EXCLUSIVE: 5 tips you should know when booking your beach holiday in Hawaii and caribbean, travel expert reveals

WHEN it comes to choosing a holiday destination, there are tons of decisions you need to make before you even get to paying for your trip.

Even when you know you want a beach vacation, you still have to think about the time of year you go as well as the exact resort that you will be staying at.

Travel agent and affiliate of Travel Experts, Libbi Roed – also known as the Gypsea Traveller – also tells her clients that thinking about if they want to swim in the ocean can play a pivotal part in picking out the location of their next incredible vacation.

Weather is a decider

For any beach holiday, sunny weather is almost guaranteed to be the number one priority when selecting the destination.

Yet, even though one country or seaside town may be known for its hot climates, the time of the year to go can mean you end up having a terrible experience.

Hawaii is known for its sunny climes and beautiful beaches - but that can all be ruined if you don't check the weather (Michelle Raponi/Pixabay)
Hawaii is known for its sunny climes and beautiful beaches – but that can all be ruined if you don’t check the weather (Michelle Raponi/Pixabay)

Libbi reveals: “You may not want to go on a beach vacation during the winter months in some locations such as French Polynesia and Hawaii when it’s more rainy.

“You might also not want to be in the Caribbean during Hurricane season from June to November.”

Seaweed season

Nobody likes to wade from waters filled with marine plant life especially when trying to relax in the ocean on their magical beach vacation – but you find yourself covered in green algae if you don’t book at the right location for your holiday.

Libbi added: “If they want a swimmable beach, they’ll need to consider seaweed in the Caribbean as it’s becoming a huge concern that clients need to work their vacations around.

“This is mostly on the Atlantic facing beaches. Seaweed season used to be similar to Hurricane season but lately it can spread throughout the year.

“I always choose a Caribbean Sea facing resort to not deal with seaweed.”

This would mean that if you have dreams of staying at the Eastern coast of Cuba or the Dominican Republic, you may want to rethink your plans.

Beaches across the Caribbean are known for being riddled with seaweed (Davie Bicker/Pixabay)
Beaches across the Caribbean are known for being riddled with seaweed (Davie Bicker/Pixabay)

Turks and Caicos Islands was recently named the best Beach Destination in the Caribbean and the Americas at the World Travel Awards, but you will want to eye the western side to be safe from seaweed.

Meanwhile, another Caribbean country is also known for its trouble with the macroalgae, and has left tourists disappointed.

The Gypsea Traveller said: “If a client lets me know they want to go in June to x resort, I will tell them if it’s going to have seaweed.

“I recently had this happen for clients wanting the Dominican Republic.

“They chose the resort anyways but let me know once they were home I was right with the beach and the seaweed.”

Yet, if you plan to visit USA’s only state that is an archipelago, then choosing if you want to stay along the coastline can be vital to your holiday plans.

Libbi revealed: “For Hawaii, it’s important to decide if you want your resort on the beach, as not all beaches are swimmable and not all resorts are on the beach.

“Knowing these things can help a travel agent find the best location for you.”

Food choices

Knowing what you are going to be eating on holiday is the number one priority for some people – with many tourists even deciding their entire vacation on the food options.

Travelling to countries like Greece or Italy, you are guaranteed to have a brilliant food experience.

Yet, if you are someone that regularly chooses the all-inclusive option when booking at a hotel, you may only have a few places that you can go to.

Many tourists prefer going all-inclusive with hotel buffets, but you could be limited for options in the Caribbean and Americas (Franck Rocheteau/Pixabay)
Many tourists prefer going all-inclusive with hotel buffets, but you could be limited for options in the Caribbean and Americas (Franck Rocheteau/Pixabay)

The Gypsea Traveller said: “Al a carte can open up more island options with great beaches.

“Sometimes needing all inclusive resorts can limit you to the main spots like Mexico, Jamaica and Dominican Republic.

“Choosing al a carte can open up options for Anguilla, Turks and Caicos and some of the smaller islands like Bequia [in the Grenadines].”

Time to go

Choosing the time of the year to travel to a beautiful beach abroad can be the difference between a fantastic holiday and a miserable one.

Most families will have their vacations dictated by their children’s education, but during the peak times could be your best bet for a brilliant time away.

Busy holiday periods can lead to crowded beaches meaning you could be limited for space on the sand (Pierre-Laurent Durantin/Pixabay)
Busy holiday periods can lead to crowded beaches meaning you could be limited for space on the sand (Pierre-Laurent Durantin/Pixabay)

Libbi revealed: “Travelling during the off season is harder now as everyone seems to be travelling.

“But for Hawaii, I always tell people to travel when the kids are in school. September and October after Labor Day Weekend and before American Thanksgiving [are the best times].

“Also, May can be a slower season as school is ended and not all of the families are travelling for Spring Break or summer.”

Insurance is a must

Even if you are travelling abroad for just one week, travel insurance is a necessity as anything could happen.

You could require medical assistance, get stranded due to a cancelled flight, lose all of your personal belongings or even face a natural disaster – yet your insurance will be there to ease your worries and make sure you get home safe and sound.

The Gypsea Traveller adds: “Nowadays, the biggest mistake is not booking travel insurance.

Bad weather can come out of nowhere and ruin your holiday - having travel insurance can reduce your worries and help you to get home (PublicDomainPictures/Pixabay)
Bad weather can come out of nowhere and ruin your holiday – having travel insurance can reduce your worries and help you to get home (PublicDomainPictures/Pixabay)

“With hurricane season, it’s good to know you have insurance if you need it.

“For Hawaii, Maui recently had a terrible fire. People without insurance were left scrambling for accommodations or flying home earlier than expected.

“You also don’t know if you’ll get injured while in another country and need insurance for those purposes.”