Caribbean and Mexico in Off Season
Today, Hurricane Rafael, the ninth named storm of the season, is expected to brush past Bermuda. Although the island is under warning, the storm is not expected to make landfall. Hurricane season, a time when vacation season is over for many travelers and kids are back in classrooms, can bring significant savings for travelers willing to do a little work and planning beforehand.
If the thought of upcoming cold weather, rain and lack of sun has already gotten you down, consider planning a sun-filled trip to the Caribbean and Mexico to help get you through the end of the year. These beach destinations are considered off-season in the fall, but travelers can find aggressive deals on hotels and resorts, vacation packages and cruises. These deals are often the best of the year and can save you hundreds of dollars on a dream vacation.
Here are some tips for booking and planning:
- Do your homework: You can't be 100% sure you'll avoid a storm before stepping on the airplane, but as a savvy traveler you can look at historical data and predicted weather patterns before booking. Find information on the the National Hurricane Center's website.
- Seek out places offering trip guarantees: Hotels in hurricane-vulnerable areas typically provide some sort of guarantee or trip insurance, which gives guests protection in the event a hurricane. Be sure you speak with a reservation agent at the time of booking to confirm this is available; if it is not, look for other hotels or destinations to avoid a financial loss.
- Consider buying additional insurance: If the resort does not provide a guaranteed refund or option to move travel dates in the event of a hurricane, you can always purchase your own travel insurance. The money spent can buy peace of mind before your trip.
- Pick your place wisely: Keep in mind that though it is currently off-season for the Caribbean and Mexico, Bermuda is the exception to this rule, with the country's off-season in the spring and fall months. Other ideal locations for travel this time of year include Aruba, Bonaire and Curacao, which are outside of the hurricane belt.