Vancouver features one of the most appealing environmental juxtapositions a city can offer: that of the mountains and the sea. Continually ranked as one of the world's most "livable cities," this coastal metropolis has urban perks, like cultural diversity and international cuisine, without the litter and smog of many other big cities.
Outdoor enthusiasts will likely appreciate Vancouver's parks, gardens, beaches, and mountains, and those who prefer a classic cosmopolitan experience should check out the trendy boutiques and luxury dining on Robson Street. While Downtown houses most of Vancouver's commercial and office space, the West End is home to lush gardens and stunning beaches along English Bay, which gets lively when the sun comes out.
Although winters are misty and cool, during May to mid-October temperatures are comfortable and rainfall is at its lowest, making it Vancouver's busiest time of year.
Many high-end hotels are located in Downtown Vancouver, the neighborhood most popular with tourists, but almost any hotel in the city will be close to the main attractions. Business travelers might want to consider hotels downtown between Burrard and Seymour streets -- the financial and commercial hub of the city. Visitors looking for a romantic setting may want to look for hotels in Gastown, Vancouver's historic, Victorian heart.
|Airport:||Vancouver International Airport|
|Electricity:||120 V, 60 Hz|
|Tipping:||10-20% at restaurants|