Chat Plus: The Caribbean as a Columbus Day Getaway?

Sunday, August 30, 2009

During our online chat (most Mondays at 2 p.m.), you ask your travel questions and we answer them -- mostly. Here's one we couldn't get to last week.

I need a beach vacation desperately, and my next opportunity to get away is Columbus Day. I'd like to go to the Caribbean: Is that crazy in October? Which destinations would be best (short or nonstop flight) for a four-day trip?

Well, yeah, that's kinda crazy. October's still hurricane season, so you'd be taking a chance on getting stranded, or worse. That said, October is less risky than August and September. If you're set on going, consider buying travel insurance and check airline and hotel cancellation policies beforehand. Nonstops from Washington at that time of year include Puerto Rico, Cancun and the Dominican Republic, although you might want to take a connecting flight to one of the less-hurricane-prone islands of Aruba, Bonaire or Curacao.

-- K.C.S.

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