Caribbean Honeymoon during Hurricane Season??

posted 2 years ago in Honeymoons
Post # 2
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2018

My Mom and step-dad went on a Caribbean cruise last July. She said it was REALLY hot but that there weren’t any bad storms (and the price was great for that time of year). They went to Grand Turk and St Thomas. Hope this helps!

Post # 3
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Busy bee

October is pretty much the one month I would suggest you avoid as it’s peak hurricane time, and heaven forbid there is a hurricane it could devastate some of the carribean islands. You could always go somewhere on the east coast of Florida (Miami?) that isn’t often hit hard, or wait until November when it’s usually basically over. 

Another option is to go to Sanibel/Captiva in Florida which is an amazinggggg place to honeymoon, but have a “rain date” plan of driving up to the golden Isles of  Georgia or over to the east coast. 

Post # 4
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Blushing bee

My husband and I go to Barbados every other year during hurricane season (usually Oct or Nov).  It is so far south that it doesn’t get hurricanes but people still avoid it because of hurricane season.  Rates are allows lower then too!

Post # 5
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: January 2018

October is the very end of hurricane season. You’ll have better weather than August, where you’re likely to have thunderstorms every afternoon. But you can’t predict the weather, in the end. Who knows what will happen. But if October is when you can afford to go, go!

(I grew up in Florida and my family is from the Dominican Republic, so I’ve spent lots of time in the Caribbean!)

Post # 6
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: June 2017

rae718 :  well…friends of ours got married at the end of last September, left immediately for Jamaica, and had to be evacuated and sent home as soon as they arrived because of a hurricane. 

Post # 7
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: October 2016

I’ve cruised the Caribbean 6 times in October & November. Once in January & once in May. My advice would be to go southern Caribbean. Very few storms in the south. It’s been hit or miss with the other, eastern & Western Caribbean cruises. Mostly just rough waters that have prevented the ship from docking or resulted in canceled excursions. Nothing too troubling. I love to cruise in October. Super cheap.

Post # 8
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Bee Keeper

We were honeymooning in early July last year and checked a lot of reviews about Caribbean holidays at that time but the reviews put us off as too many said storms ruined their holidays. 

Between that and zika a lot of typical hi Beynon destinations were off the list!

we went to Crete – perfect!

we are in the uk though so close for us. 

Post # 9
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Newbee

September and October tend to be the rainiest and most “active” for hurricanes for us in Florida. Though we haven’t been hit by a hurricane in many years, we do get many afternoon tropical storms. We travel the Caribbean usually during summer/fall months since it is cheaper and less packed but run this risk of nasty westher. Just pay for trip insurance in any case something does come up.

Post # 10
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: April 29th, 2016

rae718 :  We went to Montego Bay, Jamaica in mid-October of 2015, and the weather was beautiful! Temperatures in the 70s and only 2 short cloud bursts while we were there, otherwise the weather was perfect. Maybe we lucked out, but I can see why you wouldn’t want to risk it. 

Post # 11
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: August 2014

rae718 :  we’ve been to the Caribbean 9 times that time of year, all for at least 2 weeks at a time, and the weather has been great on the whole. Expect it to be hot and humid, mostly sunny, with the odd heavy shower lasting a few minutes, often overnight. On average in a 2 week stay we’ve had 1 day of rain, and half a day of overcast skies. Hasn’t been an issue as we’ve either gone into town, or made the most of our in-room jacuzzi and room service lol. 

The Caribbean is not like parts of Asia where during rainy season you can get rain day in day out, all day: rain is usually in the form of scattered showers that last just minutes and dry just as quickly. There is no way I personally would let it put me off. 

Post # 12
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Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2015

There are parts of the caribbean below the hurricaine belt. I went to St Lucia in Sept for my honeymoon and it was absolutely heaven. There was a hurricaine in the Caribbean in fact… and we never noticed. Too far south. Look at the West Indies area- St Lucia, Aruba, Antigua, St Kitts, St Martin, St. Vincent and Grenadines etc and choose an island far south.

There is sporadic rain but it comes and goes quickly and is part of the romance of the tropics IMO. Its like an afternoon storm for 15 minutes, you nap on the beach under your umbrella or “nap” in the room with your Darling Husband… cause if you like pina coladas… and getting caught in the rain 🙂

 

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/West_Indies 

https://www.oyster.com/articles/53930-5-caribbean-islands-generally-not-hit-by-hurricanes/

http://www.travelpulse.com/news/features/where-to-avoid-hurricane-season-in-the-caribbean.html

Post # 13
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Blushing bee

My husband and I were in the Dominican Republic last fall when Hurricane Matthew hit the island. We were there for a week and had pretty rough weather for about a day and a half. Although there was no major damage, the ocean/beach got a little dirty with debris and the resort lost their water supply for a while. No one really cared. Life went on. We even sat at the beach bar while the storm rolled in. It was quite an experience, something we will never forget and we really had an amazing time there. I wouldn’t change a thing!

 

Post # 14
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2017 - Poppy Ridge Golf Course

Been to Dominican Republic solo in October 2015 and with Fiance September 2016. Solo trip there was a lightning storm for two days out of my eight day trip. Power went out for a few hours but not a huge deal. It was a beautiful sight! 😄 Plus it was so hot and humid the rain was welcome. Last year it started pouring while we were at the pool bar. Nobody left, we had a blast and that was one of the best days of our vacation. Haven’t experienced a hurricane but the possibility doesn’t stop me from planning. Get trip insurance and enjoy yourself. Life happens. Going on a caribbean cruise for our honeymoon and not concerned. Also please don’t let the weather reports freak you out. Forecast will say 90% chance of showers when the reality is you might get a light shower for an hour or less in the evening. Not all day rain. Went to Costa Rica during rainy season last year and it rained once for a couple hours during the day with light showers overnight. Didn’t bother us at all. Go on TA forums and hear from people that actually live in the area you plan to visit. 

Post # 15
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Blushing bee

A lot of islands shut down in October.  Many people who own businesses leave the islands or close down for a few months.  We went to Anguilla in July and it was empty and everything was still open and great deals on everything.  It’s a risk to go in October, I advise using TripAdvisor forums etc for helpful info on what stays open and things like that for the specific island you’re interested in.

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