From modern cities to stunning beaches, the Caribbean has something to appeal to every visitor. Made up of over 5,000 islands and atolls, this beautiful region is home to some of the world’s most popular holiday destinations.
Like other tropical destinations, the Caribbean is affected by turbulent and extreme weather in some seasons. Choosing the right time to visit the Caribbean can be the difference between strong winds and endless rain and warm, sunny beaches.
For this guide, we’ve teamed up with the travel experts at Royal Westmoreland to help you learn more about the four different seasons of the Caribbean.
The High Season: December until mid-April
From December to April, the Caribbean is visited by millions of tourists from North America and Europe. Because of the cool winter weather back at home, millions of tourists back their bags and jet off to enjoy the Caribbean’s amazing beaches.
This time of year is known as the high season, and it’s one of the best times of year to visit the Caribbean if you like comfortable weather and great events. Hotels are full and beaches are crowded, but there’s never a shortage of fun things to do.
During the high season, weather is moderate and comfortable. Temperatures hover around 70 to 80 degrees Fahrenheit, with humidity far more manageable than it is during the Caribbean summer.
The Shoulder Season: May and June
During May and June, the Caribbean gradually becomes less popular with foreign tourists. People pack their bags and return home, and resorts lower their prices in response to the downturn in patronage.
During the shoulder season, temperatures begin to increase and the humidity rises to a more noticeable, albeit not uncomfortable level. The amazing beaches of islands like Barbados become less crowded and the entire region becomes quieter.
The Low Season: June until August
From June until August, the Caribbean is lightly populated by tourists and far more affordable for visitors. Hotel occupancy rates reach their lowest point, and beaches that are covered in people during the high season are left completely bare.
If you’re seeking peace and quiet – albeit with some very high daytime temperatures – this is the time to visit the Caribbean. The low season is also ideal for travelling on a tight budget, as many hotels significantly reduce their rates.
The Hurricane Season: September until November
The Caribbean hurricane season begins in July, but it rarely reaches its peak until the middle of September or October. As scary as ‘hurricane season’ sounds, not all destinations are affected by extreme weather during this period of the year.
Islands such as Barbados, which is located further to the southeast than others in the Caribbean, are only marginally affected by the hurricanes. As such, this season can offer great value for guests willing to tolerate high humidity and the possibility of rough weather.
Feel like visiting the Caribbean? From low season to high season, this amazing part of the world is always a great destination. Apartments for sale in Barbados from Royal Westmoreland allow you to enjoy the Caribbean weather in every season.
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