For a No-Hurricane Caribbean Vacation, Learn These ABCs

Dutch West Indies, Bonaire island, Washington Slagbaai National Park
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Looking for a Caribbean destination that won't get hit by a hurricane? While there's no such thing as a sure thing, some Caribbean isles are, indeed, much safer bets than others.

Dutch ABC Islands

It's an open secret that the so-called “Dutch ABCs”—Aruba, Bonaire and Curacao—are hit less frequently during hurricane season. Located in the Southern Caribbean a few miles off the coast of Venezuela and more than 500 miles from the Lesser Antilles chain. the three islands in the Netherlands Antilles are far from the hurricane belt. While glancing tropical storms have occasionally done some damage to these islands, the last major hurricane to make a direct hit on the ABCs was in 1877. 


If you're looking for perfect weather, head to Aruba, which is also the liveliest of the three islands. Not only does Aruba fall safely below the hurricane belt, it boasts more sunny days than any other Caribbean island and trade winds that keep temperatures in the ideal zone. The tiny island offers up miles of pristine white-sand beaches, beautiful kid-friendly resorts and plenty of options for nature lovers.

If you're looking for uncrowded bliss, your best bet is Bonaire. The island is a protected national marine park whose coral reefs and incredibly diverse sea life provide world-class diving and snorkeling. 

If you're looking for a mix of beaches and culture, head to Curacao, the largest island in the Netherlands Antilles. You'll find European architecture, plenty of restaurants and shops, and drop-dead-gorgeous beaches.

Getting to the Dutch ABCs

Major air carriers fly from the U.S. to the Netherlands Antilles. The busiest airports include Queen Beatrix International Airport in Oranjestagd (Aruba), Flamingo International Airport in Kralendijk (Bonaire), and Curaçao International Airport in Willemstad (Curacao).

More Caribbean Islands With Low Hurricane Risk

Want more choices? Consider Barbados, Trinidad, and Tobago, neighbors of the Dutch ABCs, which also see statistically fewer hurricanes than their northern neighbors.

Or think about a Caribbean cruise. A ship can simply move to avoid a storm headed in its direction.

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