By Alexander Britell
It isn’t the longest vacation of the year, but it’s one of the most important: Labor Day, the summer travel season’s exclamation point.
Maybe you block out a three-day weekend, or add on a few extra days. It may not be the week-long (or longer) Caribbean vacation you usually take, but that doesn’t mean you can’t find the perfect getaway in a small package.
We’ve compiled a group of Caribbean trips to think about for Labor Day, the kind of journeys that fit especially well in a smaller time frame, emphasizing destinations with shorter flight times from the continental U.S.
Here are five inspirations for your Labor Day trip this September.
Harbour Island, Bahamas Still one of the region’s best-kept secrets, Harbour Island has long been a celebrity playground. But while its location off the coast of Eleuthera may seem remote, it’s actually decidedly easy to get to, with daily, 40-minute-long flights from Miami to North Eleuthera. Then it’s just a short cab ride and a five-minute ferry to get there. And once you arrive, you’ll find wonders, from Pink Sand Beach to one of the prettiest little towns in the Caribbean, the charming Dunmore Town. It’s a fascinating mix of historic architecture and world-class boutique hotels, with a Nantucket-meets-the-Caribbean vibe. Where to stay? We like Valentines Resort and Marina and The Dunmore.