School is almost out, and summer is nearly here. You want to visit the Caribbean, but you’re concerned about hurricanes. This fear is understandable, considering the terrifying strength of some hurricanes that have impacted the region.
No Caribbean hurricane has brought as much death and destruction as The Great Hurricane of 1780. According to History, since the storm predated modern storm-tracking technology, “specifics about its exact point of origin and strength are unknown.” However, the death toll is believed to have exceeded 20,000 people across several islands.
In 2017, Hurricane Irma brought howling winds, destroyed power lines, and caused flooding across Antigua, Barbuda, St. Barts, and St. Martin. Not long after was Hurricane Maria, which pummeled Puerto Rico and Dominica, among other islands.
Scientists believe climate change is largely at fault for these monster storms. NPR reported that climate change can intensify hurricanes and increase the chance of two or even three happening in rapid succession.
To be clear, there’s no such thing as a hurricane-free Caribbean island. However, if you visit any of these, you’ll likely be safe.
According to Forbes, “Barbados isn’t completely immune to hurricanes, but far fewer storms have hit this southern Caribbean nation than other islands.”
The island that used to be called Little England has pulled away to an extent. It became a republic in 2021 but remains part of the British Commonwealth.
As for tourism, Barbados exceeds expectations, with its glorious beaches, five-star resorts, and great golf opportunities. You can also take a tour of a rum distillery or enjoy the Crop Over Festival between May and August.
As for dining experiences, you’ll be happy whether you opt for street food or a five-star, sit-down meal.
The Dutch island of Aruba is less than 20 miles from the Venezuelan coast. This is relevant since, according to Trips To Discover, “the more south you go in the Caribbean, the less the odds are for a hurricane.”
Aruba is part of the ABC islands, alongside Bonaire and Curaçao. It is home to San Nicolas, the art capital of the Caribbean. Here, you’ll find gorgeous, colorful murals that really bring life to the area.
Enjoy long walks on the beach and book accommodations at resorts such as the Aruba Marriott Resort and Casino, or Bucati and Tara Beach Resort, which is for adults only.
Trinidad and Tobago
Soca and calypso music were created in this dual island nation, and there’s plenty of both during carnival. Many Caribbean islands host carnival events, but it originated in Trinidad back in the 18th century.
Some of Trinidad’s best beaches include Maracas Bay, Las Cuevas Bay, and Macqueripe Bay, which is secluded.
There are options for adventure-seekers, too. You can do rock climbing at Pointe Gourde, explore Cumaca Cave, or go bike riding in Chaguaramas.
If you want to avoid the crowds, hop over to Tobago, where you can snorkel or swim in Nylon Pool. This natural, crystal-clear pool is in the middle of the ocean.
If you haven’t been to St. Lucia, now is the time. Every inch of this magical island, from Soufrière all the way up to Gros Islet, looks like a painting.
Unwind at sulphur springs, also called the Caribbean’s “drive-in volcano.” Hike the Pitons with a guide or go zip-lining in Castries or Dennery. If you’re in Gros Islet on a Friday, don’t miss the street party. It’s a vibe!
As far as hurricanes, the Anse Chastanet Hotel gives some perspective. “Historically, only 14 hurricanes have moved within 60 miles of Saint Lucia since 1850. Of those, only one has been Category 4 and one has been Category 3. In the past 37 years, only one hurricane affected Saint Lucia directly, in 2010. In 2017, hurricane Maria as a category 2 storm, passed north of Saint Lucia with minimal impact. The risk of a hurricane hitting St. Lucia is the same as the risk in New York.”
This southern-Caribbean island is at low risk for hurricanes. Hurricane Ivan in 2004 and Hurricane Emily in 2005 were the major exceptions in recent years, according to Islands.
Grenada, also called The Spice Isle, is known for cinnamon, cloves, ginger, and more. On Friday nights, set aside time for Fish Friday in Gouyave. This is a big draw for Grenadians and tourists. Not only is fish available, but many other kinds of seafood.
One afternoon, take in views of the boats at Prickly Bay Marina. There’s also Black Bay Beach, with its silky, dark sands. This is a great spot for swimming, walking, and, of course, flexing for the ‘Gram.