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Antigua enjoys a warm, tropical climate year round. Its proximity to the Equator means there’s little seasonal variation, and in general it’s drier and less humid than most other Caribbean islands. January to April are the driest months, making them the busiest, with hotels booking up quickly. From May to August there’s more chance of rain, but this usually consists of shorter bursts of tropical rain, and prices during this time of year are often very attractive. September to November are the wettest months, but there are still usually plenty of sunshine hours in the day. The official hurricane season falls between July and November, but the risk of hurricanes is very low. There are also tropical storms in the Caribbean region during this period.

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January to April are very popular, but I also like to visit between the end of November and the beginning of December when the rain has refreshed and revived the island landscape and hotel gardens to their lush, natural beauty.

Sarah, Hidden Beaches Specialist

Month-by-month guide to travelling in Antigua

Hawksbill sea turtle

Visiting Antigua in June - August

These are the hottest months, with average highs of 30°C to 31°C and lows of 25°C to 26°C. The chance of short, heavy tropical showers increases, but sunshine hours and the number of days with rain is consistent with earlier in the year. The official hurricane season is July to November, and while the risk is very small, you might encounter some tropical storms. However, lower prices make it a great value time to travel, and you may be able to see turtles nesting along the beaches.

Events & Festivals

  • Antigua Carnival (July to August): Antigua's spectacular ten day carnival takes place from the end of July to the first Tuesday in August. It celebrates the emancipation of slavery in the country and features brass and steel bands, among other festivities.
  • Turtle nesting season (June to November): The island plays host to many endangered species of turtles, and this is a good time to spot them from a distance as they come ashore to lay eggs in the sand.

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Trip ideas and travel guides to exploring Antigua

Trip ideas for exploring Antigua