08/25/2012 09:08 am ET Updated Oct 25, 2012

How To Travel To The Caribbean During Hurricane Season

With its vast expanses of snow-white sand lined with palm trees and piña coladas topped with colorful umbrellas, the Caribbean is every tropical island cliché brought to life. Unfortunately, paradise comes with some pitfalls, including a location spread across one of the world's most active hurricane belts. But for all the storm warnings sprawled across the headlines, traveling the Caribbean in hurricane season is not as dangerous as you might expect--in fact, it's a great time for budget-savvy travelers to snag some of the best deals. There are other benefits that come with the hurricane season too, like smaller crowds at some of the most popular resorts, the low humidity and some of the most favorable weather (when it's good, of course).

Hurricane season officially runs from June 1 until November 30th, although August to October are the peak months and the likelihood of getting caught in the storm in June and November is minimal. Statistically, the odds of a hazard-free holiday are in your favor, but there are risks to traveling in hurricane season that need to be considered. Most of these risks are a hassle rather than a disaster, but of course you need to be prepared, so here are some tips for traveling during the hurricane season.

--Zoë Smith for Viator
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