With its temperate climate and warm waters, the Caribbean is great for cruising year-round. But, for ideal conditions, check out why sailing between December and April is the best time to sail the Caribbean.

The Weather is Ideal

December through April brings the most days of sunshine, is less humid and even a bit cooler. Those traveling from colder climates will appreciate daytime temperatures near 80°F and evenings no lower than 60°F degrees. Also, the chance of rain is low during this time of year as it is still the dry season in the Caribbean.

Avoiding Hurricane Season

Sailing from December through April means avoiding hurricane season. Hurricane season runs from June 1 to November 30, with most storms hitting between August and October. While the chances of a hurricane hitting are usually slim, the summer and early fall still bring rain and storms throughout the Atlantic, which can put a damper on shore excursions and make the seas a bit rougher. As expected, costs are usually lower doing hurricane season, but cruise companies often run great specials in December, mid-January, and even February.

Great Festivals

If you’re looking for a party-like atmosphere, there are still opportunities for festivities even on the off-holiday months. For example, Carnival, or Mardi Gras, which falls on Ash Wednesday warrants a festive celebration throughout many of the islands.

Fewer Crowds

Families often cruise during summer months or over holiday breaks, when kids are out of school. Plan your cruise from December through April and avoid overcrowded ships.

So, if you’re looking for great deals, beautiful weather and fewer crowds, get your calendar out and start planning your Caribbean cruise between December and April. Bonus for giving the gift of a cruise over the holidays to make lasting memories.