Summertime is the best time of year, price-wise for trips to the beach. This is their slow season and prices drop accordingly. There are many reasons for the drop in visitors this time of year and here are just a few of them.
This is the season for family reunions, road-trips and Disney vacations. The “Staycations’ made popular when times were tougher have stuck around as folks road-trip around their own states during the summer, visit relatives or generally just hang close to home.
Festivals and Fairs
It seems every weekend there is something going on. There are state and county fairs to peruse the farm animals, carnivals in every town to ride the rides and enough festivals to keep you busy all summer long. Every region has musical festivals ranging from classical to blues and everything in between. There are fests for rutabagas, corn, peaches, strawberries and everything you can possibly grow. With all these events to choose from, who has time to travel?
Slow Season in More Ways Than One
While we have most of our festivals in the summer, most Caribbean islands celebrate all winter. They have the famous Carnival festivals during our coldest winter months. Most islands have Carnival and it ranges from February to May. Each island has their celebration at a different time, allowing us chances to party all winter long down there. They have Reggae and other musical genre festivals in the winter when it’s a little more bearable to be outside all day and night.
If it’s hot here you can imagine how hot it is further south. The heat combined with the humidity is close to un-bearable for some this time of year in tropical spots. You are less likely to dream of the beach when you are already toasty than you are in the winter when you’ve just about had enough of the cold. It is human nature to want what you don’t have so when you’re freezing your whatever off in the winter, you dream of tropical climes. It’s harder to imagine yourself sweating away the day in the tropics when you already have that at home.
The Weather Part II
Hurricane season is coming and those tropical depressions are forming right now. Although the odds of a hurricane hitting right when and where you go are slim, that risk helps keep the less adventurous away and the prices down. You can get travel insurance to cover you in case of a hurricane but the policies are restrictive and expensive.
Come Fly With Me
The airlines want those planes full so less traffic equates to better deals. Sure they cut back the number of flights and sometimes even stop offering the non-stops as much, but they still need to fill those seats. Book at least 6 weeks in advance to get the best flight deals though.
Paring Things Down
One thing the resorts do to offset the slow season is shut down some of their dining rooms. You may have fewer options for restaurants in a big resort. One downside is sometimes they shut down the air-conditioned buffets. This is the hottest time of year so it doesn’t make much sense but I have seen it happen. Contact the resort you plan on booking to see if this is the case there.
Michael is a full-time musician and freelance writer residing in Morrison, Colorado. He enjoys downhill skiing, traveling and attempting to play golf. He excels in the sport of extreme napping so if you must call, make it afternoon.