Caribbean Hurricane Season – Resorts with Hurricane Guarantees

 

Caribbean Hurricane Season

The official Caribbean hurricane season stretches from June 1 – November 30. So what do you do if you want to travel to the Caribbean during this time?

Although it’s rare to see a large storm in either June or November, never say never when Caribbean hurricanes are concerned. Most major hurricanes do occur between August and October, with the peak season usually being beginning of September to mid-October, so some planning ahead might save you some disappointment if you want to travel during Caribbean hurricane season.

Pick a resort that offers a “hurricane guarantee”

Recently, many of the largest resorts and resort chains, have started instituting a “hurricane guarantee,” offering guests their money back for days lost to bad weather. Always check directly with the resort and read to fine print to know exactly what the restrictions are. Some resorts currently offering Caribbean hurricane guarantees are:

Beaches and Sandals Resorts

In the unlikely event that hurricane force winds (as defined by the U.S. National Weather Service) directly hit the Sandals or Beaches resorts while you are a guest, interrupting the use of all the included activities, Sandals or Beaches Resorts will offer a free replacement vacation to be taken at any Sandals or Beaches Resort of your choice.

Club Med

Club Med’s Hurricane Protection Program Provides Club Med guests with a Future Travel Certificate in the event that Category One or higher hurricane-force winds (as defined by the National Weather Service) impact the resort at any time during their stay. Club Med will offer affected guests a Future Travel Certificate for the value of the land portion of their vacation for the number of days impacted by the hurricane-force winds.

Certificate may be used within one year of the original travel date at these Club Med resorts: Caravelle, Guadeloupe; Cancun, Mexico; Ixtapa, Mexico; Sandpiper, Florida; Columbus Isle, Bahamas; Turkoise, Turks and Caicos; Punta Cana, Dominican Republic and Crested Butte, Colorado.

SuperClubs No-Hurricane Guarantee

Should a hurricane happen to strike the resort, guests at the resort will receive a reimbursement for the total value of disrupted nights. In addition, a voucher for a future stay will be issued for the same number of disrupted nights for use during the same month the following year, excluding airfare. On property guests forced to extend their stay beyond the end of their vacation due to a hurricane will receive the additional night(s) free of charge.

Sans Souci Resort and Spa

The Caribbean hurricane season guarantee at this Jamaica all-inclusive, guests receive refund vouchers and those stranded by airport shutdowns receive a free two-night stay.

The Reef Resort and Compass Point, Cayman Islands

In the unlikely event that hurricane force winds directly hit The Reef or Compass Point while you are a guest, we will offer a free replacement stay for the same duration as the one originally booked, regardless of how many days were affected by hurricane force winds.

The Westin St. John Resort & Villas

Hurricane Policy – In the event of a hurricane on the Virgin Islands, The Westin St. John Resort& Villas will replace a guest’s vacation for the entire duration of the reservation.Expedia.com

Grotto Bay Beach Resort, Bermuda

In the unlikely event that hurricane force winds directly hit the Grotto Bay Beach Resort while you are guest, they will offer you a free replacement vacation for the same duration as your originally booked vacation, no matter how many days were affected by the hurricane.

Other Hurricane Guarantees to Keep an eye on During Caribbean Hurricane Season:

Travel Agent Hurricane Guarantees

Expedia and Travelocity Hurricane Promises

If a hurricane watch or warning is issued for your destination and you need to change plans, Expedia waives cancellation fees. Both online travel agents say they will advocate for customers with their travel partners to get them waive fees. That leaves the decision whether or not to satisfy travelers’ claims up to individual properties, which ultimately takes it out of the control of the online travel agent.

Airline Hurricane Guarantees:

Most airlines will waive that change fees for changing your flights that are directly cancelled and changed due to an impending storm situation. Always check directly with the airline to verify any provisions and check back regularly during Caribbean hurricane season.

And of course you can also get Travel Insurance:

How can $30 save you from a hurricane? Purchase travel insurance through Travel Guard. Coverage starting at $30

Get more information on how to minimize disappointment and disruption when vacationing during Caribbean hurricane season……

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