Sunday, February 13, 2011;
More noonday beaches
You don't need a Star Trek transporter to reach the beach by noon. You just have to get up early, move swiftly between points and preferably travel midweek, when the lines at immigration and customs are typically shorter. Here are seven destinations served by flights that land in the morning, along with sample round-trip fares from Washington for late February, plus the closest beach to the airport - to land you on the strand at that magical hour.
Sample flight: Delta leaves Reagan National at 5:45 a.m. and arrives at 10:24 a.m. From $651.
Closest beach: Playa Delfines, also known as El Mirador
Sample flight: Delta leaves Reagan National at 5:45 a.m. and arrives at 10:21 a.m. From $358.
Closest beach: Playa Azul
Sample flight: American leaves Washington Dulles at 6 a.m. and arrives at 11:25 a.m. From $427.
Closest beach: Xanadu Beach
Sample flight: American leaves Reagan National at 7:15 a.m. and arrives at 10 a.m. From $265.
Closest beach: Miami Beach at 41st Street and Collins Avenue
Montego Bay, Jamaica
Sample flight: US Airways leaves Reagan National at 5:45 a.m. and lands at 10:53 a.m. From $434.
Closest beach: Cornwall Beach
Sample flight: American leaves Reagan National at 6 a.m. and arrives at 10:22 a.m. From $553.
Closest beach: Cable Beach
West Palm Beach, Fla.
Sample flight: Delta departs from Reagan National at 5:45 a.m. and arrives at 10:19 a.m. From $181.
Closest beach: R.G. Kreusler Park in Palm Beach