When Is the Rainy Season in the Caribbean?

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The rainy season in the Caribbean runs from the middle of April through the end of November. In some areas, the season might start as late as June, while in others, it might run longer into December.

The rainy season is also known as the "off season" to Caribbean visitors and residents. Travel costs are lower, and destinations are not as crowded as they are during the high season. Hurricane season falls within the rainy season, with both running from June 1 through November 30.

During the rainy season, travelers can expect an increase in the amount of rainfall each day. It is important to keep in mind, however, that some areas of the Caribbean see a significant amount of rainfall throughout the year. For example, islands like Anguilla that are less mountainous have less rainfall than those with more mountains, such as St. Maarten.

Travelers may shy away from visiting the Caribbean during the off-season. However, even though the weather forecast shows rain every day, the showers are not usually sustained throughout the entire day. Instead, rain appears in downpours that only last a short time and usually occur near the end of the day. Budget-conscious visitors should not let a chance of rain dissuade them from visiting the Caribbean during the rainy season, because there are a number of bargains available for those who travel at this time of year.