When to Visit the Caribbean

12 Oct 2015

Planning a trip to the Caribbean, but unsure when to go? We've put together a handy guide with all our favourite islands and the best times to visit...

Antigua

The colder months in the northern hemisphere (December to April) draw the crowds to Antigua, but with an average daily high of 27°C, it’s a year-round destination. The Carnival, Antigua’s big annual festival, starts at the end of July and culminates in a parade on the first Tuesday in the month of August.

Barbados

The driest and least humid months are January-April with an increased chance of rain from August-October. You’ll generally find prices are higher from mid-December to April, so consider travelling in November or May if you’re keen to save some money.

Dominican Republic

Pick up a bargain by visiting from March-June (the "shoulder season" that bridges low and high season) when the weather is dry and breezy for the most part, with afternoon showers towards July. The Dominican Republic’s climate cools down a little between December and late February and peaks in July-August. The biggest event on the Dominican calendar is Carnival, which falls around Independence Day on 27 February.

Grenada

The island’s steamy tropical climate is tempered by northeast trade winds in the early part of the year, with afternoon rains peaking in the late summer and early autumn. Travel in December to avoid the arrival of the winter crowds from January onwards. The raucous August Carnival is also a brilliant time to be in Grenada.

St Kitts

Average summer temperatures peak at 30°C in July and are often accompanied by afternoon showers. February to June are the driest months and even the winter warmth lingers at a balmy 27°C.

St Lucia

The busiest times of year are July, when the Carnival crowds line the streets, and the winter season for Northern Hemisphere visitors. May’s temperatures are warm and dry and there’s the bonus of the St Lucia Jazz & Arts Festival on Pigeon Island.

Tobago

The island is pleasant year round with little humidity and average temperatures of 27°C. From January to May, expect clear skies and, although there are afternoon showers from June to December, the island isn’t on the hurricane belt, meaning storms are very uncommon. The peak season is February and March during the Carnival, Tobago’s most significant cultural event of the year.

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