Things to Consider When Planning a Trip to the Caribbean During Hurricane Season

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Floods, storms, fires… so unfortunate all the news lately! The latest Category 5 Hurricane Irma has slammed into the Caribbean, & is now making its way to Florida..where major theme parks like Walt Disney World Resort , Sea World & Universal Orlando Resort are watching & have **refund polices** in place for visitors because of the weather.
Many Caribbean islands have been affected…& wise travelers know it IS hurricane season after all- June 1-November 30. But travelers, if you are ever thinking about booking a trip to the Caribbean, there are tremendous savings if you do end up going during this storm-prone period, along with the unlikelihood you will be caught in a disastrous storm, according to weather watchers.

On average, twelve tropical storms hit the Caribbean, & Gulf of Mexico each year during hurricane season. About six of those storms turn into hurricanes, according to the National Weather Service & the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA).

Here is some great insight from meteorologists which outlines which islands to visit during each month to minimize your dangerous weather risk… Ways to potentially beat the storms by using science. But just know – there is absolutely no guarantee. 

High risk areas:

• June and July: Gulf of Mexico…which includes many Florida and Texas areas

• August & September: Northern Windward Islands (Martinique, St. Lucia, St. Vincent, etc.), Leeward Islands (U.S./British Virgin Islands, Anguilla, St. Maarten/St. Martin, Guadeloupe Islands, etc.), Greater Antilles (Cayman Islands, Dominican Republic, Cuba, Jamaica, etc.)

• October and November: Western Caribbean and the southeast U.S. coast

By the way – my favorite tip: The ABC islands, Aruba, Bonaire, and Curacao, are largely free from the hurricane paths. #travel

I just want to add…we are talking about Mother Nature, and I want to reiterate there is no guarantee you won’t be caught in a storm. There is always some risk. Travel insurance is smart to purchase with the money you save by traveling during this time… that way if a storm is predicted in advance, you can reschedule and recoup any money spent. Look at all the insurance options and consider “trip cancellation” or “interruption” policies. But for the policy to kick in, you’ll nee to have purchased it before the storm is forecast. Read the fine print of everything and ask specific questions about what exactly it covers.

Our thoughts are with all those affected in the line of the storm…

 

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