Best Times to Visit Kauai
The best time to visit Kauai is between September and November or from April to June, when the weather is pleasant and airfare and hotel rates drop. The rainy season that occurs from December to March doesn't deter visitors looking for a winter getaway, but a word to the wise: You'll face the highest markup on rooms and flights if you visit at this time (it's peak travel season in Kauai). If winter is too pricey for your liking, consider the spring and fall months as a compromise: Kauai sees a slight dip in prices after the peak season concludes and before families take summer vacations. Vacationing in Kauai during the summer won't yield the same high prices as winter, but they won't be a whole lot lower either.
Weather in Kauai
Data sourced from the National Climatic Data Center
Once the summer crowds have gone, fall room rates dip at many hotels. You can expect highs to be in the mid- to low 80s and the lows to hang in the mid-70s.
Most people travel to Kauai during this time to escape chillier temperatures elsewhere, but this is when the island experiences the worst weather. Average precipitation is fairly high, especially in December. To avoid lots of moisture, vacation on the west and south coasts, which tend to be drier. But you shouldn't fret too much about the rain ruining your plans. In Kauai, rain showers are very brief and don't last days, or even hours. Should you decide to visit during this time, be sure to book several weeks to months in advance, as it's the islands peak travel season.
Kauai weather is picture-perfect in spring (think highs in the high 70s and low 80s) and – shhh! – so are the hotel rates (this period is considered the low season). But it's best to get your vacation in early, before school lets out.
Kauai hotels spike their prices just in time for family vacations. Keep that in mind that if you're itching for a summer trip, you'll need to book several months in advance and expect to pay more than other seasons. It is hard to pass up this time of year; the weather is perfect for the beach, with highs in the mid-80s and lows in the mid-70s.
Popular Times to Visit Kauai
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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