The place to flee this winter: Canada’s journey writers share their favorite solar locations

Planning to change snow boots for flip-flops as soon as the Canadian winter takes maintain? We requested Canadian journey writers and content material creators to inform us their high solar locations to encourage you to discover someplace new.

Claire Sibonney, journey author

“The primary time I visited Jamaica, I used to be gobsmacked by the pristine white-sand seashores and clear Caribbean Sea, with its tender, lapping waves. However greater than that, what has drawn me again over time is the vibrancy of the island. I just lately tasted what luxurious journey is like in Jamaica, and I’m afraid I’m now spoiled for something extra budget-friendly. I’m nonetheless daydreaming concerning the cliffside tree home therapeutic massage I had on the ‘anti-inclusive’ Jamaica Inn in Ocho Rios. In Montego Bay, the ultra-luxe Half Moon resort is memorable in each fastidiously curated element, from the stand-alone tubs and vainness tables within the large bogs (larger than my first house) to the charming, vintage-style grab-and-go bicycles parked all through the sprawling property. This 12 months marks the sixtieth anniversary of Jamaican independence from British rule, giving travellers much more cause to revisit, or take a look at the island for the primary time.”

Christopher Mitchell, journey content material creator

“When you hear somebody say they’re ‘going to Cabo,’ it’s possible they’re speaking about Cabo San Lucas, a Mexican resort metropolis the place tourism is very current. Nevertheless, so far as I’m involved, it’s San José del Cabo that’s the true gem on this area. It’s a couple of 30-minute drive from Cabo San Lucas, however you’d be hard-pressed to discover a metropolis that feels extra totally different, and I imply that in the easiest way. It’s a lot quieter and far simpler to faucet into the native tradition. Image an artwork district with vibrant yellow partitions and color in every single place you look, a central sq. stuffed with laughing, dancing and the ever-photogenic Mission of San José del Cabo, plus a classy and energized restaurant scene, the close by San José Estuary and Chook Sanctuary, and seashores galore.”

Renée Suen, meals and journey author and editor

The actual hook for Antigua and Barbuda is the twin-island nation’s 365 gorgeous sandy seashores, one for on daily basis of the 12 months. Antigua is ideal for many who like to sightsee; standouts are Shirley Heights Lookout, the place you possibly can attend a sundown get together with aerial views of the UNESCO World Heritage web site Nelson’s Dockyard, and Betty’s Hope, a former sugar plantation that offers a sombre take a look at Antigua’s slavery previous. Barbuda is nice for nature adventures. You’ll be able to take a ship tour to the Frigate Chook Sanctuary, which has the most important colony within the Western Hemisphere, stroll the pink-sand seashores, or tender hike to Darby’s Cave, which is extra like a 70-foot sinkhole with its personal ecosystem that contrasts the near-desert circumstances above floor. Go to the Caribbean tropical paradise of Antigua, then go to Barbuda for a really totally different, nature-centric expertise. The 2 islands collectively present an ideal package deal.”

Barb Sligl, journey author

“Like most Canadians, Tenerife wasn’t on my radar as a tropical vacation spot till just lately, although Europeans have lengthy retreated right here for the copious sunshine — greater than 320 days a 12 months. However the largest of Spain’s Canary Islands, off the coast of northwest Africa, is excess of a seaside getaway. The volcanic panorama is dramatic, from Spain’s highest mountain, El Teide, to 600-metre-high sea cliffs, Los Gigantes. Journey seekers can trek greater than 1,000 kilometres of mountaineering trails (48 per cent of Tenerife’s land is protected), or cycle Teide Nationwide Park (a major Ironman coaching floor). They will additionally surf, kite surf, paraglide, kayak, dive, whale watch … then refuel with stellar Spanish meals and native wine.”

Tim Johnson, journey author

Belize is considered one of my favourites, a tiny Central American nation with a protracted Caribbean shoreline, bordered by the largest coral reef within the Western Hemisphere. A bunch of latest luxurious inns are opening quickly, so now’s the time to go, to take pleasure in its relaxed tempo. — particularly on Caye Caulker, a small island on the reef the place the official slogan is ‘Go sluggish.’ Head to the seaside to hand-feed stingrays at sundown. Motor out on a ship tour to swim with nurse sharks. Or simply swing in a hammock and let the day transfer at a fantastically sluggish tempo.”

Will Tang, digital journey content material creator

French Polynesia (often known as the Islands of Tahiti) is an unimaginable solar vacation spot, begging to be found by those that wish to pattern a Robinson Crusoe life, take pleasure in probably the most epic scuba diving on the planet and roam untouched lands. This vacation spot is usually related to the overwater bungalows of Bora Bora for honeymooners and luxurious travellers, however you possibly can go to the nation on a price range by staying in visitor homes, that are rather more inexpensive and genuine as effectively. You’ll be able to select from a wealth of islands — 118 altogether throughout 5 distinct archipelagos. The lesser-known islands we cherished for diving particularly have been Rangiroa, which is thought for its dolphins, Fakarava for its sharks, and Tikehau for its stunning pink sand.”

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