Best Times to Visit St. Barts
The best time to visit St. Barts is either in May or June. These two months fall in a more-affordable crack just after the über-expensive winter and before the storm-prone fall. Temperatures don't vary much -- they're usually somewhere between the high 60s and low 90s all year -- but there is considerably more rain in September, October and November. Showers are infrequent in winter and early spring, but you'll pay handsomely for the privilege of visiting at this time.
Those in the know (or rather, just those in the money) plan winter trips to St. Barts. The expense affords them heavy doses of sunshine and little chance of rain. If you're looking to visit during la plus haute saison (the highest season; usually the last two weeks of December) you should begin planning at least six months in advance. And expect for many hotels to require you to book with them for at least a 10-day stay.
The island's still steady, sunny weather is occasionally interrupted by storm clouds and short showers. But good days far outnumber rainy ones. Hotel rates are also more reasonable for these two months. You have to wonder, why don't more people visit St. Barts at this time?
These months are normally associated with the Atlantic hurricane season. In fact, many St. Barts hotels and restaurants close down. But in reality, there's less rain on average than you'll see in late spring or fall. If you can find an island hotel that's still open for business, prep yourself for the best discounts of the year.
|September-November||The island's worst threat for hurricanes is actually at this time, and even if there isn't a bad storm you can expect plenty of rain. By November the clouds clear and the tourism business begins to gain momentum. For the best deal on a St. Barts hotel during that month, begin your search by August.|