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Valentine’s Day Airbnb bookings are more popular than ever in these holiday destinations

Valentine’s Day is here and many travellers have planned a trip to celebrate the holiday of love with their significant other, or a fun getaway with friends and family.

Young couple sitting on edge of old pier in Cape Town. Valentine's Day travel
Young couple sitting on edge of old pier in Cape Town. Image by Led / Getty Images

Airbnb has released the top trending destinations for the holiday, revealing that this year’s Valentine’s Day travellers are ‘gravitating towards sun, surf and snow’. Bookings for Valentine’s Day week, between 11 and 17 February, have increased 86% over 2016. And while Valentine’s Day is popular with couples, one-third of the total bookings for the week are for groups of more than two.

Places like Savoy, France – a top ski destination – more than tripled in bookings over last year. Other popular spots were warm and sunny locations like Puerto Vallarta, Mexico or Phuket, Thailand. Here are some notable trending destinations for Valentine’s Day week, based on increases in guest arrivals over 2016:

Puerto Vallarta, Mexico – 330% growth

Colorful apartment building in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico. Valentine's Day travel
Colorful apartment building in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico. Image by ©karamysh/Shutterstock

Cape Town, South Africa – 282% growth

Cape Town, South Africa. Valentine's Day travel
Cape Town, South Africa. Image by ©Adam Rozanski/500px


Okinawa, Japan – 262% growth


Reykjavik, Iceland – 254% growth

Downtown Reykjavik. Valentine's Day travel
Downtown Reykjavik. Image by Alexey Stiop

Savoy, France – 219% growth


Mexico City, Mexico – 217% growth

Mexico City. Valentine's Day travel
Mexico City. Image by ©Alija/Getty Images

Summit County, Colorado – 207% growth


Seville, Spain – 205% growth

The gardens of Alcázar, Seville.
The gardens of Alcázar, Seville. Image by Edward Dalmulder / CC BY 2.0

Phuket, Thailand – 196% growth


Lisbon, Portugal – 192% growth

Lisbon, Portugal skyline at Sao Jorge Castle in the afternoon.
Lisbon, Portugal skyline at Sao Jorge Castle in the afternoon. Image by ©Sean Pavone/Getty Images/iStockphoto

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