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Quick Island Getaways

By Stirling Kelso
1/25/2014 11:04:54 AM

These five island getaways make for easy winter escapes from major U.S. hubs.

Photo: Kauai Visitors Bureau

Antigua

Weekly Nonstop Flights From the U.S.: 27

U.S. Cities with Nonstop Flights: 5

Flight Time: 3 to 5 hours

Ongoing airport upgrades have made flying to this West Indies isle more efficient. Stay at the Galley Bay Resort & Spa (all-inclusive; $$$$), just 20 minutes from the airport, where thatched-roof cottages come with private plunge pools.

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Providenciales, Turks, and Caicos

Weekly Nonstop Flights From the U.S.: ~60

U.S. Cities with Nonstop Flights: 7

Flight Time: 1 1/2 to 4 hours

Next month, Delta launches nonstops to Providenciales from JFK and Boston. The all-suite Regent Palms ($$$), on Grace Bay Beach, is our pick for families: kids under 12 stay for free.

Aruba

Weekly Nonstop Flights From the U.S.: 95

U.S. Cities with Nonstop Flights: 12

Flight Time: 2 1/2 to 4 1/2 hours

Set just off the coast of Venezuela, this island may seem far away, but it's an easy jaunt-especially from the East. With two pools, a powdery beach, and a 24-hour casino, the 320-room Ritz-Carlton ($$$$) is the island's new grande dame.

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