Best Time for Caribbean Cruises

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On this page, you will find information about the climate and the best time to visit Caribbean Cruises. We created climate tables and charts for the locations of Puerto Rico, Barbados, Bahamas, Miami / Fort Lauderdale und Curacao. 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 Caribbean Cruises for your holiday.

Climate Overview

Thermometer Symbol 15 °C to 32 °C
Waves Symbol 22 °C to 31 °C
Rainy Cloud Symbol 0.599.33 in (3 – 19 Days of Rain)
Average Annual Temperature is between 24.4 °C (Miami / Fort Lauderdale) and 28 °C (Curacao)
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General and popular routes

Caribbean cruises have been one of the most popular routes for many years and make it possible to combine a variety of the beautiful Caribbean islands. Demand is rising unabated:

As more and more German shipping companies introduce additional Caribbean cruises, especially during the cold seasons in Europe, and numerous airlines fly directly to their departure and destination destinations, the dream trips are also becoming increasingly affordable.

The Caribbean is a pool of shipping companies from the various target markets and therefore also unites ships of all sizes and concepts. Celebrity Cruises, Royal Caribbean, Carnival Cruises, P&O Cruises, Norwegian Cruise Line or Disney have dominated the English-speaking market for years, but are also increasingly booked by German guests.

But even the favourite ships of the Germans have long been offering Caribbean cruises, from AIDA and TUI Cruises to MSC Cruises and Costa to Hapag Lloyd, the entire range of shipping companies is available.

The home ports and routes are very different. Many tours start in Miami or Fort Lauderdale (Florida / USA), San Juan (Puerto Rico), Santo Domingo (Dominican Republic), Nassau (Bahamas) and Bridgetown on Barbados are increasingly chosen as starting ports.

Other popular Caribbean cruise ports include Ocho Rios and Montego Bay in Jamaica, Cozumel in Mexico, Fort de France in Martinique, Pointe-à-Pitre in Guadeloupe, Havana in Cuba, St. George’s in Grenada, Castries in St. Lucia, Willemstad in Curaçao and Oranjestad in Aruba.

Climate in the Caribbean

Cruise aboard Costa Mediterranea (Jorge Brazil)  CC BY The Caribbean islands have a tropical to subtropical climate, which is significantly influenced by the north-east trade wind. All islands have quite constant, high temperatures all year round. Nevertheless, there are numerous regional characteristics and differences in the Caribbean.

In general, it can be said that the summer months not only bring more wind, but are also significantly wetter than winter. This is particularly true of the islands of the Greater Antilles, which can be hit by tropical cyclones between June and early November (hurricane season).

The southern Lesser Antilles, which can be divided into the islands under the wind and the islands above the wind. Due to the Passat, the latter group repeatedly records damp clouds that can rain down on the mountains throughout the year.

The islands under the wind, on the other hand, are much more sparse, there is far less rain and the temperatures are somewhat higher all year round. Caribbean countries like the ABC Islands (Aruba, Bonaire, Curacao), Barbados and Trinidad & Tobago are all under the wind and outside the usual hurricane belt.

Best Time to Visit Caribbean Cruises: Overview

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In general it can be said that the shipping companies do not take any risks for understandable reasons: They do not want to endanger their capital (i.e. the condition of ships and equipment) and certainly not their staff or their guests. Even in the event of unexpected weather extremes, the route will be rescheduled early and adjusted if necessary.

With regard to hurricanes and dangerous wave conditions, it can therefore be said that at all times when Caribbean cruises are offered by shipping companies, a voyage is generally absolutely safe. In general, the potential hurricane season between July and early November is therefore avoided.

We recommend the months of January to April as the best travel season for Caribbean cruises. November and December are also a good travel season in most Caribbean regions including Florida in the USA, just as May to early June are still well suited.

Although the first heavy tropical showers can already occur regionally in May and June, these are usually only short rainfalls before the sky clears up again afterwards. The greatest risk of tropical cyclones (hurricanes) is in September and October.

Best Time to Visit the Regions

Find the best time to visit the regions (Caribbean Cruises) in the following overview.

LocationBest Time to Travel
Puerto Ricoall except July, August, and September
BarbadosJanuary, February, March, April, May, June, and December
BahamasJanuary, February, March, April, May, November, and December
Miami / Fort Lauderdaleall except June, July, August, and September
CuracaoJanuary, February, March, April, May, and June

Climate Charts Caribbean Cruises

In the following, you will find climate charts for the regions.

Furthermore, there are some charts you can use for quick comparison of climate between the regions.

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Puerto Rico

Climate Chart Puerto Rico
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Barbados

Climate Chart Barbados
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Bahamas

Climate Chart Bahamas
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Miami / Fort Lauderdale

Climate Chart Miami / Fort Lauderdale
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Curacao

Climate Chart Curacao
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Day Temperatures

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Water Temperatures

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

Climate Tables Caribbean Cruises

In the following, you will find some climate tables for Caribbean Cruises, containing information about Temperatures, Precipitation, Water Temperatures, and Hours of Sunshine.
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Temperatures, Precipitation, Sunshine in Puerto Rico (Caribbean Cruises)

JanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec
Day Temperature28°29°29°30°31°31°31°32°32°31°30°29°
Night Temperature22°21°22°23°24°25°25°25°25°24°23°22°
Water Temperature26°26°25°26°27°27°28°28°29°28°28°27°
Precipitation (inch)2.82.172.363.785.944.024.375.315.285.715.944.72
Rainy days139891312141513141514
Hours of Sunshine889989998777
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Temperatures
The annual average temperature in Puerto Rico is 26.8 °C.

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

Warmest month: July (28.2 °C)
Coldest month: January (25 °C)

The maximum water temperature in Puerto Rico 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: 52.4 inch on 149 rainy days

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

There is no rainy season (months with more than 6.9 in of precipitation).

You cannot expect snow in any month in Puerto Rico.

Sunshine
As our climate table shows, March is the sunniest month with an average of 9.1 hours of sunshine per day. Over the year, there are 8.1 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.

Temperatures, Precipitation, Sunshine in Barbados (Caribbean Cruises)

JanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec
Day Temperature29°29°30°30°31°31°30°31°31°30°30°29°
Night Temperature23°23°23°24°25°25°25°25°25°25°24°24°
Water Temperature27°27°27°28°28°28°28°29°29°29°28°28°
Precipitation (inch)2.761.631.472.393.114.065.235.596.27.296.763.53
Rainy days11888811151514161412
Hours of Sunshine899998898888
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Temperatures
The annual average temperature in Barbados is 27 °C.

Warmest month: June (27.8 °C)
Coldest month: January (25.9 °C)

The maximum water temperature in Barbados 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: 50.01 inch on 140 rainy days

Rainy season (months with more than 6.9 in of precipitation): October
Overall precipitation in the rainy season: 7.29 in

You cannot expect snow in any month in Barbados.

Sunshine
As our climate table shows, February is the sunniest month with an average of 8.8 hours of sunshine per day. Over the year, there are 8.2 hours of sunshine per day on average.

Temperatures, Precipitation, Sunshine in Bahamas (Caribbean Cruises)

JanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec
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)1.851.571.572.134.579.176.228.56.736.542.242.05
Rainy days766914191719171698
Hours of Sunshine788998997777
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Temperatures
The annual average temperature in Bahamas is 24.5 °C.

Warmest month: August (27.8 °C)
Coldest month: January (21 °C)

The maximum water temperature in Bahamas 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: 53.15 inch on 147 rainy days

Rainy season (months with more than 6.9 in of precipitation): June, and August
Overall precipitation in the rainy season: 17.68 in

You cannot expect snow in any month in Bahamas.

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.

Temperatures, Precipitation, Sunshine in Miami / Fort Lauderdale (Caribbean Cruises)

JanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec
Day Temperature24°25°26°28°30°31°32°32°31°29°27°25°
Night Temperature15°16°18°20°22°24°25°25°24°22°19°16°
Water Temperature22°22°23°25°28°30°31°31°30°28°25°23°
Precipitation (inch)2.012.082.392.856.219.335.77.587.635.642.661.83
Rainy days55559141315141175
Hours of Sunshine7891010101099877
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Temperatures
The annual average temperature in Miami / Fort Lauderdale is 24.4 °C.

Warmest month: August (28.3 °C)
Coldest month: January (19.6 °C)

The maximum water temperature in Miami / Fort Lauderdale is 31 °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: 55.91 inch on 108 rainy days

Rainy season (months with more than 6.9 in of precipitation): June, August, and September
Overall precipitation in the rainy season: 24.54 in

You cannot expect snow in any month in Miami / Fort Lauderdale.

Sunshine
As our climate table shows, July is the sunniest month with an average of 10 hours of sunshine per day. Over the year, there are 8.6 hours of sunshine per day on average.

Temperatures, Precipitation, Sunshine in Curacao (Caribbean Cruises)

JanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec
Day Temperature29°29°30°30°31°31°31°32°32°32°31°30°
Night Temperature24°24°24°25°26°26°26°26°26°26°25°24°
Water Temperature26°25°26°26°27°27°27°28°28°28°28°27°
Precipitation (inch)1.811.10.590.750.980.831.341.611.773.273.783.9
Rainy days85333365581012
Hours of Sunshine899889999888
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Temperatures
The annual average temperature in Curacao is 28 °C.

Warmest month: September (29.3 °C)
Coldest month: January (26.6 °C)

The maximum water temperature in Curacao is 28 °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: 21.73 inch on 71 rainy days

There is no rainy season (months with more than 6.9 in of precipitation).

You cannot expect snow in any month in Curacao.

Sunshine
As our climate table shows, August is the sunniest month with an average of 9.3 hours of sunshine per day. Over the year, there are 8.3 hours of sunshine per day on average.

Popular Activities

More attractions

San Juan: El Yunque Rainforest Half-Day Tour | Old San Juan Sunset Cruise | Barbados Jolly Roger Pirate Cruise & Lunch | Fort Lauderdale: 4-Hour Deep Sea Drift Fishing Trip | Nassau Catamaran Sail & Eco-Snorkel at Sea Garden | Bridgetown Barbados Walking Tour and Lunch | Key West Day Trip from Fort Lauderdale |

Current Weather and Forecast

Current Weather in Puerto Rico (Station San Juan)
light rain     light rain, 26.1 °C
Clouds: 20 %       Wind: 4 mph O
Air Pressure: 1016 hPa       Humidity: 79 %
Last updated: 18th Nov 2018, 04:56 am
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Clouds: 0 %Clouds: 0 %Clouds: 29 %Clouds: 20 %Clouds: 6 %Clouds: 44 %
No Precipitation0.04 in of rain0.08 in of rain0.13 in of rain0.07 in of rain0.15 in of rain
Weather information provided by OpenWeatherMap. (CC BY-SA)
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Cruises: Regions

Caribbean Cruises is part of the holiday destination Cruises. 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:

Caribbean Cruises: Experiences of our Visitors

There are 1 reviews for Caribbean Cruises holiday already. Average rating is 4 of 5 stars.
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    Cornelia, 60 years old was there in January

    The sun was mostly shining, but also smaller showers on the islands, bigger showers were already there in Colombia. But water temperatures pleasant.

    Weather Rating: 4 stars – Good

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