Hurricane season in Turks and Caicos extends from June until November. The most likely time for a hurricane to affect Turks and Caicos is August and September. September happens to be one of our favorite times to visit the island.
It is a great time because there are so few people around. You practically have the beach to yourself and never have to wait at a restaurant. The downfall of course is that you have a higher risk of getting caught in a hurricane during this time.
We never experienced trouble with hurricanes in September. There have been many people tell us, oh you will be fine. “It has been a really long time since a hurricane actually hit Turks and Caicos.” Per research the last hurricane that really affected the island was hurricane Irene in 2011 and hurricane Ike in 2008.
If I’m being honest, hurricanes never scared us. They never affected our decisions to go to Turks and Caicos in September. After all, we have had some of our best weather during that time.
Hurricane Season in Turks and Caicos
Last year, we finally talked my husband’s parents as well as our besties to go with us to Turks and Caicos. We always talked about how great of a place it was and begged them to go. Both the in-laws and our friends decided this was the year they would go with us.
September was the best time for everyone, so we booked a trip. Our trip extended from the end of September through the beginning of October. We booked our rooms at the Royal West Indies.
Upon leaving, we were all excited and had no idea there was a hurricane brewing. After arriving to the island, the water was pretty stirred up and the winds were up. It was still that beautiful turquoise color. But, the clarity was gone because the sand was all stirred up. The water was also really rough. I still tell people jokingly that I almost died in that water. The fact is I was coming out of the water and the water was so rough that it pulled me under and I did feel like I was drowning.
Anyone who knows Turks and Caicos knows this is very abnormal. The first couple of days were spent on the beach and attempting to make the most of the rough waters. We even went out on Caicos Catalyst, which is one of our favorite things to do. On about day four, the rain set in along with high winds. Unfortunately, this was only the beginning.
Hurricane Joaquin started as a tropical depression. It then intensified to a category 3 hurricane by October 1. We basically had a front row seat for this. Living in Mississippi, none of us had ever experienced the effects of a hurricane. We had especially never experienced the effects while being on an island with no way to leave.
Hurricane Joaquin was devastating to several parts of the Bahamas and even caused damage in parts of Turks and Caicos. We were there for the ride. From about day four of our trip to day seven, it literally rained nonstop. Not only did it rain, and rain some more, but the winds were up.
The streets were flooded. Looking back now, it could have been much worse. I guess it was pretty scary but we just made the most of. That is all we could do.
Making the Most of our Trip
We really hated the fact that our family and friends were getting to see this side of paradise. They did not even get one day of the Turks and Caicos we know and love so much.
During this trip, we spent lots and I mean lots of time in the hot tub. We would sit in the hot tub and just let the rain pound us. We also spent more time in the room than normal. Typically, when in Turks and Caicos we barely see the room. This time was much different.
We also did not let the rain and flooded streets keep us from exploring. We would just walk down the streets and wade through the water to get where we were going. There were times when you felt like the wind was going to blow you over.
We missed out on some of our favorite things about Turks and Caicos during this trip. The boating trip was great but the snorkeling was just not that good. The fish had basically disappeared. Bight’s reef was so rough we would not have attempted that. Grace bay was rough.
Leaving the Island
When our trip came to an end, we did not get to leave. There were a ton of cancelled flights due to the wind. We even sat on the plane for over an hour one day and had to get off due to wind. We ended up sitting in the airport for the rest of the day. Then, at the end of the day they told us no flights were leaving. So, here we go back to the Royal West Indies.
This time, instead of getting separate rooms, we all piled into one room for the night. The next morning, we were able to leave. This was one time that I was actually ready to get home. The weather was still gloomy upon us leaving. I would not have been a happy camper if I had to leave while seeing the perfect Turks and Caicos that we know and love.
We still hate the fact that our friends and family did not get to see the true Turks and Caicos. I hate that they missed out on the crystal clear and calm water of Grace Bay. Luckily, our friends have agreed to go back. Our family on the other hand, well, we are still working on them. They said they may consider going back but not during hurricane season.
Despite not getting to experience the “normal” Turks and Caicos, we did have a great time. We laughed a lot – sometimes so hard it hurt and made lots of memories.
We also had lots of firsts including spending 99% of our time in the hot tub and renting movies at the front desk.
Would I go back during Hurricane Season?
Hurricane season in Turks and Caicos is not so bad. I would go over and over and over again during this time. Our favorite time to visit is during hurricane season. I mean, hurricane season is from June through November. Many people vacation during the summer. The thing is it’s a risk you have to take. Right now, one year later, there is not a hurricane in Turks and Caicos. I am sure the sun is beaming and the crystal clear waters are glowing.
If we were not building a new home, we would be there right now. September remains one of our favorite times to visit the island. There are pros and cons to visiting during this time, but we love it. So, if you are thinking about visiting during this time, I say – GO FOR IT.
A Few “Funnies” From the Trip (for our own pleasure and maybe yours)
Robert “Hey Dawn I am going to borrow your float.”
Dawn “Okay, but do not bust it or let it get away.”
Robert “Uh, I broke your float, the water was too rough.”
Dawn (sad face) “Are you serious?”
They return from a trip to the grocery store for liquor.
The complained about the price the entire time at store.
As they walk down the side walk a bag busts.
It just happens to be the bag with their liquor (that is in a glass bottle and costs so much).
JP “yells” at Cindy “Why did you do that?”
Cindy throws her arms up and yells “Well I didn’t mean to!”
They still complain about the price of alcohol on the island.
They had to buy more liquor.