By Jeremy Miville
The hurricane season is well underway, and except for a few tropical storms and depressions, this year has yet to heat up! However, you and I both know the season is not over until the end of November.
Hurricane Alley is always a hot topic this time of year, but what locations are most likely to get hit by a storm? I dug into the internet to research and found HurricaneCity.com They’re the internet version of storm chasers, and have built a list of cities and islands with at least 20 hurricane hits.
So let’s take a moment to see who is in the cross-hairs, and why we shouldn’t skip them as a vacation destination.
#5 Bimini, Bahamas (33 direct hits)
The westernmost district of the Bahamas, Bimini is only 50 miles east of Miami which makes it easy to get to. Why you should go? The fountain of youth. Yes, that is right, the fountain of youth is rumored to be located on the road leading to the South Bimini Airport.
#4 Eleuthera Island, Bahamas (34 direct hits)
Tourists flock to Eleuthera for the pink sand beaches and majestic coral reefs, but with so many direct hurricane hits, you may feel nervous on stopping by for a visit. Why you should go? The Glass Window Bridge. The bridge is one of only a few places on earth where you can take in the vibrant blue waters of the Atlantic Ocean and the calm turquoise-green waters of the Caribbean Sea.
#3 A tie between Bermuda (35 direct hits) and Cape Hatteras, North Carolina
They’re like neighbors separated by a 665-mile wide driveway, and share hurricane hits instead of cups of sugar. Why you should go? Well, Bermuda is a snorkeler’s paradise, with reefs and wrecks accessible in shallow waters. And if you’re really into ship wrecks, Cape Hatteras is the Graveyard of the Atlantic, with over 600 ships wrecked there. Plus, who knows what you’ll discover! Storms still unveil the ruins of old wrecks that lie on the Outer Banks.
#2 Grand Bahama Island, Bahamas (36 direct hits)
The fourth largest island in the Bahamas island chain, Grand Bahama Island is a frequent target for hurricanes. Why you should go? World class sport fishing! Hook up with some of the largest catches of various big game fish, including Marlin, Tuna, and Wahoo.
#1 Great Abaco Island, Bahamas (39 direct hits)
Home to six national parks, the Abaco Islands are an unadulterated beauty. Why you should go? If you’re a Disney fan, the answer is simple. Abaco is home to Gorda Cay, which you probably know as Castaway Cay.