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Best and Worst Times to Visit Bermuda

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Bermuda Department of Tourism
The best time to visit Bermuda is July through September for beach lovers and March through May for land lovers.

Bermuda does not experience the same weather as do most Caribbean islands. It is 450 miles east of North Carolina and is technically not in the Caribbean Sea.

But it often is included in Caribbean cruises embarking from the east coast of the U.S. It also has other features in common with islands to the south. The island’s government is a member of the Caribbean Tourism Organization.

Best Times to Go


Average monthly rainfall in Bermuda
Average monthly rainfall in Bermuda. © 2017 Scott Bateman
The best time to visit for beach lovers is during the later summer when average high temperatures reach the mid 80s Fahrenheit.

Seawater temperatures are comfortable enough for swimming most of the day.

Although June is part of the summer, the average high temperature historically is 81 degrees Fahrenheit, according to the Bermuda Weather Service.

Seawater is sometimes not comfortable enough for swimming, especially in the mornings.

Rainfall during the summer averages about five inches a month, which is slightly higher than average for the year and slightly higher than most Caribbean destinations.

April and May average a little more than three inches. Those months are best for people who like land activities, but they aren’t good months for swimming because of cooler temperatures.

Hurricane Season: Worst Time to Go


Average monthly temperatures in Bermuda
Average monthly temperatures in Bermuda. © 2017 Scott Bateman
The worst time to visit Bermuda is October when the average rainfall is more than six inches.

October is the second worst month of the Caribbean hurricane season. Hurricanes and tropical storms that reach the Caribbean from the eastern Atlantic often travel up the coast.

They bring more rain to Bermuda, Florida and other east coast destinations.

The island has the damaging effects of a hurricane about once every six or seven years, according to the Bermuda Weather Service. “Covering an area of approximately 20 square miles, Bermuda is a small target and as a result rarely suffers a direct hit,” the service says.

High Season


Monthly Bermuda tourism statistics
Monthly Bermuda tourism statistics. © 2017 Scott Bateman
High season in Bermuda typically lasts from April to September when the weather is at its best.

Overnight tourism grows from a low point in January to the highest point of the year in July, according to the Caribbean Tourism Organization.

For those looking for warm, sunny days to go to the beach or those looking to experience calm, cool evenings for romantic outings, this is surely the best period in which to go.

Major public attractions such as Bermuda's famous pink sand beaches will have larger crowds during the high season.

Again, it is worth noting that the hurricane season begins during the high season (in June) and ends just after the season in November. However, unlike most Caribbean islands, Bermuda has more rain but rarely gets hit by severe hurricanes.

But the possibility exists. So anyone planning to visit Bermuda should keep up with the local weather forecast as a safety measure.

Low Season in Bermuda


The official low season is November through to February, even though October has the worst weather of the year.

The low season has several advantages for anyone who is willing to take a chance with the weather. Prices are lower (up to 50 percent off the peak rates) and attractions are less crowded. But some of the popular tourist attractions and water activities are closed or operate at reduced hours.

During this period, temperatures typically lie within the low 60s. While some visitors, specifically northerners, will find this weather quite cool, others may find it extremely cold especially during early mornings and late evenings when temperatures are at their lowest.

Temperatures reach the lowest point of the year from January through March. Tourism is lowest in January, followed by February and then December.

Bermuda's low season is the exact opposite of the Caribbean. Anyone looking to travel within this period but wanting to avoid high rates in the Caribbean may find that Bermuda is a better choice.

But again, the low season is a good time for people who like land activities. The beaches are good for walking but not good for sunning and swimming.
Scott S. Bateman is a professional journalist who has traveled widely throughout the Caribbean and the Americas.

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November 27, 2017

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