Hurricane Season 2023: Forecast and How to Plan

This year’s hurricane season is expected to be "near-normal" with 12-17 named storms, 5-9 hurricanes, and 1-4 major hurricanes.
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Hurricane season is both intimidating as well as an opportunity to travel on a budget. This year’s forecast has come in. Here’s what you need to know, and how to travel safely and smartly. 

The 2023 Atlantic hurricane season

This year’s hurricane season is expected to be “near-normal” with 12-17 named storms, 5-9 hurricanes, and 1-4 major hurricanes, according to the US government. This forecast is influenced by the potential development of an El Niño weather pattern, which may reduce hurricane activity. 

Timing of hurricane season

Caribbean hurricane season runs from June 1 to November 30, peaking in August and September. Staying informed with National Hurricane Center updates is crucial. Even outside of reported hurricanes, visitors may encounter rain and bad weather. Packing appropriate gear like waterproof luggage and rain jackets helps travelers stay prepared.

Low-risk Caribbean islands

If you want to increase your chances of safety, consider Southern Caribbean islands like Aruba, Bonaire, Curaçao, Barbados, Trinidad and Tobago, and Grenada—which are less prone to hurricanes historically. Belize in Central America, along the Caribbean Sea, also offers relative protection from major hurricanes.

Traveling affordably

Visiting the Caribbean during hurricane season offers affordable options. Airlines and hotels provide discounted rates, and fewer crowds create a more intimate experience. Setting up flight alerts and subscribing to deal newsletters helps secure the best prices. While some hotels undergo maintenance, many stay open with attractive fall promotions.

Dealing with hurricane impact

If you encounter a hurricane despite your pre-planning, you’re in good hands. Caribbean hotels and governments have evacuation plans and prioritize guest safety. Guests are also often allowed to cancel or reschedule without penalties. 

Purchase travel insurance 

It’s a must during hurricane season! Travel insurance offers invaluable protection against unexpected disruptions. Purchase insurance from a reputable provider or double-check the cards in your wallet. One of your credit cards might already come with complimentary travel insurance.

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