Yes, September is peak hurricane season. And yes, Caribbean islands tend to get hammered when hurricanes form.
And yet — cheaper rates, anyone?
If you’re willing to take a bit of a gamble — and to be fair, the odds of a hurricane are actually relatively low — you could wind up visiting beautiful islands at a fraction of the price if you travel in September.
Rooms and flights are at their lowest in September in a place like Jamaica, for example. A number of hotels and resorts do close, so you’ll have to check around.
You might consider mid- to late-September, perhaps, and make sure to purchase travel insurance. Then keep an eye on The Weather Channel and plan accordingly.
And just to put things in perspective, here are some statistics from a Trip Savvy article:
* Bermuda has a one-in-four annual chance of being affected by a hurricane; Nassau, Bahamas, about one in five.
* However, the islands of the southernmost Caribbean, including Aruba, Barbados, Curacao, Bonaire, Grenada, and Trinidad and Tobago, rarely get hit. Bonaire has a 2.2 percent annual risk.
* The islands of the Western Caribbean are less likely to be affected than those of the Eastern Caribbean.
* The Dow Jones Index ranked Curacao as the Caribbean island least likely to be hit by a hurricane, followed by Bonaire, Grand Cayman, Barbados, and Aruba.