The tropical island of Antigua sits north of the equator in the Caribbean Sea. As such, Antigua boasts a warm climate year-round and enjoys less weather variation than other Caribbean islands. As the temperature doesn’t vary widely across the year, it’s an extremely popular luxury holiday destination.
When Is The Best Time Of Year To Visit Antigua?
The best time to visit Antigua very much depends on your weather preference. Typically, the driest months are December to April; these are also the coolest months to go to Antigua with an average temperature around 28 degrees. This is also known as the busiest or peak season, with most travellers opting for this five-month period to visit the island due to the weather.
Notably, December and January are also the months when Antigua is at its greenest, so if you want to see the island at its most lush, this is the best time to go to Antigua.
Antigua in May and June is also popular as this is just after the busy season and right before the rainy season, so your luxury trip should involve weather you can enjoy.
Does Antigua Have a Rainy Season?
Straight after June and the busiest months in Antigua, the island begins to experience its rainy season. July does signal the start of the wet season but sunshine is still an accompaniment to your holiday, and temperatures are around 30 degrees.
Antigua’s Carnival also starts at the end of July, going into the beginning of August, and is described as the ‘biggest party on the island’. Dating back to 1834, this event celebrates the emancipation from slavery and is truly where the island comes to life. Expect colourful costumes, breathtaking pageants, concerts and delicious food.
October, however, takes the crown as the rainiest month in Antigua, where holidaymakers can experience over two weeks of rainfall. September is also a month known for its weather as this is in the middle of hurricane season, making it an extremely humid month.
November is the last month of the rainy season, just before we move into the busy season for Antigua. However, humidity is still higher in this month and the island experiences around seven hours of sunshine each day.
When Is The Hottest Month in Antigua?
If you are looking for the best time to visit Antigua but are worried about the heat, you may want to visit earlier in the year. August is, typically, the hottest month in Antigua, with temperatures up to 31 degrees. As this is in the rainy season, this month also boasts a lot more humidity. As such, it might be better to opt for a cooler period - between December and April - if the humidity could be too much.
September is also hot and humid and is the middle of hurricane season, which makes it another humid month. The weather variation means this month is not the best time to go to Antigua.
When is The Busy Season in Antigua?
The busy season for Antigua is between December and April due to the cooler weather. This is when you’ll find most resorts do get booked up quickly. So, if you are looking for a luxury holiday in Antigua, get in touch with our experts early.
While not quite low season, May to June is certainly not as busy as peak season but is still a brilliant time to visit the island. The temperature does start to increase with highs in the early thirties but the end of April and start of May is when the Antigua Sailing Week takes place.
Antigua Sailing Week is a week-long regatta, often thought of as one of the best in the world. On average, 100 yachts descend on the island, as well as around 5,000 spectators so you will be in great company.
What Time of Year is the Low Season?
The quietest time or off-season for Antigua is between July and September as this is the start of the rainy season. However, at the end of July, leading into the beginning of August, the Antiguan Carnival takes place; the biggest celebration on the island. Celebrating the emancipation of slavery, the island brims with excitement, music and food. So, if you are visiting during this time, make sure you join in with the celebrations.
Why Choose Us For Your Holiday To Antigua?
Our team has first-hand experience of the beauty and excitement of Antigua, having visited the island numerous times. As such, we know the best hotels and resorts, as well as the experiences that will make your visit unforgettable.
Our team of experts can help you plan a relaxing beach holiday, an intimate holiday for two or a family adventure. Your holiday will be tailored specifically to you and we can even arrange unique experiences in advance so you can have fun the moment you step off the plane.
We also provide 24/7 support during your luxury Caribbean holiday, as well as private transfers, premium flight cabins and lounge passes. If you have any other questions on the best time to visit Antigua, speak to our travel specialists today.
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