Best Time to Visit Puerto Rico

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On this page, you will find information about the climate and the best time to visit Puerto Rico. We created climate tables and charts for the location of San Juan. 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 Puerto Rico for your holiday.

Climate Overview

Thermometer Symbol 21 °C to 32 °C
Waves Symbol 25 °C to 29 °C
Rainy Cloud Symbol 2.175.94 in (8 – 15 Days of Rain)
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Geographical location

Puerto Rico is an island state in the Caribbean, consisting of the main island Puerto Rico, several small side islands and the so-called Spanish Virgin Islands.

Puerto Rico is a so-called non-incorporated territory of the USA, so it does not form a federal state of its own and is not part of any other US state. Nevertheless, the inhabitants, who call themselves Boricua, have American citizenship and all foreign policy is administered by the government in Washington.

The Caribbean island of Puerto Rico is one of the Great Antilles and lies between Hispaniola (Dominican Republic and Haiti) and the British Virgin Islands.

The relief of the island is quite hilly, the mountain Cerro La Punta represents with 1338 meters the highest point. The Rio de la Plata is with 60 miles the longest river on Puerto Rico.

About 3.8 million people live on an area of 5600 square miles. The capital San Juan is located on the north coast and is a metropolitan region with about 2.5 million inhabitants.

Climate in Puerto Rico

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License Information available under 'Proof of Image Sources' Puerto Rico has a tropical climate, with the south of the island state remaining very dry. The maximum temperatures are around 32 °C in the months of June to October. From November to May temperatures can drop to 28 °C. At night the values reach between 21 °C to 25 °C, so it remains very warm all year round. In the higher altitudes of the island it is usually about 4 °C to 5 °C cooler.

Puerto Rico can rain all year round. Although there is no classical rainy season (months with more than 6.89 in) from a meteorological point of view, however, the period from April to November is described as a humid period and can be called a rainy season in colloquial terms. Especially in the north, among other places also in the capital San Juan, heavy rainfalls occur during this travel season.

Puerto Rico is a potential risk area for hurricanes, with around twenty hurricanes actually crossing the island in the last 150 years. The biggest risk is in August and September, officially the hurricane season lasts from the beginning of June to November.

Best Time to Visit Puerto Rico: Overview

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When to go to Puerto Rico?


Puerto Rico can be visited all year round. Due to the hurricane danger and the increased precipitation, the”rainy season” from April to November is not necessarily the best travel season in the region. The temperatures can now become unbearably hot, as the high humidity can cause unpleasant sultriness.

You will be much better advised in the drier months, even if the Caribbean is absolutely peak season at the best travel season from December to April and many hotels are already booked out months in advance. The months of May to August are particularly popular with surfers due to the high waves. However, the months after the end of the hurricane season are more suitable for a beach holiday or cruises.

Climate Chart Puerto Rico

San Juan

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

Climate Table Puerto Rico

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

Temperatures, Precipitation, Sunshine in San Juan (Puerto Rico)

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 San Juan is 26.8 °C.

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

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

The maximum water temperature in San Juan 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 San Juan.

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.

Highlights and Attractions


In San Juan you should definitely visit Old San Juan, the historic pirate old town. Here you will find a cinematic backdrop and can end your day in the cosy restaurants and charming bars, especially in the evening hours. Another highlight in the capital is the historical fortress and the Castillo San Felipe del Morro, which we strongly recommend. Other attractions on Porto Rico include the paradisiacal Flamenco Beach on the small neighbouring island of Culebra and the adventurous Ey Yunque Rain Forest.

Popular Activities

More attractions

From San Juan: 2-Hour ATV Adventure at Campo Rico Ranch | From San Juan: Horse Riding at a Private Ranch | Old San Juan Sailing Tour | San Juan: El Yunque Rainforest and Luquillo Beach Tour | Puerto Rico: Old San Juan Walking & Tasting Tour | Puerto Rico: Bacardi Distillery Tour and Old San Juan | Hacienda Campo Rico 2-Hour All-Terrain Vehicle Tour |

Current Weather and Forecast

Current Weather in San Juan (Station Miramar)
shower rain     shower rain, 27.4 °C
Clouds: 40 %       Wind: 9 mph O
Air Pressure: 1014 hPa       Humidity: 74 %
Last updated: 14th Oct 2019, 10:30 pm
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Caribbean: Regions

Puerto Rico 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:

Puerto Rico: Experiences of our Visitors

There are 1 reviews for Puerto Rico holiday already. Average rating is 5 of 5 stars.
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    Giuseppe, 19 years old was there in March

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    Weather Rating: 5 stars – Excellent

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