Canadian Travellers’ Favourite Winter Sunshine Destinations

If you live in Canada and are thinking about getting away for the winter, or at least a week or two, you are probably thinking about heading to Cuba, the Dominican Republic or Mexico. A recent survey says that these are the most popular destinations for Canadian travellers and there has never been a better time to head south for the winter. Seek out the vacation packages available that enable you to save so much that you may be able to stay an extra day or two.

Varadero, Cuba Photo: Iker Merodio of Flickr

Varadero, Cuba

Winter Sunshine in Cuba

Cuba has some beautiful beaches where you can relax and enjoy yourself. Cayo Coco has private resorts, 5 star hotels and fantastic vacation deals that will not break the bank. Varadero is one of the most popular resort destinations and is extremely comfortable. Stay at the Iberostar Laguna Azula which is an all inclusive resort that has 6 pools, 8 restaurants and bars, a nightclub, theatre and a kids club. Have a massage at the spa or workout in the fully equipped fitness room. Located on a small private island, Hotel Barcelo Cayo Libertad Club Premium has everything you need for a spectacular holiday. You can go snorkelling, play beach volleyball or enjoy cocktails at the pool-side bar.

Sunset Royal Decameron, Riviera Nayarit Photo: EtienneT of Flickr

Sunset Royal Decameron, Riviera Nayarit

Winter Sunshine in Mexico

Another popular southern destination for Canadians is Mexico. The weather is beautiful all year round and you can find some excellent vacation packages that will leave you with plenty of spending money for your trip. Head to Los Cabos in Baja and catch that elusive marlin that you have been dreaming about, or book a flight to Riviera Nayarit which is the newest destination in Mexico. Stay at the Hotel Emporio and get a room with an ocean view. You can dine on fresh seafood as you bask in the sun on your own private beach.

Cordillera Central Photo in Dominican Republic: raunov of Flickr

Cordillera Central in Dominican Republic

Winter sunshine in Dominican Republic

Vacations in Dominican Republic are known for white sandy beaches and relaxed lifestyle. Get out of the cold and book an affordable vacation deal. You can stay at the newest inclusive resort in Punta Cana. The Hotel Riu Bavaro has plenty of activities which include windsurfing, kayaking, snorkelling and sailing. If you want to get away from the crowds for the day take a drive to Constanza. Pack a picnic lunch and enjoy the region of La Vega which is 1200 metres above sea level.

Start planning your winter holiday and book your tickets. With so many vacation packages at your fingertips you will have a hard time deciding if you want to go to Cuba, Mexico or the Dominican Republic.

My thanks for this article to Bernard Prince from travel agency VarVacation.com. You can also reach him on Facebook and Twitter

Photo Credits: Los Cabos, Baja by memoflores, Varadero, Cuba by Iker Merodio, Royal Decameron, Riviera Nayarit by EtienneT, and Cordillera Central by raunov.

More places to visit for Winter sunshine

Swimming, surfing, snorkeling – best beaches of the Dominican republic
Our top 5 Sights on Awesome Aruba
Spotlight on Cabo San Lucas in Mexico – what to do and where to stay

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Swimming, surfing, snorkeling – best beaches of the Dominican republic

If you’re on the hunt for the best beaches around the world, and like me you love to gaze out towards a sea of azure blue, perhaps a doze under a palm tree or a walk with the white sand between your toes, then you’ll love to hear about some of the fabulous beaches in the Dominican Republic that are featured in my guest post from allbestbeaches.com

The all best beaches team have recently been holidaying in the Dominican republic and seeking out the best beaches for swimming, surfing, snorkling or just relaxing under a sun umbrella. Here are three of their suggestions for beaches you’ll enjoy;

Playa Grande Beach in the Dominican Republic

Playa Grande Beach in the Dominican Republic

Playa Grande beach near Cabrera in the Dominican Republic

Playa Grande Beach in the Dominican Republic

Playa Grande Beach in the Dominican Republic

This beach is known as one of the most beautiful in the Dominican Republic, bounded by coral outcrops and cliffs and with fine white sand. The eastern side of this beach is especially nice, where you can feel as if you are on a small island away from civilisation. There is a parking place with several restaurants who will all want to entice you in for some seafood or Dominican specialities or a drink of fresh pineapple juice. The water is clean and the sand is soft and fine on the edge of the water without any seaweed and corals. The Playa Grande golf course is situated on the cliffs at one end of the beach and is considered one of the best in the Caribbean. As the surf can be quite high at times on this beach, it’s not ideal for young families but is great for adults and teenagers who are good swimmers as well a perfect one for a romantic beach walk.

More information on Playa Grande beach at allbestbeaches.com

Playa Alicia at Sosua in the Dominican Republic

Playa Alicia Beach in the Dominican Republic

Playa Alicia Beach in the Dominican Republic

Playa Alicia is located in the centre of Sosua – just head towards the ocean from the main square. You will see a restaurant to your left called “Beach Front”, just walk through it and take the steps leading down to Playa Alicia. This beach is a little more relaxed than the other town beach at Sosua with rocks and cliff faces bounding the beach and there are several hotels on the surrounding land. You can rent beach umbrellas here for around $3US.  The beaches around Sosua are popular with snorklers and at Playa Alicia there is a coral cliff on the left where you can snorkel in transparent water to see some little fishes. They say that the sunsets are the most beautiful here when the sun passes the Isabella Mountain and takes a snorkeling trip into the ocean just to magically return from the other side of the island.

More information about Playa Alicia at allbestbeaches.com

Playa Encuentro at Cabarete in the Dominican Republic

Playa Encuentro Beach in the Dominican Republic

Playa Encuentro Beach in the Dominican Republic

You’ll find this beach on the stretch of coast  between Sosua and Cabarete. It’s a favourite beach for surfers who somehow keep it secret from the tourists. If you’re planning on surfing, you do need to be a strong swimmer as the waves are high and there are waves and currents to watch out for. The beach is very clean and the view is just magnificent.  If you are planning on swimming here, get a pair of protective shoes as the ocean bottom is paved with corals, also needed against a plenty of sea urchins hiding in the rocks. The sand is clean on Playa Encuentro with larger particles as compared to other beaches of this area. You can easily reach this wonderful beach by car or motoconcho. Located about a mile away from Cabarete if you drive towards Sosua, turn right and pass through the unguarded gate with the sign “Mariposa”, follow the unpaved road along the villas, there will be signs “Beach” in English. The resort of Cabarete nearby is a major centre for windsurfing and kiteboarding.

More information on Playa Encuentro at allbestbeaches.com

If you’re on the hunt for the best beaches around the world, do take a look at some of the other beautiful beaches featured with photos and video at allbestbeaches.com

Other beautiful beaches around the world

A tour of the best beaches of Sardinia
Gone fishing for crabs on Isle Houat in Brittany, France
My three top beaches on Zakynthos, Greece

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