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Average Caribbean Weather: Best and Worst Times to Go

Hurricane Iris, 2001
Hurricane Iris, 2001 | Source

Do You Prefer Sunshine or Hurricanes?

Weather in the Caribbean can give visitors a beautiful experience or a disaster that is best forgotten. It mainly depends on when you go.

Average Caribbean daytime temperatures are in the mid-80s Fahrenheit for most destinations. That average varies by only a few degrees each month. But nothing is average or predictable about the rainfall.

To decide when to go to the Caribbean and avoid most of the rain, visitors need to know what to expect from the annual hurricane season. It officially runs from June 1 through November 30 each year.

5 Quick Climate Tips

  1. Aruba, Bonaire, and Curaçao have the least rain.
  2. April, June, and July have the best combination of warm temperatures and low rainfall.
  3. May brings with it a brief rainy season in many places.
  4. September and October are the worst months to go, because of the risk of tropical storms or hurricanes.
  5. From December through February, stick with southern destinations such as Antigua, Barbados, and St. Lucia.

Caribbean Hurricane Season

The Caribbean is known for a rainy season that brings tropical storms and hurricanes. Some islands can get hit especially hard with rain and heavy winds.

During late spring, summer, and fall, tropical storms often form in the Atlantic, off the African continent, and move west toward the Caribbean.

As they approach the Americas, they tend to swerve to the right, and follow various paths over the Caribbean or the Gulf, often reaching the Eastern US and even Canada or Europe.

Once formed, a storm moving over warm water can grow into a hurricane in a matter of days.

On the average (some years are much more productive) the Caribbean hurricane season has about 12 to 15 major storms each year, and about four or five develop into hurricanes.

A hurricane can drop back in intensity to a storm again for a few days before fading away.

Tropical weather in the Atlantic is closely watched, and Caribbean weather forecasts are fairly reliable because the weather follows a predictable set of patterns.

The season starts slowly, builds over early summer, and doesn't peak until early September. The storm and hurricane threat is why the fewest number of people vacation in the Caribbean in September.

Historical Paths of Atlantic Hurricanes

This charts shows the history of category 3 or higher hurricanes in the North Atlantic and Eastern North Pacific.
This charts shows the history of category 3 or higher hurricanes in the North Atlantic and Eastern North Pacific. | Source

Hurricane Season Peaks in September

This chart shows historical storm and hurricane activity in the Caribbean and Atlantic by month. Note how it peaks in September and October.
This chart shows historical storm and hurricane activity in the Caribbean and Atlantic by month. Note how it peaks in September and October. | Source

Caribbean Weather, Month-By-Month

January

Caribbean weather in January is certainly warmer than the U.S., Canada, or Europe, but some places are warmer than others. The warmest destinations include Cayman Islands and St. Lucia; the coolest include the Bahamas, Dominican Republic, and Turks and Caicos. Rain averages about two to three inches per month. Keep in mind that sea temperatures is often cool for swimming in northern locations.

February

Temperatures in February show little movement. In some places they increase a degree while in others they decline. In Dominica, rainfall increases to four inches. Costa Rica reaches a low point for rain, which is good news for western Caribbean cruises.

March

March is one of the most popular months for visiting the Caribbean, not just because of spring break, but because of warming temperatures and minimal rainfall for many destinations. In Dominica, rainfall climbs again to five inches, but keep in mind that Dominica is a lush island with waterfalls and tropical rain forests. It's a great place for ecotourism, though not so much for lying on a beach. Costa Rica continues to have low rainfall.

April

April is another great month to visit the Caribbean, for the same reasons as March, but with some exceptions. In San Juan, Puerto Rico, rainfall reaches its first high point of the year at six inches. It's not the best time for a long-term stay, but it's okay for cruise visitors, who can visit indoors San Juan historical sites and shopping.

May

Caribbean weather in May includes a brief rainy season for many destinations. Aruba is a safe bet because it is the driest island of all. Rainfall at Cancun, Cayman Islands, Costa Rica, and Dominica jumps to five inches or more per month.

June

This is a bad month for the Bahamas, with an average of nine inches of rain. Cozumel gets eight inches, while Belize and Costa Rica average more than 10. For people who like hot weather, Cancun, Cayman Islands, and Cozumel have average high temperatures that reach 90 degrees Fahrenheit.

June is the official beginning of the annual Caribbean hurricane season. But historically it almost no hurricanes and only one tropical storm every other year, according to the U.S. National Hurricane Center.

Average Caribbean Rainfall by Month

The above chart shows the average inches of rain per month for major destinations. Data source: island meteorological services. Graphic copyright Scott Bateman
The above chart shows the average inches of rain per month for major destinations. Data source: island meteorological services. Graphic copyright Scott Bateman
Zoni Beach, Culebra Island, Puerto Rico.  Brilliant weather is common in the Caribbean but not guaranteed.
Zoni Beach, Culebra Island, Puerto Rico. Brilliant weather is common in the Caribbean but not guaranteed. | Source

July

The Caribbean hurricane season is starting to make itself known, with six inches or more of rainfall for the Bahamas, Barbados, the Cayman Islands, and St. Lucia. It's a good month for Antigua, Cancun, the Dominican Republic, Jamaica, and the U.S. Virgin Islands. July averages three tropical storms with two that become hurricanes.

August

"Ugh" is a good word to describe rainfall for the Bahamas and Cancun. Every major destination except for the ABC islands of Aruba, Bonaire, and Curaçao averages four inches or more. On average, August has three tropical storms with two that become hurricanes.

September

September is the worst month of the year for Caribbean weather, because it’s the worst month of the annual hurricane season. An average of four tropical storms occur in September with two that become hurricanes. Avoid Caribbean destinations, except possibly the ABC islands—Aruba, Bonaire, Curacao—and maybe the Dominican Republic. But at least September is warm.

October

October is barely better than September, usually the second worst month of the year for Caribbean weather. All of the major destinations average five inches or more of rain. On average, four tropical storms develop, but they rarely grow into hurricanes.

November

The Bahamas finally get a break from the rain and wind, but the temperatures are starting to drop too. Barbados, Cancun, and Jamaica are becoming better options. St. Maarten has the heaviest rain of the year. On average, only one tropical storm forms every other year. Hurricanes are rare.

December

The hurricane season is officially over and rainfall declines everywhere. But temperatures are declining as well; the Bahamas, Cancun, and other northern destinations are usually too chilly for swimming. Dominican Republic and St. Thomas are worthy options. Tourist activity starts to increase in the Caribbean as northerners start to flee cold winter weather.

Most storms are brief and passing.
Most storms are brief and passing. | Source

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Caribbean Temperatures By Month

What most people consider the Caribbean ranges from the Bahamas in the north to Aruba, Barbados and Trinidad in the south. The total distance is more than 1,000 miles.

Average Caribbean temperatures in the daytime usually are in the mid to upper 80s Fahrenheit for most destinations throughout the year, except for the Bahamas, which fall into the 70s during the winter. A few locations such as Cozumel and Grand Cayman see average highs above 90 during the summer.

Nighttime lows drop into the mid to upper 70s. Although winter daytime air temperatures stay warm in most places, winter water temperatures become a bit uncomfortable in places such as Cancun.

Average High Temperatures

Location
Jan
Feb
Mar
Apr
May
Jun
Jul
Aug
Sep
Oct
Nov
Dec
Antigua
82
82
83
84
85
86
87
87
87
86
85
83
Aruba
86
87
87
88
89
90
89
90
91
90
90
87
Bahamas
77
77
79
82
85
87
89
89
88
85
82
79
Barbados
83
83
84
85
86
86
86
86
86
86
85
84
Belize
82
82
85
87
89
88
88
88
87
86
84
82
Bermuda
69
68
69
71
75
81
85
86
84
79
75
71
Cancun
82
83
85
88
90
91
92
92
90
87
85
82
Cayman Is
87
86
87
89
90
91
91
91
91
91
90
87
Costa Rica
83
75
77
78
79
78
76
77
78
77
75
74
Cozumel
83
84
87
89
90
90
90
91
89
87
85
83
Curacao
85
86
86
88
88
89
89
90
90
89
88
86
Dominica
82
82
83
84
85
86
86
86
86
84
85
83
Dominican Rep.
81
81
82
83
85
86
86
87
87
86
84
82
Havana
78
79
81
83
85
86
88
88
87
84
81
79
Honduras
78
81
85
86
86
83
82
83
83
81
78
77
Guadeloupe
84
84
84
86
87
88
88
88
88
88
86
85
Jamaica
82
82
83
85
86
87
88
88
88
86
85
83
Martinique
82
83
83
85
86
86
86
86
87
86
85
84
San Juan
83
83
84
85
87
88
88
88
88
88
85
83
St. Lucia
87
83
84
85
87
87
86
87
87
87
86
84
St. Maarten
82
83
83
85
86
86
86
86
87
86
85
84
St. Thomas
85
85
86
87
88
89
90
90
90
89
87
86
Trinidad
87
88
90
91
91
88
88
89
90
90
88
88
The above chart shows average high temperatures by month for many major destinations.
Rain bands from a tropical storm can spread out over a large area.
Rain bands from a tropical storm can spread out over a large area. | Source

How Weather Affects Cruises and Stopovers

Climate in the Caribbean may pose less of a problem for cruise visitors than for stopover visitors.

Ships can steer away from bad weather, although they may not avoid it entirely. At least cruise staff can deal with rough seas. Passengers can wear motion-sickness patches and adjust their diet to settle upset stomachs.

People who plan a cruise will find it useful to consider the following weather tips:

  • Late spring to mid-summer has the best Caribbean cruise weather, but it's also the most popular time to go.
  • Winter is a good time for southern destinations such as Aruba, Bonaire, and Curacao.
  • The western Caribbean is rainy in early fall, especially in Cozumel and the Central American nations that line the Caribbean coast.
  • In the eastern Caribbean, weather is cool during the winter in northern destinations such as the Bahamas.

Stopover visitors—people who stay on an island for a week or so—face a greater risk of a tropical storm or even a full-fledged hurricane making landfall. Vactioners can’t really predict the weather a week in advance; two or three days out is more realistic.

No destination is particularly likely to lie right in the path of disaster from a storm or hurricane. But storms and hurricanes that pass through the region affect islands and coastlines over large areas. A tropical storm can dump large amounts of rain even at its outer edges.

One way to avoid getting entangled in a tropical storm is simply to stay away from the Caribbean, and especially the islands most likely to be hit, during September and October in particular. Another way of preparing for the possibility is to buy travel insurance.

About the Author

Scott Bateman is a professional journalist and travel writer. He has visited the Caribbean more than a dozen times and writes about it frequently.

© 2011 Scott Bateman

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Comments 73 comments

Carol 5 days ago

We are planning a cruise to eastern Caribbean in December from 7th to 17th! What is the weather at that time?

Thanks


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promisem 11 days ago Author

Hi, Cindy. The warmest Caribbean cruise in March for western or southern depends on the islands.

For southern, the islands of Aruba, Bonaire and Curacao usually have more warmth than St. Lucia, Barbados and Grenada. For western, Cozumel and the Cayman islands will be warmer than Jamaica.


cindy 12 days ago

warmest cruise in March? southern or western


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promisem 3 weeks ago Author

Hi, Brie. I'm afraid I can't be optimistic about the water temperatures in the Bahamas during February. We have been to several Caribbean destinations in February including as far south as Aruba and found chilly waters.

Bahamas temperatures in February usually reach an average high in the upper 70s Fahrenheit, which is good enough for time on the beaches but tough for water temperatures.

But you might get lucky. Regardless, your best bet for time in the water is mid afternoon when the water reaches its peak temperature.


Brie 3 weeks ago

Hi!

We have a trip booked for Great Exuma from February 8-16. We are staying on Hoopers Bay to hopefully be sheltered from prevailing winds and waves and also perhaps have warmer water. I have heard so many conflicting things about the Bahamas in February. Do you think we will be able to swim without a wet suit? We are coming from the cold Virginia east coast winter. I have read that people sunbathe all day and I have also read that people spent all day wrapped up in their towel. Obviously I'm hoping for the former. The trip is a done deal, so I guess I'm just looking for some reassurance. Thank you!!

Brie


Jen 5 weeks ago

I am planning on going to St. Maarten next year. When is the best month to go with the least amount of rain?


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promisem 6 weeks ago Author

Marissa, it's easiiest to predict which islands have the lowest risk of hurricanes. Aruba and Curacao belong at the top of the list.

The next batch with moderate risk includes Antigua, Barbados, St. Maarten. Jamaica and Dominican Republic. The high-risk group includes Cancun, Cozumel, Dominica, Bahamas, St. Lucia and Martinique.

Keep in mind that these predictions are based on historical averages and will vary from one year to the next.


marissa 6 weeks ago

which area is mostly at risk with hurricanes in the mid august and mid september


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promisem 7 weeks ago Author

It is much safer in June than July through October. June is officially part of the Caribbean hurricane season, but it has fewer tropical storms than those other months and only a rare hurricane.


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promisem 7 weeks ago Author

Hi, William. If your kids like beaches and swimming, then go to the southern Caribbean either on a cruise or an island such as Aruba, Barbados or St. Lucia. Good luck!


William Ingram 8 weeks ago

I am looking to take a holiday in the Caribbean mid November with my kids any suggestions ?

Thanks in advance.


Elvira 8 weeks ago

Hello.

Can you tell me is it safe to go in the beginning of Jun to Jamaica?Hope its not hurricane season.

Thank you


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promisem 2 months ago Author

Unfortunately, no. The Caribbean coast of Mexico gets hit especially hard with rain in October (historically). St. Maarten is a possibility, but it gets more rain than Aruba. You might consider a last-minute vacation based on a short-term weather forecast. That opens up more possibilities.


Laura 2 months ago

thank you for Aruba as a recommendation, would you say any part of Mexico has good odds in October? many thanks


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promisem 2 months ago Author

Hi, Laura. The best choice in October is Aruba, although you wouldn't know it from the rare tropical storm that is dumping a lot of water on the island this week. But I will take a chance and still recommend it as the best place for a combination of warm weather and low risk of rain.


Laura 2 months ago

Hi, we are planning a trip for 4 of us (ladies only!) to the Caribbean for the week of the 21st October 2017, so next year ... which are the best islands to go to for weather and to give us the best possible chance of avoiding a hurricane! Many thanks


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promisem 2 months ago Author

It is not likely to rain all of the time. Rain usually hits the Caribbean off and on. When it does rain in October, it tends to rain heavily and over a period of days because of tropical storms and hurricanes. Speaking from experience, your odds of good weather are high. But if you get bad weather, you may get a lot of it.


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promisem 2 months ago Author

Hurricane season officially starts June 1, but it starts slowly and doesn't reach a high point until September. So the odds are in your favor. I hope you have great weather!


Heidi 2 months ago

Thank you, yes he will be 9, so do you think this is early enough to miss hurricane season as well ? I see reviews where they say it starts june 1st but, then I see where People stated they always go in may and it is wonderful .

Thanks again


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promisem 2 months ago Author

Hello, Heidi. If you son is young and likes to play in the ocean, I recommend late May over April. Seawaters around the Bahamas are a bit cool for swimming in April. Average rainfall increases in May to about four inches during the month, but it is not nearly as bad as June through October.


Heidi 2 months ago

Hi promisem, we are wanting to plan a trip to the Bahamas at the end of school with are son. The dates we are looking at going is May 28th thur June 2nd. Is this a good time go? are we still clear from the rain and hurricanes? If this isn't good we could go during the first week of April but our first choice is end of may. Your Thoughts, suggestions??

Thank you for you help


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promisem 2 months ago Author

Hi, Ena. Bahamas in October is usually toward the end of the rainy season. Average high temperatures should be in the mid 80s Fahrenheit. October is neither one of the best or worst months to go. Good luck with the weather!


Ena 2 months ago

Hi promisem, i'm planning to go cruise with my son this coming October.. what do u think about the weather in Bahamas on mid-Oct.?


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promisem 2 months ago Author

Lisa, I don't have details about the Virgin Gorda weather in November, but I have it on Charlotte Amalie. It is only 35 miles away and a good indication of the average for Virgin Gorda.

The average high temperature in November is 87 degrees Fahrenheit, which is good. But the average rainfall is more than 5 inches, which is not so good. That being said, you might get lucky and avoid much rain.


Lisa W 2 months ago

Does anybody know how virgin Gorda in the BVI's are in November?


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promisem 3 months ago Author

Hi, Nancy. My sources of information show that the Cook Islands are a bit on the cool side in October with an average high temperature of 78 degrees Fahrenheit. But October also is in the middle of the dry season.


Xuan pang 3 months ago

We have just booked a cruise to Eastern Caribbean for late August 2017. Reading about the hurricane season being in August and September has made me a bit worried. Has anyone been in August, how was the weather. Thanks x


Nancy 3 months ago

Hi Scott. Looking at taking a trip to the Cook Islands in October. What do you know about the area? Was looking at the Caribbean but I need sun and beach, I'm escaping the rain and snow of the mountains. Thanks!


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promisem 3 months ago Author

Lisa, the Caribbean is more than 1,000 miles across. So the odds are good that you will avoid the direct path of a hurricane that will ruin your cruise.

I went on one cruise that had bad weather. We just made the most out of it by finding plenty of things to do and not spending as much time on the beach. Good luck!


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promisem 3 months ago Author

Hi, Lilah. I recommend Aruba. Even though rainfall is normally higher there in October, it's not as high as many other islands. The average of 3 inches in October low even for a normal month of other destinations.


James 3 months ago

We have booked a cruise from the UK to the Caribbean in Oct and are now worried about the rainfall we love the sun and was hoping by going to Antega, St Luisa, St Thomas & Barbados we would have good weather. Is it likely to be raining all the time?


Lisa 3 months ago

My family will go to the cruis in sep 5 coming

I'm worry about the hurricane season

Too late can't return the ticket


Lilah Elg 3 months ago

Hi Scott, me and my husband are planning a honeymoon which has to be on October (because that's the month on which we were given a vacation from work), now reading your info' about the weather on October, while taking into account we don't want to travel all that way for rain and storms, can you recommend on an island in the Caribbean which is a good destination on October?


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promisem 3 months ago Author

Hi, Lesley. That's a great point. The cruise lines actually reduce the number of cruises during that time of year because of bad weather.

When they do offer cruises, it's because of demand for them and the odds that a tropical storm or hurricane won't go near them at that moment in time. Frankly, they also can't afford to have their ships to idle in ports without making money.

Cruises are usually cheaper during September for the reasons you mention, which draws people searching for good deals. So a cruise then is a calculated risk for some people.

I hope the weather goes in your favor.


Lesley 3 months ago

Hi.. I have booked a cruise for this Septeber .. Now panicking as the weather according to the reports worse time to go is September. Why would Cruises run this time of the year and take your money if it is that bad??


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promisem 3 months ago Author

Hi, Angela. All of those destinations are so close to each other that they will have similar water temperatures in December. I suggest you wait as long as possible before making a choice based on the daily weather forecasts for each. I STRONGLY suggest you plan on snorkeling in the mid afternoon when water temperatures reach their peak. Good luck and have fun!


Angela Engele 3 months ago

My family and friends are cruising to Cozumel, Mexico; Belize; Mahogany Bay, Isla Roatan; and Costa Maya, Mexico from December 18-26th. We are trying to determine which excursions to take, and wondered if anyone knew if one or the other of those ports (in December) would be the best to snorkel in. Will the water be too cold in all ports, or is there one or two where the water would be warmer than the others??

I know this thread is an older one, but hope someone is still around to answer!!!

Thanks,

Angela


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promisem 4 months ago Author

Hi, Amber. Yes, go to the southern Caribbean during that time of year. Northern destinations such as Cancun or Turks and Caicos are often too cool for swimming. I recommend Aruba, St. Lucia or Grand Cayman. Enjoy your trip!


Amber 4 months ago

Hi,

My husband and I are looking for a 3-4 day getaway for our 10 year anniversary which is in November of this year. We visited Playa del Carmen in April and had an amazing, relaxing time. Do you have any recommendations for November?

Thanks,

Amber


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promisem 4 months ago Author

Hi, Denise. Among the islands, I recommend Antigua or St. Maarten. Cancun is hit or miss. If you like all-inclusive resorts, Puerto Plata usually has a dry August. But of course there are no guaratees. It's just a matter of playing the odds. Good luck!


Denise 5 months ago

Which of the Caribbean islands other than the ABC's do you recommend for early to mid-August with the least amount of rainfall?


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promisem 12 months ago Author

Thanks, Faraway. If you lived in Key West, you certainly learned a lot about hurricanes!


Louise 12 months ago

Thank you, Scott.

We might consider mid- late MArch, even though that is Easter, so I presume higer prices.


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Farawaytree 12 months ago from California

Great hub! I used to live in Key West, Fl and only then did I have to learn about hurricane seasons!


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promisem 12 months ago Author

Hi, Louise. If you were taking a western Caribbean cruise to Belize, Costa Rica or even Cozumel and the Cayman Islands during May, I would suggest going another month.

The brief rainy season I mentioned means more rain than average for some places, but it's not nearly as bad in the eastern Caribbean as the western.

In the eastern Caribbean, St. Thomas, St. Maarten and Barbados have average rainfall in May. Antigua, San Juan and St. Lucia average about 4 inches, which is moderately higher than normal.

The risk of rain is much the same throughout May, so which week you go shouldn't make much of a difference.

Best of luck with your trip!


Louise 12 months ago

Hello Scott,

Thank for your article.

Can you expand on this please?

"Caribbean weather in May includes a brief rainy season for many destinations".

Is there any part of May that is worse than the other? We were hoping on going in April, but a work commitment for me, will mean I have to push it back, -so we are going to go early May, b/c of the weather. I want to go to the Eastern Caribbean. We are travelling from Australia so it is a big commitment, we will do a cruise to get a taste of it- Eastern Caribbean. Any advice? Thanks


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promisem 12 months ago Author

Thanks, Oliver. Enjoy your trip!


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olivernguyen 12 months ago

Great tips, i going to Cuba soon ^^


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promisem 12 months ago Author

Thank you very much, Greenmind. I have been writing for a long time, so experience does help quite a bit.


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greenmind 13 months ago

I travel to the Caribbean alot and I really like this article. I really appreciate the point of view! You are a really good writer, too. Hubpages could use more writers like you!


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promisem 13 months ago Author

Thanks, Melinda. We go there quite a bit, and over time I have found that planning for the best weather can make a big difference in how much we enjoy our trip.


MelindaJGH 13 months ago

What a great idea to explain which months are best for visiting Caribbean islands! My husband and I have visited in July in order to secure off-season rates, and we knew that Aruba is generally, dry, but we appreciate your in-depth article.


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promisem 13 months ago Author

Tonia, f you are a beach lover, both St. Thomas and St. Lucia are good choices.

Othern than beaches, my wife and I like St. Thomas for the shopping and St. Lucia for the outdoor activities. If you go to St. Lucia, check out the Piton mountains, the volcanic mudbaths and the ATV rides along the coastline.

Aruba and Grand Cayman also are good choices for their beaches and warm weather.

Green Eyes Blondie, yes, Cuba counts as part of the Caribbean. I have Havana weather in my article charts. The island is so big that I had room only for Havana in my charts. It tends to be cooler than most destinations. Thanks for asking.


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greeneyedblondie 13 months ago

What about Cuba? Does that count as part of the Caribbean?


Tonia 13 months ago

I found your article and love it! I'm traveling to Caribbean in December for the holidays. Its kinda hard to find the best island during that time. Knowing hurricane season is over is the biggest plus - im leaning towards St. Lucia or St Thomas. Im late getting started in my search but there still time. Just want to get away with my guy for a romantic Christmas vacation. We love beaches.


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promisem 14 months ago Author

I'm glad you find it helpful, PeachPurple. I hope you enjoy your trip.


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peachpurple 14 months ago from Home Sweet Home

thanks for stating the months and the charts, very helpful for those who are planning trips


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promisem 14 months ago Author

Thanks, Kamyanets. Welcome to HubPages.


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kamyanets 14 months ago from Ukraine

Very interesting article!


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promisem 14 months ago Author

LGP, July was a much better choice than late August through October. But you never know what might happen. We took a Bahamas cruise in May when the weather was supposed to be great and got hit with rain almost every day. Thanks for your comments!


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ladyguitarpicker 14 months ago from 3460NW 50 St Bell, Fl32619

promisem, I suppose I was blessed I went for a week to the Bahamas the last week of July. The weather was great and so was the cruise. Great article.


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promisem 16 months ago Author

Daniel, thanks for your comment!

Rawspirit, I'm glad to hear you are going to Aruba. I'm confident that any major snorkeling operator you choose will take you to the best places for snorkeling. I don't know about you, but in my experience a certain amount of luck is a factor in whether a snorkeling trip turns out well.

Otherwise, I suggest shopping in Oranjestad in the morning, hitting Palm Beach in the afternoon and then dining on the Palm Beach strip at night.

Definitely check out the Renassaince private island if you have a chance. It's worth the short boat trip to spend a day there at the two private coves.

Interior natural attractions are so-so. California Lighthouse and natural bridges are OK. My son and I enjoyed the ATV adventure through Arikok National Park.

Have a great trip!


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the rawspirit 16 months ago from Hutchinson Island, FL - Aruba - Carlsbad, CA - Myrtle Beach, SC - Gilbert, AZ

Ok, we just booked a seven day scouting trip to Aruba. We had to use up some southwest miles, so we thought why wait till next year. We really want to get in some daily snorkeling. We still have not done a final booking on a room. If you have any suggestions, we would appreciate it. Otherwise, we will let you know how it turns out when we get back. Oh, last thing have you heard about the sargasso seaweed problem in the Caribbean? Thanks, Scott and blessings to you and your loved ones. Bobby


daniel 16 months ago

what a helpful article


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the rawspirit 16 months ago from Hutchinson Island, FL - Aruba - Carlsbad, CA - Myrtle Beach, SC - Gilbert, AZ

OK, Scott, it looks like Aruba will be our place to go next summer. We really want to spend a month on a tropical island, where we can snorkel every day. It looks like Aruba has the least rain during the summer months. I still need to check out the best snorkeling spots on the island and find a good deal on a condo. Blessings, Bobby. Voted up again lol.


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promisem 17 months ago Author

Thanks, Rawspirit. We have been there many times.


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the rawspirit 17 months ago from Hutchinson Island, FL - Aruba - Carlsbad, CA - Myrtle Beach, SC - Gilbert, AZ

Excellent Information... You can tell you have intimate knowledge of the Caribbean.


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promisem 19 months ago Author

Angie, Punta Cana historically sees a slight increase in rain during May, which is a brief and mild rainy season for many destinations in the Caribbean. The odds of rain in July are a bit lower.

That said, the numbers are based on history and will vary from year to year, so there are no guarantees. Still, I would go with July because of better odds.


Angie F 19 months ago

Wanting to go to Punta Cana in End of May or Beginning of July. What do we need to be watchful of?


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promisem 22 months ago Author

It's a good time to go for warm weather in the Bahamas because they can be a bit cool (especially in the water) during other times of the year. Unfortunately, August historically is the rainiest month for the Bahamas. That doesn't mean you will get rain, just that the odds are fairly high.

USVI and Turks usually do well in August with rain, and they will be plenty warm. Thanks for asking, and best of luck with your cruise.


Lori 22 months ago

Considering an early August cruise to Bahamas, Turks & Caicos & St Thomas USVI. Any thoughts about pros/cons?


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promisem 22 months ago Author

Traveleze, November is definitely a better time to go than September or October! Have a great time, and thanks for the comment.


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traveleze 22 months ago from Preston

Thanks for the great article! Me and the wife are going to the Caribbean and wanted to research what was the best time to go and not to go! But you have put all the information here in this great hub haha :) we will avoid SEPTEMBER for sure! I think November is a good time to go family members have been then and said its lovely

thanks again

Lee

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