The summer is over, and work gets intense until the holidays. So take a break, and spend a lengthy weekend to the Caribbean! With super speedy flights to points close to the mainland, you’ll be able to get there and get relaxed for a mid-autumn break.
Turks and Caicos—1 hour and 40 minutes from Miami
With one of the shortest flights from Miami, Turks and Caicos rocks autumn with activities for the sports fan, the intellectual, and the foodie. The 14th Annual TCI Amateur Open welcomes men and women at the Provo Golf and Country Gulf for a three-day, 36-hole tournament in early October. In November, Museum Day offers funseeking activities at the national museum, including song and dance performances. Restaurant Week also falls in November, and restaurants welcome tourists with scrumptious three-course prix-fixe menus.
Hotel Spotlight: Seven Stars Grace Resort Turks and Caicos
Named for the seven stars of Pleiades, Seven Stars Resort prides itself on award-winning service, exquisite dining options, and immaculate accommodations. Guests can enjoy a variety of activities, including several types of fishing, cave explorations, water sports, or simple relaxation.
Grand Cayman—1 hour and 20 minutes from Miami
Named the World’s Friendliest Country by Forbes in 2012, the Cayman Islands are known best for their accessible and colorful reefs, incredible nightlife, and the famed Seven Mile Beach. Grand Cayman lures foodie friends and adventurous travelers with Restaurant Month in October and Pirates Week in the middle of November. Restaurant Month showcases savory, prix-fixe menus at experimental eateries and fine dining establishments alike. Pirate Week pays homage to the rough and ragged thieves of the sea with parades, scavenger hunts, and boat races. Guests can even stay on a pirate ship!
Hotel Spotlight: Grand Cayman Marriott Beach Resort
Situated on the world-renowned Seven Mile Beach and close to Stingray City, this four-star resort offers onsite snorkeling at the Reef Ball Project, a beachfront freshwater pool, and balconies in every room. Within walking distance of shops, restaurants, and attractions, this is the place to stay in Grand Cayman.
Nassau, Bahamas—55 minutes from Miami
With two premier festivals taking place in autumn—Wine and Art in October and Jollification in November—the Bahamas are the place to spend a lengthy weekend. The Wine and Art Festival in late October is a robust celebration with an earthy feel and in its 24th year, offers authentic local cuisine and gourmet food from island restaurants and caterers, a food and wine pairing, and wonderful artistic expression by local artists. Jollification rings in the holiday season with wine tastings, jams, jellies, cakes, jewelry, and art made by local vendors.
Hotel Spotlight: Meliá Nassau Beach
When heading to any tropical resort, pools are super important—for lounging, for relaxing, and of course, for swimming. Melia Nassau Beach has three incredible waterscapes. Set in lavish gardens with stunning ocean views, these crystal-clear oases are sights themselves with waterfalls, sunbeds, and sunshades. Add in two hydromassage tubs and towel and drink service, and you won’t want to leave.