May through November is considered “hurricane season” in the Caribbean. I’ve traveled to Jamaica in October (right during/after Hurricane Matthew–yikes!). Since it was a relatively spontaneous trip, I didn’t realize the timing of hurricane season(oops!). Once learning about Hurricane Matthew, I decided to still go and wing it! Fortunately, we got lucky and it was sunny the whole week, enough for me to get burnt!
Probably the best benefit of all! Prices of all inclusive resorts can be 20-60% cheaper during May-October. Need I really say more?
My parents went during the high season; not to mention it was around Valentine’s Day! They said it was extremely crowded, and every day they got up early to “claim” a couple chairs by the pool before breakfast. Granted, my parents are early morning risers, so it wasn’t that difficult for them! My friend and I never had to worry about claiming a spot, whether it was outside at the beach/pool, the buffets in the morning, or at a restaurant. The slightest issue we had was getting a late dinner (around 8ish) at the Italian restaurant (which was the most popular dinner choice).
Hurricane season does not mean the weather will be consistently terrible for 6 months straight, though hurricanes can be unpredictable. Our trip was in October 2016, right after Hurricane Matthew has passed through; e got extremely lucky that our entire vacation was sunny, hot, and gorgeous! Minus 2 short bursts of rain during the week. Every local would tell you that Jamaican weather is unpredictable (maybe moreso than Wisconsin? ….debatable).
You can ALWAYS get travel insurance, and this is highly recommended. Regardless of weather, you never know what may happen before your trip. Through Funjet Vacations, travel insurance means you can get a refund (minus the cost of the insurance) if you cancel at any time before your trip. A $150-200 loss compared to $1,500 was definitely more than okay with us!
On the off chance you are there and half the week has less than pleasant weather, these all inclusive resorts have plenty of other activities! There are many indoor bars – your party doesn’t have to stop if it rains! One of the bars at ours had a foosball table, pool table, televisions playing sports (yes, American sports!) Our resort had an entertainment group that specifically planned activities for us to do. They had choreographed dances and parties, and if the weather was terrible, I’m positive they had back up ideas for how to entertain us INSIDE the resort!
The obvious risk of travelling during hurricane season is, of course, the hurricane. Whether it’s the worst parts of this storm, or just a massive downpour, rain isn’t fun when you’re looking forward to laying in the sun with a drink in your hand.
Construction or Renovations
The resorts take advantage of the down time to complete construction or renovation projects. We had one restaurant and one buffet that was under construction while we were there. With two other buffets and 6 other specialty restaurants, we didn’t miss much!
Possibility of reduced staff
Since it is a low season, there may be a possibility of reduced staff. We went mid-October near the end of hurricane season and still received excellent customer service! We got to know some of the local employees there, and they were absolutely fantastic.
Would you still travel during hurricane season? Do you think the benefits outweigh the risks? Let me know in the comments below!