Top travel picks: Getaway from San Jose to Vancouver

International travel doesn't necessarily mean long, expensive flights, foreign languages and days of jet lag — Canada is so close. If you're looking to explore America's northern neighbor, consider Vancouver.

The bustling West Coast seaport, located in British Columbia, is one of Canada’s densest, most ethnically diverse cities. The city is surrounded by mountains and boasts thriving art, theater and music scenes, not to mention a delicious food scene closely tied to the region's bountiful seafood offerings.

Whether you’re trying to jet set ASAP or you’re looking to plan your trip around the future’s cheapest fares, take a look at these forthcoming flights between San Jose and Vancouver, which we pulled from travel site Skyscanner.

We've also included top-rated hotels, restaurants and attractions in Vancouver to get you excited about your next excursion.

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Cheapest Vancouver flights

The cheapest flights between San Jose and Vancouver are if you leave on June 8 and return from Canada on June 11. Delta currently has tickets for $232, roundtrip.

There are also deals to be had in April. If you fly out of San Jose on April 20 and return from Vancouver on April 24, Alaska Airlines can get you there and back for $235 roundtrip.

Top Vancouver hotels

Regarding where to stay, here are some of Vancouver’s top-rated hotels, that we selected from Skyscanner's listings based on price and customer satisfaction.

The Westin Bayshore (1601 Bayshore Drive)

For an all-around top recommendation, consider The Westin Bayshore. The hotel has a 4.6-star rating on Skyscanner, and rooms are currently available for $129.

The luxury hotel is on Vancouver's seawall, next to Stanley Park and a five-minute drive or 20-minute walk to the downtown core. Amenities include restaurants, a spa, gym and pools.

The La Grande Residence at the Sutton Place Hotel Vancouver (845 Burrard St.)

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There's also the 4.7-star rated The La Grande Residence at the Sutton Place Hotel Vancouver. Rooms are currently set at $140/night.

It features a laundry room, health club, indoor pool, steam room and more.

OPUS Hotel Vancouver (322 Davie St.)

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If you're looking to treat yourself, there's OPUS Hotel Vancouver. The 4.7-star hotel has rooms for $201/night.

OPUS Hotel Vancouver redefines the boutique hotel experience, blending contemporary design with warmth and intuitive service. Located in fashionable Yaletown, OPUS Vancouver Hotel is steps from the inner harbor, Canada Line rapid transit, outdoor recreation and Vancouver's best restaurants, spas and shops. 

Local restaurant picks

If you're looking to snag a bite at one of Vancouver's many quality eateries, here are a few popular culinary destinations from Skyscanner's listings that will help keep you satiated.

Vij's Restaurant (3106 Cambie St.)

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One of Vancouver's most popular spots is Vij's Restaurant, which has an average of 4.7 stars out of 33 reviews on Skyscanner.

"Some of the best Indian food I've ever had," wrote visitor Travis. "This is not your traditional Indian restaurant — it's modern and stylish, with dim lighting and cool music. But the food is out of this world."

The Naam Restaurant (2724 Fourth Ave. West)

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Another popular dining destination is The Naam Restaurant, with 4.6 stars from 28 reviews.

"The Naam is loved not only for its food, but also for its friendly staff and appreciation of art. The restaurant has a rotation of artists on display each month as well as musicians scheduled to play nightly," wrote reviewer Zerlander.  

Cardero's Restaurant (1583 Coal Harbour Quay)

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If you're looking for a solid place for seafood, plan to visit Cardero's Restaurant.

"Fresh seafood is the ticket, but other options are prepared in fine fashion," wrote Charles. "Outside dining on the dock is a must!"

Featured Vancouver attractions

To round out your trip, Vancouver offers plenty of popular attractions worth visiting. Here are two top recommendations, based on Skyscanner's descriptions and reviews.

Stanley Park 

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First up is Stanley Park, which has over 8 million visitors each year.

One of Vancouver's top destinations for locals and tourists alike, the park is home to art events, acclaimed restaurants and world-famous landmarks, like Prospect Point and the Nine O'Clock Gun. 

"Just a lovely and massive park," wrote visitor Stephen. "You can bike, swim or just walk around and explore the bounties that nature has to offer, all under a backdrop of the city."

Granville Island Public Market (1669 Johnston St.)

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Then, there's Granville Island Public Market.

If Granville Island is the king of Vancouver destinations, then the Public Market is the jewel in the island’s crown. It includes a fascinating assortment of stalls, showcasing unique homemade products and the very finest in gastronomic delights. 


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