When planning carribeana trip to the Caribbean tropics, hurricane season is always a concern. Even a bleak outlook doesn’t mean everything is doom and gloom. After all, hurricane season lasts half the year (from June to November) and encompasses a massive region of the Gulf of Mexico and Atlantic Ocean. Anyone who lives in a tropical storm-prone area knows that the weather can still be beautiful most of the time. Still, avoiding hazards entirely may be the wisest course of action.
Some islands, particularly those in the deep south of the Caribbean, have historically remained out of harm’s way. The chances of a storm coming if you choose your destination carefully are extremely low. So go ahead and do it: Make a pia colada for yourself.
The “ABC Locations” of Aruba, Bonaire, and Curacao typically come to mind when people think of safe islands to visit during hurricane season. Aruba is the finest option for points travellers out of the three. There are places that participate in all major hotel loyalty programmes, with options ranging from budget hotels to luxury resorts. To put it another way, there’s something for everyone.
That also applies to what the island has to offer. There are, of course, picture-perfect beaches, including lengths with calm waters that are suitable for families. When you’re ready to get your adrenaline racing, there’s also terrific snorkelling, national parks with unearthly scenery, and a wide range of adventure activities.
The Renaissance Wind Creek Aruba Resort is a great place to stay on Points.
Aruba’s Renaissance brings paradise to a new level.
Bonaire will appeal to almost everyone—how could it not, given that it is a tropical paradise?—but it is a diver’s paradise. It doesn’t matter if you’re looking for a reef or a wreck, or if you want to travel by boat or by shore. There are about 85 official dive sites, all of which provide excellent diving opportunities for certified divers.
Bonaire’s best diving conditions happen to fall between April and November, which coincides with hurricane season on other islands. The weather will be largely quiet, with warm water and little rain. Not only is this a safe place during hurricane season, but it’s also fantastic.
On Points, stay at the Courtyard Bonaire Dive Resort.
Despite being a mid-range hotel, the Courtyard Bonaire Dive Resort has everything you need. You’ll
Curacao, as the largest of the ABC Islands, has much to keep active travellers entertained if they can tear themselves away from the various cove-like beaches that dot the coastline. The reefs are brimming with life that draws both snorkelers and divers, and various caverns allow visitors to experience the island’s natural side while remaining on solid ground.
Willemstad, the country’s capital, is another major attraction. The historic centre is brimming with vibrant Dutch architecture, perfect for your next Instagram image. But the neighbourhood is also incredibly well-preserved, with a rich history; it’s even been declared as a UNESCO World Heritage site. Walking tours highlight significant landmarks and provide background information on narrow alleys and European-style squares.
What Hotels Should You Book?
Barbados isn’t fully resistant to hurricanes, but it has been battered by considerably fewer storms than other Caribbean islands. With some of the Caribbean’s softest sands and purest waters, this one is still worth considering if you’re looking for a relaxing getaway.
Despite the likelihood of rain, what makes this place so appealing is its well-rounded experience. Barbados is recognised for golfing, cricket games, and good restaurants, in addition to the beach. When you need an indoor pastime, there are fascinating caves to explore and rum distilleries to tour. If you’re looking for a taste of the local culture, go to one of the island parties known as limes or a Friday fish fry.
On Points, stay at the Radisson Aquatica Resort Barbados.
Set on a gleaming surface
Trinidad and Tobago
Trinidad provides something that most Caribbean countries do not: the opportunity to experience an urban setting. You can enjoy all of the beautiful, sunny days while still having access to the city’s performing arts, museums, and other attractions. When you want to feel like you’ve left home behind, there are also beautiful beaches, rainforest scenery, and island food to choose from.
Although Trinidad and Tobago is most renowned for its winter Carnival, there is also a festival worth visiting during hurricane season. Every fall, millions of lights, firecrackers, and speciality delicacies are used to commemorate Diwali, a Hindu festival of lights. The Divali Nagar cultural location in Chaguanas is the finest spot to participate. In the week leading up to Diwali, there are shows and other activities every night.