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Best and Worst Months to Visit Dominica

Woodford Hill Beach, Dominica Tourist Board
The best time to visit Dominica is February through April, when visitors just might get lucky and avoid any rain.

Dominica, which is called the “Nature Island", is a somewhat popular Caribbean cruise destination. It is also known as one of the wettest islands in the Caribbean. We got lucky during our visit and stayed dry.

Worst Times to Visit

The climate in Dominica is divided into two seasons: the rainy season and the dry season.

Dominica has a long rainy season compared to other Caribbean destinations. The rainy season runs from May to December with average rainfall ranging from about seven inches a month to nearly 15. This is also the season for hurricanes and tropical storms.

Average rainfall begins to get especially bad starting in August when it jumps to an average of 10 inches a month. It continues to climb each month until reaching as much as 15 inches in November, according to historical data from the Dominica Meteorological Service. For obvious reasons, that's the worst time to visit.

Dominica Temperatures

Dominica monthly rainfall
© 2020 Scott S. Bateman
Average daytime temperatures range from the low 80s Fahrenheit or high 20s Celsius in the winter to the high 80s Fahrenheit or mid 20s Celsius in the summer, the meteorological service says.

Nighttime temperatures on average drop into the low 70s Fahrenheit during the winter and mid 70s in the summer.

Temperatures are comfortable while hiking through rain forests, but humidity adds some discomfort.

Most Popular Months

Cruise ships are more likely to visit during the dry season, while overnight vacationers visit steadily during most months of the year.

Dominica's peak season for overnight tourists is during the warmer and wetter summer months, particularly July and August, according to the Caribbean Tourism Organization. This differs from most of the Caribbean, whose peak months are usually December through May.

The lowest month for overnight tourism is June, followed by November. Surprisingly, Dominica receives a jump in visitors in October in the midst of the hurricane season. This could be in part due to special deals and discounts offered during this month.

Final Tips on When to Go

To avoid a lot of rain, the best time to visit Dominica is during the dry season. That being said, several deals and offers may be available during the wet season to entice travelers to brave the rain.

Vacationers who plan overnight visits to Dominica may want to consider travel insurance, especially during the height of the rainy season.

On average, Dominica receives more than 76,000 overnight visitors per year, according to the Caribbean Tourism Organization. More than 500,000 people visit the island via cruise line.
Stayover visitors to Dominica usually remained on the island for seven to 10 days. Cruisers generally visit for only one day.
Scott S. Bateman is a professional journalist who has traveled widely throughout the Caribbean and the Americas.

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February 17, 2020
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