- Family Travel
When escaping the cold and snow, US tourists head to the Caribbean. Its proximity makes these islands accessible by mid- day from the east coast. You can leave the snow behind in the morning and snuggle your toes in a sandy beach by afternoon. With over 700 islands, there’s something for everyone, with most a approximately 25 islands/island groupings drawing the majority of tourists
Most think of the Caribbean for sun and relaxation, but those with interests in snorkeling/diving, music, food, history, and spa/wellness. Peak season runs from Jan-April, while autumn is the slow season.
Many ask about destinations with non-stop flights. This changes regularly with demand and season. The metropolitan Washington area airports (National and Dulles) generally offer non-stop service to the most popular islands, including Jamaica, Dominican Republic, Puerto Rico, St. Thomas, St. Maarten and Aruba. All islands, but the US Virgin Islands (St. Thomas, St. John and St. Croix) and Puerto Rico require a valid US passport.