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Best and Worst Months to Visit Cayman Islands

Cayman Islands Visitor Statistics
Cayman Islands visitor statistics; ©
The best time to visit the Cayman Islands depends heavily on the weather -- especially the hot season and the rainy season.

It is because of the sometimes extreme temperatures and rainfall that the Caymans see distinct spikes and dips in the number of tourists who visit each month.

The chart to the right using the most recently available data from the Caribbean Tourism Organization shows that April is the most popular month of the year to visit followed by and July.

December through April are especially popular times to go because of low risk of rainfall and more moderate temperatures.

September and October are clearly the least popular months to go because of extremely high risk of heavy rains along with hot temperatures.

July is an exception because families are more likely to visit as a result of schools being out for the summer. Even though July is a popular month, it is not necessarily a good time to go because of the reasons explored below.

Weather Patterns

The Caymans are somewhat unique among the major Caribbean destinations because they are among the few that see average daytime temperatures exceed 90 degrees Fahrenheit during the summer and fall.

These hot temperatures actually start in May and last into November. They make a difference for anyone visiting the Caymans by cruise who plans to spend more time shopping, dining and visiting attractions than spend time on the beaches.

The heat may be less of an issue for anyone planning to spend a week there mainly on the beaches during the day and shopping or having fun in the cooler evenings.

If hot temperatures are an issue, it is better the visit the islands from December through April when they average in the upper 80s Fahrenheit.

Rainfall Also Matters

© Cayman Islands Department of Tourism
But it’s not just the heat that matters when visiting the Cayman Islands. It’s also the historical rainfall patterns.

Over a 30-year history, the islands have averaged less than two inches of rain from January through April and a little more than two inches in December.

But rainfall starts to climb in May and reaches a peak in September and October during the most active months of the Caribbean hurricane season, which officially runs from June through November.

Average rainfall jumps to about 5.5 inches in May, June and July, exceeds six inches in August and jumps again to more than eight inches in September and October. December rainfall drops back down to about three inches.

Best Months to Go

The Caymans have one major event that also may impact the best times to go there. They include Batabano, the country’s biggest festival, which is scheduled for early May each year.

Otherwise, it is clear that December through April are the best months to visit the Cayman Islands. May through November, and especially September and October, are the riskiest months to visit.

It should not be a surprise that January through April also happen to be popular months to visit the islands via western Caribbean cruises because of their ideal combination of cooler temperatures and low rainfall.

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June 30, 2014

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