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Aruba Weather in October

Aruba’s weather in October is quite rainy for Aruba, which means it gets more rain than usual but not much compared to other Caribbean islands.

This lovely island that lies just off the coast of Aruba is one of the most arid destinations in the Caribbean.

People don’t go there for lush rain forests because Aruba doesn’t have any. The weather is so dry that the interior is mainly scrub brush and cactuses. (ATV rides are very dusty.)

People go to Aruba because of the great beaches and snorkeling, easy access to everything and festive Dutch atmosphere.

They also go there because of the safe and predictable weather.

The following averages are based on a 30-year history and will vary from year to year.

Rainfall

October Weather Stats

Avg. High
90 degrees F
Avg. Low
79 degrees F
Rain Inches
3.0
Rain Days
6.7
Aruba averages only about one inch of rain per month from January through September. It jumps to an average of three inches from October through December.

Those numbers are remarkable for two reasons.

One is that September is the most active month of the annual Caribbean hurricane season.

Most Caribbean destinations see heavy rains in September, sometimes approaching eight to 10 inches during the month for certain locations. But not Aruba.

The other reason it is remarkable is that October’s three inches is still well below other destinations, and October is the second worst month of the year for Caribbean rains, tropical storms and hurricanes.

The average number of days that it rains is just under seven, which also is quite low compared to other places and which means that the odds of getting rain on any day are less than one in four.

Temperatures

Aruba is one of the warmest islands in the Caribbean because of its southern location and closeness to the equator.

The average high temperature in October is 90 degrees Fahrenheit and the average low is 79 degrees.

Sea water also is warmer than the average island at 83 degrees Fahrenheit, which means it is quite comfortable for swimming.

Whether to Go

Among any Caribbean destination in October, Aruba is the best choice for a vacation at that time of the year.

Other months will have lower rainfall, but even in October the chances of rain are low.

That said, Aruba has occasionally suffered from the effects of tropical storms and hurricanes that pass through the region.

On even more rare occasions, a hurricane has passed quite close to the island.

But the odds of being there when a hurricane passes nearby are low.

Anyone who must plan a Caribbean vacation in October should consider Aruba has one of the top choices.
Scott S. Bateman is a professional journalist who has traveled widely throughout the Caribbean and the Americas.

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October 11, 2012

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