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Best and Worst Months to Visit St. Kitts

Best time to visit St. Kitts
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The best months to visit St. Kitts are March and April during the dry season when daytime temperatures reach the mid 80s Fahrenheit.

January and February also are good times to visit because they also part of the dry season as well. The average rainfall is less than two inches a month, but daytime temperatures are only the low 80s Fahrenheit.

St. Kitts and Nevis is a small, two-island country located in the Lesser Antilles archipelago of the Caribbean. It receives five times as many cruise visitors than overnight visitors, according to the Caribbean Tourism Organization.


St. Kitts tourism statistics
St. Kitts tourism statistics. © 2017 Scott Bateman
Summer: Summer in St. Kitts lasts from June to August. During this period, temperatures hardly fall below 70 degrees Fahrenheit at night and climb above 85 degrees Fahrenheit during the day. The island’s high humidity is countered by trade winds that serve to create a cooler atmosphere.

Wet Season: Wet season in St. Kitts and Nevis hits between May and October. Though it is referred to as the “wet season”, it is literally the hottest time of year with highs reaching into the low to mid 90s during the day.

Winter: Like other Caribbean islands, winter in St. Kitts is not clearly marked, though it typically falls between December and April with temperatures hitting about 75 degrees Fahrenheit each day. The chance of rain is low.

Hurricane Season: St. Kitts is located in the Atlantic and Caribbean hurricane belt, so the threat of storms passing through the region between June and November is always possible. Of course, meteorology will warn well in advance of any storm activity.

High Season

The most popular season of travel in St. Kitts is during the “winter” months, the period of December to March. However, the official high season often extends into April.

One major reason for this period being the high season is Carnival. Carnival begins on Christmas Eve and goes until early January. The festival is normally filled with parades, food festivals, street dancing, masquerades, private parties, and a lot more. It is the most popular time to visit St. Kitts for stayover vacationers.

The peak in visitor arrivals means that hotel and resort rates are usually higher than other times of the year, and bookings are more difficult. For those looking to travel during this period, it is wise to make reservations well in advance. It’s also important to know that the increase in visitor traffic will lead to more crowds on beaches and island tours.

Low Season

One of the best times to visit St. Kitts and Nevis during the summer is June. Daytime temperatures reach the upper 80s Fahrenheit, rainfall averages a little more than three inches, attractions are less crowded and prices are reasonable.

Various festivals also take place during the low season. In May, St. Kitts has the annual St. Kitts Musical Festival, and in June the island holds the St. Kitts and Nevis Regatta, a sailboat race.

One major travel disadvantage of travelling during the summer is that it is a recovery period for the island. Many businesses use this time of year to make renovations and undergo other in-house developments.

The worst time to year to visit is September through November during the annual Caribbean hurricane season. All three months have a low point in tourism because of the higher risk of rain.

Regardless of the time of year, St. Kitts and Nevis' great climate and casual atmosphere make the islands a great tropical getaway for anyone. Of course, depending on individual preferences, different times of the year will offer better experiences on an individual level.
Scott S. Bateman is a professional journalist who has traveled widely throughout the Caribbean and the Americas.

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June 14, 2017

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