8 Nonstop Flights from Dallas That’ll Land You in Paradise by Happy Hour

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One of the best things about living in Dallas? We’re smack dab in the middle of the continent, which means plenty of direct flights to get you where you want to go in a hurry. Because when it’s finally time for a vacation, we do not have time for a connection (or, God forbid, two). Here are our favorite nonstop flights from Dallas that need to be on your radar.

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Nonstop Flights from Dallas - A photo of a umbrella covered cabana on a white sand beach with a bright blue sky.
Photo courtesy of The Ritz Carlton Grand Cayman

1. Grand Cayman, Cayman Islands

If the words Seven Mile Beach don’t mean anything to you, it’s time to get acquainted with one of the Caribbean’s greatest hits. Other attractions like Eden Rock and Devil’s Grotto make it absolutely clear (no pun intended) why these breathtaking beaches are easily worth the three-and-a-half-hour flight. Where to stay got you up at night? Those that like a quiet, luxurious experience should opt for the island’s first boutique hotel Palm Heights. Want a lively scene? Go Ritz Carlton if you’re a golfer and Kimpton Seafire Resort + Spa if you fancy a pool party.

Nonstop Flights from Dallas - An overhead shot of a resort in Providenciales featuring a building, palm trees and a pool.
Photo courtesy of Pine Cay

2. Providenciales, Turks and Caicos

Is it even a real debate that this cluster of islands boasts some of the best beaches in the world? This seasonal flight is your easiest route to the pristine Grace Bay Beach. Make sure to take some time to snorkel or scuba as the reefs that surround the Caicos Bank consist of the second largest barrier reef system in the Western Hemisphere. Those that want fine dining options and luxe accommodations should opt for the Shore Club, however, those that way to get away from the hustle and bustle should book the inclusive Pine Cay resort that has the best cocktails we’ve sipped to date.

Nonstop Flights from Dallas - A photo of a resort in Riviera Maya featuring buildings, pools, lounge chairs, palm trees and more. The resort faces the beach.
Photo courtesy of Etereo, Auberge Resorts Collection

3. Riviera Maya, Mexico

  • Flight Time from Dallas: 2 hours, 39 minutes
  • Why We Recommend It: super short travel time, incredible cuisine, lots of culture
  • Where to Stay: Etereo (from $1,299/night ), Oceanfront Condo (from $250/night)

Listen, flying into Cancun is about as easy as it gets. And 45 miles south of the city lies the beautiful (and much more laid-back )Riviera Maya region with small resort towns dotted along the water. At the exquisite Etereo, Auberge Resort Collections, you are able to soak in the forest and ocean with rooms that showcase both. We love the private plunge pools and the indoor-outdoor living areas that use natural materials but also showcase contemporary aesthetics. Snap your fingers at DFW International Airport and you are practically transported to the resort’s outdoor restaurant, Che Che, where you can nosh on crispy octopus ceviche while sipping on a limón dragon infused with CBD mezcal. ¡Vamos!

Nonstop Flights from Dallas - A photo of a number of cabanas spread out on a luxurious beach. The sky is clear and a deep blue.
Photo courtesy of Las Ventanas al Paraiso, A Rosewood Resort

4. Cabo San Lucas, Mexico

New Yorkers have the Hamptons and Texans have Cabo. It’s our weekend playground and this will never change. And while we’d travel for days to experience the level of customer service offered at Las Ventanas al Paraiso or wade through the waters of the new wellness facility The Well at Chileno Bay, Auberge Resorts Collection, it is the new flight offerings that are causing more and more Dallasites to book their Cabo escapes. The latest and greatest of those being Aero, a semi-private jet leaving out of a private terminal that allows you to arrive to board just 30 minutes before departure. TSA lines? No, thank you.  Veuve Clicquot upon boarding? Yes, please.

Nonstop Flights from Dallas - A photo of a resort in Montecito that was taken from the water in the ocean. You can see the sand from the beach and the rear part of the resort.
Photo courtesy of Rosewood Miramar Beach

5. Montecito/Santa Barbara, California

  • Flight Time from Dallas: 3 hours, 25 minutes
  • Why We Recommend It: exclusive, innovative cuisine, great spa
  • Where to Stay:  Rosewood Miramar Beach (from $1695/night), Oceanfront Studio (From $711/night)

People flock to California for the cool culture and the amazing weather, and this part of the state is one of the most luxe destinations around. Check out the beach in an exclusive stay unlike any other at Rosewood Miramar Beach where you’ll instantly feel your life is elevated, from the five-star spa to the incredible bar and the many activities on offer like bocce, swimming, tennis and golf or taking the resort’s branded Moke out for a spin. Known for the luxurious yet laid back appeal of Miramar Beach, it is the perfect place to paddle board and then relax with spicy margaritas and fresh fish tacos. Those that can’t stay on property should book a nearby Airbnb and nab an evening reservation at sunset to check out Ama Sushi or Caruso’s.  

Nonstop Flights from Dallas - A photo in a vineyard at sunset in Healdsburg.
Photo courtesy of Healdsburg

6. Healdsburg, California

  • Flight Time from Dallas: 3 hours, 49 minutes
  • Why We Recommend It: wine tasting, creative cuisine, bike trails
  • Where to Stay: Montage Healdsburg (rooms from $665/night), The Madrona (from $775/night), Quaint Guest House (rooms from $447/night)

Away from the hustle and bustle of Napa and Sonoma, there is a quieter wine region that boasts delicious wine, incredible food and endless amounts of character. Coming to Healdsburg feels like going on a European getaway with its charming downtown square and adorable local shops. Wineries to hit up include Jordan, Aperture and Flowers. Restaurants to add to your list are Bravas Bar De Tapas, Barndiva and Valette. The new 100 percent plant-based menu at Little Saint is also a show stopper. Bikers flock to the area to exercise amongst the river valleys, rolling hills, and even steep mountain climbs. One visit is never enough to this magical corner of our country.

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7. Vail, Colorado

It is not secret that Texans flock to Colorado in the summer like moths to an open flame, however, it is that way for a reason. Amazing weather paired with the gorgeous landscape means an endless list of outdoors activities practically begs the people of the Lonestar State to come up for a reprieve in the hot summer months. Winter is also special for skiing, of course, and lots flock to the mountains for a snow sighting. We love many hotels here (the Four Seasons is a favorite), but also think there is something ultra-cozy about settling into your own rental. We love the offerings by East West Hospitality that seem to have a little bit of everything depending on if you want a studio or sprawling estate.

Nonstop Flights from Dallas - A photo of the autumnal treeline in Asheville under a cloudy sky with the sun peaking through.
Photo courtesy of Dave Allen

8. Asheville, North Carolina

For those traveling with kids, it’s hard to beat folicking through the forest with family on vacation. The options are endless for a peaceful and cozy mountain getaway, however, the culinary scene in Asheville is also an awesome bonus that makes a family trip delicious. Favorites include John Flee’s Southern Sensation Rhubarb and Spanish tapas by Katie Button (James Beard Award winner) at Cúrate. Lover of intimate live music? Buy tickets at your outdoor venue of choice and stop by a brewery for a craft beer before or after at Wicked Weed Brewing.

diana oates

Dallas Editor

Diana Oates is a freelance writer living in Dallas with her husband and three kids. When she’s not telling you about the best new restaurant in town or the hottest hotel to escape...