Best Time to Visit Bahamas

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On this page, you will find information about the climate and the best time to visit Bahamas. We created climate tables and charts for the location of Nassau. These contain details about temperatures, precipitation and more.

Furthermore, we analyzed all climate data and provide a recommendation about which months are best to visit Bahamas for your holiday.

Climate Overview

Thermometer Symbol 17 °C to 32 °C
Waves Symbol 24 °C to 29 °C
Rainy Cloud Symbol 1.579.17 in (6 – 19 Days of Rain)
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Geographical location

The Bahamas consist of 700 islands, of which only 30 are permanently inhabited. About 360,000 inhabitants live on an area of 8700 square miles, about 25 inhabitants per square kilometre.

The island state of the Bahamas is indeed located in the western tropical area of the Atlantic Ocean, but the public perception of it is that it is part of the Caribbean region. The Bahamas are located off the southeast coast of the USA and are a very popular destination not only for Americans.

With 3700 square miles, Andros is the largest of the Bahama Islands in terms of area. The highest elevation of the state is Mount Alvernia with only 63 meters on Cat Island. The waters around the islands are very shallow, hence the name “Bahamas”. It comes from the Spanish name Baja Mar, which literally means “shallow sea”.

Abaco is the second largest island after Andros. Many American cruise ships stop at the port of the capital Nassau. The Bahamas are also easily accessible by plane from the American mainland. Many international airlines fly to Nassau Lynden Pindling Airport.

Climate in the Bahamas

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License Information available under 'Proof of Image Sources' The Bahamas has a subtropical climate. The average temperature is 28 °C in summer. Even in winter temperatures rarely drop below 20 °C. The warm Gulf Stream provides water temperatures of 24 °C to 29 °C. Cyclones regularly hit the Bahamas from July to October and the hurricane season officially begins in June and ends in November.

A so-called hurricane policy is widespread among hotels in the Bahamas: If you cancel during a hurricane, you usually get your money back without any problems. In principle, precipitation can occur all year round in the Bahamas, but the peak rainy season largely coincides with the above-mentioned cyclone danger period from around mid-May to October. The northern islands experience significantly more precipitation than the southern islands, which also usually have 4 °C to 5 °C cooler day temperatures.

Best Time to Visit Bahamas: Overview

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When to go to the Bahamas?


The Bahamas are good to travel almost all year round. Due to the hurricane season, Bahamas newcomers in particular should avoid the dream islands in June, July, August, September and October. Don’t just let yourself be enticed by the best prices, otherwise you have to expect that your well-deserved holiday could literally fall into the water.

The risk of precipitation is very high at this time; in June and August alone more than 7.87 in of rain fall.

The best time to travel in the Bahamas is from November to May, as very little rain is expected and the travel season is outside the hurricane season. The so-called winter in the Bahamas with water temperatures of 24 °C to 25 °C is still ideal for a bathing holiday, even the air temperatures are now pleasant and no longer so oppressive.

Climate Chart Bahamas

Nassau

Climate Chart Nassau
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Source of Data: German Weather Service (Offenbach) and Wikipedia

Climate Table Bahamas

In the following, you will find the climate table for Bahamas, containing information about Temperatures, Precipitation, Water Temperatures, and Hours of Sunshine.

Temperatures, Precipitation, Sunshine in Nassau (Bahamas)

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Day Temperature25°25°27°28°29°31°32°32°31°30°28°26°
Night Temperature17°17°18°19°21°23°24°24°24°22°20°18°
Water Temperature24°24°24°25°26°28°29°29°29°28°27°25°
Precipitation (inch)1.851.571.572.134.579.176.228.56.736.932.242.05
Rainy days766914191719171698
Hours of Sunshine788998997777
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Temperatures
The annual average temperature in Nassau is 24.6 °C.

For comparison: London 11 °C, NYC 12 °C, LA 17.9 °C

Warmest month: July (27.9 °C)
Coldest month: January (21.1 °C)

The maximum water temperature in Nassau is 29 °C. You can take a bath at these temperatures.

Months with water temperature of at least 21 °C (adequate for beach vacation):
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Precipitation
Overall annual precipitation: 53.54 inch on 147 rainy days

For comparison: London 24.06 in, NYC 41.57 in, LA 12.01 in

Rainy season (months with more than 6.9 in of precipitation): June, August, and October
Overall precipitation in the rainy season: 24.61 in

You cannot expect snow in any month in Nassau.

Sunshine
As our climate table shows, April is the sunniest month with an average of 9.2 hours of sunshine per day. Over the year, there are 7.9 hours of sunshine per day on average. For comparison: London has 4.1, NYC has 7 and LA has 8.9 hours of sunshine per day on average.

Highlights and Attractions


On Harbour Island you find the Pink Sands Beach. The sand is coloured pink by coral dust. A real highlight in the Bahamas. Boat tours to smaller, partly uninhabited islands and remote bays are offered from various islands. The more than 2000 coral reefs of the Bahamas make the hearts of many divers beat faster.

Under the surface of the sea there is an impressive flora and fauna to marvel at. So it is not uncommon to meet dolphins, rays and sea turtles. The most beautiful beaches in the Bahamas include Gold Rock Beach, Castaway Cay, Cable Beach (Nassau) and Half Moon Bay. The Marine Habitat at Atlantis Resort is not only popular with families.

Popular Activities

More attractions

Nassau Catamaran Sail & Eco-Snorkel at Sea Garden | Nassau: Sightseeing Bus Tour of Nassau and Paradise Island | Nassau: Bahamas Jet Boat Experience | Parasail Over Cabbage Beach | Nassau: 2-Hour Bahamian Adventure Package | Half Hour Jet Ski Adventure | Bahama Bonanza Cultural Tour |

Current Weather and Forecast

Current Weather in Nassau
few clouds     few clouds, 24 °C
Clouds: 20 %       Wind: 7 mph OSO
Air Pressure: 1018 hPa       Humidity: 78 %
Last updated: 26th Mar 2019, 02:01 am
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Caribbean: Regions

Bahamas is part of the holiday destination Caribbean. We analyzed the climate for additional regions, in order to provide you with information about the best time to visit and the expected holiday weather:

Bahamas: Experiences of our Visitors

There are 3 reviews for Bahamas holiday already. Average rating is 3 of 5 stars.
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    Li, 50 years old was there in January

    From 12 days Bahamas on Eleuthravund Long Island we had only 3 sunny days and 6 rainy days

    Weather Rating: 1 stars – Mostly bad

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    Daniel, 34 years old was there in June

    Sometimes very hot. Both in Nassau and in Staniel Cay / Pig Island dry throughout!

    Weather Rating: 4 stars – Good

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    Pia, 16 years old was there in May

    bright sunshine, around 28 degrees, hardly any precipitation, unbelievable sunsets,

    Weather Rating: 4 stars – Good

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