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You Won’t Guess What 2018’s Top Trending Family Day Destinations Are

With Family Day weekend fast approaching, many Canadians are hoping to take advantage of the extra day off and head somewhere warm with the whole family. Kayak, the world’s leading travel search engine, revealed the list of the top five cities Canadians are looking to head to.

1. Kahului, Hawaii – 24% increase in searches

Whether you’re island hopping or taking the time to explore Maui properly, it isn’t hard to see why Kahului is one of the top trending Family Day destinations. If you’re on your way to Wailuku or the West Maui Forest Reserve, Kahului is a great place to stock up and gear up before your nature adventure! It has a youthful vibe, thanks to the student population of University of Hawaii Maui College and many long-term visitors, who make the town a home base for further travels. More flight options and lower fares were recently added, making travel to Kahului more flexible and affordable.

2. San Jose, California – 25% increase in Searches

Is San Jose just San Francisco‘s little brother to the south? Not at all. America’s 10th largest city is a wonderful tourist destination in its own right. Tour the eateries of Japantown, discovering a world of authentic Japanese cooking. Hit the city’s year-round farmers’ markets or the array of boutiques in Santana Row. And then relax. With bars aplenty, and amusement parks like Raging Waters nearby, you can let off steam in San Jose whenever you want to.

3. Jacksonville, Florida – 35% increase in searches

Northern Florida’s largest city, Jacksonville (or “Jax”) is a beach resort, family vacation destination, sporting centre, and cultural hub all rolled into one. If you want to get away to the sunshine and have museums, galleries, and shopping opportunities on your doorstep, it’s a great place to visit. With the endless sands of Jacksonville Beach and Ponte Vedra a short drive away, Jacksonville is fast becoming one of America’s most attractive urban destinations.

4. Willemstad, Curacao – 41% increase in searches

Curaçao is heating things up for the February long week weekend, with searches up 41 per cent year over year. With nonstop flights under 5.5 hours from Toronto, this city is perfect for those looking for a little more than lying on the beach all day (not that there’s anything wrong with that!). Curaçao also has some of the best snorkeling and diving in the Caribbean. Unlike some of the other islands where you may be tempted to just stay on hotel property, Willemstad has a romantic charm that’s worth checking out. Curacao was one of the ABC Caribbean islands(Aruba, Bonaire, Curacao) that was left relatively untouched by the devastating hurricanes at the end of 2017, which could have prompted many travelers to look to the island for winter getaways. It was also the destination chosen for the year’s hottest swimsuit photoshoot which could be driving interest up.

5. Kingston, Jamaica – 64% increase in searches

Kingston is a big, bustling city that sprawls within an idyllic landscape, and is the cultural and economic center of the country. The views are spectacular, and a side trip to the Blue Mountain area is worth adding to your agenda. From classic reggae to thriving street markets, art galleries and street vendors, it’s a city full of colour and life. Kingston is sometimes viewed as easier airport to navigate and provides a different view to the island without some of the typical mega resorts.