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Why stop when you don't have to? At press time, nonstop flights to seven tropical island destinations, plus Mexico's Cancun, were available from Washington's three area airports; packages through such companies as Apple Vacations (800-517-2000, http://www.applevacations.com) and Liberty Travel (888-271-1584, http://www.libertytravel.com) also offer nonstop chartered air to these locales. We compiled the carriers' flight schedules, en route times and contact information, as well as the lowest round-trip fares we could find online for early- to mid-April travel. (Fares include taxes and fees; all information is subject to change.) -- Christina Talcott

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* Aruba. United Airlines (800-241-6522, http://www.united.com) offers flights Friday through Wednesday from Dulles to Reina Beatrix International Airport; fares from $351. Flight time is 4 1/2 hours one way.

* Bahamas. US Airways (800-428-4322, http://www.usairways.com) offers daily flights from Reagan National to Lynden Pindling International Airport in Nassau; from $218. Flight time is 2 1/2 hours.

* Bermuda. USA3000 Airlines (877-872-3000, http://www.usa3000.com), a budget carrier, flies from BWI to Bermuda International Airport on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Sundays from May 13 through Sept. 2; from $281. US Airways offers flights on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Sundays from Reagan National; from $333. Flight time from both airports is two hours.

* Cancun. USA3000 flies from BWI to Cancun on Tuesdays, Thursdays, Saturdays and Sundays; from $455. From Dulles, United offers daily service (from $432), and Delta (800-221-1212, http://www.delta.com) departs on Saturdays (from $702). Flight time from both airports is about 3 1/2 hours.

* Dominican Republic. USA3000 flies from BWI to Punta Cana International Airport on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays; from $585. United flies from Dulles to Punta Cana on Thursdays, Saturdays and Sundays through March 30, then switches to Saturdays only until April 23; from $726; flights resume in December. Flight time from both airports is about four hours.

* Jamaica. Air Jamaica (800-523-5585, http://www.airjamaica.com) flies daily from BWI to Sir Donald Sangster International Airport in Montego Bay; from $506. United flies from Dulles to Montego Bay on Saturdays; from $780. Flight time is 3 1/2 hours from both airports.

* Puerto Rico. United and American Airlines (800-433-7300, http://www.aa.com) offer daily flights from Dulles to San Juan Luis Mu¿oz Marin International Airport; both from $243. Flight time is about four hours.

* St. Martin/St. Maarten. United flies on Mondays, Wednesdays, Saturdays and Sundays from Dulles to Princess Juliana International Airport on St. Maarten; from $344. Flight time is 4 1/2 hours.


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