From May to late December prices for Caribbean getaways drop, and the bargains get so tempting one almost forgets the H-word. Read on for some background about hurricane season in the Caribbean, and some protective strategies.
Officially, hurricane season stretches from June 1st to November 30th, and within that time frame, August to October are peak months. Granted, the chance of a major tropical storm beating up your particular spot of paradise is small. But even if a hurricane doesn't catch you right in its path, it disrupts weather patterns for miles around. Nobody wants to spend vacation time staring at the sky and wondering when the rain will stop.
- Choose Low-Risk Spots
Although there's not really a totally safe zone, the southern ABC islands -- Aruba, Bonaire, and Curacao, in the Dutch Caribbean near Venezuela -- are considered the best bets. Also, Trinidad and Tobago are below the hurricane belt.
- Choose Low-Risk Months
See more detailed When is Hurricane Season info.
- Choose a Mobile Resort
Cruise ships are a practical way to visit the Caribbean during the risky season, as they can simply re-route if a storm threatens.
- Choose a Resort with Hurricane Weather Guarantees
A number of major resort chains offer hurricane protection: for ex., SuperClubs (which has the Breezes brand), Club Med, Starwood Hotels and Resorts, Wyndham Resorts.*
- Book with a Company That Gives Weather Protection
Expedia.com, Apple Vacations, Funjet... many travel packagers offer some type of holiday protection.
Consider Buying Weather Insurance
Independently purchased travel insurance comes in many varieties (such as trip cancellation or trip interruption), and some policies may also offer protection against weather, though this is a less common feature of insurance coverage. Check with your travel agent or insurance company.