When to go

The climate everywhere in the Caribbean is tropical, with variations in rainfall. The volcanic, mountainous and forested islands attract more rain than the low-lying coral islands, so you can expect frequent showers in St Lucia but not on Bonaire. The driest and coolest time of year is usually December-April, coinciding with the winter peak in tourism as snow birds escape to the sun. However there can be showers, which keep things green. Temperatures then can fall to 20°C during the day, depending on altitude, but are normally in the high 20's, tempered by cooling trade winds. The mean annual temperature is about 26°C. At other times of the year the temperature rises only slightly, but greater humidity can make it feel hotter if you are away from the coast, where the northeast trade winds are a cooling influence. The main climate hazard is hurricane season , which runs from June to November, although storms are rare before September. Islands south of Grenada are outside the hurricane belt although they can still receive storms and heavy rain at times. Tropical storms can cause flooding and mudslides.

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