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Last-minute March break getaway ideas

If you’ve had a sudden change of plans or simply must take a break from your current surroundings, a getaway vacation is in order. Before you make any plans, be sure to check out these awesome last-minute travel destinations.

varadero cuba

The beaches of the amazing Varadero, Cuba.

Varadero, Cuba

Because American citizens aren’t allowed to travel to Cuba, the number of tourists visiting at this time of year isn’t quite as overwhelming as it can be in surrounding islands. Plus, you can actually tip with Canadian money. Varadero is a hot spot for soft sand, beautiful beaches and fun water activities. And if you get tired of lounging on the beach, a couple of hours’ ride will get you to Havana, where you can soak in the rich culture and appreciate the many beautiful antique cars that roam the streets. Check out some of the deals offered at, or speak to your travel agent to book a beautiful, all-inclusive trip that’s in your budget. There are plenty of budget-friendly options in Cuba, so it makes for a great last-minute getaway.

San Diego, United States

L.A. is sure to be painfully packed at this time of year, so San Diego, which is just two hours away, makes for the perfect alternative. It’s still winter there, so you might not get the 30-degree beach weather you would in the summer, but 15 or 20 degrees sure beats the below zero you’re likely dealing with right now. You can rent a condo by the water, test out your surfing and boogie boarding skills, go shopping and taste the delicious seafood. And don’t miss your chance to appreciate the incredible wildlife out there by going whale watching and visiting the San Diego Zoo. If the mood strikes you, a day trip to Hollywood and Rodeo Drive is just a couple of hours away.

Ottawa, Canada

If your area has been getting hit with more cold, dry spells or dreary, icy rains than you’d like, Ottawa is the perfect place to go to ensure you get some nice, fluffy snow. It’s a great city for active travellers who can’t get enough of the outdoors. Skating along the Rideau Canal and treating yourself to a BeaverTail is a one-of-a-kind experience. There are also plenty of beautiful trails for you to walk or run along to take your mind off any work or home stresses. Plus, you don’t have to worry about passports or any other international travel snags. Just arrive and enjoy.

Puerto Vallarta, Mexico

When you can’t take the winter weather anymore and need to head off to somewhere warmer, Puerto Vallarta is the place to consider. offers all kinds of last-minute March break travel deals that could have you enjoying seven days at a beautiful, all-inclusive resort. If you want to get a feel for the older, authentic side of Mexico, visit Tianguis, a culturally rich market in the suburb of El Pitillal. Or to lie out in front of a light blue ocean on a golden sandy beach, check out Playa Las Animas. Whether you want to have an adventurous vacation hiking, kayaking and scuba diving or to just relax in the sun, you’ll find something you enjoy in Puerto Vallarta. Check out the city’s website to plan the perfect getaway.

keep in mind

These are just some of the many destinations that can make for the perfect March break getaway, so don’t feel limited if none of these quite tickle your fancy. So many great destinations are out there, and it’s never too late to treat yourself to some well-earned vacation time.

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