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Avoid a Hurricane on Your Vacation


Avoid a Hurricane on Your Vacation

Calm waters in Turks and Caicos.

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No one wants to get stuck in a hurricane on vacation. These severe weather events are inconvenient at best and dangerous at worst. To prevent a hurricane from ruining your vacation, figure out a good-weather strategy here.
Difficulty: Easy
Time Required: 5 minutes

Here's How:

  1. Understand that hurricanes occur only during a specific season.
  2. In the Caribbean, Florida, and other states bordering the Gulf of Mexico, hurricane season stretches from June 1-November 30.
  3. August is peak hurricane season.
  4. Not all Caribbean islands are subject to hurricanes.
  5. Islands least likely to get hit are ones located furthest south.
  6. These include Aruba, Barbados, Bonaire, Curaçao, and Turks and Caicos.
  7. If you're determined to visit Florida or the Caribbean during this time (when rates are temptingly low), find out if your hotel has a hurricane guarantee.
  8. Acquaint yourself with the National Weather Service's Hurricane Awareness site.
  9. If you can't bear the idea of stormy weather (or worse), go someplace else.
  10. If you do get caught in a hurricane, seek shelter on high ground and follow instructions.


  1. Insist on going to the tropics in August anyway? Pack a raincoat but keep your fingers crossed.
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