Best time to visit Caribbean

For the best weather visit the Caribbean between November and April, especially from November to early December when rates are still low, the weather is good and you avoid the peak-season crowds.

Caribbean weather

The Caribbean enjoys a tropical climate with year-round sunshine divided into dry and wet seasons.

Temperatures are almost always warm with little seasonal variation. You can expect averages between 24°C to 30°C (75°F – 86°F) in both winter and summer. However, it can get chilly in the early morning and at night.

Winter, from mid-December to mid-April, is generally the driest season, but it can still rain in mountainous areas. December averages a high of 28°C (82°F) and a low of 22°C (71°F).

Generally, rainfall varies with elevation, geographic size and seawater currents:

You can expect short afternoon showers, especially in December and January, on the north coast of the Dominican Republic, in northeast Jamaica, on Martinique, Guadeloupe, Dominica and St. Lucia. Aruba is one of the driest islands where it hardly ever rains.

Summer, from May through to October, is the wet season, although this is usually limited to brief tropical rain showers. Temperatures average a high of 30°C (86°F) and a low of 25°C (77°F) in June.

The official hurricane season lasts from June 1 to November 30. Typically, satellite forecasts give sufficient warning so that precautions can be taken. Not all Caribbean islands are within the hurricane zone.

Weather you can expect in different islands and regions of the Caribbean…

Anguilla Antigua Barbados British Virgin Islands
Cayman Islands Cuba Dominica Grenada
Nevis Puerto Rico St. Kitts St. Lucia
St. Vincent Tobago Trinidad Turks & Caicos
Caribbean Netherlands
Aruba Bonaire Curacao
Saba Sint Eustatius Sint Maarten
Dominican Republic
Dominican Republic Puerto Plata Punta Cana
French Antilles
Guadeloupe Martinique St. Barthélemy St. Martin
Jamaica Kingston Montego Bay Negril
Ocho Rios
The Bahamas
Bahamas Great Abaco Andros Bimini
Cat Island Eleuthra Exumas Grand Bahama
Harbour Island New Providence Island Paradise Island San Salvador Island
US Virgin Islands
US Virgin Islands St. Croix St. John St. Thomas

Holiday seasons

High season: The Caribbean is a year-round destination. The high season runs from mid-December to mid-April, when you can expect the highest hotel prices. March and April are best avoided as this coincides with the spring-break for US college kids.

Low season: In summer, from mid-April to mid-December, when most hotels slash their winter rates by up to 50 per cent. Beaches are less crowded but restaurants often close and hotels will often use this period to refurbish.

In August and September, some hotels close for a month.

Source: Our weather guide is produced from official weather observations sourced from the national weather services of each respective country. This includes historical climate data averaged over a 10 to 30-year period.

Latest update: Best time to visit Caribbean: 2 June, 2024