A terrible year for damagelavizzara/shutterstock
This year’s hurricane season has wreaked unimaginable havoc on some of the most sought-after travel destinations in the world for serious R&R on white sandy beaches and turquoise waters. Puerto Rico, the Bahamas, Barbuda, Dominica, Turks and Caicos, the U.S. Virgin Islands, the British Virgin Islands, St. Martin, and St. Barts are among the most affected destinations, with many facing humanitarian and public health crises. You can take action for those affected by donating to Global Giving, which works internationally with local nonprofits to send aid where it’s needed most, and that includes those affected by this year’s horrific hurricanes. (Here’s what those hurricane categories really mean when you hear about them.) You’ll also want to come up with new travel plans for your warm-weather desires, and we have you covered with the safest balmy spots to escape to this fall.
Amalfi Coast, ItalyAlex Tihonovs/shutterstock
You won’t be able to put your camera down when exploring this 30-mile stretch of rugged shoreline along the edge of Italy’s Sorrentine Peninsula. The crowds flock to this region in summer to beat the heat with frequent dips in the Mediterranean Sea, but if you come in fall, you’ll have lower-priced hotel options and less of a fight to get a beach chair. Positano is among the most sought-after areas here, and for good reason. Its pebble beachfront and steep, narrow streets colored with pastel-hued boutiques and cafes will make you feel like you’re in a dream. For one of the best views in Positano, stay at Hotel Villa Franca, where engulfing panoramic views follow you from your room to the rooftop pool, and all the way into the dining area, where you can watch the sun sink while sipping back Prosecco and indulging in perfectly roasted octopus. Take the hydrofoil to Capri if you want to see even more Mediterranean beauty. Rent a boat from Gianni’s Boat Rentals to experience the cove-studded coastline and gawk at the gorgeous yachts casually anchored about. The fabled Blute Grotto is an absolute must-see as well. If you want to gasp at the shimmering sea from your room, there’s really no better place than Punta Tragara. With views of the famous Faraglioni rock formations from the comfort of your balcony, it might be hard to leave the hotel, but you’ll surely want to take a steep walk down to the nearby beach clubs for refreshing dips and a spritz. And once you’re all planned, check out these must-read vacation books to plop down on the beach with.