You are probably familiar with the terms "high" season and "low" season when it comes to traveling but you may not be that familiar with "shoulder" season. So what exactly is shoulder season and what does it mean for you? A shoulder season is when a destination is either going into or coming out of their high season. Travelling during the shoulder season could be the smartest decision you make however there are also a few things to consider (which I will discuss later in this post) before you dive into planning your vacation during this time.
In Mexico and the Caribbean when you travel during the 'shoulder' season that runs from May and early June, along with late August, September and October as the two shoulder seasons. This less-busy travel time means you can get more value out of your holiday by making your travel budget stretch further. Having the same travel budget during shoulder season and peak season can mean a better resort room or a longer stay during shoulder season. Apart from the curse of the hurricane season, which officially ends on November 30, days are reliably sunny, nights are always starry.
Travelling during the shoulder season means that you will not experience the same crowds that you would during peak season. This spills over into every aspect of your holiday. This could also mean more interaction with the locals. More of the better rooms will be available and there is also a higher chance of an upgrade when a resort is not at full capacity. Reservations at restaurants will be easier to get as well as any shows or excursions you might want to take. Overall this means less people and more space for you to enjoy your vacation.
However during the shoulder season some restaurants and activities may be closed or open for limited hours. Quite often this is the time resorts choose to do minor refurbishments of major renovations as there is less chance for disrupting guests. Also as I mentioned above, should season usually cuts into hurricane season which runs from the beginning of June and last until the end of November. So as long as you are well prepared for what may be and you're okay with that this is a great time to travel. I myself do most of my travelling during this time. This is when the resorts like to host travel professionals as there tends to be many of us travelling together to experience the various resorts and this way we are not taking up valuable space during high season.