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When is the best time to visit Antigua?

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

View from Shirley Heights over English Harbour

Visiting Antigua in September - November

Attractive offers make prices a fraction of those offered during the high season. Rainfall is highest at this time but usually consists of relatively short showers. Although there are heavy tropical showers, there are still plenty of sunshine hours. Turtle nesting season runs until November and the island landscape becomes more lush with rich green vegetation and beautiful tropical flowers. The official hurricane season falls between July and November, and although the risk of hurricanes is very small, you might encounter tropical storms.

Events & Festivals

  • Independence celebrations (end of October to 1st November): Antigua and Barbuda have a series of celebrations to mark the anniversary of their independence, with streets decorated in the colours of the national flag and the finale of a parade.
  • 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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