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Best and Worst Months to Visit Guadeloupe

La Soufrière
La Soufrière volcano on a dry day. Credit: Wikimedia Creative Commons license
The best time to visit Guadeloupe is during the peak months of the dry season from January through March. The worst times are August through November.

Guadeloupe island in the eastern Caribbean is in the Leeward Islands of the Lesser Antilles. It lies about midway between Antigua to the north and Dominica to the south. The island covers a land area of 1,628 square kilometers and has a population of 400,000.

The island follows the typical Caribbean weather pattern of dry months during the winter and spring and wet months in the summer and fall.

But what is not typical about Guadeloupe is the amount of rain that falls on the island each year. The high rainfall is one reason why the island doesn't attract as many hotel and cruise visitors as other islands. But it does appeal to frequent Caribbean vacationers and eco tourists who want to visit somewhere new.

Best Months to Visit


Like nearby Dominica, Guadeloupe is one of the wettest islands in the Caribbean. Its dry season is not nearly as dry as most other islands in the region. It has higher than average rainfall during the rainy season.

The dry season runs from December to April. The average rainfall is two to three inches a month from January through March and about five inches a month in April and December.

March is the best month to visit for a combination of lower risk of rain and warmer temperatures. For beach lovers, April and June are better choices. Temperatures are even warmer, but the risk of rain is only somewhat higher.

Worst Months to Visit: Hurricane Season


Guadeloupe monthly rainfall chart
Guadeloupe monthly rainfall chart. © 2017 Scott S. Bateman
The annual Caribbean hurricane hits Guadeloupe harder than most Caribbean islands. The season officially begins June 1 and goes through Nov. 30.

For Guadeloupe, the worst months to visit are August through November when the average monthly rainfall jumps to eight or nine inches a month, according to Meteo France.

Fewer cruise ships visit the island during the hurricane season because it has such high average rainfall compared to other islands.

Overnight visitors stay away as well, other than last-minute vacationers who are willing to take a chance for the sake of lower hotel rates.

Temperatures


Guadeloupe monthly temperature chart
Guadeloupe monthly temperature chart. © 2017 Scott S. Bateman
Daily high temperatures stay in a tight range between the mid and upper 80s Fahrenheit throughout the year, according to 30 years of historical data from Meteo France.

They are another reason why visitors will find January through March a good time to go to the island. The winter temperatures are comfortable for walking around, but they are not always comfortable in the water at the beaches.

The average low temperatures hover in the upper 60s Fahrenheit during the winter and low to mid 70s Fahrenheit during the rest of the year.

The low temperatures in the winter will often bring down seawater temperature to the point where it is too chilly for swimming. So the best time to go for beach lovers is late spring to early summer.

Temperatures increase to the upper 80s Fahrenheit during the summer. They reach a peak of 89 Fahrenheit or about 32 Celsius from July through September.

Rainy Season


Guadeloupe has two rainy seasons. The Caribbean hurricane season runs from June to November. But June has light rainfall for most of the Caribbean including Guadeloupe.

The island's second rainy season is May, again like most of the Caribbean.

For Guadeloupe, the average rainfall is two to three inches a month higher than most other destinations.

During this season, the island receives much more rain. The threat of a hurricane or tropical storm increases.

Best and Worst Times for Tourism


About 73,000 cruise passengers visit Guadeloupe each year, according to the Caribbean Tourism Organization.

The majority of cruise ship visitors travel to Guadeloupe during the winter months. The most popular month to visit Guadeloupe is March followed closely by February.

Because of its location, southern and eastern Caribbean cruise ships usually stop at Guadeloupe on their way south to St. Lucia and Barbados after visiting either St. Kitts, Antigua or both.

Cruise line travel to Guadeloupe is limited during the summer months -- June, July, and August.

Because of bad weather, the least popular month to visit Guadeloupe is September, followed closely by October.

Visitor Profile
Guadeloupe is most popular with visitors from France, according to the Caribbean Tourism Organization.

After France, Guadeloupe is most visited by other European countries, followed by the United States and Canada.
Scott S. Bateman is a professional journalist who has traveled widely throughout the Caribbean and the America.

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July 08, 2020
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