The Caribbean has its low season for hotel prices starting in July or so, and that goes all the way through mid November. Part of the reason for this is that people are aware that tropical areas like this have a “dry season” and a “wet season” rather than spring, summer, fall, and winter. This is true, but for much of the Caribbean the wet season is still dryer than the driest month in most of the US or Canada.
The other key issues is that of hurricanes, and this is another widely misunderstood topic that leads to irrational fears and bad decisions. Below we’ll discuss the realities and how you can save a fortune by being one of the few who know about them.
Summer is still dry in most of the Caribbean
Some people probably envision desert-like conditions in January and monsoon conditions in July, and this can actually happen in places like Costa Rica or elsewhere in Central America. But most of the Caribbean is actually dry all year round, and many islands actually get more rain in January than July on average.
What I recommend is that you approach a holiday in the Caribbean as if the weather will be perfect, because it probably will be, and once you’ve narrowed down a destination have a look at the typical climate patterns. Chances are very good that the destination you choose will only get an inch or two of rain in an typical August, while it’s more like 3 or 4 inches in your hometown.
There are a few islands like Puerto Rico or Tortola that get enough summer rainfall to perhaps steer away from, but most of them only get a few quick storms per month, and many of those occur while you are sleeping.
Hurricanes are incredibly rare and also easy to avoid
The other more serious topic is that it’s hurricane season in the Caribbean from June through November, officially, at least. But almost all hurricane actually take place from late August through early October, so the season is much shorter than they advertise.
More importantly, the Caribbean is a huge area and some parts almost never get hurricanes at all. It’s almost like hearing that September is tornado season in the United States so I don’t want to go to New York City. For example, the southern islands just off the coast of South America like Aruba and Bonair only get a hurricane about once every 100 years or so.
Islands like the Dominican Republic and Jamaica are in the path of more hurricanes, but that’s still maybe one every 5 years. Even then, they only hit part of the island and the rest is usually untouched. Most importantly, when a hurricane is headed to a resort island it will be in the news 4 or 5 days in advance.
If you happen to get incredibly unlucky and are arriving at a resort only 5 days before a hurricane might come, you’ll have several days to see where it’s going and then fly out if you are worried. Even if you choose not to fly out, you can hunker down and survive easily with an amazing story. The number of tourists getting killed by hurricanes in the past 30 years is almost zero, so it’s not a good reason to pass up on the incredibly room rates all summer and into the fall.