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These 7 Caribbean Islands Have Not Seen Hurricane In 170 Years

If you want a summer vacation in the Caribbean, visit the ABC islands: Aruba, Bonaire, and Curaçao. Travel a little further south and visit Trinidad and its neighbor Tobago. If you want real adventure, check out San Andrés and Providencia off the coast of Nicaragua. These islands are all outside the hurricane belt.

The islands are located at or south of 12 degrees north latitude, the general boundary for tropical storms and hurricanes that form off the equatorial coast of Africa. Wind and warm water currents usually direct the forming tropical depression that becomes a hurricane northwest, toward the Eastern Caribbean, the Gulf of Mexico, and the southern US.

San Andrés and Providencia

The lovely islands located off the coast of Nicaragua in the Western Caribbean belong to Columbia, although they were once British processions. These volcanic islands are favorite stopover locations for sailboats cruising the Western Caribbean between Mexico and Panama. The islands have a summer rainy season, but they are out of the hurricane belt.

San Andrés, only 22 square miles, is considered a world-class diving destination. Diving and snorkeling trips are available through the local hotels. Smaller Providencia is only eight square miles and is located north of San Andrés. It is also known for diving and the Sea Flower Biosphere Reserve.

San Andrés is reached by air from Panama, Nicaragua, and Columbia. There is no direct service from the US. Providencia is reached by air or catamaran from San Andrés.

Curaçao

This island is located at 12 degrees north latitude, about 40 miles (65 kilometers) off the coast of Venezuela, in the southern part of the Caribbean. Curaçao is actually arid, since it does not have much in the way of rainfall. The island does receive trade winds that keep it comfortable throughout the year, with temperature in the range of 80 to 90 degrees Fahrenheit. It is the largest of the ABC islands and very proud of its Dutch heritage, although it is multi-ethnic.  About 50 different nationalities live peacefully on this lovely island that has pristine beaches.

Bonaire

This is a diver’s paradise. Located just east of Curaçao, this island is also arid, with temperatures in the 80 degree range most of the year. Bonaire has a coral reef that is actually part of an underwater national park. This formerly Dutch island is committed to preserving the environment with solar and wind power. The island does have resorts that offer land tours as well as dive excursions.

Aruba

The third Dutch island is located about 15 miles north of the Venezuelan coast in the Caribbean. It is also arid, with mild temperatures and little rainfall. Aruba is a popular island for visitors, with numerous resorts and casinos. The beaches are clean, and the water is warm! Visitors to the island are encouraged to learn Papiamento, the language that incorporates many native languages and dialects spoken throughout the Caribbean.

Dutch is the official language in the ABC islands since they are a part of the Netherlands. However, English is spoken everywhere.

Trinidad and Tobago

The two islands that make up the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago are in the far south of the Caribbean, off the northeast coast of Venezuela. They are around 10 degrees north latitude, far below the hurricane belt. These are hilly islands, with the smaller Tobago just northeast of Trinidad. Both islands have an Atlantic coast. English is the official language although, the country is multi-ethnic.

Both islands receive more rain than the ABC group. They have a rainforest along with beautiful beaches and resorts. Trinidad has the largest natural asphalt reservoir and a nearby sulfur hot springs for visitors. Port of Spain, Trinidad’s capital, has a lively carnival celebration each year that attracts visitors from North and South America.

The ABC islands and Trinidad are easily reached from Miami and other US airports. These islands are occasionally visited by cruise ships, and they all have marinas for private yachts and sailboats.

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