The coast of Grenada

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Grenada
Although there are several islands to choose from in the Caribbean, there is something to be said for Grenada's unspoiled beauty, laid-back local culture and easily accessible terrain. Worried about traveling to the Caribbean during hurricane season? Rest assured, Grenada is located at the very tip of the so-called "hurricane belt," so purchase travel insurance and be aware that hurricane season generally ends around November.

Be smart about vacationing in hurricane season.

This Caribbean island enjoyed 49 hurricane-free years before being hit by Hurricanes Ivan in September 2004, followed by the less-damaging Emily. The island has recovered from the devastation with remarkable speed, but it still relies on tourist dollars. And I'm not one to let fear—of natural disasters, political strife or otherwise—to stop me from traveling.

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