Post # 1
I’ve starting thinking about our honeymoon/weddingmoon. Okay, more than just thinking. I’m totally preoccupied. Anyhow, someone suggested to me that planning for St. Lucia or Costa Rica in mid-October is a bad idea. While I don’t want to set myself up for disappointment, I am not so risk averse. Hawaii has been suggested as an alternative, but coming from the east coast, I’d rather not deal with the 12+hours of travel time.
What do you think? Should I look at a different time? Different place? I kind of have my heart set on an October wedding.
Post # 3
We chanced it and went to Jamaica in Sept and except for a few showers it was fine, but we did take a chance. I think not everywhere in Costa Rica is rainy in Oct. The pacific side might be but not the carribean, you might want to check, since it’s got such diverse weather patterns there.
Post # 4
Some of the islands are more prone to hurricanes than others. Aruba, Bonaire and Curaco are low risks. Trinidad and Tobago are below the hurricane belt. Jamaica is generally hit in August-September, so your October honeymoon should be a lower risk one. Also, you might want to consider taking a cruise since the Carribean is quite large, and cruises will reroute to alternative ports if there are potential storms.
Post # 5
I would plan whatever you want to plan, and get travel insurance. I might talk to a travel agency and see what they can offer you. Maybe they can ensure that if one place is in a potential hurricane path, you can switch plans to the other.
I am in Florida, so I know how planning big events around hurricanes can go, but honestly, it’s just so hit or miss for so many months out of the year, you might as well try and do what you really want.
Post # 6
I’ve heard Barbados is relatively safe from Hurricanes too
Post # 7
Here’s a list of honeymoon places that have good weather in October:
Australia, Bali, Belize, Bermuda, Brazil, Canada, Central & South Africa, Egypt, Fiji, French Polynesia, Hawaii, Italy, Madagascar, Maldives, Mauritius, Mexico, Morocco, Seychelles, Spain, USA
Post # 8
You say honeymoon/wedingmoon, I think if it’s just you guys for a honeymoon plan to go where you want and buy insurance. However, if you are planning a destination wedding/weddingmoon and there will be several people planning to travel I would be more apt to play it safe. Chances are you could reroute your honeymoon but rerouting multiple people may be impossible on short notice and guests may be hesitant to confirm if they are causious due to hurricane season.
If it helps we booked a St. Lucia honeymoon for the end of September, we bought insurance in case something happens, for $200 I have complete peace of mind.
Post # 9
I’m with slicey19 – if it’s just for a honeymoon, go to the Caribbean and buy insurance. My BFF did that, and a hurricane came through and she had the chance to switch her trip last minute to an island that wasn’t being hit at the time. If it’s a destination wedding, you might not want to do the Caribbean unless you’re willing to take the chance of a hurricane.
We went to the Riviera Maya in September and also bought insurance. A hurricane came through 2 weeks prior to our wedding and it was beautiful there for our honeymoon.
Post # 10
Thanks for the replies so far. It would just be the two of us for a weddingmoon/elopment.
Post # 11
I’m getting married the same weekend you are! I was so dead set on the Caribbean but i became afraid of the hurricanes. Then, i realized, we are going in mid-October and most storms usually occur august/september i think. So…I’m pretty sure we’re going to Jamaica!
I initially looked into low-risk Aruba, but it was on the $$ side.
I intend to look into storm insurance as well. Though I hate the idea of spending money on “what-ifs”, it’s kind of worth it for this trip. I’ve seen it for like $140 too which isn’t that bad IMO.
Post # 12
I like the idea of purchasing wedding insurance. This will give you comfort and an alternative if a hurricane does occur. I, personally, would also choose one of the islands that seems to be less susceptible!
Post # 13
We are most likely going to Turks and Caicos in October so we are just going to keep our fingers crossed. Definatley getting trip insurance though. Most of the resorts I have looked into in the Carribean offer it through their site.
Post # 14
You can really never plan these things… we postponed a jamaica trip for mid november instead of october to avoid hurricanes and we totally got the effects of one – second week of nov! Pick whichever place looks best to you, and spring for the trip insurance. 🙂