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Best and Worst Times to Visit Bermuda

This video explains the best time to visit Bermuda and avoid the annual hurricane season.
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The best time to visit Bermuda is July through September for beach lovers and March through May for land lovers.

If there is one best month to visit, it is July for a combination of warm temperatures and lower risk of rain. The worst time to visit Bermuda is October when the average rainfall is more than six inches.

Bermuda does not have quite the same weather as do most Caribbean islands. It is 450 miles east of North Carolina and is technically not in the Caribbean Sea. Its northern location means temperatures are somewhat cooler.

But it often is included in Caribbean cruises embarking from the east coast of the U.S. Caribbean hurricanes and thunderstorms move north of the Caribbean and sometimes pass in the vicinity of Bermuda.

It has other features in common with islands to the south. The island’s government is a member of the Caribbean Tourism Organization.

It’s also a popular destination for cruises from the east coast of the U.S. that go only to Bermuda.

Best Times for Temperatures

Average monthly rainfall in Bermuda
Average monthly rainfall in Bermuda. © Scott S. Bateman

The best time to visit Bermuda for beach lovers is during the later summer when average high temperatures reach the mid 80s Fahrenheit and high 20s Celsius.

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, because of cooling nighttime temperatures.

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 and have the lowest rainfall of the year. Those months are best for people who like land activities, but they aren’t good months for swimming because of cooler water temperatures. Daytime temperatures average in the 70s Fahrenheit or low 20s Celsius.

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Hurricane Season

Average monthly temperatures in Bermuda
Average monthly temperatures in Bermuda. © Scott S. Bateman

The Bermuda hurricane season goes from June through October when the average rainfall exceeds five inches a month. It reaches a high point of more than six inches in October.

October is the second most active month of the Caribbean hurricane season. Hurricanes and tropical storms that reach the Caribbean from the eastern Atlantic often travel up the eastern seaboard of the U.S. They bring more rain to Bermuda, Florida and other east coast destinations.

Bermuda 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.

Other months with a high risk of rain are January, June, August and September. The high risk of rain in January is unusual compared to Caribbean destinations. January is part of the dry season for them.

Golfers and other visitors who enjoy land recreations and want to get away for a quick island trip should consider waiting until February or March.

Average Monthly Weather

The average monthly weather in Bermuda ranges from the high 60s Fahrenheit in the winter to the mid 80s Fahrenheit in the summer.

Rainfall ranges from a low point of three inches in May to a high point of more than six inches in October.

High Season

Monthly Bermuda tourism statistics
Monthly Bermuda tourism statistics. © 2022 Scott S. 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.  July has the best combination of warm summer temperatures and moderate risk of rain.

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. Chilly weather keeps tourists away.

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, average daytime temperatures often stay in the high 60s Fahrenheit. Temperatures will usually feel chilly during early mornings and late evenings. Although beach visits are possible, seawater is too cold for swimming.

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. That said, tourism is lowest in January, followed by February and then December.

Scott S. Bateman is a professional journalist who has traveled widely throughout the Caribbean and the Americas. He is the author of four books about cruising in the Caribbean, Alaska and Mexican Riviera.
April 01, 2024

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