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Traveling to Puerto Vallarta
By: Claire Newell

Puerto Vallarta is a resort town on the Mexican coast, which year-round is one of the most popular beach destinations from Western Canada. With a cobblestone city center and a beachside promenade, visitors still get to experience the “Old Mexico” charm mixed with modern amenities. It is one of the best destinations for someone heading to Mexico for the first time.

Puerto Vallarta - png formatLocated in the western part of the state of Jalisco overlooking the Pacific Ocean, it is the second-most visited resort area in all of Mexico. Attracting almost 2.5 million tourists every year!  With incredible weather, teal waters and beautiful architecture, it’s definitely one of the best vacation spots, especially for families. The downtown area is focused around the town plaza and the landmark Church of Guadalupe with its prominent crown. There are lots of shops, art galleries, restaurants and cantinas as well as residences. Yet, only 10 minutes away, you'll find world-class hotels, a first-rate marina harbor, and luxurious amenities of every kind. Most all-inclusive hotels offer kids-clubs, which feature a wide range of age-appropriate activities. Even without a kids club, there is so much to do around the beaches and town that no one of any age could get bored!

Puerto Vallarta Evening - png formatFly direct from YXX to PVR on Saturdays at 8:15am or Sundays at 9:50am, both getting you into Mexico in the late afternoon. Return direct to YXX on Saturdays 3:50pm or Sundays at 5:25pm, which both get you home in the early evening. These flights are running until mid April so be sure to take advantage of this awesome route soon!

For tropical getaways from YXX, here are two exclusive Travel Best Bets deals:

Puerto Vallarta
Apr 1,8
Air, 6 nights all-inclusive hotel & transfers
from $455 + $440 tax

Anaheim, California
May 5-October 28
Air & 5 nights hotel
Adults from $499 + $214 tax
Kids 2-17 from $239 + $148 tax

Call 1-877-523-7823 or visit travelbestbets.com to book!

Happy travels,

Traveling to Maui, Hawaii
By: Claire Newell

Hawaii has long been a top destination for West Coast families looking to escape winter thanks to its stunning beaches, sparkling blue water and kid-friendly activities.

Maui is the second largest of the Hawaiian Islands and home to only about 120,000 people. But, it gets a lot of visitors --- over 2.2 million each year.  And there are lots of reasons why; year-round sunshine, 81 accessible beaches, attractions and places to visit like Haleakala National Park, the quaint town of Lahaina, Hana, the Maui Ocean Center; 16 golf courses; and plenty of great condos and hotels to stay in. 

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Hookipa Surf Lookout

Maui caters really well to tourists, so there is no shortage of things to do for travelers of every age. The Valley Isle offers some amazing chances to enjoy nature for very little money. The Seven Sacred Pools – or the Pools at Oheo Gulch – are located 15 minutes outside Hana. Families can take a dip in majestic pools surrounded by lush trees and bamboo for only $10 USD per vehicle. Hawaii’s Nature Center and the Maui Ocean Center are also great places for little ones to learn about the state’s natural environment. For a break from the beach, the town of Paia offers unique shopping boutiques and delicious casual restaurants. On your way, be sure to stop by the Hookipa beach lookout to oversee adventurous surfers rushing down the crashing waves. Another town to check out is Lahaina, here you’ll find a 100 year old Banyan tree that weaves across the sky making you feel like you’re in an entire forest, not just under one tree! Of course, snorkeling, surfing, shopping, dining and beach days are also part of any Maui vacation.

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Pools at Oheo Gulch

When travelling with children to Hawaii, it’s a good idea to book a condo or hotel suite with a kitchenette. Eating out on any of the islands is expensive – even when the exchange rate is decent. Condos also tend to give families more space than hotel rooms. You don’t want to spend your vacation in cramped accommodations – even if you plan to be at the beach most of the time. When searching for a condo, use a reputable website, such as VRBO or Airbnb, and be sure to check reviews and references once you find a place that you like. 

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With a condo, it’s easy to save some money by stocking up on groceries for at least breakfasts and snacks. For more affordable but still incredible meals out, I recommend the pizza from Flatbread Co in Paia, pies and sandwiches from Leoda’s Kitchen in Lahaina, and fish tacos from Jawz food truck, usually parked out front of Big Beach in Makena. For a splurge night out, Mama’s Fish House in Paia is a must; children will enjoy the secluded beach front location and authentic décor while parents will love the daily caught seafood. Maui is an island rich in fresh, healthy and tasty food, so you can’t go wrong with any local spots!

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Mama's Fish House

Now Maui is serviced all year long from Abbotsford by WestJet via Calgary Airport. 

If you are planning to visit, here are a few travel tips:

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Maui Sunset

For tropical getaways from YXX, here are two exclusive Travel Best Bet deals:

Maui, Hawaii

Puerto Vallarta, Mexico

Click here or call 1-877-5-BEST-BETS to book. Happy travels! 

Package price does not include: Other taxes/fees imposed by the government at time of ticketing, visa fees (additional courier fees may apply), mandatory gratuities, travel insurance, and personal expenses. 

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