Essential Tips for Traveling During Hurricane Season

The Atlantic hurricane season is six months long, running from June 1 to November 30, with the peak period from early August through the end of October. 

Concerned about the risk of a hurricane disrupting your trip? Here's a primer on hurricane season and what you can expect in 2016.

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    How many storms form in the Atlantic and Caribbean during a typical year? What should you focus on instead of the number of total storms? What are experts forecasting for this year's huricane season? Do I need hurricane travel insurance? Welcome to Hurricane Season 101.

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    Aruba beach with flamingos
    ••• Aruba Tourism

    Looking for a Caribbean destination that won't get hit by a hurricane? While there's no such thing as a sure thing, some Caribbean isles are, indeed, much safer bets than others.

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    As families start planning their summer getaways, many are considering a Caribbean cruise smack in the middle of hurricane season. Thinking of taking a Caribbean cruise this summer or fall? Here's what you need to know.

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    Purchase a plan that offers coverage for trip cancellation, delay and interruption. This may come in handy if an airport is closed due to high winds, you are forced to evacuate your hotel, or the road you are traveling is impassable due to high water.

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    American Red Cross Hurricane app
    ••• American Red Cross

    You'll feel better safe than sorry. Download the Hurricane app from the American Red Cross for location-based NOAA weather alerts, critical action steps, and an instant messaging service to reassurance family and friends that you are out of harm’s way.

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    ••• Starwood Hotels & Resorts

    Many properties in the hurricane-prone zone offer peace of mind in the form of a hurricane guarantee, which typically allows you to cancel a reservation without penalty if a category 1 or stronger hurricane is predicted. 

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