Canadians prefer sun and sand on vacation

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Vacation time means beach time for Canadians.

In a global survey by online travel agent and Harris Interactive, Canadians revealed they prefer a beach vacation over sightseeing at national landmarks, hiking in nature or visiting family and friends.

With 45% of Canadian respondents saying their dream trip includes sun and sand, we prefer beach vacations more than any other country in the world and were well above the global average of 33%.

The Caribbean was the top choice for beachgoers, with 18% of Canadians choosing the sunny islands as their top beach destinations. Hawaii was second with 14% and Australia third with 10% of votes.

On average, found the Canadian beach vacation lasts 7.8 days. The international average for a beach vacation is 7.7, while Americans spend about 5.6 days beachside.

Relaxation is the top beach “activity” for the 72% of Canadians who prefer to zone out seaside in a beach chair. Our other favourite beach activities include swimming (68%), snorkelling (34%) and nude sunbathing (5%). and Harris Interactive surveyed more than 8,000 people from North America, Asia, Europe, South America and Australia for the survey.