Best Times to Visit Puerto Rico
The best time to visit Puerto Rico is from mid-April to June, right after the busy winter season and just before the rainy summer. Spring weather is also very pleasant, barely escaping the mid-80s on most days. The island sees its best weather in winter — which is partly why this is the most crowded and expensive time to visit — but with careful planning you might uncover a pretty good discount during those months as well. You could also plan an enjoyable and affordable trip for the fall, when hotels can be as cheap as $80 a night. However, keep in mind a fall visit leaves you susceptible to the effects of Atlantic hurricane season.
Weather in Puerto Rico
Data sourced from the National Climatic Data Center
During these winter months, you may find a San Juan hotel for less than $100 a night — a rarity for a Caribbean island in its peak season — but you'll have plenty of company. You'll find more crowds at this time of year, and Puerto Rico's already pleasant weather really pulls out the stops; average highs are in the low 80s.
In the spring, the weather is still sunny and breezy, and the winter crowds have gone home. Even the four-star hotels begin advertising room rates at less than $150 a night. You'll want to note that June is normally the hottest month on the island, but it's also a time to enjoy one of greater San Juan's best events: The SoFo Culinary Week when Calle Fortaleza (South Fortaleza Street) becomes an outdoor street fair with tasting booths.
Temperatures sneak into the high 80s during the summer, and there's also a chance of hurricanes. But in this official offseason the hotels offer the best deals. Plus, fewer crowds during this season mean you won't have to fight as hard for a spot at the pool and restaurant reservations are easy to nail down. If you're willing to take the gamble on a hurricane season visit, you (or rather, your wallet) will be rewarded.
Fall in the tropics is ideal; particularly when you factor in the reasonable airfare and room rates for this time of year. You can stay at a resort on the beach for approximately $130 a night; if you're willing to forgo the ocean view, prices might even dip to $80 a night. Look for properties in beautiful Rincón, on the island's west coast; or try Carolina Beach, right in the heart of San Juan.
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