacock-graced garden restaurant.

Beachfront Suite Balcony
Photo by One&Only Ocean Club

Bahamas: Ocean Club

Paradise Island. A weekend escape destination couldn't have a better name. Sitting regally among Versailles-style gardens on the little island north of Nassau, One&Only’s Ocean Club is just a quick 3-hour flight from NYC. Elegant and fit for Bond (Casino Royale's 007 has a thing for their sea-view villas), the resort has top-notch cuisine and flawless service—just wave a flag at the beach and your butler will appear.

Blackberry Farm
Photo by Blackberry Farm

Tennessee: Blackberry Farm

Highrise views may be elevating, but they’ve got nothing on Blackberry Farm’s mist-mopped valleys. A beautiful three-hour ride from Nashville through glade-like hills and farm country, Blackberry Farm is an all-inclusive getaway set in a classic red barnhouse straight out of Capote. Wine-tastings, watersports, fly-fishing and facials make this wholesome all-American resort an ideal pied-a-terre for a concrete-free long weekend.

Rockhouse in Negril
Photo by Rockhouse

Jamaica: Rockhouse

NYC got you stressed? Maybe some reggae and a Red Stripe is in order. Just 15 minutes from Negril, for us the chillest island hangout is Rockhouse Hotel, a cliffside boutique (you could easily spend hours at its rock-cut infinity pool) with a saucy character and a reggae sense of relaxation. Summer here sees sunsets not even Turner could describe--which is why you should request your evening Thai massage Caribbean-side!

Bobbing Cove
Photo by Malliouhana

Anguilla: Malliouhana

Why not trade the drab Metronorth core aesthetic of your commute for an azure tapestry of crystal-clear water and cloudless sky? Just four hours from NYC, Anguila’s Malliouhana is a Caribbean cliche in the best possible way: sands as white as the buildings, a Greg Norman signature golf course and all the usual watersports to take advantage of Anguilla's coral-filled coastline.  

Suite
Photo by Antoine

Québec City: Antoine

Only a two-hour flight from New York, you’ve no reason not to soiree in Quebec. Nestled smack center in the city’s historical district, Auberge Saint-Antoine is set in three riverside French 17th-Century buildings and features a collection of colonial era artifacts found on-site. Summer air and St. Lawrence breezes make old-town Quebec as pleasant as it is picturesque to stroll through.