Caribbean weather is predictably warm year-round, and the rain is fairly predictable as well.
That's because of the annual Caribbean hurricane season, which official runs from June 1 through November 30. But the worst of the weather usually hits in August, September and October.
It is during those months that most Caribbean destinations have the fewest number of visitors.
The Caribbean, Gulf of Mexico and North Atlantic face an average of 11 tropical storms or storms that become hurricanes each year, according to the National Hurricane Center at the National Weather Service.
Historically, August averages three tropical storms with two becoming hurricanes, September has four storms with two becoming hurricanes and October has two storms, of which one becomes a hurricane.
Most Caribbean destinations have daytime high temperatures from the low 80s Fahrenheit during the winter months to the mid- to upper-80s Fahrenheit during the summer, according to the World Meteorological Organization.
However, cooler ocean waters during the winter make December through February less popular for Caribbean visitors, especially in the northern destinations.
For more information:
Click Caribbean weather for current conditions and 7-day forecasts for each major destination, plus a satellite map, average weather for each island and more about the hurricane season.
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Scott Bateman is a professional journalist with 29 years of experience as a reporter and editor. Go to his Caribbean vacation guide for more details about planning a Caribbean trip.