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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Spotlight on Cabo San Lucas in Mexico – what to do and where to stay

If you’re looking for a holiday in the sun in Cabo San Lucas, this guest article will give you ideas on the beach and accommodation options you’ll find in this popular Mexican Resort.

Medano Beach in Cabo San Lucas

On Medano Beach, lazy waves quietly roll onto the shore, washing over the feet of children trying to build a sand castle. Parents relax nearby, keeping a watchful eye on their children while enjoying the sight of boats sailing past one of Mexico’s most comfortable and friendly beaches. Just to complete the holiday experience, vendors pass by offering anything from temporary tattoos and jewelry to snacks and beach supplies to anyone who needs them. Restaurants and beach clubs like Billygan’s Island and The Office are popular with people passing by and looking for refreshments.

Medano beach in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico Photo: PriceTravel on Flickr

Medano beach in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico

Whether you’re looking to relax in the sun, head out onto the water, or just settle down and watch people pass by, Medano Beach in Cabo San Lucas will probably meet your every need. It even has boats, jet skis, and other equipment available from shacks out on the water and luxury vacation rentals. Medano Beach is a bit of a nonstop party, but if that’s not what you’re looking for then try…

Lover’s Beach and Divorce beach

Lover’s Beach and Divorce Beach are more serene locations that can be accessed by Water Taxi (or similar transportation), and they’re located a little further away from the main entertainment areas in downtown Cabo. For a very reasonable fee, it’s easy to hire somebody who will take you out to the area, as well as show you which areas are safe for swimming and diving; you might even be able to do it yourself if you have access to rental equipment and know where to go.

Lover's beach in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico Photo by Minnemom on Flickr

Lover’s beach in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico

Once you’ve had your fill of excitement, Cabo San Lucas villas, hotels, and resorts are all options for sleeping after a day out having fun, but not all bedrooms were created equal. A traditional hotel is probably your best bet if all you really want to do is swim, relax on the beach, and perhaps go shopping in downtown Cabo; it’s inexpensive and will get the job done.

Casa Theodore, a luxury villa in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico

Casa Theodore, a luxury villa in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico

Accommodation options in Cabo San Lucas

However, with everything from jet skis and kayaks to golf courses by designer Jack Nicklaus available in the region, you’ll probably end up missing out on a lot of things to do if the sun is all you’re looking for. If you’re going all the way to Cabo for a trip, you may as well do it right. The most effective way to get access to things in Cabo is to stay at a resort; places like Palmilla Resort offer fine dining, access to spas and recreation, effective concierge services, and other features that can help you get the best deals on activities in the region. The initial price tag may be higher than a hotel, but if you plan properly, you might end up saving a lot of money you might otherwise have spend on activities not connected to a resort. You should compare services, though, since different resorts offer different things.

From shopping to surfing and everything in-between, there’s no place in Mexico like Cabo San Lucas for a truly tropical vacation.

My thanks for this article to Lacure Villas who offer holiday villas in Cabo San Lucas and many other worldwide destinations.

More holidays in the sun

Diving and party time – a budget getaway in Cancun, Mexico
Swimming, Surfing and Snorkeling – best beaches in the Dominican Republic
Our top 5 sights on Awesome Aruba

Photo Credits: Medano Beach by Price Travel, Lover’s Beach by Minnemom,

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Diving and party time – a budget getaway in Cancun, Mexico

December 2, 2010 by  
Filed under Beaches and swimming, Guest post, Leisure, Mexico, World

My guest post takes us to the popular holiday resort of Cancun in Mexico where Jerry from Cancun Trip shares his Cancun gettaway and his tips for maximum enjoyment from relaxation to party.

Cancun is only 2 to 3 hour flight from most central US airports. However our red-eye from Denver to Atlanta, 4 hour layover, and arriving in Cancun at 10AM, was tiring. I was suddenly reminded we were in Mexico as we exited the airport and were attacked by transportation solicitors. Luckily, I have a smart wife who had pre-arranged our transportation with a company called Cancun Shuttle. For about $50US got us a round trip private shuttle to and from our hotel. I thought it was a little steep, but later found out a one way cab ride can cost the same.

View of Cancun from the hotel room

View of Cancun from the hotel room

After a 15 minute drive we arrived in the “hotel zone” at The Westin Regina. Depending on your travel standards one might rate this hotel from great to decent. Great service, awesome pool on the beach and air conditioning everywhere was everything I needed. My wife was a little grossed out from the little bits of mildew spots throughout our room. However, we were happy to spend the rest of the day sipping cocktails at the pool. Did I mention how good the service was?

Pool at Westin Regina in Cancun

Pool at Westin Regina in Cancun

The things to do in Cancun seem endless. You can participate in all the normal beach activities, but you can also find some more interesting activities like, scuba diving, lagoon adventures and even swimming with whale sharks. We ended up scuba diving with a small outfit called Pointe Estes. The dive package included training and 2 tanks of air at a popular dive spot near Isla Mujeres, all for only $80US each. If you are an experienced diver, I heard going to a spot near Cozumel is one of the best in the world.

Learn to scuba

Learn to scuba

Cancun night life

Cancun night life

Within the “hotel zone” seemed very touristy, which is nice for convenience sake, but going to downtown Cancun will give you a more ethnic experience. We found that taking the local bus was inexpensive and easy. As we explored the surroundings we stumbled upon a market. Bring your negotiation skills cause these guys like to bargain. I bought my wife a sterling silver bracelet for only $30US and negotiated for myself 3 Cuban cigars for only $15US. One vendor recommended a close-by restaurant called La Parilla. Loved it! The decor was as authentic as the food and only cost us $10US for 2 buffet lunches.

Restaurant music in Cancun

Restaurant music in Cancun

No matter what time of year in Cancun you can find a party. There are tons of happening clubs and bars throughout the “hotel zone”. A lot of them charge an entry fee and include drinks all night. Be careful of people trying to sell you club packages on the street, its a scam! My wife and I love the deep house music and felt right at home at a club called Nectar. Really cool, contemporary club with a house DJ and know for their after hour parties.

All in all this was quick and inexpensive Cancun vacation getaway that I would definitely go again.

Tips for Visitors to Cancun

  • Bring your sunscreen. The sun rays are super ultraviolet!
  • Take the local bus as opposed to a cab. 1$US can get you anywhere in the “hotel zone”.
  • Try to find things less touristy. Senior Frogs is not the only place to get food and a drink.
  • Use your hotel safe. No comment.
  • Most places take US dollars and credit card. Change will be given in Pesos
  • For peace and tranquility go in August – October
  • For hardy party go in April – June
  • Eat at JP Captain. Deluxe food, good prices and on a pier over lagoon. Even saw crocodiles swimming below us.

My thanks to Jerry for his tips on enjoying Cancun, and you can find other Cancun articles at his blog at Cancun Trip.

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