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Outside of the United States, Mexico, Cuba and the Dominican Republic are among Canadians’ top three destinations when heading south. Get off the beaten path and discover our picks of other sunny destinations down south.
Outside of the United States, Mexico, Cuba and the Dominican Republic are among the top three destinations when Canadians head south. But there are some hidden gems off the beaten path that are sure to delight the sun-seeker in you. Here are four other top island destinations that you may want to consider this winter.
It’s important to note that many destinations currently have the ZIKA virus warning in effect. Canadian health officials recommend that pregnant women and those planning a pregnancy should avoid travel to countries affected by the mosquito-borne virus.
There’s an active volcano - Mount Pelée - in the town of Saint-Pierre. Climb to the top for spectacular views of the surrounding towns and beaches. Indulge in horseback riding, diving, snorkeling, visiting historic Fort Saint Louis in the capital of Fort-de-France or just bask in the sun on its gorgeous beaches. And you can cap it all off with amazing local seafood dishes.
As for accommodations, from small and medium hotels to large resorts, the options are limitless.
Renowned for turquoise waters and fine sand beaches, the islands offer world-class diving and snorkeling, sport fishing, sea kayaking and so much more. Providenciales is the main hub where you’ll find the world-famous Grace Beach as well as the historic 18th Century Cheshire Hall cotton plantation.
You can also take day trips to one of the uninhabited islands to explore caves and ruins. The Turks and Caicos Islands boast a sophisticated food scene and unique local music called ripsaw. In addition to resorts and hotels, there are camping sites for those who like to sleep under the open sky.
At night, the island lives up to its glamorous reputation with many posh restaurants and a lively nightclub scene. There are many hotels and luxury villas to choose from and the island also offers a range of private villas, cottages and apartments you can rent.