Hurricanes get a lot of attention from meteorologists, and while you don’t want to be in the way when a Category 5 storm with 130-mph winds comes a-calling, hurricane season shouldn’t deter you from making travel plans to the Caribbean during the summer and fall. This time period brings lower rates and fewer crowds, making it a particularly attractive time to head to the islands.The Atlantic hurricane season lasts from June 1 to November 30, but that doesn’t mean that the Caribbean is besieged with storms for seven months. In an average year, there are 2.4 major (Category 3 or higher) hurricanes in the Atlantic. Some years have more and some have less, so it can be difficult to know exactly how the season will shape up when you are planning a trip. Some storms never end up touching land at all, though there is always the chance that air or sea travel (like cruise ships) throughout the region may be disrupted because of severe weather. If you’re thinking about planning Caribbean travel during hurricane season, here are some tips to make the most of your trip:
In the end, bad weather doesn’t have to be bad news. Be smart and take advantage of low-season rates on flights and hotels, and chances are you’ll be basking in sunshine in the islands with plenty of elbow room on the beach, even if the TV weatherman is waving red flags back home.