You want to get away with the kids but don’t really have a full week to spare… why not tack on a day or two over a weekend for a fun and exciting little trip that you’ll all love?
Whether you are flying out of the East or the West, there are destinations that lend themselves very well to a long weekend escape; and with the summer holidays fast-approaching, one of these places may be the perfect escape.
From The East
White sand beaches, turquoise waters, that hot, tropical sun, and… pirates! A wonderful mix of fun in the sun and a rich history that kids love (yes, pirates!), Nassau offers a lot to see and do, even if you are only there for a few days. Just 3 hours, give or take, by plane from Toronto or Montreal, this Bahamian capital is perfect for a little jaunt – get in a little beach time, head to the famed Straw Market, go diving or snorkelling, and learn all about the legendary pirate, Blackbeard.
Resort Recommendation: | Riu Palace Paradise Island
Quality beach time with the ones you love best is what waits in vibrant Varadero! Just 3.5-hour flight from either Toronto or Montreal, this Cuban hot spot is a great choice when you are looking to escape for a few days. Sip mojitos while the kids splash about in the warm ocean water! You’d even have time to zip into Havana for a day (approximately two hours each way from Varadero) and discover the history and majesty of the island’s capital city.
Resort Recommendation: | Grand Memories Varadero
The flight is a little longer – clocking in at approximately 4 hours from Toronto or Montreal – but the reward upon arrival is plenty! Cheery Montego Bay – or Mo’Bay for short – offers tropical heat, lush surroundings, white sand beaches, clear, turquoise waters, and an energy that is distinctly Jamaican. Be as active or as relaxed as you want here – there’s lots to do in and around the city!
Resort Recommendation: | Hyatt Ziva Rose Hall
From The West
Las Vegas is not just for club-goers, gamblers or those looking to tie the knot; despite what the nickname might imply, ‘Sin City’ offers lots for families too! A 2.5-hour flight from Vancouver or Calgary, a weekend in Vegas is definitely an option. And just think of all the fun you could have – hanging out by the pool, experiencing the Adventuredome, visiting the massive, 117,000-gallon saltwater aquarium at the Silverton Hotel, riding rollercoasters, or floating along in a gondola… and that’s just on the Strip! Head out of the city to discover the Grand Canyon and Hoover Dam.
Resort Recommendation: | Mirage Resort & Casino
Situated in the heart of sunny California, just outside of L.A. and only a 2.5 to 3-hour flight from Vancouver or Calgary, respectively, Anaheim is a great option for a little long weekend fun! Home to world-famous theme parks, trendy beach towns, and great restaurants and shopping, you’re sure to find fun for the whole family here. Get in a little beach time, go whale watching, get in some play time at LEGOLAND®California Resort and Knott’s Berry Farm®, cool off at Aquatica, and catch up with Mickey & Minnie at Disneyland®.
Resort Recommendation: | Hilton Anaheim
While Hawaii may not be the first place you think about for a long weekend getaway, for those of you in Vancouver, it is still doable. The flight is 5 hours but then you get to enjoy a short break filled with sun, fun and luaus! Hit the beach, play in the surf, explore the lush countryside, visit the evocative USS Arizona Memorial in Pearl Harbor… the options are virtually endless and would definitely make for an exciting weekend away!
Resort Recommendation: | Ala Moana Hotel