Best Times to Visit Antigua
The best time to visit Antigua is from May to November, the island's off-season. Rates are cheapest at this time, and although there is a slight threat of hurricanes, the weather rarely escapes 80 degrees. You'll encounter less rain between December and April, but rates are expensive and crowds are abundant.
The dry season begins in January, and though there are sometimes droughts, the sunshine creates one of the most pleasant climates in the Caribbean. But you'll have to make flight and hotel reservations several months in advance — this is the peak tourist season.
Antigua is often overlooked by the Spring Break crowds, so it's perfect for dodging co-eds. However, the cruise crowds won't taper off until the end of April, meaning that hotel rates remain relatively high.
Hotels tend to offer bargain rates any time after April, especially on air-hotel package deals. But many of the smaller hotels close for at least part of the time between August and October. July to November is also hurricane season, and although Antigua doesn't get too much rain, you should pack your umbrellas to be safe.