Hurricane season hits its peak in the Caribbean in September, and while the odds of your vacation being affected by a tropical storm or hurricane are greatest during this month, the overall danger is relatively small. For example, the National Hurricane Center states that while September Travelers to Puerto Rico have an 8% chance of encountering a hurricane, it only applies if you spend the entire month there.
So, if you only stay one week, the odds of a hurricane hitting are just 2%, even in the heart of storm season.
September temperatures typically range from about 77ºF to 88ºF, and summer humidity levels are still present on many islands. The average days with rain in September clocks in about 12, according to the Caribbean weather guide.
Visiting the Caribbean in September: Pros
Warm, mid-summer temperatures can be found throughout the region, even in late September, as things begin to cool in the northern latitudes. This is a great time to travel if you want to avoid kids, as they are most likely back in school at this point. That being said, if you do plan on taking a family trip and your kids are not in school, September is a great time to get great deals on Caribbean travel because it is one of the less popular travel times. Learn about the best Caribbean vacation deals and how to plan your September Caribbean Vacation with TripAdvisor.
Visiting the Caribbean in September: Cons
While reduced crowds are a plus for many travelers, resorts may feel a bit deserted this time of year, and you may find that not every attraction will be open. Tropical storms and hurricanes are the biggest negative about traveling to the Caribbean this month, and you should prepare before your travels by learning about hurricanes and tropical storms in the Caribbean.
What to Wear and What to Pack
Since the temperatures will feel like summer, it's best to pack loose-fitting cotton layers will keep you cool during the day, especially on islands where the climate is more tropical and humidity can be an issue. Don’t forget a swimsuit, plenty of sunscreen, a hat, and sunglasses. It also would be wise to pack some rain gear, just in case. You will also want to pack some dressier clothes for visiting nice restaurants or clubs and more footwear that isn't flip-flops and sneakers.
Keep these tips in mind for carrying personal belongings: for the ladies, try to bring a small handbag to keep essentials such as your money and cell phone. Bringing a small bag has two major advantages, you won't drag around a heavy purse, and the bigger the purse, the easier it can for someone to grab something out of your bag without you noticing. For gents, make sure to always carry your wallet in your front pocket of your pants if possible, especially in the more busy areas, to avoid any possible pickpockets.