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When to go on a catamaran cruise in the Caribbean

Caribbean weather and climate guide

What are the best times to go to the Caribbean? What climate will I find?

If you dream of a travel experience that takes you to crystal clear waters, breathtaking sunsets, and enchanting beaches, then the Caribbean Catamaran Cruise may be exactly what you are looking for. 

Away from the hustle and bustle of cities and immersed in the beauty of marine nature, a catamaran cruise offers a unique opportunity to explore the wonders of the Caribbean in a way that few others can experience. However, to ensure an unforgettable trip, it is essential to choose well the best time to take a cruise to this paradise on earth.

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Caribbean: times to go and times to avoided

November to April: high season

From November to April, the Caribbean enters high season, a lovely time with perfect weather conditions for a catamaran cruise. Temperatures hover around 30 degrees, offering wonderful days and pleasantly cool nights. The wind is ideal for sailing, creating an unparalleled sailing experience. However, it should be kept in mind that catamaran rental costs and tourist turnout increase during this time. It is the perfect time to explore destinations such as Cuba, the Grenadines, Guadeloupe and the British Virgin Islands, each with its own beauty and uniqueness to offer.

May to mid-August: Beginning of the low season

May marks the beginning of the low season in the Caribbean, accompanied by increased rainfall and some showers. However, the days remain pleasantly warm and the skies often open to provide beautiful moments of sunshine. This is an ideal time for those who wish to avoid the crowds typical of the high season and save on boat rental costs. The Grenadines and Martinique are recommended destinations for this period, offering pleasant weather and a quieter atmosphere.

Mid-August to October: Cyclonic period in the Caribbean

During the second half of August through mid-October, the Caribbean enters its most climatically unstable period. Weather conditions are characterized by high humidity and a significantly increased risk of tropical cyclones and hurricanes. Skippers often minimize sailing during this period, preferring to prepare for the next peak season and ensure boat safety.

When to go?

Choosing the right time for your catamaran cruise is crucial to ensuring an extraordinary vacation. Carefully consider your personal preferences and make an informed choice to ensure an unforgettable Caribbean marine adventure. Book early to ensure you get the best rates and guarantee availability of your favorite boat.

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The climate of the Caribbean

The Caribbean climate is mainly tropical, influenced by the trade winds that blow constantly from the Atlantic Ocean. The region is divided into two main seasons

Dry Season (winter) :

Period: November - April


  • During these months, the Caribbean experiences generally dry and pleasant conditions.
  • Daytime temperatures range from 75°F - 84°F (24°C - 29°C), offering warm, sunny days.
  • Nights are cool, but rarely fall below 20°C (68°F).
  • This is the most popular time for tourists seeking ideal vacation weather.

Rainy season (summer):

Period: May - October


  • It is characterized by more frequent and intense rainfall, especially between June and October.
  • Temperatures remain high, with highs usually between 28°C and 32°C (82°F - 90°F).
  • Humidity is higher than during the dry season.
  • It is important to note that even during this season, rains are often brief and followed by sunny spells.


Rainfall in the Caribbean varies widely throughout the year due to the rainy season and the passage of any hurricanes or tropical storms. Here is an overview:

Rainy Season:

  • During this season, rainfall can vary from short showers to more intense thunderstorms.
  • However, most rainfall usually occurs at night or in the early morning hours, allowing for fairly sunny days to explore the archipelago.

Tropical Storms and Hurricanes:

  • The time of hurricanes is from June to November. Hurricanes can bring high winds and heavy rains, causing temporary disruptions in local business and transportation.

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