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Bahamas Weather in February: Dry and Cool

Bahamas water in February may be too cool for snorkeling. © Bahamas Tourist Office
Bahamas water in February may be too cool for snorkeling. © Bahamas Tourist Office
Beach lovers won’t love Bahamas weather in February, but that doesn’t stop cruise and hotel visitors. Average daytime temperatures hover in the upper 70s Fahrenheit. Rainfall is usually low.

More than 100,000 people visit the Bahamas for stayover vacations every year in February, according to the Caribbean Tourism Organization. Cruise ships also flock to the islands during the month.

Bahamas Temperatures in February


The average daytime temperature in Nassau is 78 degrees Fahrenheit or 26 degrees Celsius. It is the coolest month of the year except for January, which barely beats February.

The average low temperature, which occurs mostly at night, is 63 Fahrenheit or 17 Celsius.

Water temperature is usually about midway between nighttime and daytime temperatures. That means the ocean will be too cool for swimming for everyone except for the most hardy of swimmers.

Visitors will find that spending time on the beach itself will be more comfortable with proper clothing to protect against chilling trade winds, especially in the mornings.

Temperatures will be slightly warmer in late February as winter begins to fade.


Bahamas Rainfall in February


Nassau does much better with rain than temperatures in February.

It rains on average six days during the month, according to historical records from the Bahamas Department of Meteorology. The number of rain days is the lowest of the entire year.

Total rainfall is about two inches historically, which is slightly higher than January.

By comparison, Nassau averages nine inches in June and 10 inches in August.

What to Do in February


The Bahamas technically are located in the Atlantic Ocean and not the Caribbean Sea. But they are usually included in Caribbean travel tips because they are a common stop for many Caribbean cruises.

The fact that they are north of the Caribbean Sea means they have colder temperatures in February than other Caribbean destinations.

But the islands remain popular anyway for one good reason: Rainfall in the Bahamas in February reaches the lowest point of the year.

Average temperatures and rainfall provide a guide about what to expect with Bahamas weather in February. Actual temperatures and rainfall will vary somewhat from year to year.

Visitors should plan on temperatures that will require wearing light jackets and possibly long pants. Beach goers should not plan on much if any time in the water.
Scott S. Bateman is a professional journalist who has traveled widely throughout the Caribbean and the Americas.

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January 06, 2020
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