Many vacationers who want to come to Florida choose to stay away during hurricane season. For the most part, this isn’t always necessary. And, those who do avoid the Sunshine State during the June through November period sometimes find themselves missing out on some serious vacations savings.
While it’s not a good idea to underplay the seriousness of hurricanes, it’s a simple fact they don’t arrive every day, every week, month or year for that matter. These storms are dangerous, but there’s lots of advanced warning to get out of their way. Plus, those who do find themselves in the Sunshine State during a hurricane will find the local authorities tend to have things under control. It is a vacationer’s responsibility, however, too heed warnings.
Because of summertime weather, however, the months of hurricane season are generally low on the tourist front. It is precisely at these times visitors can find great deals on lodging and even entry to some of the major attractions. Passing up on them because of storms that may or may not ever form is kind of crazy, but it’s a good idea to do the following things if visiting Florida during the peak of the season:
* Do remember that the hurricane seasons of the 2000s have been pretty unique. Florida normally isn’t affected by more than occasional tropical storms in any given year.
* Do have contingency plans in place. Storms do, however, happen. If driving, have an alternative destination in mind if a big storm threatens. If flying, wait it out. The authorities won’t let you fly in if it’s not safe. The airlines generally make ticket accommodations for this, too, so your money shouldn’t be lost.
* If a storm threatens while you’re in the state, pay close attention to local authorities and the news. If you’re told to evacuate, do so. If you can’t, go to a shelter. If the beaches are cleared by officials, don’t go on them.
Avoiding Florida during the hurricane season excludes vacationers from some serious savings. By employing a little common sense and keeping an eye and an ear toward the weather, there really is no reason to avoid the state during the season. Plus, some of the best weather in Florida can be found in early fall. Why miss out if you don’t have to?
Hurricanes may not be an everyday event, but when they happen they can be serious. A few precautions can help ensure a vacation that’s not only fun, but safe.