Don’t Let Tropical Storms Ruin Your Beach Vacation


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Late summer is not only when hurricane activity typically increases, it’s also when many vacationer’s take advantage of their last chance to get away. So, where can beachgoers head with less worry of a tropical storm?

While, according to The National Hurricane Center, every island in the Caribbean Sea, Gulf of Mexico and the Atlantic seaboard are vulnerable to hurricane activity, there are some islands that are less likely to be impacted. Check out some of these tropical retreats located outside or just on the boarder of the “hurricane zone.” These destinations offer all the sand and surf with a smaller chance of impact by inclement weather for travelers still looking to get away as summer days come to an end.

“Beach getaways are still a great option for late summer travel, as long as you plan appropriately,” says Jeanenne Diefendorf, Orbitz Travel Insider. “Take some of the worry out of your vacation and try beaches — like Aruba, Barbados and Curacao — that have less chance of being impacted by severe weather.”


Located in the heart of the Caribbean, Aruba prides itself on having some of the most beautiful beaches in the world. The culture on the island is a unique blend of Native American, African and European influences and offers all the activities and luxuries travelers’ look for in an island vacation. From sailing to scuba to deep sea fishing, there’s something to suit nearly everyone’s mood on this tranquil, tropical island.


This easternmost Caribbean island sits on the edge of the Atlantic Ocean, but outside the hurricane belt, and offers nearly 3,000 hours of sunshine a year. One great way to experience this scenic environment is through the many island, air, sea and underwater island tours. A must-see while visiting Barbados is the Animal Flower Cave. The cave’s floor is estimated to be 400,000 years old. Visitors can take a swim through parts of the cave or relax at its restaurant and bar.


This Caribbean island located off the coast of Venezuela is famous for its exquisite and picturesque beaches. The island offers extensive diving among eye-popping coral reefs and plentiful sea life. The architecture throughout the island’s historic port is worth checking out, as well as art from one of the many local artists. This destination exudes a European charm and friendly atmosphere, and makes a great choice for a late-summer beach retreat.

Puerto Vallarta

If Caribbean adventures don’t suit your taste, check out one of Mexico’s most beautiful western beach destinations — Puerto Vallarta. This seaside town has a deep Mexican culture and beautiful landscape that will captivate your senses. In addition to its laid-back beach attitude, Puerto Vallarta also offers wonderful local art and some of the best in traditional Mexican dining as well as other eclectic food options. The city is full of galleries and five-star cuisine from chefs around the world. For a great day trip, venture to the small mining village of San Sebastian. A short trip from Puerto Vallarta, it offers a glimpse into typical rural life Mexico, breathtaking mountain views and a relaxing atmosphere.


If you really want to steer clear of hurricanes, head to Hawaii. Kauai is the oldest of all the main Hawaiian Islands, and geographically it has some of the most stunning vegetation and canyons. Greenery and flowers overwhelm the island with beauty. Hiking and sightseeing are a must-do in addition to spending some time on the beautiful beaches. The Waimea Canyon is deep and vast, and shows amazing colors that even rival the Grand Canyon. Golf is also popular on the island and is available at many of the resorts. For a cultural and historical adventure visit some of the artwork and architectural remains of the Hawaiian People over the centuries.

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