For many Canadians, escaping to some sunny, foreign beach for a week or two when the temperatures drop is an annual tradition. It’s the most enjoyable way to get a burst of vitamin D, and the endless cocktails and hours of beach volleyball don’t hurt either.
But before you click ‘purchase’ on that next tropical getaway, it’s important to be mindful of the weather. Caribbean and island nations are notorious for getting hammered by severe weather in the fall and early winter months, and with the start September has had so far, travel might need to be altered to avoid getting caught in hurricanes, typhoons and other extreme weather.
Luckily, the Government of Canada has a real-time list that displays advisory messages, helping Canadians to determine which parts of the world are dangerous and which are more or less safe to visit.
The advisory list is broken down into four categories: Avoid all travel, avoid non-essential travel, exercise a high degree of caution and exercise normal security precautions. As of the date of publishing this story, places like Cuba and Cayman Islands fall under the ‘exercise normal security precautions,’ making them safe to visit.
Keep in mind, the government website’s list updates frequently depending on a variety of factors (including extreme weather, crime, political unrest as well as health concerns), so check back often.
If you’ve got upcoming travel plans to these spots, you might want to reconsider.
Hong Kong & the Philippines
Super Typhoon Mangkhut is threatening to wreak havoc on Hong Kong, the Philippines and surrounding countries, which is why these spots currently top of the list. Heavy rain, flash floods and power outages are expected across the area as the typhoon strikes land, with winds 252 kilometers stronger than those of Florence (the hurricane that the Carolinas are currently preparing for). Philippine Red Cross estimates 10 million people live within its path. Avoid making yourself one of those people, and rebook ASAP.
American East Coast
While it’s not as tropical as other spots on the list, the Carolinas should be noted. The Canadian government is warning against all travel to the U.S. East Coast as far south as Edisto Beach in South Carolina to Duck, North Carolina. This advisory is due to the incoming wrath of Hurricane Florence, set to hit land by end of the week and cause massive flooding and outages.
Martinique, Dominica & Saint Kitts and Nevis
These Caribbean islands, which are near Saint Lucia are currently under watch due to Tropical Storm Isaac, which comes with the promise of heavy rains and strong winds. These may not be the calm beaches you were hoping for…
U.S. Virgin Islands
This chain of islands is still under an ‘exercise a high degree of caution’ warning due to damages caused by last year’s Hurricanes Maria and Irma. Puerto Rico and Saint Martin also make the list for the same reason. While this shouldn’t deter travel to these countries, visitors should anticipate a difference in infrastructure if their last visit was pre-hurricanes.