When is Hurricane Season in the Caribbean?
The Atlantic hurricane season runs from June 1 to November 30 with the peak period from early August through the end of October. The Atlantic basin includes the entire Atlantic Ocean, Caribbean Sea and Gulf of Mexico. Hurricanes coming from the Atlantic can impact throughout the Caribbean.
What’s typical for Caribbean weather?
Based on historical weather records dating back to 1950, a typical year will bring 12 tropical storms with sustained winds of 39 mph, of which six turn into hurricanes with winds reaching 74 mph or greater, and three major hurricanes category 3 or higher with sustained winds of at least 111 mph.
Should we focus on the number of storms?
Yes and no. The only storms most of us need to worry about are those that actually make landfall, which can have little correlation to the total number of storms in any given season.
For example, 2010 was an extremely busy season, with 19 named storms and 12 hurricanes. Yet only one tropical storm and no hurricanes made landfall that year.
What does it mean for your Caribbean holiday plans?
Statistically, there is a very low risk that a storm will affect your holiday. However, if you’re planning to go to the Caribbean during hurricane season, you should consider buying travel insurance or opting for a hotel with a hurricane guarantee. Typically, if your trip is cancelled or interrupted due to a storm, you can be refunded up to the limit of coverage. Note that in most cases, insurance must be purchased more than 24 hours before a hurricane is named.
Caribbean hurricane season travel information – by Springwood Gatwick