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Looking for a relaxing vacation that won’t break the bank? Chartering in the Caribbean during low season is the perfect answer. Escape the crowds and peak season pricing, and enjoy the beauty of the Caribbean islands during their quieter months, generally June through October. Charter companies will often offer great deals during this time, such as 10 nights for the price of 7. You will get a bargain on your charter, and get to enjoy the beaches, bars, and snorkel sites with limited crowds.
Of course the summer months are considered low season for a reason, temperatures are similar year round, but it is typically more humid and there is a greater threat of unsettled weather. The Caribbean is notorious for its quick afternoon rain storms, then the sun will come back out, and you can continue to enjoy the rest of the beautiful day. It is hot there year round, and although the humidity makes the summer feel a bit warmer, when you consider the price difference you soon take that into account.
If you suffer with the heat, you may even find a great deal on a boat with air-conditioning that may usually be way out of your budget during high season. There is of course the risk of hurricanes, but the severe storms are not as common as one would think. Hurricanes are now forecast well in advance, so you would have plenty of notice if alternative arrangements needed to be made. Hurricane season really only peaks from mid-August to early October, and not for the entire low season.
In terms of crowds, the islands will be like a different place entirely if you have been there during high season. Don’t worry about racing to get a mooring ball or beating the crowds to the bars and restaurants, you might even feel like you have the island to yourself in some spots. The pressure is off, and you can sit back and really relax.
Don’t let the common misconception that the Caribbean is off-limits in the Summer months scare you off. If you are looking for a bargain on your next charter, and some peace and quiet in the islands, chartering during the low season should seriously be considered.