intro: The best time to visit the Caribbean is pretty obvious. Just think about when you most want to go on an island retreat...over the holidays, right? When the weather stateside is largely still dreary and cold. If we're talking about the best time to visit the Caribbean in regard to temperatures and convenience, smack over the major holidays (Thanksgiving, Christmas, and Easter -- the latter coinciding with spring break) is arguably it. But if we're discussing finding the most bang for your buck, it's a different story.
See, the nearly 30 million Americans (calculated by the U.S. Office of Travel & Tourism Industries) who travel overseas annually seek a holiday beach getaway, just like you. Therefore, this is the time when flight and hotel prices skyrocket.
But if your heart is set on a Caribbean vacation in the next several months, we do know a few hacks that will help you stretch your dollar and still come home with an enviable tan and some cash in your waterlogged wallet.
quicklist: 1 title: Saving on Flights text: It seems no flights these days are cheap -- except maybe those jumping from one European city to the next in rickety planes where peanuts, even to purchase, aren't an option...
However, there are dates and times of day for flights that are noticeably cheaper than others, even during the ever-expensive holiday season.
Here are some guidelines to help you avoid insanely expensive ticket prices if you're planning a Caribbean getaway in the next six months:
quicklist: 2 title: Saving on Hotels text: Hotels...now we're really in our area of expertise.
Based on the booking and travel patterns of our Oyster.com users, as well as the fluctuating rates of the hundreds of Caribbean properties on our site, we've found some noteworthy statistics that will help you get the most bang for your buck during your next Caribbean hotel stay:
quicklist: 3 title: text: Take a look at this Infogram to get more details on average room rates in the Caribbean for various dates between November 1, 2015 and May 31, 2016. media: 34662154
quicklist: 3 title: So Now That We've Laid Out All the Facts, Here's the Scoop: text:
Now We Want to Hear from You: How far in advance do you book? Do you travel to the Caribbean during the holidays? How much time do you spend researching deals? Let us know in the comments!