Agents' Choice 2020

SUMMER HOT SPOTS: San Jose leads the way

While spring has just sprung, many Canadians are already looking forward to and planning ahead for travel this summer, prompting the travel experts at to take a peek its data for destinations with the biggest percentage spikes in searches by Canadians looking for a June getaway compared to this time last year. Topping the “Top Five Emerging Summer Travel Hot Spots”list, according to, is San Jose, Costa Rico (with travel searches up 137% over 2012). This capital city is an increasingly thriving destination in its own right with a fun and funky nightlife, a number of compelling museums and a popular food scene. However, its top draw may still be its role as the main hub for reaching the beaches and rain forests that beckon adventure seekers and eco-travellers. Next on the list is Cancun, Mexico, with travel searches up 129% over 2012. Historically a major spring break hot spot, Cancun suffered a slight setback in popularity recently thanks to reports of violence (and before that swine flu) in parts of Mexico. However, the Yucatan resort town has been a relative safe haven for tourists and has pressed on with a steady stream of deals and marketing activity that have brought a big bounce in spring visitors and, now, a boost in interest for summer travellers. Lisbon, Portugal (travel searches up 100% over 2012) is third on the hot spot list. Portugal versus Spain? It’s a common online question for travellers seeking a summer getaway to Europe. While both destinations have their champions, the pro-Portugal crowd is quick to point out that Lisbon is an historic beachfront city with a mix of neighbourhoods and scenes, an active nightlife and great year-round weather. All in all, it’s a lot like Barcelona, but with a smaller price tag and a more laid-back style. To find out the next two hot destinations to make’s Top Five Emerging Summer Travel Hot Spots, visit .

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