by Stefanie Michaels
People ask me all the time, “Where can I go in the Caribbean during summer and during the its storm season– islands NOT in the hurricane belt?”
Good question! What is the hurricane belt? Which are not in the hurricane belt?
The hurricane belt is a part of the Atlantic Ocean, which includes the northern part of the Caribbean Sea as well as the Gulf of Mexico. Other areas affected are Florida and the Florida Keys.
***The hurricane season officially kicks off June 1 through November 30, although hurricanes have hit the northern Atlantic as early as May.
Caribbean islands NOT in the hurricane belt are:
Trinidad and Tobago…
The southern most islands off the coast of Venezuela– Bonaire, Curaçao, Aruba…
and San Andrés…
Although not within the typical storm boundaries, these islands can be hit by hurricanes, even though it is a rare occurrence.
If ever confused as to when the season is, follow the old mariner’s poem:
June- too soon.
July– stand by!
August– look out you must.
October, all over.
Make sure you book some kind of hurricane insurance, when booking your travel itinerary. In any off chance you might need to cancel your trip, you’re covered. And, always read the fine print. Coverages vary per company.
For more information, check out Weather.com’s Hurricane Central with up to date storm tracker information.