Traveling to the Caribbean in the summer or fall can sounds like a great idea, but you have to remember that hurricane season lasts from June to November, although August to October are the peak month.
If you are traveling the Caribbean in hurricane season, you must know it is not as dangerous as you might expect (it’s a great time for budget travelers and you will find low crowds). Keep these travel tips from Viator.com in mind for traveling during the hurricane season:
1. Get Travel Insurance
Contract always a good insurance plan with reputable companies and make sure it covers you for trip cancellation or amendments and known in advance what you’ll need to make a claim.
2. Pack for Emergencies
Always take with you important numbers and a extra-cell phone battery for emergencies. Although it may seem foolish, try to bring some candles in your luggage and money for cases where you can not use ATMs. As for clothes, make sure you slip in something warm and a raincoat.
3. Check the small print
A good option in these times of year with changing climate, is to book an organized tour or hire a travel agent to help you plan your trip, rather than individually. Make sure you know the changes and cancellation policies before booking hotels, tours and different activities. Don’t forget to read the small print.
4. Listen to the weatherman
Watch all the signs of storms that may occur during your trip. Visit the National Hurricane Center, is the best place to go for up-to-date, area-specific information But The Weather Channel’s Tropical Storm and Hurricane Tracker are also useful websites.
5. Choose the lowest risk destinations
No Caribbean island can claim to be 100% safe from hurricanes, but you can choose a safer destination. Forget the Bahamas and head to the south: Aruba, Bonaire and Curacao, off the coast of Venezuela, are low-risk destinations, as well as Trinidad and Tobago, Puerto Rico and Panama.
The smart option for exploring higher risk islands during the season is to book on an island cruise.
6. Stay Flexible
Wherever you decide to go, keep your plans flexible and always plan extra time when traveling anywhere. Make sure flights and ferry tickets are changeable and keep contact details to hand in case you need to change your schedule.