Clear blue skies and glorious sunshine are words that describe what almost everyday is like on the Cayman Islands. The lovely, tropical climate is one of the main reasons why this tiny island group in the Caribbean is a top tourist destination. www.travelrows.com
Practically Perfect Weather
Enjoy pleasant, warm weather on these islands the whole year-round. Despite its nearness to the equator at 19-20° North latitude, the islands remain temperate thanks to cooling trade winds that keep the temperature from rising to uncomfortable levels. The average high temperature lies between 80°F (26.7°C) and 88°F (31°C) and the average low temperature ranges from, 72°F (22.2°C) to 80°F (26.7°C).
Wet and Dry
The Cayman Islands basically has two seasons namely the wet and the dry. May to November is the wet season while December to April is the dry season. Whatever the season you plan to visit, bring a light jacket for the cooler nights, and a windbreaker for the rains. Umbrellas are not that helpful because the rain is usually accompanied by moderately strong winds so you can experience, like Forrest Gump, rain that falls sideways and rain that comes from the bottom.
Winter, the Dry Season
Tourists flock the islands during the dry, peak season of mid-December to mid-April. Humidity is low, the day temperature averages 75°F (23.9°C) and the night temperature averages 68°F (20°C) during this crowded period. The driest months are March and April, but although it is the dry season, there will still be the occasional light rain shower. Rates are much higher, beaches and hotels are more crowded with vacationing tourists compared to the off-season.
Summer, the Rainy Season
The rest of the year is the wet, rainy season, also known as the infamous hurricane season. The temperatures average 83°F (28.3°C) during May to November. August to October is the rainiest months. Many tourists also visit during this time of the year for the cheaper accommodation rates and less crowded areas. Rains are frequent yet usually short-lived so there is still plenty of sun during the warmer, slightly humid summer months. This is also the best time for diving in the Cayman Islands because of the crystal-clear visibility, relaxing warm waters and weak currents.
During the hurricane season, getting weather updates is a must to prepare for the worst. These tropical storms can be a real danger to safety especially from June to November so be alert during these months. However, hurricanes that directly hit or landfall in the islands are not that common. In fact, the odds that a strong hurricane comes and ruins your stay are small but definitely not impossible. The rare instance of the big one coming happens every 9 years. Hurricane Ivan devastated Grand Cayman in 2004, but left its sister islands Cayman Brac and Little Cayman relatively unscathed. We could only anticipate when the next one will come. Hopefully it doesn’t happen soon. Also, since the islands are low-lying, flooding can occur during prolonged and strong rains.
If you’re not sensitive to a little heat and humidity and you’re alright with short, sweet summer rains in the morning and afternoons, then the Cayman’s tropical climate and weather is perfect for you.
The best time to Visit
Choosing when to go to the Cayman Islands may not be as easy as choosing between summer and winter or wet and dry. To decide the best time to visit the islands, it basically depends on how much you’re willing to spend on your vacation.
If Money is not an issue
If you want to experience a warm winter, escape to the islands during its dry, almost rainless season. Most tourists from the US and Europe who want to get away from the colder weather at home, find the mild winter weather of the Cayman Islands really comfortable. It’s the busiest time for tourism as shown by the big crowds, especially when there are cruise ships docking on the ports. Tourists are almost everywhere but taking the tours are actually more enjoyable with more people to share the experience with.
Winter rates can be as high as $2000 for beachfront and ocean view rooms. From Christmas to Easter is the ideal time to visit when the humidity is tolerable during the day and lowest at night. It still rains in the afternoons, even if it is the dry season.
For Budget-conscious Folks
If you don’t want to spend a lot of money for your escapade, come to the islands during the summer or rainy season. From May to November, which is also the hurricane season, accommodations and other fees are drastically discounted.
For instance, hotel rates can be $249 per night during the summer and the same room would set you back $549 in the winter. Slash winter rates in half and you can pretty much get an idea of how much to pay during the summer. Prices for car rentals, tours, and food are also 15% up to 70% lower during this warmer season compared to winter rates.
There are many advantages of visiting during the summer. Get good deals on almost everything you will need on the island. The waters are warmer, which makes wearing a wetsuit optional. Diving is at its optimum because of the high visibility, weak currents. Expect also fewer crowds so it’s easy to find a secluded area where you can have your privacy.
The weather is actually as pleasant as the winter weather during the shoulder seasons of spring and fall. Prices and rates are average; not that expensive as during the winter and not as cheap as during the summer.
Since it is the hurricane season, rains are frequent, but they do clear up after a few minutes. Check weather updates if you plan to visit during the summer. The downside to visiting during this hurricane-prone period is that many establishments are closed and hotels have fewer amenities available.