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|The best time to visit Puerto Rico is from December through April (the 'dry' season), during this time of the year the weather is cooler, the humidity lower and this is the off-season for hurricanes! When you are flexible in traveling dates, it can be recommendable to avoid traveling to Puerto Rico from June through October, since this is both the 'rainy' and the 'hurricane' season.|
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The best time to visit Puerto Rico
The best time to visit Puerto Rico is from December to April, which is equal to the dry season. This is the coolest and driest time of the year to go to Puerto Rico and this also is the time with the lowest humidity at the beaches. More importantly, by visiting Puerto Rico in the ‘dry’ season you avoid the ‘hurricane season’, which officially lasts from June through November.
Note that Puerto Rico has a temperate climate with a year-round temperature ranging between 70 and 90°F, or 21 and 32°C. The ‘best time to go’ is therefore primarily determined by the amount of precipitation, the humidity and whether it is the ‘hurricane season’.
Obviously, like anywhere else: the higher demand in the ‘dry’ season, also leads to higher prices for accommodations and airfares and more crowded resorts and beaches. Booking in advance is a necessity, especially for the Christmas time and February.
The neutral months to visit Puerto Rico
The ‘neutral’ months to go to Puerto Rico are the months (late) April, May and November. During these months the country is in transition from the ‘dry’ to the ‘rainy’ season, or vice versa. With a bit of luck you benefit from the lower prices, less crowded beaches and resorts and still perfect weather (not too hot and low humidity). Please, be aware that November is the end of the hurricane season.
Better not to go to Puerto Rico
If you are flexible in travelling dates, it can be recommendable to avoid traveling to Puerto Rico during the ‘rainy’ season, from June to November. The ‘rainy’ season also is equal to the ‘hurricane season’ of the Caribbean. The highest risk of being hit by a Hurricane is in the months September and October. The ’rainy’ season experiences higher temperatures and a higher humidity than the ‘dry’ season. Another disadvantage is that not all resorts and rental agencies are at full operation and that yearly maintenance is mostly done in the summer time.
Be aware that the month July is main holiday month for local tourist. Together with North Americans and Europeans taking their holidays, it can become crowded during this month. August is the wettest and most humid month of the year in Puerto Rico.
However, there are also many advantages to go to Puerto Rico in the ‘off-season’:
- Accommodations can be substantially cheaper (20 to 40%) than in winter time, although the difference becomes less and less. Weekends are normally more expensive than weekdays in the ‘off-season’. Note that in the month July normal prices are charged, since this is the main holiday month for locals, together with the demand of European and American visitors in their main holiday.
- Cheaper flights can be booked to Puerto Rico.
- Life is more relaxed in the ‘off-season’.
- Less crowded beaches and swimming pools.
- Cheaper and less crowded (water) sports, like golfing, tennis, snorkelling, scuba diving and boating.
- Best time to find a bargain in the local stores or boutiques.
The temperature is on average 85 °F or 29 °C in the off-season, but due to the wind it still is comfortable.
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Weather and seasons of Puerto Rico
Puerto Rico has a temperate climate with a very stable temperature, ranging between 70 and 90°F, or 21 and 32°C all year! The island has two distinctive seasons:
- Dry season: from December to April
- Rainy season: from May to November
Puerto Rico can be hit by hurricanes; the official ‘hurricane season’ is from June to November. You have the highest chance that your holiday will be impacted by a hurricane in the months September and October. However, in general ‘hurricanes’ can be predicted very well, making it very unlikely that you will be surprised by one.
August is the both the hottest and wettest month of the Island, resulting in a high humidity.
The northern coast of the country (including San Juan) is cooler (due to the Atlantic trade winds) and wetter, than the southern coast (including Ponce). The lowest temperatures are normally recorded in the higher altitude areas (e.g. Cordillera).
Below you find an easy overview of the average temperature (low and high) and the average precipitation of each month for Puerto Rico. The pictures clearly show that during the 'dry' season the least rains falls and that it is the coolest time of the year.
|Temperature and precipitation overview (°F)||Temperature and precipitation overview (°C)|
Map of Puerto Rico and current weather
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Best time to visit specific destinations in Puerto Rico
- El Morro Fortress
- Festival de la Calle de San Sebastían
- Flamenco Beach
- Luquillo Beach
- Rincon Beach for surfers
- San Juan
Pay special attention to
- Hurricane season: keep yourself informed about approaching hurricanes when you are visiting Puerto Rico during the hurricane season, to be able to act on time if you have to.
- Official holidays: the months January and July both have 4 official holidays in Puerto Rico. Businesses can be closed at official holidays, also during the Easter and Christmas holidays.
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