Help: Honeymooning it in September!

posted 3 years ago in Honeymoons
Post # 3
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457 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: April 2014

I live in this Hurricane Weather area, and this year there was little activity as far as hurricans go, but I can’t predict about next year. And usually from July – October, it can rain a lot. But this year was pretty dry surprisingly.

My advice:

1) Book a honeymoon deal you can easily cancel and get a full refund if weather is looking bad.

2) Choose a different month to go (You don’t always have to take your honeymoon right after your wedding.) Maybe Beginning of November? The weather starts to settle down then (In Florida at least, one of the driest months, probably true for the Carribbean also), and most people will be hankering to travel around Thanksgiving and to New Years. So beginning of November should be not so busy.

3) Choose a whole ‘nother destination, like up North or out West.

Post # 4
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6525 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: September 2013

@Nookie123:  I suggest you look into Aruba.

Aruba doesnt have a high annual rainfall. This might be a good option for you

Post # 5
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Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: December 2012

Autumn is a wonderful time to get married… and makes for GORGEOUS Photos.

But as you’ve discovered it isn’t the best time for a Southern / Caribbean Honeymoon.

The Atlantic Hurricane Season runs from June 1st to November 30th… and as @raziel1687: has stated we are talking weather here, and as such weather is unpredictable… and Hurricanes are no different.  One year there can be tons of activity, another year very little.

Example… 2012 had 19 Storms, 10 of them were Hurricanes, and 2 of them were Cat 3s or higher

This year 2013, so far there have been 12 Storms, 2 Hurricanes, and 0 of them at Cat 3 or higher

Now how to plan…

Well personally, I won’t head off to the northern or middle Caribbean (Greater or Lesser Antilles) during Hurricane Season… I just don’t want to risk my time, or hard earned vacation dollars on a potential natural disaster in a 2nd or 3rd world country, feeling trapped and unable to leave etc.  No thank you

I am not quite so concerned about the Southern USA during Hurricane Season (and I admit a lot of that has to do with the fact that it is a first world country)… AND the fact that you can usually make far more refundable arrangements here on the mainland than you can in another country.

Ask about Hurricane Guarantees or Hurricane Insurance when you book your holiday.

All that said, come August, September, October… I am far more likely to plan my vacation elsewhere… as raziel1687: stated… North, Central, West… are all good choices (New England is particularly incredible in September… and although it too can be effected by a “passing” Atlantic Hurricane chances are lower)

IF you absolutely must go to the Caribbean, I agree with @Daizy914: look at the Netherlands ABC Islands (Aruba – Bonaire – Curacao)  as they are off of Venezula and south of the usual path for Hurricanes.

Hope this helps,

 

Post # 7
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: September 2013

@Nookie123:  my best friend went to Aruba and said it was beautiful. she really really enjoyed it. and thats one of the number places to go in Aruba

Post # 8
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10219 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: December 2012

@Nookie123: Aruba is a very progressive / well off Caribbean Island (and part of the Netherlands)… therefore it doesn’t need to rely on AIs to bring in Tourist Dollars *

*Generally speaking, Islands that have the bulk of AIs are going to be Islands that have the largest problems… be they Politically, Economically, Socially etc.  Places that have the most issues (not the safest) are going to be the cheapest as well… stuff to bear in mind.

Aruba, is far from any of these issues.  Hence why there are fewer AIs (you could easily organize your own Holiday to Aruba).

I have friends that have been to the Riu Palace in Aruba, they loved it.

Atlantic Hurricanes trek right thru the Antilles (Lesser & Greater).  The most frequent path is to the North… so the Leeward Islands… Puerto Rico to Dominica

So yes, the frequency of St Lucia getting hit is LESS OFTEN… still can happen tho.

You have to remember however, even if an Island doesn’t take a direct hit, a Hurricane (Tropical Storm etc) is a HUGE weather condition / air mass… and there can still be a lot of bad weather that tracks outwards from it.  So even tho it might be a 1000 Miles to the North, you could still see a washout with weather in St Lucia.

St Lucia is also a Caribbean Island with a Rain Forest… so they get a lot of wet weather to begin with in the “Rainy Season”.

On the other hand, Aruba is an arid island with a Desert… they get very little rain.

Stuff to think about when considering the Caribbean at that time of year.

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As for Out West…

Where have you been thinking ?  Lots of great options for a September Honeymoon.

 

Post # 10
airplaneBee
395 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2013 - Fox Hills Golf Club & Banquet Center

Another vote for Aruba! We went at the end of September. Outside of the hurricane belt, and the weather was perfect every single day. We stayed at Bucuti and it was amazing —  no need for AI, there are so many good restaurants there! Feel free to PM me if you have any specific questions, I could go on for days about our honeymoon!

Post # 11
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10219 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: December 2012

@Nookie123:  Not sure where you are from… but The Canadian Rockies of Alberta & BC are GORGEOUS.

The rest of BC is nice as well… (not 100% sure what your interests are)

Vancouver Island & Victoria – Vancouver – Okanagan Valley – Fraser Valley etc.

Lots of great places in “Beautiful” British Columbia, here is the Provincial Tourism Website to wet your appetite

http://www.hellobc.com

Hope this helps,

 

Post # 12
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

We went to the Caribbean in September… we were in Turks & Caicos beginning Sept 17th.  It was fine.  We bought trip insurance to cover the full value of what we paid for the trip (flight & hotel), which was only $125.  We checked to make sure it would cover all scenarios for a hurricane (it did).

 

 

 

As it was, the weather was fine– it was definitely hot, probably 90 every day.  It rained briefly most days, but usually only for 10-15 minutes, and then it was gorgeous.  It was also their slow season (probably true for many Caribbean islands) which meant fewer crowds, no issues with getting restaurant reservations, etc.

 

 

 

We also did Cozumel in late August a few years ago and had a similarly positive experience.  Smile  I’d say go where you want to go– just get trip insurance in case.  You’ll be fine!

 

Post # 14
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10219 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: December 2012

To @Nookie123:  the BC Tourism Website I linked to previously is a good place to start.

As is TripAdvisor (the # 1 Trip Planning Website in the world).

TA has Travel Guides – Reviews (Accommodations – Restaurants – Attractions) – and AMAZING Travel Forum Discussion Boards where you can post Questions and get answers from TA Destination Experts and Locals.

I won’t travel any more without consulting TA first.

Here’s the link for the BC Travel Guide Pages = http://www.tripadvisor.ca/Tourism-g154922-British_Columbia-Vacations.html

Hope this helps,

 

 

Post # 15
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457 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: April 2014

I just got one of my Bridal magazines in today, and it says if you are looking to go between July-Octoberl, go to Eagle Beach, Aruba. And Bonaire and Curacao? It says it lies outside the hurricane belt and it doesn’t rain very often.

Post # 16
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457 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: April 2014

@Mrs. Airplane:  I just repeated what you said!!! I just found that info today in my Bridal magazine. lol

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