Everyone thinks that you can’t travel to the Caribbean in the summer and that you will be stuck there for days in a hurricane. In reality, though, that really isn’t the case, and there is so much you can get out of a holiday in the Caribbean during the summer months.
Firstly, hurricanes don’t really start until about early August, and then run through until October. Most think that the Caribbean is off-limits from May when traditionally the prices for the hotels drop. Although you could get some heavy rain, it is usually in short sharp bursts, due to the fact that it is humid and you are surrounded by the sea which is warm. The weather is still fine in June and July, which is a great time to travel avoiding the masses.
It is generally quiet, so a number of hotels take the opportunity to close, refreshing ahead of the next season. Hotels like Carlisle Bay in Antigua and The Calabash in Grenada have done this for a number of years.
Hurricanes tend to least affect those islands that are in the south and east of the Caribbean in the height of the summer. That includes Barbados, Grenada, St Lucia, St Vincent, St Kitts and Antigua. I would recommend sticking to these islands from July to October if you would like to have the most settled weather.
That’s not to say that you can’t travel to other areas in the Caribbean, places like Jamaica, Cuba, Mexico, Dominican Republic, and The Bahamas are all still open; just that they have a higher risk factor, and you would probably want to just avoid August and September.
With this in mind, there are some great offers to be had! It is often half the price to travel to the Caribbean in the summer and is even better when traveling with children. Hotels that are normally off-limits for children during the winter often open their doors with specialist kids activities, special menus, and superb offers, where children may stay free.
The prices are so good that when you compare against your average Mediterranean holiday, like for like the Caribbean can often come out less. You’re getting an exotic holiday, more often than not away from the maddening crowds of Europe, and you’re still not more than a 9-hour flight away.
If a beach holiday is just all too much, and the kids would like something else to do on holiday, then the Caribbean is really easy to connect to the USA. So if they would like to go to the theme parks of Orlando, or the city lights in New York, then it isn’t a problem and a nice way to either start of end your holiday.
So if you would like to save a bit of money on your summer holiday, look no further than the Caribbean.