Drishti Winter travel Destinations: Hawaii and Florida USA By Shaylen Anita

Hawaii:  The Aloha state offers tropical paradise!

It’s easy to see why Hawaii has become synonymous with paradise. Constant sunshine, gleaming white beaches, swaying palm trees, pounding surf, rainbow coral reefs and volcanoes beckon everyone. With vacation ideas for families, budget conscious travellers and backpackers, Hawaii’s chain of island destinations are irresistible. The top five destinations in the island chain include:

Maui is known as the most romantic of the islands, offering some of the best luxury vacations in Hawaii with a huge range of luxury hotels and resorts. Especially around Kaanapali Beach and Lahaina. Wailea hotels offer more upscale resorts, including the beautiful Four Seasons with its sophisticated suites and rooms overlooking the golden beach. Popular activities include golf, sailing, and wine tasting tours. In the evening, enjoy Hawaiian entertainment, food and luaus.

Oahu Island offers the most cosmopolitan experience and is where the capital Honolulu is and iconic sites such as Pearl Harbor, Diamond Head, and world famous Waikiki Beach. There is plenty to do for families, and the area is famed for its stunning beaches and surf spots.

Lanai island offers a secluded vacation and with minimal residents and a quiet respite from the crowds of Oahu. Hike up Munro Trail or visit Kaunolu Village with its ancient ruins and petroglyph carvings. Two resorts, the Manele Bay Hotel and The Lodge at Ko’ele, provide five-star luxury accommodations and dining. Lanai also has a championship golf course for those who like to tee-off!

Big Island, the top 10 Hawaii vacation spots could also include a visit to Hilo or Kona, a trip to Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, a hike to Akaka Falls, or a trip along Alii Drive. The beaches here are world class here offering perfect outdoor sunbathing or water sports activities.

Kauai otherwise known as the “Garden Island,” is known for its verdant forest covered mountains, wonderful botanical gardens, and amazing waterfalls. You can bask in the luxury of some of the best hotels in Hawaii on this island such as the Grand Hyatt Kauai Resort and Spa, offering superb mountain and ocean views, a full-service spa, numerous dining options, and more.

Flights to Hawaii are plentiful from any place in Canada, often direct or via a hub airport in the U.S. With the popularity of the Islands, vacation prices can be high in the busy season, but there are always deals to be had if you look around.

Florida: The “Sunshine State” has lots to offer

Florida is a state that’s just brimming with family friendly. Everyone is familiar with Florida’s top vacation destinations — Disney World and SeaWorld. However, the Sunshine State has so much more to offer. There are several other destinations that draw millions of visitors to Florida each year. If you’re looking for a top-notch family vacation in the sunshine state you should consider one or a couple of these Florida vacation destinations.

Disney World: Disney World is Florida’s most popular vacation destination. Why shouldn’t it be? Where else can you vacation at a magical and happy place?  Disney provides hotel resort accommodations for every budget — including value, moderate and deluxe — as well as a wide range of ticket choices and lots of different food options.

Orlando:  Orlando is a popular destination resort with its own hotels and theme parks. Nearby, SeaWorld Orlando anchors the popular International Drive area that plays host to over 100 hotels and 150 spectacular restaurants. . Additional resort opportunities, golf, themed and dinner theater experiences and plenty more attractions are conveniently located within a few miles of the major theme parks.

Florida, Keys: The Florida’s Keys are a magical string of islands bound together by the Overseas Highway have become a diving and sport fishing mecca. Each island has its own ambiance. Outdoor enthusiasts can enjoy a wealth of things to do and see – world-class snorkeling, scuba diving, deep-sea fishing and camping. Others will enjoy the history and endless entertainment of the island community.

Miami: Multicultural Miami has it all— beaches, palm trees and ocean surf — wonderful art deco architecture, but is also a bustling center of commerce, fashion, and entertainment.   Visitors are lured to the area year round with perfect weather, award-winning beaches and a celebrity-driven, sizzling nightlife scene that grooves to a Cuban, Haitian, and Caribbean vibe.

Daytona Beach: Twenty-three miles of sparkling white sandy beaches and beautiful blue-green waters make Daytona Beach an irresistible playground for kids of all ages. This popular family vacation spot pretty much makes child’s play out of having fun.

 With a multitude of flights, many direct from Canada, competitive fly/drive and cheap hotels and motels, Florida offers great value for money. Attractions such as Disneyworld and SeaWorld can be on the high side- cost side, but they offer once in lifetime experiences and memories that won’t disappoint kids and adults of all ages!