— -- 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 Flightstext: 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:
- Book your flight about seven weeks prior to your departure date. This will generally get you the best price, according to a study by CheapAir.com.
- Flights taking off early in the morning or late at night are often the least expensive.
- FareCompare.com. has found that Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Saturdays are the cheapest days of the week to fly.
- Your airfare will almost always be cheaper if you allow for a layover (ugh). But, in our opinion, you've really got to be in the holiday spirit to stay cheery when a connection is missed due to a canceled flight!