Top 10 Travel Destinations for Canadians for 2012 [PHOTOS]

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  • 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
  • Cancun, Mexico
    Tourists walk on Caracol beach in Cancun Feb. 1, 2011. Cancun continues to be a preferred Mexican destination of many Canadians with its great eco-parks, marine parks, coral reefs, water sports, golf courses, Mayan ruins and many more adventurous offerings. REUTERS
  • New Year's Eve 2012
    This year, Orlando is hosting the 61st annual NBA All-Star Weekend (Feb. 25-26), where the world’s best basketball players compete in a slam-dunk competition. Its other attractions such as the Legoland theme park, lakes, museums and picturesque neighborhoods continue to draw tourists. A bohemian “Milk District” is an up-and-coming area in downtown complete with trendy restaurants, bars, and bookstores. 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
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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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