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Best and Worst Months to Visit Bonaire

Bonaire parakeet. Credit: Wikimedia Creative Commons license
Bonaire parakeet. Credit: Wikimedia Creative Commons license
The best months to visit Bonaire are easy to choose because there are so many options that all have the same dry and warm weather.

Bonaire is one of the smallest, least-populated and least-visited islands in the Caribbean. It is part of the ABC islands of Aruba, Bonaire and Curacao that lie in the southern Caribbean off the coast of Venezuela.

Its small size doesn't mean it isn't worth visiting. This Dutch island has some of the same European flavors without the commercialism of the much more popular Aruba.

It is an occasional stop on southern Caribbean cruises and popular for longer-term vacations by people who like to scuba dive. It has a reputation for good diving and snorkeling spots along its reef-lined coast.

Average Monthly Rainfall


These islands have some of the lowest rainfall of all Caribbean destinations. They lie at the edge of the region's hurricane zone. The annual hurricane season officially begins June 1 and ends Nov. 30.

While other islands and coastal cities such as Cancun get hit hard with rain in September and October, the ABC islands avoid most of it.

For the rest of the year, Bonaire is nearly bone dry.

The island averages about one inch of rain per month from February through September, according to historical data from Meteo Bonaire.

The annual rainy season runs from October through December. The total rainfall is modest compared to other Caribbean islands, but anyone planning to visit Bonaire should consider going in other months.

Total rainfall climbs to three inches in October, four in November and back down to three in December, according to Meteo Bonaire. January is a transition month with two inches. The rainfall patterns are similar to the nearby Aruba and CuraƧao.

Average Monthly Temperatures


Winter temperatures have little impact on the best time to visit.

The average high temperature ranges from 85 degrees Fahrenheit or about 29 Celsius in January and February to 89 Fahrenheit or 32 Celsius from August through October.

The average seawater temperatures remain warm as well. They range from 78 degrees Fahrenheit in January to 83 in September. But these are just historical averages. During cooler times, a combination of nighttime temperatures and wind chills from trade winds may make seawater in the morning feel chilly at times. That was our experience during a trip to the area in one February.

Bonaire and its companion islands of Aruba and Curacao are among the warmest islands in the Caribbean because they lie closer to the equator than most other destinations.

That means the best months to go to Bonaire are any months from February through September. Otherwise, avoid October through December because of the risk of higher rainfall.
Scott S. Bateman is a professional journalist who has traveled widely throughout the Caribbean and the Americas.

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December 05, 2019
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