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Hurricane-free paradise this summer on the 'ABC Islands'

Couple sitting near water in Curacao (Photo: IndexOpen)
Editor's Note: This story was originally published on June 15, 2006. To see the most recent SmarterTravel articles on related topics, please click on any of the following links: Aruba, Bonaire, Christine Sarkis and Sarah Pascarella, Curacao, vacation package.

For a variety of reasons, Americans typically don't head to the Caribbean in summer. Many prefer to visit stateside beaches, or explore the capitals of Europe, rather than spend their vacation on tropical islands. And then there's the ever-present risk of hurricanes, a major factor keeping tourists away.

The secret, however, is that there are several islands outside the traditional hurricane belt that enjoy pleasant summer weather and also experience the price drop associated with summer in the Caribbean. Aruba, Bonaire, and Curacao, known as the "ABC Islands" may be ideal destinations for a summer Caribbean getaway.

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Best yet, these islands offer a diverse array of options for any traveler, with affordable prices to reflect the low season. And despite it being summer, trade winds blow in from the east, keeping the islands' temperatures comfortable. Whether you want just to relax on the beach, snorkel or dive in world-famous waters, golf, shop, or sample a host of cuisines, these islands offer a multitude of attractions to suit any type of traveler.

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