Caribbean and Mexico All Inclusive Resorts Spared – Hurricane Laura Now Approaching U.S.

Hurricane Laura
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Tropical Storm Marco is now back to a tropical depression while Hurricane Laura gained strength over the warm waters of the Gulf and barrels toward the U.S.

In a nutshell: The Caribbean was battered by both Tropical Storms before Marco weakened and before the other strengthened to Hurricane Laura.  Tourists in Mexico’s Quintana Roo made it through the storms, which also spared its all-inclusive resorts and beaches.

Laura, which was still a Tropical Storm at the time, brought rain and wind to Puerto Rico over the weekend as well as evacuations due to potential flooding and mudslides.

The Dominican Republic and Haiti were also on high alert, especially after recent Hurricane Isaias passed through affecting the area. Tropical Storm Laura brought rain, wind, and disrupted power as she swept through the area.

According to the Weather Channel, Hurricane Laura is expected to go through the Gulf of Mexico into Wednesday and the conditions will be favorable for strengthening, but it could still shift.  Intense is an understatement if Laura takes on major hurricane strength to a Category 3 or stronger.  The Weather Channel also reported that it could make landfall in upper Texas or southwest Louisiana and even if it doesn’t become a major hurricane it could still produce storm surge, intense wind, and impactful rain.

You might be wondering what the difference is between a hurricane and a ‘major’ hurricane. It all has to do with the wind. A Category 1 will have a range of 74-95 mph whereas a Category 3, which is considered major, has winds of 111-129 mph.

The latest advisory from the National Hurricane Center shows Storm Surge Warnings for lower Texas and Tropical Storm and Hurricane Warnings from San Luis Pass, Texas to Intracoastal City, Louisiana.  Stay safe!


What If You’re Traveling During Hurricane Laura (or any hurricane)?

  • Well, we’re only halfway through hurricane season so consider cancel for any reason (CFAR) insurance as it typically offers the best protection.
  • Work with a travel professional.
  • Consider destinations that are outside the “hurricane belt” … like Aruba.
  • Consider resorts that offer hurricane protection.

For example, if you’re considering Club Med – customers, aka G.M’s – automatically get Hurricane Protection.

If there is a (category 1 or higher) hurricane while you’re at your Club Med village, you will have access to a Future Travel Certificate. This will be for the value of the land portion for the number of nights of your stay. Certificates are valid for one year for villages in the U.S., Mexico, the Caribbean, and the Bahamas (Buccaneer’s Creek is excluded).

You don’t have to call Club Med as it will automatically be issued (I’d still call to follow-up though).

This is Club Med’s guaranteed protection at no cost and you can access full details here.

 

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In addition to being our Editor-in-Chief, Donna Adinolfi is a wellness travel expert, a freelance writer, an award-winning photographer, and the founder/publisher of MindfulAdventures.com. Her 30+ year career includes serving as the Travel & Spa Editor of Balance Magazine as well as planning wellness travel & retreats. An avid fan of the freedom from carrying cash or credit cards, Donna loves to visit all-inclusive wellness resorts in the U.S, and traveling to some of Mexico's and the Caribbean's many all-inclusive resorts several times each year. She's also a member of the North American Travel Journalists Association.

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