The Caribbean was walloped by strong hurricanes this year, spooking many would-be visitors. According to the airfare search engine Fareness, searches for Caribbean destinations fell almost one-third while hurricane season was in full swing, and remained 12% lower than average from October to November.
Still, many popular Caribbean destinations are open for business, and Fareness data show there are affordable flights to several of them as the region's high tourist season begins. Among your cheapest options right now, according to Fareness: Turks and Caicos, where fares average $295 for a seven-day trip in January departing from New York City; Antigua, averaging $334; and the Bahamas, averaging $353.
Still wondering which Caribbean destinations are back in full swing? Here are nine slices of paradise that are a safe bet, and seven where you're probably better off waiting until next year.