Top 10 Travel Destinations for Canadians for 2012 [PHOTOS]

on January 14 2012 5:15 AM
  • 1. Riviera Maya, Mexico
    Riviera Maya’s geographic proximity to Canada and good availability of flights makes it a choice of many Canadian travelers. A natural hot spot and a preferred destination for eco-adventure, it attracts both families and backpackers. stock.xchng
  • 2. Varadero, Cuba
    People walk on a beach in Varadero, a 12-mile-long peninsula of white-sand beaches lined with resorts in the province of Matanzas around 135 kilometres (84 miles) from Havana May 5, 2010. Flight connectivity from Canada to this Caribbean beach paradise makes it a top destination for anyone visiting Canada. REUTERS/Desmond Boylan
  • 3. Punta Cana, Dominican Republic
    Punta Cana is a reasonably-priced tropical getaway and a favored Caribbean destination for its great beaches, golf courses and resorts. stock.xchng
  • Cancun, Mexico
    The beach in Cancun, Mexico REUTERS
  • 5. Montego Bay, Jamaica
    Doctor's Cave Beach Club, a popular tourist attraction, is pictured at Montego Bay. Montego Bay is famous for some of Jamaica’s most luxurious beach resorts. New hotel development in the city makes for welcoming more tourists this year. Wikimedia Commons
  • 6. Puerto Vallarta, Mexico
    Extensive beaches, beach resorts and eco-tourism opportunities are set to attract Canadians to Puerto Vallarta in Mexico. stock.xchng
  • New Year's Eve 2012
    Orlando will be one of the busiest destinations for New Year's Eve. Reuters
  • 8. Costa Rica
    Adventure beckons families in Costa Rica with various attractions ranging from white water rafting, canyoning, hiking, biking and more. Costa Rica is a favorite among travelers for its beaches, eco-adventures, tropical golfing environment and culture. In picture: People swim in the Celeste river waterfall at Tenorio Volcano National Park in Upala, Costa Rica. REUTERS/Juan Carlos Ulate
  • 9. Nassau, Bahamas
    Cruise ships are docked at Nassau in the Bahamas. Bohemian culture, a laidback lifestyle, cruises, sandy beaches and outdoor activities in Nassau keep tourists engaged. With direct short-duration flights from Canada, this is quite a preferred destination. stock.xchng
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Canada-based itravel2000, a leading online travel retailer, has listed its top 12 destinations for 2012, based on online booking trends and consumer inquiries.

The list reveals a distinct interest in emerging destinations, as compared to last year. Traditional destinations such as Varadero, Cuba, and Orlando, Fla., are still mainstays, but destinations such as Aruba also have caught the attention of Canadian travelers this year, according to Jonathan Carroll, president of itravel2000.

Here's a list of its top 10 destinations for 2012.

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