Traveling during Hurricane Season?

hurricane approaching the Yucatan
The summer months between June and November are considered hurricane season. However, this is also the time of year where the prices are a little lower, the beaches are a less crowded, and coastal attractions do not involve lines or waits. It is truly a nice time of year to be in the Riviera Maya. So, if you’re like the rest of us who have heard that 2007 is set to be a bad year for hurricanes, what sort of travel plans can you make? Well, for starters, get travel insurance. Your travel agent, the website you book through, or a simple search for “travel insurance” on Google can aid you in this. For a little extra money, you can protect your vacation investment and ensure that you are indeed able to take your trip, even if the weather is not cooperating.

A second thing to keep in mind when traveling during hurricane season, do not be afraid to allow your trip to lead you elsewhere. If a hurricane is threatening to hit while you are down, allow your hotel to make reservations for you inland, or to the south. A rental car, a bit of driving, and some will to explore could result in much more fun than anticipated. A few suggested spots, depending on the size, location, and specifics of the storm are: Merida, Bacalar, Chetumal and the countless incredible Maya Ruin sites near there, and for those who want to go to the extreme…Palenque. Quite a drive, but you will not even know that there is a storm in the country, not to mention that there are breathtaking ruins, huge rain forests and exquisite waterfalls.

hurricane damage in Mexico
Finally, one thing to always remember is that everyone working on the Riviera Maya coast is not only trying to insure your safety, but they also have their home, their families, and all their earthy belongings to consider as well. Use patience, be helpful, and when given suggestions, try to listen. People who live here have been through all this before and have only the best intentions of helping in mind.

All in all, a trip to the coast during hurricane can include private beaches, quite restaurants, and a laid back relaxing trip. It may also present an opportunity to visit more of Mexico than expected. If you can roll with the punches, you can have an excellent trip. Just take all precautions to protect yourself and your family by buying travel insurance before arriving.


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