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Caribbean Seasons Offer 4 Types of Vacation

Caribbean storm
Storms are more common in the Caribbean during September and October.

The Caribbean has four distinct seasons based on weather like any other place on the planet. Each season offers a different type of vacation experience.

What makes the Caribbean a bit different—and popular with millions of visitors every year—is a combination of warm weather and beautiful island beaches.

What also makes the Caribbean a bit different is the amount of rain that pounds the region during the annual hurricane season.

That season officially begins June 1 and ends Nov. 30. June and November are the least active months for hurricanes and tropical storms. September and October are the most active.

Vacationers visit each season for different reasons:

  1. The summer season is a popular time to go for families on break from schools and also for beach lovers who like hot weather.
  2. Fall is unpopular because of hurricane season. But it attracts bargain vacationers who take advantage of lower hotel and resort rates.
  3. Winter attracts northerners who want to escape cold and snowy winters. But seawater is often cool for swimming in many destinations.
  4. The spring months have the best combination of warm weather and low risk of rain.

Caribbean Summer Season

Average high temperatures spike above 90 degrees Fahrenheit during the summer for several popular destinations including Aruba, Cancun, Cozumel and the Cayman Islands.

June 1 is the official beginning of the Caribbean hurricane season, although June historically has few hurricanes or tropical storms. July sees an increase in activity, and it goes up even more in August.

Fall Weather

Clearly the worst time to go—and least popular—are the peak months of the Caribbean hurricane season in September and October.

September is the low point for Caribbean tourism. That month historically has the highest average rainfall and the most tropical storms and hurricanes.

Bad weather subsides a bit in October. But it still is the second worst month of the year for rain and the second most unpopular month for tourism.

Winter Weather

Anguilla beach
Beaches and seawater are sometimes a bit chilly during the winter, especially in the mornings.

The Caribbean in December begins the dry season for many locations, especially in the western Caribbean.

As a result, western Caribbean cruises zoom in popularity as vacationers flock to the major ports of call in Grand Cayman, Jamaica, Roatan and Cozumel.

December through March is a popular time to travel in the Caribbean for low risk of rain and as an escape from northern winters, but it also has the lowest average temperatures of the year.

Tourism increases during March in particular because of spring break for many schools.

Destinations in the northern parts of the Caribbean will have cooler waters for swimming, but places closer to the equator will be comfortable.

Temperatures are moderate for the islands, which hit highs in the 90s during the summer, and the Central American countries don’t have the drenching rains that hit later in the year.

Spring Weather

Eastern Caribbean islands are more popular during late spring and summer because they reach their ideal temperatures.

March is usually one of the most popular times of the year to visit the Caribbean.

The average rainfall is low during April, but many locations have a brief rainy season during May.

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