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Published on February 10th, 2020 | by Crissandra Ayroso

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5 Last Minute Vacation Deals for Family Day

Every year, Family Day seems to happen out of the blue. Maybe it’s the post-holiday effect, where we’ve just settled back into the daily grind, only to realize that there’s a perfect opportunity for a last-minute long weekend getaway. Usually realized last minute.

If this sounds familiar, we’ve got you covered. With quick, direct flights and short stays to some of our favourite destinations, our last-minute vacation deals are readily available and easy to book. Here are a few of our favourites!

1. Oahu, Hawaii

two kids scuba diving

Waikiki Beach and Diamond Head are two of Oahu’s must-visits. If you’re looking for a break away from the crowds, head to the North Shore. The laid-back, spaciousness of the North Shore feels like worlds away from home. Whether your keiki are toddlers or teens, there’s something for everyone in Oahu.

Relax and clear your mind on the calm, sandy shores at Turtle Bay Beach Resort, one of the best beaches on the North Shore. Ride a train through the Dole Pineapple Plantation, and be sure to stop at legendary Matsumoto’s for the best shave ice on Oahu. 

A last-minute vacation to this tropical paradise may be just what you needed. Ask an Expert Traveller about our direct flights to Hawaii from Vancouver, or for help with planning your Hawaii vacation from your nearest airport.

2. Orlando

family on an airboat on a bright sunny day

If you’ve been to Disney World, you know that the magic here is real. It just is. But outside the House of Mouse, there’s even more Orlando magic to discover. 

Train like an astronaut and then meet one on a thrilling day trip to the Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex. Name and wrap your own crayon and star in your very own colouring page at Crayola Experience. Fly through the wetlands on a family-friendly airboat adventure through the Everglades and view alligator and other wildlife from afar. Rent a car, if possible. This is a family road trip waiting to happen. 

With quick flights to Orlando from Toronto, a last-minute trip to the Sunshine State is easy. Ask an Expert Traveller for help with planning your Florida vacation, including flights leaving from your nearest airport. 

3. Havana & Varadero

kids eating ice cream in havana

What happens when you combine a beach paradise like Varadero with an iconic city, like Havana in one holiday? If you’re travelling with a mix of beach lovers and city dwellers, you’ve got yourself a crowd-pleaser. 

Varadero’s pristine white sand beachfronts are a sight for sore eyes. Let every whim be catered to at an all-inclusive resort, before hopping on your transfer to Havana. Get into Cuba’s love for baseball, their national sport! Catch a game in Havana, home of the Industriales, and cheer them on at Estadio Latinoamericana. (Be sure to visit during baseball season which runs from the end of November to the end of May.) Take a walking tour of Old Havana, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and learn more about the pastel baroque facades and Art Nouveau architecture. Havana is a fascinating city to explore with the family, and one of the safest. 

Whether you’re travelling with young tots, extended family, or a few of your closest friends, our Expert Travellers can swiftly help you plan the perfect Cuba vacation.

4. Riviera Maya

happy family walking along the beach

Beach lovers, history buffs, and outdoor adventurers would agree that the Riviera Maya is one of the greatest places to relax and get away from it all. Beachfront all-inclusive resorts offer the utmost in relaxation. They’re also the perfect home base for exploring nearby areas outside of the resort. 

Take a day trip out to Tulum or Coba and see the ancient Mayan ruins. Ferry across to the idyllic Isla Mujeres, or Isla Holbox, and spend the day in a hammock in this quiet Bohemian town. Make a splash at Xcaret, which is part amusement park, part outdoor jungle adventure. 

Whether your ideal vacation includes sunbathing, dining out at world-class restaurants, or zip-lining through a jungle at an eco-park, our Expert Travellers can help you find the best last-minute deal, or tailor your perfect Better Beach holiday to the Riviera Maya.

5. Vancouver Island

british columbia parliamentary buildings in victoria and a totem pole in the foreground

British Columbia’s capital has been a long-time favourite quick getaway for locals. You may already be familiar with Victoria’s historic small-town charm and big-city appeal. But did you know that long before it was known as Victoria, it was known as Camosun, home of the indigenous Coast Salish people? This can be a fun and educational weekend with opportunities to learn more about our First Nations history:

  • Visit the Royal BC Museum which houses collections of First Nations totems, masks and modern works by Kwakwaka’wakw, Heiltsuk, Nuxalk, Haida, Tsimshian, Gitxsan, Nisga’a, Nuu-chah-nulth, and Salish master carvers.
  • Do the Songhees First Nation cultural and wildlife tour, and learn more about the region first-hand from Coast Salish elders.
  • See all of Victoria’s totem poles, which can be found all around the city.
  • Visit during the summer and celebrate National Indigenous Peoples Day on June 21! Attend a free 3-day festival filled with dance, storytelling, carving, singing and food.

Ask our Expert Travellers about planning your visit to Victoria, and learn more about Camosun and First Nations history.

 

Did Family Day happen out of the blue for you? Book a last-minute vacation to celebrate Family Day this February 17, 2020, or talk to an Expert Traveller about short getaways for the next long weekend! For more last-minute vacation ideas, call us at 1-877-967-5302 or visit us in-store.

 

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About the Author

Crissandra Ayroso

Crissandra Ayroso is a copywriter for Flight Centre. She loves road trips, beach weather, sampling local wine. She, like Helen Hunt in the 1996 disaster-rama (that’s short for drama) Twister, is a tornado chaser, in the travel sense. She chases moments, all revealing. Whether it’s ordering room service and eating in bed, finding the highest rooftop for the best views of the surroundings, feeling like a small dot in the middle of the ocean on a boat, or getting lost and stumbling upon hidden gems, no moment is too big or small to chase. Just like the category F5 that brought Helen Hunt back together with her estranged husband, respected TV weatherman, Bill Paxton.



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