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With the recent hurricanes hitting the Caribbean, some travelers may be confused about visiting one of their favorite tropical destinations. Don’t fall for these three myths about avoiding the Caribbean this winter.
MYTH #1: MOST CARIBBEAN RESORTS ARE CLOSED UNTIL NEXT YEAR.
More than 7,000 sun-drenched islands fill the Caribbean Sea. While a few of them have been damaged, 70% of Caribbean destinations have not been affected by the storms and are still open for business. There are a wide variety of resorts to choose from and lots of pristine beaches, outdoor activities, and restaurants to enjoy. In fact, one of our luxury partners, the brand new Park Hyatt St Kitts, just opened on November 1st!
MYTH #2: TRAVELERS SHOULD STAY AWAY FROM THE CARIBBEAN UNTIL THEY ARE 100% BACK ON THEIR FEET.
There is no reason to avoid vacationing in any of the dozens of unaffected islands. Tourism plays a vital role in the Caribbean economy. Visiting any island gives a boost to the entire region, and is a way you can help show support. None of these countries have been impacted:
Antigua, Dominican Republic, Saba, Aruba, Guadeloupe, St. Eustatius, Barbados, Guyana, St. Kitts, Belize, Grenada, St. Lucia, Bermuda, Haiti, St. Vincent, Bonaire, Jamaica, Suriname, Cayman Islands, Martinique, The Bahamas, Cuba, Montserrat, Trinidad & Tobago, Curacao, Nevis, Turks & Caicos.
MYTH #3: TRAVELING TO THE CARIBBEAN DURING HURRICANE SEASON IS JUST TOO RISKY.
Yes, there is a gamble to traveling to the Caribbean between mid-August to October, but it’s one where 99% of travelers benefit. The beaches are less crowded, temperatures remain comfortable, and there is real value in pricing. Many cruise lines and resorts offer outstanding vacation deals. Plus, if you use your F1S travel advisor, we can easily rebook if a storm system develops.
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