Getting good weather is key to a great Caribbean vacation -- some destinations even "guarantee" sunshine and warm temperatures -- but Mother Nature sometimes has a way of dampening even the best-laid travel plans. Most people know that there is a distinct hurricane season in the Caribbean and certain islands to avoid or go to during these months in order to secure better weather, but there are other tips too for getting the most sunshine out of your island vacation. Here are some great resources for improving the odds that your Caribbean trip includes sunny days and balmy nights.
Weather can make or break your Caribbean vacation. Hurricanes and other storms aren't entirely predictable, but there are steps you can take to ensure that your trip is spent basking in the sun, not dodging raindrops!
Tropical storms and hurricanes obviously have a huge impact on Caribbean weather, especially between June and November. But most travelers overestimate the threat of hurricanes while overlooking other weather factors that can affect their trip. Here's some advice on what truths and myths about Caribbean weather you should take seriously or throw to the wind.
Sunshine is the most common weather feature in the Caribbean, but the lush vegetation found on many Caribbean islands attests to the fact that it does sometimes rain, as well. For up-to-the-minute weather planning information for your Caribbean travels -- including alerts on hurricanes and tropical storms -- check out these regional and international weather resources.
These month by month guides to the pros and cons of traveling to the Caribbean include information on hotel rates and airfare, weather, and events and festivals.
Yes, there are hurricanes every year in the Caribbean. Yes, these big storms sometimes hit land and disrupt vacations. No, you should not let hurricanes prevent you from taking a Caribbean trip, even during the height of hurricane season! Visitors often overestimate the likelihood of hurricanes actually touching down during their vacation. In fact, because of this, rates are lower and there are fewer people in the islands, making hurricane season one of the best times of the year to visit the Caribbean on a budget.
Hurricanes are not the only factor in determining whether you'll enjoy sun or rain during your Caribbean trip. Tropical storms, which sometimes grow into hurricanes, are also major weather features in the Caribbean. Read here to find out more about these storms and how they may affect your island retreat.
Hurricanes and tropical storms are the exception, not the rule, in Caribbean weather. The trade winds have a much larger effect on the region's weather, as does local geography. Find out more here about how weather varies from island to island and how the trade winds play a role in determining just how breezy and beautiful your vacation is going to be.
No matter what the weather, it's important to pack for all occasions. Check out our guide to what to pack for your Caribbean trip, including weather-appropriate clothing and what to check or carry-on. And of course, always remember to pack your sunscreen – in the likely case that the sun is beaming brightly on your vacation, you'll want to make sure you don't end up going home looking like a lobster.