Best Times to Visit St. Barts
The best time to visit St. Barts is from April to June. These three months fall in a more affordable sweet spot just after the über-expensive winter and before the storm-prone fall. Temperatures don't vary much – they're usually somewhere between the low 70s 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. Since the Saint Barthélemy Airport (SBH) has an extremely short runway, most visitors opt to fly into the Princess Juliana International Airport (SXM) in neighboring St. Maarten and then take a shuttle flight or ferry to the island.
Weather in St. Barts
Data sourced from the National Climatic Data Center
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 three months. To be on the safe side (and secure the lowest rates possible), book as far in advance as possible.
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.
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.
Popular Times to Visit St. Barts
Ttourism 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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