I would first like to start off by saying that I am deeply concerned and worried for those who are traveling or living in the path of Hurricane Irma (and now, Hurricane Jose) and any hurricanes that have ever or will ever cross anyone’s path. The destruction and devastation that these monsters leave is unfathomable and I pray for peace and recovery for all those affected.
I recently had someone tell me how he was in Mexico last week when Hurricane Harvey hit. Luckily, the resort didn’t need to evacuate but that is a harsh reality many people are facing this week–being in an unfamiliar location and having to be evacuated. Who is going to look after you? Do you even speak the language? How will you and your family stay safe? How will you charge your phone to get in touch with work (or is that me who just thinks about that…?) All items to consider…
That being said, hundreds of thousands of people flock to the Caribbean during hurricane season which runs June through November. The hurricane belt is the area in the Atlantic Ocean most likely to get pummeled by hurricanes which includes the Northern part of the Caribbean and the Gulf of Mexico.
Hurricane season is prime time for landing a great deal on travel. Hotels can save you up to 50%, airfare is usually lower and the beaches are less crowded. The average season has 8-11 tropical storms with 5-7 of them possibly developing into a hurricane. Statistically, the chances of your vacation being interrupted by a hurricane are slim to none, however this season has surely opened up the eyes to everyone about the dangers of travel during this time frame.
If you’re not picky on the destination, you do have plenty of options for your Caribbean getaway that don’t involve the “H” word. Dive into these options the next time you need to getaway to stray from the storms:
- Trinidad and Tobago
Other things to consider if you’re planning to getaway during Hurricane Season:
- Get traveler’s insurance (seriously, it will give you peace of mind)
- Check the small print for cancellation options on your trip
- Pay attention to the weather
- Have a backup destination–if things are tight and you just NEED to getaway. Figure out another location during your time frame you can visit if needed.
Have you ever been on vacation when disaster struck? I’d love to hear about it.