Non-Stop Sun Destinations from Vancouver BC

Looking to spend a few days relaxing under the warm sun this season? There are a number of options with direct flights from Vancouver . Use Google Flights and the tools available there to find those direct flights at the best price. I’ve crafted quick guides for each region on how long the flights are so you can maximize your time in paradise.

Note: Sunwing and Air Transat do not show up on Google Flights so you’ll have to search those directly. 

Mexico

Mexico offers the largest number of destinations serviced with non-stop flights from Canadian and non-Canadian airlines. WestJet and Air Canada dominate this scene but SunWing, Mexico’s Interjet and Air Transat also offer direct flights to many destinations.

MexicoMost destinations in Mexico are less than 6 hours there and under 7 hours coming back. Check out this hand table below for rough times. Since each airline has a slightly different time estimation based on aircraft your findings may vary but should be within about 30 minutes.

Despite what you may expect, November is not the high-season for Cancun, that happens December to April. And you may be wondering about hurricanes, well they tend to calm down dramatically by November with the bad months being August and September.

Destination Time To (hours) Time From (hours)
Cancun 6 7
Huatulco 6.5 7
Ixtapa/Zihuatanejo 5.5 6
Mazatlan 4.5 5
Mexico City 5.5 6
Puerto Vallarta 5 5
San Jose Del Cabo 4.5 5

Top Destinations in Mexico

Cancun

The crystal clear Caribbean waters, a plethora of activities in the Yucatan Penninsula and the abundance of great hotels make Cancun a top spot for a well-rounded sunny vacay. My favourite spot is the Hyatt Ziva Cancun, but you can also explore the luxury resorts of Mayakoba by flying into Cancun.

While the water’s not as clear on the Pacific ocean it’s still hot, and you can still swim! Puerto Vallarta is a popular destination for all ages offering popular hotels like the Hyatt Ziva Puerto Vallarta and other well-known brands.

Mazatlan

The short distance to and from this spot makes it a top pick simply because it’s quick and easy to get to.

Other Destinations: San Jose Del Cabo, Huatulco, Ixtapa/Zihuatanejo, Mexico City

United States

United States of AmericaHot destinations in the USA come with the unfortunate caveat of the dollar being weaker and in the case of Hawaii, there are no all-inclusive options so you’ll be paying for each and every meal and beverage. But don’t let that stop you! Hawaii offers great deals on hotels and flights and has a great deal to explore and do.

You’ll likely want to rent a car so you can get to different parts of whichever island you visit but it’ll be worth it to go hiking, see beautiful sunsets and experience the local culture, which is much different from mainland USA. Hawaii is pretty much 30 degrees all year round so there is really not a good or bad time to visit.

Destinations: Honolulu, Kahului (Maui), Kona, Palm Springs

Destination Time To (hours) Time From (hours)
Honolulu 6.5 6
Kahului (Maui) 6.5 5.5
Kona 6.5 6
Palm Springs 2.5 3

Caribbean/Central America

Caribbean/Central AmericaNon-stop flights to the Caribbean and Central America are serviced by Sunwing and Air Transat only.

Destinations: Montego Bay, Punta Cana, Santa Clara, Veradero

Destination Time To (hours) Time From (hours)
Montego Bay, Jamaica 9 10
Punta Cana, Dominican Republic 8 8.5
Santa Clara, Cuba 6.5 7
Veradero, Cuba 6.5 7

 

Sun Destination Essentials

My favourite sunny destination essentials, including a full-face snorkel for extra wonderful snorkelling, an SPF shirt for those of us that are extra pasty, a GoPro (duh) and a great piece of luggage from AmazonBasics to stash it all in, it’s carry-on approved too!

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