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Best Times to Visit Dominica

The best time to visit Dominica is from October to January, when the hotel rates are lower and the humidity is less stifling. Temperatures see little variance, with monthly averages residing around 70 and 80 degrees Fahrenheit. Dominica's rainy season occurs between August and October, and the island is susceptible to hurricanes and tropical storms this time of year, with peak hurricane season taking place between late August and early September.

Weather in Dominica

Switch to Celsius/MM
Average Temperature (°F)
82.4
71.2
82.4
70.9
83.1
71.2
84.4
72.5
85.3
74.7
86.2
76.1
86.4
76.3
86.9
75.7
86.7
74.8
84.2
73.8
85.3
73
83.5
72
Jan
Feb
Mar
Apr
May
Jun
Jul
Aug
Sep
Oct
Nov
Dec
Average Precipitation (in)
6.26
4.21
5.31
4.8
8.66
6.38
7.13
9.57
11.73
13.15
14.72
9.45
Jan
Feb
Mar
Apr
May
Jun
Jul
Aug
Sep
Oct
Nov
Dec

Data sourced from the National Climatic Data Center

February-May

Most travelers vacation in Dominica during the winter and spring months when the weather is warm and dry. Crowds aren't too terrible this time of year, but the room rates are high. If you do decide to visit during this period, be sure to reserve your room well in advance to ensure a decent price. Also, be sure to plan your sightseeing for when cruise ships are not docked because cruises often flood the already crowded attractions.

Key Events:

June-September

The few tourists Dominica sees all but disappear this time of year, and for good reason. The island's rainy and hurricane seasons are in full swing, especially between late August and early September. (Dominica was decimated by Hurricane Maria in 2017.) But room rates are attractively cheap in these months, so pack your umbrella and keep an eye on the hurricane report if you feel like risking it.

Key Events:

October-January

It's still technically rainy season, but if you can bear a few cloudy days you'll be rewarded with great hotel deals. Peak precipitation tapers off in December and January and is paired with temps in the mid-80s, which is perfect for both hiking and beach going.

Key Events:

  • Carnival (January)
  • Independence Celebrations (Nov. 3)

Popular Times to Visit Dominica

Average Tourist Volumes

Tourism volume is estimated based on in-market destination search query interest from Google and on travel.usnews.com in 2015-2016. Hotel prices are sourced from a sample of U.S. News Best Hotels rates through 2015-2016.

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