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Best and Worst Months to Visit Dominica

Woodford Hill Beach, Dominica Tourist Board
Dominica, also known as the “Nature Island”, is a popular Caribbean cruise destination.

Dominica is one of the wettest islands in the Caribbean. Average rainfall reaches nearly 15 inches a month in September and October during the height of the Caribbean hurricane season. For obvious reasons, that’s the worst time to visit.

The best time to visit Dominica is during the dry season from February through April when the average rainfall is about four to five inches a month. Average high temperatures are in the low 80s Fahrenheit or high 20s Celsius, according to the Dominica Meteorological Service.

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

Surprisingly, Dominica’s peak season for overnight tourists is during the warmer summer months, particularly July and August. 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.

To avoid crowds, the best time to visit the island is March, June, and October.

Rainy and Dry Seasons

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.

Rainfall in Dominica is at its peak in October and November, reaching nearly 14 inches per month.

temperatures remain fairly consistent throughout the year, hovering between the high seventies and low eighties.

Dominica’s dry season runs from January to April, although January has slightly more rain than the other three months. Temperatures during the dry season are similar to those of the wet season. Rainfall, however, drops dramatically.

Where October and November receive nearly 14 inches of rain, March receives only four. In May, rainfall begins to increase again.

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.

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May 11, 2017

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