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3 of the Best Destination Dupes for 2024

by Mary Melnick

Mar 21, 2024

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A new hot travel trend has hit the scene. Destination dupes are rising in popularity as travelers seek vacations that feel like popular and overseas destinations without the costs, crowds or long travel days. Below are some top destination dupes to check out this year.

 

Catalina Island, California, Instead of Capri, Italy

With white-sand beaches and clear aqua water, visitors have compared this destination to a mini Capri. Just a one-hour ferry ride from the California mainland, Catalina Island is the perfect island escape in the States. This month, Catalina Island Company launched a new tour offering an exclusive opportunity to experience one of the island’s little-known landmarks, the “hidden ranch” also known as El Rancho Escondido. Get a sneak peek at the Wrigley family’s historic Arabian horse ranch.

 

Oceanside, California, Instead of San Diego, California

Located just 1.5 hours from Los Angeles and about 45 minutes from downtown San Diego, Oceanside is one of the last quintessential surf towns in Southern California. Tourists typically flock to Coronado or La Jolla, but Oceanside offers an emerging culinary culture, a long surf history and a dynamic art scene. Travelers will find a lesser-known shopping destination with custom curated shops and artist and maker stores. Two new resorts just opened in Oceanside, The Seabird Ocean Resort & Spa and Mission Pacific Beach Resort, both of which offer a unique stay for travelers looking to explore the area.

 

Branson, Missouri, Instead of Orlando, Florida

Branson is considered America’s most affordable and wholesome family entertainment capital. This year, skip the expensive Orlando area and theme parks and explore Branson’s popular attractions, live entertainment, museums, shopping and lake activities of Tahoe Rock Lake. Popular attractions include Silver Dollar City, Branson Landing and Titanic Museum.

 

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