The Caribbean is Open for Business

Already thinking of escaping the cold? Here’s why the Caribbean is still tops this year.

by Mary Wimmer

It’s been a rough hurricane season this year, but the Caribbean is open for business. Fortunately, most Caribbean islands did not see major damage from Hurricanes Irma and Maria and the region remains a top destination for fall and winter getaways.

As the temperatures cool and you start thinking about planning your own cold weather escape, consider these popular Caribbean destinations, which sustained minimal or no damage, for your upcoming travels:

  • Antigua
  • Aruba
  • Bahamas
  • Barbados
  • Belize
  • Bermuda
  • Bonaire
  • Curaçao
  • Dominican Republic
  • Jamaica
  • Martinique
  • Saint Lucia
  • St. Kitts & Nevis
  • St. Vincent & The Grenadines
  • The Cayman Islands
  • Trinidad and Tobago
  • Turks & Caicos

Additionally, the Florida Keys have reopened to travellers ahead of schedule following Hurricane Irma, and Mexico saw little impact to its tourism infrastructure following two recent earthquakes and Hurricane Katia, which made landfall in the eastern part of the country.

Hurricane season, which officially begins on June 1 and ends November 30, is now winding down for the year. CAA Travel recommends that Canadians planning a trip always follow these travel tips:

  1. Always book with a CAA Travel Professional.

    A trusted travel agent can serve as your advocate, helping you remain informed and assisting with any itinerary changes.

  2. Always get Travel Insurance.

    Travel Insurance is designed to offer protection against sudden and unforeseen events.

  3. Stay informed.

    Before and during your travels, be sure to inform yourself about your travel service providers’ cancellation and rebooking policies, including your hotel, airline, car rental company, cruise line, and tour operator(s).

  4. Share your plans

    Before any international trip, sign up for the Registration of Canadians Abroad service. This free service makes it easier for the Canadian government to notify you in case of an emergency abroad or a personal emergency at home. It also enables you to receive important information before or during a natural disaster or civil unrest.

  5. Check for Diamonds

    CAA/AAA’s professional inspectors conduct on-site evaluations of nearly 59,000 Diamond Rated hotels and restaurants across the Caribbean, United States, Canada and Mexico. Travellers can find Diamond Rated establishments and inspector insights with CAA/AAA’s trip planning products: the CAA Mobile® app, the online TripTik® Travel Planner mapping and routing tool, and CAA TourBook® guides, available to Members at CAA Travel Stores.

Thinking of getting away this fall or winter? Talk to a CAA Travel Professional by stopping in at your nearest CAA Travel Store, or by calling CAA Travel at 1-800-267-8713 or visiting us online.