Find an island deal, without the storms.
(MONEY Magazine) -- Want to nab cheap Caribbean rates during hurricane season? On these three islands you'll cut your chance of a washout.
Like the Bahamas, Aruba offers snorkeling and secluded beaches -- but only a 4% risk of a hurricane through November, vs. a 51% chance in the Bahamas, says Phil Klotzbach, a research scientist at Colorado State University.
Seven nights at the Radisson Aruba will run you $2,023 in mid-November, vs. almost $4,000 in late December; flights from New York City start at $400.
Savings: 41% vs. high season
Known for its excellent food, this Dutch island has a 5% probability of a hurricane during November.
Spend seven nights in an ocean-view room at the Westin Dawn Beach Resort & Spa in St. Maarten for $1,603, and for a double dose of food and culture, cross the open border to the French-speaking -- and less developed -- St. Martin side of the island.
CONTADORA ISLAND, PANAMA
A 20-minute charter flight from Panama City, tiny Contadora in the Gulf of Panama is "still new enough as a tourist spot to offer good hotel and rental-house options," says Cheapflights.com's Lauren Sullivan.
At the Contadora Island Inn, seven nights run just $578. And unlike on the Caribbean side of Panama, showers pass quickly -- leaving you more time on the white-sand beaches.
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|Overnight Avg Rate||Latest||Change||Last Week|
|30 yr fixed||4.36%||4.24%|
|15 yr fixed||3.39%||3.26%|
|30 yr refi||4.34%||4.22%|
|15 yr refi||3.38%||3.24%|
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