Know When To Go: Caribbean Weather Forecast, Hurricane Season Caribbean

Know When To Go: Caribbean Weather Forecast, Hurricane Season Caribbean

Posted 06.15.2012 in Articles by Jess

When planning your Caribbean vacation, it's important to remember it's not always baby blue skies, sunny weather, and a light breeze. Hurricane season in the Atlantic Ocean is a long one, statistically lasting from June 1 to November 30 each year. Of course this would fall during the summer when most people want to vacation in the Caribbean. Fortunately, most experts will say that this is no reason to stay away from the islands. After all, rates are great, the water is a great temperature, and the weather is pretty darn near perfect. So instead of cancelling your trip to the Caribbean this summer, just keep in mind a few of these tips.

It is recommended that travellers to the Caribbean get travel insurance, especially during the storm season from June 1st to the end of November. There are several different types of travel insurance, including trip cancellation insurance, which is for when unforeseen events interrupt or cause you to cancel your trip. Some travel insurances offer comprehensive “cancel for any reason” policies, though others have specific circumstances and fine print. Make sure you understand your travel insurance policy and what it covers fully.

Some Caribbean destinations are less affected by hurricanes than others.  StormCarib (http://stormcarib.com/climatology/freq.htm) has a list of which Caribbean sites received the most tropical storm or tropical systems passing through it. The Bahamas are at the top of the list, while the Trinidad islands and Aruba, Bonaire, and Curacao are at the bottom. Even if your destination is not the Bahamas, keep in mind that indirect hits can wreak as much havoc as direct hits.

Make sure to keep in touch with the latest information regarding impending storms are you plan your vacation.  The National Hurricane Website monitors the status of storms for you, whereas airline Web sites give up to date information about flights and delays.

One option if travelling during hurricane season is to use a mobile resort such as a cruise ship when you travel to the Caribbean. The advantage of this is that a cruise ship can reroute if there is news of a storm.

The Caribbean’s high season lasts from Christmas to mid-April, as the Caribbean weather is considered so perfect and warm while elsewhere around the world the winds and temperatures turn wintery. Both the rainy and hurricane season are over. However, because this season is so popular it is imperative to make reservations far, far in advance, and everything becomes crowded and expensive.

In June, July, and August, there is the hurricane weather and tropical storm concerns to worry about. The best deals will be found during hurricane season, though and if you plan to visit some islands over others you will have higher odds of not encountering bad weather. On the other hand, while prices will often be cheaper, services are often reduced because it’s not the peak season.

When travelling to the Caribbean, make sure to plan carefully. No matter when you decide to go, good planning is imperative, whether it is to ensure a hotel room during the busiest tourist season or to make sure your vacation won’t be spoiled by a hurricane. Knowing when to go and how to best plan for your Caribbean vacation will be the most surefire to enjoy it, whichever season it is in. 

 

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