A Smaller Hurricane Season Means Bigger Parties In Key West Florida
All over the world, countries and regions are defined by their seasons: wet season versus dry season, cold season versus hot season. In Key West, Florida, it is busy season versus hurricane season. Running six months from June 1 through November 30, it is the time of year the locals and the workers all get a little nervous because all it can take is one big storm to change the island's fortunes. Luckily, that hasn't happened in over ninety years, and it doesn't look like it is going to this year.
"Every April or May, it seems like any college with a weather department comes out with their prediction for the hurricane season," said Chef Brendan Orr of the Roof Top Cafй. "Down here, we just like to remind ourselves that weathermen only seem to be right a third of the time, and these people haven't even made it to that level yet. Still," he added while knocking on wood, "when the National Weather Service tells us it's going to be a light year, we like to hear that."
When people are looking for island vacations, Key West makes it to the top of the list for so many reasons. First of all, it gives people a chance to have a Caribbean getaway without worrying about updating their passport or going through customs. Being the only Caribbean island a person can drive to, it offers a variety of travel options which helps to keep the cost low. The cherry on the top of that sundae this time of year is, as business slows down, hotels, resorts and Key West restaurants offer special deals so that a person can experience a truly one-of-a-kind vacation at a fraction of what it would cost the rest of the year.
"People like June weddings and people like island weddings," Chef Orr went on to say, "so it is no surprise to me that, even though it falls into hurricane season technically, we do more weddings, receptions and rehearsal dinners during the month of June than any other two months of the year combined." He will say, however, and many others will agree, that they are thankful for the added business during the summer time, because a hurricane party is no fun without a lot of people.
For more information on the Roof Top Cafe, please visit: www.rooftopcafekeywest.com
Jack Terry is a travel and lifestyle writer who lived through four hurricanes in one year in Key West.