When’s the best time to visit the Caribbean?

by Travelbag on 12 October 2015, 11:10AM

If you long to jet off to somewhere tropical then the Caribbean is the ideal location. There are over 700 islands for you to take your pick from, each offering beautiful surroundings and luxurious hotels. There is so much to see and do on the islands, but equally, if you want to chill out by the pool or the beach then you can. The Caribbean could be the perfect location for your next big adventure!

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If you’re trying to decide when the best time to visit the Caribbean is then you need to consider the weather and the cost of the holiday.

Weather


Before you rush ahead and book your holiday, it’s important to consider what the weather will be like. Temperatures tend to stick to around 29°C to 31°C all year round but the sea breeze makes it seem cooler at times. From December to April is the best time to go if you want to enjoy sunshine in the daytime, low humidity and cool evenings. If you decide to visit in the summer months you should expect temperatures to be slightly higher and the odd shower. You will still have an amazing time – the showers will be brief and if anything, will help cool you down.


The Caribbean can be the ideal wedding and honeymoon destination, even in the summer months. Every year thousands of UK brides and grooms decide to tie the knot on popular Caribbean islands like Jamaica, Barbados and the Dominican Republic because they’re guaranteed sunshine on their big day. If you’d love to get married somewhere hot then the Caribbean could be the perfect location.


Hurricane season

If you visit the Caribbean from June to November then you need to be aware that it’s officially hurricane season but this doesn’t mean that you won’t be able to enjoy yourself. Generally, the high-risk period is from mid-August to late September so if possible try to avoid this time. You can reduce your chances of being affected by visiting islands outside of the Hurricane Belt, islands like Aruba, Curacao, Belize, Margarita Island (part of Venezuela) and Trinidad and Tobago.
To find out whether the island you’re planning on visiting is prone to storms, visit www.stormcarib.com.

Cost

Price-wise, the most expensive time to visit the Caribbean is from mid-December to late April. Prices can be up to 50% more during these times. Flights can be expensive in school holidays so if you can travel outside of these times you could save yourself hundreds of pounds. Many people choose to holiday for two weeks rather than one because often it’s not that much extra to stay for the extra week. 


If you stay during hurricane season then you’ll find that your hotel costs are lower but you may find that many restaurants and attractions are closed. This might be something that doesn’t concern you if you’re planning on spending most of your holiday on your resort.


The best of both worlds


Early December and May can be good times to visit the Caribbean because the weather is good and you can get some good hotel deals. There will be plenty of other tourists around but the beaches won’t be too crowded. If you don’t mind temperatures being a little cooler then late November is another option.


If you really want to escape the freezing temperatures of the UK in January and February then you mightn’t be as concerned about price. You may pay slightly more but you’ll be able to enjoy the electric carnival atmosphere and soak up the sun while your friends and family in the UK are feeling glum.

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Booking your holiday to the Caribbean


Whenever you decide to visit the Caribbean, you’ll have an amazing time. Many people find that one holiday to the Caribbean isn’t enough and they end up coming back because the Caribbean has so much to offer. Check out our guide to the best Caribbean islands to visit > [link to blog]


To see the range of Caribbean package deals we offer click here.


For more help and advice, please call our friendly consultants on 0845 543 6615. They’ll be happy to help you plan your Caribbean holiday.


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