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We’re looking for a luxury beach spot for travel in September and don’t want to worry about weather. What do you recommend

Hi Dave,

Before I give you my recommendations, I must warn you that it almost always ends up raining on me when I head to the beach. Let’s hope that the bad weather only follows me and not my advice!

Of course, September is right smack in the middle of hurricane season for many destinations, but there are hideaways that are less likely to get hit by a tropical storm. The Dutch Caribbean island of Curacao is a good choice for an early fall getaway since it lies outside of the traditional hurricane belt. Its beautiful Dutch architecture dates back to the 1700s and is a truly charming beach getaway with many luxury options.

Hawaii is also a safe choice in terms of weather, but rainfall varies greatly among the islands. Kaua’i has some of the wettest spots on the planet, while areas of the Big Island get less than 6 inches per year.

If you want to head south of the equator, the French Polynesian island of Tahiti is amazingly beautiful and luxurious with pretty much perfect weather year round. Australia deals are also abundant right now, and September is a fantastic time to visit the islands of the Great Barrier Reef.

Hope this helps to lead you in a sunny, warm direction for your vacation!

Happy Travels,



My name: Jennifer Gaines, but my friends call me Gaines, Jenni-Dallas or just plain Jenn.

(Find me on Twitter @jenngaines)

Travel ambitions: It's my mission to visit each of the New 7 Wonders and to step foot on every continent before my next milestone birthday.

Greatest travel lesson learned: Find the local hangouts to experience the real, true culture of a place. During a trip to Europe, my friends and I spent several days with a French family in the small town of Vichy. We had a private party in their family-run creperie, feasting on cheese-stuffed crepes and sampling wine that we picked up in the Bordeaux region a few days earlier. Their English wasn’t much better than my French, which is limited to a few well-known phrases from Moulin Rouge and the question: Parlez-vous anglais? (I'm proud to say that I can spout this question off in several different languages, and luckily most Europeans do indeed speak English!) After a few bottles of wine, the language barrier was hardly noticeable (slurring actually sounds the same in French!), and we managed to swap stories about life in other places. What a slice of local flavor!

My most beloved place in the whole world is: My grandparents place in Texas. It’s a 10-acre oasis in between two sprawling cities: Dallas and Fort Worth. A creek runs through their enormous backyard, where Granddad built a deck over the water. The entire place is shrouded with all types of trees (mainly pecan), blocking the Texas sun in the summer. Dusk is the best time to sit on the deck, drink a glass of ice tea and watch baby raccoons from the spring litter surround their back porch as Gram feeds them bread (no lie!). There will be dozens of raccoons eating on any given night. In the fall, my family gathers in the courtyard in front of their house for an annual “weenie roast.” Granddad lights the bonfire, and we roast dogs and s'mores. Yes, y’all, we’re from Texas!

Favorite way to get around: Well, I’m not much of a driver. I get lost easily and my tires have never come across a curb they didn’t want to get to know a little better. But, I do enjoy cruising around and listening to music. That said, I much rather explore a place by foot (with my iPod in tow) for a more intimate encounter.

View that took my breath away: Coming from Texas (where the view is wide but there’s not much to see), scenes from my new home of San Francisco never fail to amaze me. The city is a pedestrian’s dream, but don’t forget to turn around and look behind you as you meander through its neighborhoods. You won’t realize it, but you’ll be at the tip-top of a hill and the ocean will suddenly seem to be at eye level. Take a drive through the Presidio and over the Golden Gate Bridge where even more stunning views await!



Riu Riviera in Playa del Carmen, Mexico. It’s all inclusive, inexpensive and so worth the stay. We went in October, and having been to Hawaii many times, would say there is no comparison. Riu rules! We flew AeroMexico…great concept: free food, free alcohol, free earpieces for the free movie, free nice service! Enjoy whereever you may roam!


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Kaua’i has some of the wettest spots on the planet, while areas of the Big Island get less than 6 inches per year.
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