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diane50 Jan 2nd, 2007 09:00 AM

October Honeymoon Caribbean
Trying to narrow down our search for our honeymoon destination at the end of October. Would like to go to the Caribbean (have never been)but are now concerned about our October date and hurricane season. Any recommendations for islands less prone to be hit by a hurricane. I know of Aruba but any others?

Looking for great beaches with snorkeling, some night life. Any specific resorts you can recommend would be much appreciated!!
Thank you!

A_Traveller Jan 2nd, 2007 09:18 AM

October is "peak" Hurricane Season but that doesn't mean there will be any major storms around the time you are planning to travel it just means the risk is there. In addition, no place in the Caribbean is immune from major storms although generally speaking the further south your odds of having a storm free vacation improve. Of course no one can guarantee the weather whenever you choose to travel.

All that being said, consider visiting either Aruba, Bonaire or Curacao as these islands are among the most hurricane free islands in the Caribbean. Others worth considering are St. Vincent, any of the Grenadines, Grenada or St. Lucia - all are in the southern Caribbean and while not "outside the hurricane belt" are relatively storm free.

You should know that even though the past few years have been active "stormwise" most of the Caribbean has been spared direct hits. I guess what I'm trying to say is there's no set answer to your question.

One other thing to consider is that many hotels, resorts, retaurants, beach bars, etc. in the Caribbean are closed during September and October so if you do decide to visit a particular island (especially in the northern Caribbean) be prepared for some limited activities.

GoTravel Jan 2nd, 2007 09:51 AM

Just get good travel insurance and book your trip.

I'd never travel to Aruba because it has a less chance of getting hit; it is a 50/50 chance that any island will get hit by a hurricane.

Book the island you want to see and purchase travel insurance.

greenie Jan 2nd, 2007 12:25 PM

Barbados is pretty far down there. We went this Oct and had great weather. Very hot!

Peace, Greenie

diane50 Jan 4th, 2007 07:41 AM

Thanks for the responses. Was disappointed to learn that some restaurants/beach bars close in October. Our timeframe would be 10/29-11/6. Do things start picking back up in November?

We'll have to check out St. Vincent, Barbados, The Grenadines...not really all too familiar with these. Any specific resorts you would recommend?

Any help much appreciated! I would imagine we should book something soon.

A_Traveller Jan 4th, 2007 08:14 AM

Resorts, restaurants, beach bars, etc. that close for the hurricane season begin opening again in late October and by mid-November everything is generally in full swing to take advantage of the influx of tourists that arrive in the Caribbean for Thanksgiving. It is, of course, impossible to give you any specifics as there is no "set date" and opening dates will vary from place to place. One thing you should know is that if you do decide to travel during the dates you mentioned you won't go hungry or thirsty as there will always be something opened. Since the bulk of your trip will be in early November (instead of late October as you first implied) you'll have quite a bit to choose from no matter which island you decide to visit.

In order to make meaningful resort/hotel recomendations it would be helpful if you could give us some idea of your budget as accomodations on various island range from moderate to ultra high luxury. You are planning to travel in off season so you can expect to see some of the lowest room rates of the year. That said, prices are relative and you generally get what you pay for so don't expect to find rooms at a 5-star resort for 3-star prices.

humpos_wife Jan 4th, 2007 08:27 AM

we travelled to dominica, martinique and st lucia for our honeymoon in sept 06 and had no bad weather at all

Fort Young , roseau , dominica. (but try to fly into canefield instead of melville hall if you possibly can. We had come from ireland through BA (london-antigua-melvile hall airports) which meant 3 flights in one day and then an hour drive through beautiful rainforest that we sadly did not appreciate enough retrospectivly)

coco palm , rodney bay , st lucia.
great staff , friendly guests , good entertainment and excellent location

It was quiet but enjoyable in the sense that the cruise ship brigade were no were to be seen on our honeymoon.

While were away bermuda had ahurricane so i would stay south for your vacatioon

happy planning !

diane50 Jan 9th, 2007 11:02 AM

Thanks for the we want to try all of the islands, but have decided on Aruba for our honeymoon. The beaches look awesome!

I had a recommendation to split our time between Palm Beach and Eagle Beach--maybe the Radisson at Palm Beach and Bucuti Resort on Eagle Beach.
How does this sound? Any other recommendations? Thank you!

marbleheadguy Jan 9th, 2007 02:42 PM

Hurricanes are consistently by passing Virgin Islands now.

Caneel Resort St. John is the best.
No passport needed, safety of US Territory.

Flights direct to St. Thomas.

A_Traveller has good advice.

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