WEB EXCLUSIVE: Caribbean travel post-hurricanes
DAYTON -- This year will go down as one of the most active hurricane seasons. Hurricanes Harvey, Irma, Jose and Maria devastated portions of the Caribbean. Hoping to plan your dream vacation and now wondering what to do?
"People should be going to the Caribbean," Micki Dudas, AAA Managing Director of Leisure Travel Sales, said. "This is not the time to say, 'I'm boycotting the Caribbean.' The hurricanes did do tremendous damage, but there are still islands out there to be seen and to be enjoyed."
Dudas says some of those islands include: Jamaica, Grand Cayman and Punta Cana. Conversely, she says Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands will likely take longer than the 9-12 month time frame to get back up and running for leisure travel.
Cruise lines also offer different types of protection.
"Cruise lines can be very nimble when they have to modify an itinerary," Dudas said. "A lot of the cruise lines are doing assessments as to what they're going to be doing with some of the Eastern Caribbean and Southern Caribbean itineraries. Fortunately, we still have the Western Caribbean to offer people."
While hurricane tracks are largely unpredictable, AAA says there are "hurricane-proof" islands. These islands are referred to as the "ABC islands" -- Aruba, Bonaire and Curaçao. AAA says these islands are far less prone to hurricane landfall due to how far South and West they're located.