Getting good weather is key to a great Caribbean vacation -- some destinations even "guarantee" sunshine and warm temperatures -- but Mother Nature sometimes has a way of dampening even the best-laid travel plans. Here are some great resources for improving the odds that your Caribbean trip includes sunny days and balmy nights...
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Weather can make or break your Caribbean vacation. Hurricanes and other storms aren't entirely predictable, but there are steps you can take to ensure that your trip is spent basking in the sun, not dodging raindrops!
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Tropical storms and hurricanes obviously have a huge impact on Caribbean weather, especially between June and November. But most travelers overestimate the threat of hurricanes while overlooking other weather factors that can affect their trip.
Sunshine is the most common weather feature in the Caribbean, but the lush vegetation found on many Caribbean islands attests to the fact that it does sometimes rain, as well. For up-to-the-minute weather planning information for your Caribbean travels -- including alerts on hurricanes and tropical storms -- check out these regional and international weather resources.
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These month by month guides to the pros and cons of traveling to the Caribbean include information on hotel rates and airfare, weather, and events and festivals.
Yes, there are hurricanes every year in the Caribbean. Yes, these big storms sometimes hit land and disrupt vacations. No, you should not let hurricanes prevent you from taking a Caribbean trip, even during the height of hurricane season!
Hurricanes are not the only factor in determining whether you'll enjoy sun or rain during your Caribbean trip. Tropical storms, which sometimes grow into hurricanes, are also major weather features in the Caribbean.
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Hurricanes and tropical storms are the exception, not the rule, in Caribbean weather. The trade winds have a much larger effect on the region's weather, as does local geography.