Top 5 Winter Travel Destinations

By: Michelle Johannesson

Spring is around the corner, but the days of snow and freezing temperatures aren’t quite over in Canada! With March Break quickly approaching for little ones in school, a warm vacation filled with fantastic family time is awaiting you. In this post, we highlight 5 warm destinations to visit in winter. Pack your bathing suit and get to the beach!  


Unlike the sub-zero temperatures of Canadian winters, the sunny island of Aruba has a warm year-round temperature of 28°C. Aruba offers a culinary paradise for foodies, featuring over 300 restaurants inspired by 90 different on-island nationalities!

Aruba also offers lots of excitement and adventure! Vacationers can travel across the rugged and wild landscape of Arikok National Park to discover ancient caves, hidden coves, and stunning indigenous flora. With so many wonderful sights and flavours, you’ll never want to leave!

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If you love to scuba, you should visit Cuba! Cuba hosts some of the best scuba diving in the world! Varadero’s Playa Azul Beach, for example, is home to 40 different types of coral, shrimp, crabs, fish and turtles that you can discover! When you’re not busy exploring life under the sea, you can fall in love with Cuba’s stunning aquamarine waters and lush mangrove forests that are home to hundreds of incredible species.

You can ensure your vacation combines excitement with relaxation and luxury by booking your stay at the all-inclusive Barcelo Arenas Blancas through In addition to providing guests with a pampering stay, Barcelo Arenas Blancas has been awarded for its environmental dedication to conserving the surrounding area and maintaining an environmental beach. Book your winter vacation online or through your travel agent and visit this ultimate paradise!

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Antigua & Barbuda

This gorgeous pair of sister islands will inspire you to fall in synch with the warm rhythm of the Caribbean. You are invited to experience powdery soft beaches alongside pristine waters that are home to world famous coral reefs. Antigua and Barbuda offer exciting vacation activities like scuba-diving in sunken shipwrecks, hiking through dense rainforest, and observing marine life through glass-bottom boats!

The Caribbean is characterized by an incredibly friendly and lively culture. Travellers can immerse themselves in the local culture and energy through festivals like Carnival. Carnival is a dazzling event that presents a vibrant assortment of food, dance, music and costumes!

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Engage all your senses with the rich beauty and flavour of Thailand! Thailand offers some of the world’s most stunning beaches and scenic landscapes, which provide travellers with one-of-a-kind photo opportunities. Rich with history and culture, Thailand also invites tourists to explore ancient ruins and experience exciting festivals like the Full Moon Party. With such unique entertainment, scenery and cuisine, you’ll leave with Thailand with extraordinary experiences to share with your friends and family!

As diverse as its landscape and travel activities, Thailand’s accommodations include something for everyone. You can make your vacation very economical with a room at the M Boutique Resort in Chiang Rai for just $30 CAD a night or you can style your travel plans with grand luxury and stay at the new Ani Villas Thailand for about $211 CAD a night.

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South Africa

Referred to as the “Rainbow Nation”, South Africa provides a picturesque and diverse vacation experience for travellers filled with wanderlust. This warm and welcoming country offers activities for everyone! Thrill-seekers can enjoy safari tours or experience blood-pumping leaps from the world’s tallest commercial bungee jump. For travellers that prefer a more refined getaway, South Africa offers a stunning wine country including Stellenbosch and La Residence wineries.

The current exchange rate is about 1 CAD for 10.00 ZAR, which makes South Africa a very affordable winter getaway! If you’re thinking of visiting South Africa, get the advice and expertise you need by booking your travel plans with Wanderlust Travel!

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