When to go
It is the tropics so expect it to be hot all year round (both day and night) and you will always have the chance of some rain whatever the month. Day time maximum temperatures range from 26 degrees to 30 degrees and night-time minimums between 22 and 27 degrees.
Conventionally the Caribbean seasons are split into the ‘dry’ winter months and the ‘wet’ summer months but this isn’t really an accurate reflection of the weather patterns. The Caribbean isn’t like some other tropical areas where there are monsoons which produce day after day of wet weather. Rather, the summer months are often very similar in terms of rainfall to the winter months and most visitors wouldn’t even detect a difference. In so much as there is a difference, summer rainfall can come in more intense bouts as ‘tropical waves’ pass through the region every three or four days on average.
This means hiking is great pretty much whenever you visit, and the summer months are often quieter and hotel prices are more reasonable than in high season between January and April. Bear in mind though that the higher part of the mountains can be covered in cloud and produce copious amounts of cooling rain whatever time of year you visit. In fact, the rain can be surprisingly cooling and even in Summer. You might need a jacket in the higher parts, such as La Soufriere in Guadeloupe.
Finally, we can’t mention when to come without reference to hurricanes. So called ‘hurricane season’ lasts from June to November but the chances of you ever being affected are vanishingly small and only really applies to short window in late August and September, where there is a chance some of the summer tropical waves will develop into larger storms. Though the last season was very bad, there were only two islands badly affected in the last ten years – and only for one day each – which puts it into perspective. That said, whilst you would be very unlucky to be affected by a storm in late August or September, some of our partner hotels do close as it is a quiet season for tourism, so availability may be more limited.