While temperatures in Toronto have been noticeably heating up lately, we still aren’t close to the sandal-sporting double digits of summer – or even late spring.
Our parkas are being switched for jackets and our boots are taking their proper place in the backseat of the closet. But for some sun-worshippers, the heat and humidity can’t come soon enough.
With Easter long weekend just around the corner, Booking.com, the global leader in connecting travellers with over one million incredible places to stay, gave us the inside scoop on some of the best short-haul trips to make if you want a jumpstart on summer.
New Orleans, USA
Swap your Caesars for Creole Bloody Marys in three hours flat when you touch down in New Orleans, arriving from Toronto. The Big Easy’s average April temperature of about 25 degrees Celsius is a refreshing change of season for Canadians arriving from temperatures averaging 6 degrees Celcius. Hotel Le Marais, just a five-minute stroll from the French Quarter, offers rooms with charming private balconies plus a bar with wine and tequila specialties. Breakfast is included and the southern city hotel’s courtyard features a saltwater pool – a sure way to soak off that Bourbon Street aftermath.
Antebellum architecture, rich history, a surrounding romantic ambiance, not to mention world class southern hospitality, are just a few reasons to whisk yourself away to Savannah, Georgia. April temperatures averaging in the mid-twenties, Savannah’s humid, mostly stable climate is a breath of fresh, warm air to Torontonians looking to warm their bones at the end of their 3.5-hour flight. The Ballastone Inn has free WiFi throughout and each individually decorated room includes a fireplace, adding to the cozy, old-fashioned vibe of the historic property. Included in room rentals is a truly mouth-watering southern gourmet breakfast, with tea and pastries served in the late afternoon.
Just a three hour plane ride from Toronto and the often-Snapchatted home of DJ Khaled, Miami is a key destination for sun and fun. April temperatures hover around the mid-twenties, making the Florida hotspot a great choice for easing back into a warm climate after winter’s frigid thaw. Provident Doral At The Blue’s holiday villas are a 15 minute drive from Miami International Airport and include access to a resort-style pool, on-site fitness centre, free WiFi, spa baths in all, and some even have a private balcony or an additional bathroom.
Tucker’s Town, Bermuda
Tucker’s Town is a small, captivating community on Bermuda’s main island that Toronto sunseekers can arrive to in just under three hours. It is essentially the perfect place to escape the great white North and wash off that winter chill in the summery waters of the Sargasso Sea. Diving fans flock to the island’s surrounding reefs and sublime beaches. The first-class property of Rosewood Tucker’s Point is nothing short of opulent with classic British seaside-style decor. This oceanfront luxury hotel is a three-minute walk to Bermuda’s largest private beach and boasts a fitness centre, spa bath, a tennis and golf club, and four swimming pools. Professional services include a 24-hour concierge, housekeeping, valet, on-site shops and more.
In just over three hours you can enjoy the year-round tropical weather in the Bahamas (315 days of sunshine, here we come!). It’s no wonder the island is one of the world’s most popular vacation hotspots. Freeport, the second most populous city in the Bahamas, is best known for its pristine beaches, duty-free shopping, and endless outdoor activities such as golf, diving, boating, windsurfing, and more. If that wasn’t enough, its just moments away to the longest known underwater cave and cavern system in the world, The Lucayan National Park. Luxury apartment rental property Dolphin Cove is an ideal home-away-from-home set in a lush utopia with an outdoor pool, private marina, fully equipped kitchen, large private balconies, free WiFi, on-site fine dining, and more. Free kayaks and a self-catering BBQ area are available, with Port Lucaya Market Place as well as a casino just a 5-minute drive away.