If you’re planning on traveling during hurricane season, there are several things you need to know. While it’s generally okay to travel during these months, you should also be prepared for them. One of the best ways to prepare for hurricane season travel is to buy travel insurance. Travel insurance can help you recover funds and make life easier if you end up in the path of a storm. You can get a no-obligation travel insurance quote right now from us here.
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When is Hurricane Season?
Hurricane season in the Atlantic extends from June 1st to November 30th. In the Pacific, it is May 15th to November 30th. Most serious hurricanes occur between August and September. This is when the conditions for hurricanes are most favorable.
What is the biggest danger of traveling during hurricane season?
When people think about hurricanes, they think about the wind. A hurricane immediately conjures images of flying debris, and palm trees bending at the force of the wind. But, the real danger of a hurricane is flooding. Even before a hurricane makes land, storm surges can cause massive damage along coastlines, and result in many deaths.
How do you prepare for a hurricane?
If you’re traveling during hurricane season, chances are you’ll have significant early warning. Hurricane’s do not just appear out of nowhere, but rather develop over time. If you’re very concerned about it, cancel your trip. Having travel insurance may help recover the costs of cancellation or adjusting your dates. If you do decide to go, take extra precautions by packing your bag with safety items. Also, always bring (or get) extra local currency.
All vacation destinations in the path of hurricanes have safety measures in place. Usually, you should not stay in your hotel or resort room, but rather meet in your hotel lobby. Staff will be able to guide you to the correct place to stay safest – usually common areas isolated from the exterior. Hurricane’s often only last for a day or two. After it passes, you may find your trip needs to be extended depending on the severity of the storm and damage caused. Don’t expect it to be a vacation as you may have to live without electricity on site.
What is the best way to avoid a hurricane but still travel?
If you want to travel to the Caribbean, but avoid the risk, travel to a destination that isn’t often affected by them! Some islands to consider include:
- The ABC Islands (Aruba, Bonaire, Curacao)
- The Southern Windwards (Grenada, Trinidad and Tobago)
- Southern Central America (Costa Rica and Panama).
While on rare occasions storms do affect these places, they usually are not in the path. So, booking travel there is a good idea. That said, most people who travel during hurricane season and experience a hurricane come out fine. With planning, traveling during hurricane season can be safe and enjoyable.