We take a closer look at when is hurricane season in the Caribbean so that you can plan your next dreamy trip without any surprises.
Okay, imagine this. The sun is shining, the sky is blue, you’re laid on a white sandy beach in the Caribbean, cocktail in one hand, a good book in the other, and life is wonderful. Sounds pretty good, right? Well, if you decide to book your next overseas holiday in the Caribbean, that fantasy could become a reality.
The Caribbean has to be one of the most desirable holiday destinations in the world, and with hot sunshine, white sandy beaches, clear turquoise waters, palm trees, delicious food, and friendly locals, it’s easy to understand why that is.
Like all things in life however, there are downsides to the Caribbean, and the downside we’re looking at today is hurricane season.
Here’s a look at everything you need to know about hurricane season in the Caribbean.
When is hurricane season in the Caribbean?
Officially, the Caribbean’s hurricane season runs from the 1st of June up until the 30th of November. Does that mean that every day during this time will bring a tropical storm? Absolutely not. It does mean, though, that during this time period, the chance of encountering a tropical storm and perhaps a hurricane is much higher than earlier in the year.
Each year, on average, 13 tropical storms make their way through the Caribbean. Of these 13, an average of 6 will become hurricanes.
Why is the Caribbean prone to hurricanes?
The peak of hurricane season in the Caribbean runs from the middle of August up until the end of October, so if you are concerned about tropical storms, visiting during this time will increase your chances of encountering a storm.
Most storms in the Caribbean actually form over the Atlantic Ocean. The storms build their energy via the warm waters and the moisture in the air. As warm air rises, the storms charge and gather energy.
Hurricanes are basically clusters of intense thunderstorms and the quicker the air rises, the more volatile the weather becomes and the stronger the winds become.
Because the Caribbean has warm water and plenty of humidity, it is the perfect environment for tropical storms.
Should you avoid the Caribbean during hurricane season?
Obviously, most people choose to visit the Caribbean outside of hurricane season, but that doesn’t mean that you can’t visit when the risk of a storm is high.
There are plenty of great deals to be had when it comes to visiting the Caribbean during hurricane season, so you could potentially save yourself some money and have a fantastic holiday in the process.
If you are looking to visit during this time, but reduce your risk of being caught in a storm, try visiting the southern parts of the Caribbean such as Grenada, Trinidad, and Tobago, or the ABC Islands as these are far fewer likely to experience a hurricane.
Before booking your trip, speak with your travel agent, purchase the necessary travel insurance, check the cruise line, airline, or resort’s cancellation policies regarding hurricanes, and be sure to check the weather regularly. Moreover, be sure that you have all of your documentation handy to make your trip as smooth as possible. For our American readers, be sure to check out our helpful guide on the real difference between a US passport book vs passport card.