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Grand Cayman Weather in October

Anyone taking a cruise that includes a stop in the Cayman Islands will find that Grand Cayman weather in October is likely to be very wet.

Having cruised through more than one tropical storm, I can assure you that bad weather certainly dampens the fun, so to speak.

What makes a Caribbean cruise risky in October is the fact that that month is one of the two peak months for bad weather during the annual Caribbean hurricane season.

Historically, the Cayman Islands are not immune to getting their share of tropical storms and the effects of nearby hurricanes, which are more rare than people realize.

The following numbers come from 30-year averages for Grand Cayman and the Cayman Islands. The actual totals will vary from year to year.


October Weather Stats

Avg. High
91 degrees F
Avg. Low
72 degrees F
Rain Inches
Rain Days
October is the worst month of the year on average for rainfall, which is a bit unusual because September is the worst for most other destinations.

Total rainfall for the month is about 8.5 inches, one of the highest in the Caribbean. In contrast, the Caymans receive less than two inches from January through April.

The total number of days it rains is 19, which also is one of the highest in the region.

January through March have 10-12 rain days and April has only seven.


At least it should be warm for anyone brave enough to visit Grand Cayman in October.

The average high temperature is 91 degrees Fahrenheit. The island’s high temperature hovers between 90 and 92 from May through November.

The average low temperature is only 72 degrees, which is cooler than most other destinations for nighttime weather.

Sea water temperatures should still be comfortable enough for swimming.

Whether to Go

In a word, don’t. October is the worst month of the year for weather in Grand Cayman.

Cruises that include a stop there are far fewer in number during October because of the risk of bad weather.

The best and only reason to go is if the weather forecast shows decent weather coming out of the Atlantic Ocean in the coming days and there is an opportunity to get a last-minute deal at a resort or hotel.

It is also worth mentioning that a single day of bad weather won’t ruin a vacation in the Caribbean.

But multiple days of rain and heavy cloud cover will certainly take away the shine.
Scott S. Bateman is a professional journalist who has traveled widely throughout the Caribbean and the Americas.

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October 15, 2012

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