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Travelling to Mexico but...WE'RE AFRAID!

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1. Posted by baletnica (First Time Poster 1 posts) 9y

Hi everyone!! we're two italian sisters who'd really love to spend some time in mexico, yucatan, the best place of the earth for a vacation!! (and not just that...)
the only problem is... we're going to leave for cancun or playa del carmen in june, july or august and we've read everywhere that it's a hurricane period...we are so afraid because we really don't know what a hurricane is...i mean, here in Italy we have no idea of how strong and dangerous can it be!!
is the danger so real in this period?
what do you think could be the best of these 3 months to travel? soon in june , middle in july, or late in august?
and are the previsions for 2007 that real or they could be wrong? because they say there will be a greeeat above-average number of hurricanes this year... since you come from the zone, maybe you could help us choosing!!
please please =)
thanks!

2. Posted by Enlightmen (Budding Member 15 posts) 9y

Hurricanes can be really strong and really scarey. But with a little preparation they are no big deal. It helps to know which local weather radio station to tune into on your personal radio. I am a Floridal native that has been through some of the worst hurricanes over the last 15 years. I have survived them all. However if you track most of the stronger hurricanes that have pounded the area they mostly head north into America. Florida, Alabama, Mississippi, and NewOrleans Texas. Hurricane season officially starts in July, I believe, and by September there aren't nearly as many storms to even turn into Hurricanes.

My brother and I are already planning a trip into mexico from Arizona. It will be a long, slow leisurely trip stopping and checking out a lot of ancient and historic areas. But most definitily stopping to enjoy some vacation spots.

If you have any questions send me a private message through this website.

3. Posted by beerman (Respected Member 1631 posts) 9y

It's true, hurricanes can be very scary and have the power to destroy virtually everything in their paths.........however, your likelihood of being stuck in the middle of one is pretty remote. This is because hurricanes are tracked pretty accurately, they move fairly slowly, and there is almost always an opportunity to evacuate the area in advance of the storm. Local authorities will assist you in getting out.....they want tourists to have a good impression of them so they return, and after the last few hurricanes to hit the Yucatan, Mexican officials are better prepared to help.

Hurricane season officially begins June 1, but that is an arbitrary date... there have been earlier storms. Tropical storms can be nearly as dangerous.

There is a wealth of information to be had on the internet. The US Government has a website, The National Hurricane Center, and there are various weather sites available. These can help guide you on your decisions once you are there. Again, local authorities can be very helpful as well.

Above all, do not be afraid. Hurricanes can be avoided if they head your way.....you may have to leave your area for a few days or weeks, depending on the strength of the storm, but you can get out of the path of destruction with a little forethought and planning. Know how to get to the airport, or train station, or bus terminal. Be ready to leave if a hurricane is tracking toward your location. Have a backup plan as to where you can go if you need to evacuate.

Have fun, and do not be afraid of nature. If you are prepared in advance, your trip should go smoothly.

4. Posted by NantesFC (Respected Member 531 posts) 9y

No need to worry. If there are any strong storms they will most likely not make landfall. Although they say it will be a high season for hurricanes, most of them get carried back up the Atlantic NA jetstream. Anyhoo, you should be fine :)