The Caribbean is a heavenly retreat for those of us who are stuck in the cold all winter. While we’re experiencing snow, freezing temperatures, and ice, the islands and coasts of the Caribbean Sea are warm oases made of tropical dreams.
The Caribbean only has two seasons; rainy season and dry season. Dry season is when people typically grab a flight south, between November and April. But rainy season, or the off-season, is the time when you’ll save the most money on your trip.
Rainy season is also known as hurricane season. These natural disasters can be serious, and explain why many would rather travel during the drier months. But if you travel at the beginning of the rainy season, odds are in your favor that you won’t get hit. Since 1851, there’s been an average of 0.02 hurricanes per year in May in the Atlantic and 0.2 hurricanes in June according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Association.
While you’re still taking a calculated risk, these odds combined with the lowered prices for off-season make May and June a great time to take off for a tropical vacation. A couple months out is generally prime time to get savings on flights and hotels, making now a good time book.
Here are some of our favorite Caribbean travel destinations:
Cancun is a great getaway for those who like a little action mixed in with their relaxation. There are dolphins to swim with, courses to golf, cenotes to explore, and clubs for dancing. Not to mention beautiful beaches where you can relax, soaking in the beauty of the turquoise waters.
Cancun is also the most common destination for those who want to visit one of the 7 Wonders of the World: Chichen Itza. About two hours inland from Cancun, it was the hub of Mayan civilization, and its pyramid is the last and largest of all the Mayan temples. If you do go here in May or June, know that it gets overwhelmingly hot during the day, so morning visits are the most favorable.
Guanacaste, Costa Rica
An active vacation in Guanacaste isn’t so much about nightlife and golfing; it’s more about getting outdoors and exploring all nature has to offer. And Guanacaste has just about everything nature offers. There are volcanoes, national forests, mountain ranges, and, of course, gorgeous beaches. Wildlife abounds, as do opportunities to have your own, nature-centric adventure.
Negril is perfect for some R&R. It has beautiful beaches and a laid back atmosphere. It’s also home to some iconic cliffs. Hotels and restaurants are built over them overlooking the surreally blue-green waters. Snorkelers dive at their bases. The brave jump off their precipices.
Palm Beach, Aruba
Palm Beach is known for its calm waters. It has many features similar to Cancun, like popping night life and gorgeous views. If you love to shop, there’s also two malls that offer both entertainment and goods to bring home. Because of its calm waters, Palm Beach is a great place for those that enjoy actually getting in the water, whether it’s to swim or snorkel. The waters won’t be quite as calm in May or June as they are during the dry season, but the savings you’ll be racking up by visiting during the off-season are sure to offset any small surf.
Where to Stay
If you’re money-savvy and getting ready to book for the beginning of off-season, we’ve got some great deals on hotels for you. Hotel Riu, whose all-inclusive resorts rank 4-5 stars on TripAdvisor over and over again, is offering stellar rates on bookings right now. The best part? They’ve got great resorts in all of our favorite locations, and then some.