The busiest time to visit Puerto Rico is from December to May. Diverse tropical landscape, white-sand beaches, colonial architecture and a tropical climate – Puerto Rico is a true Caribbean treasure. If you want to travel there, you have probably asked yourself, when the best time is to travel to Puerto Rico. As the island has one of the most unvarying climates in the world with hurricane season lasting from June until November, the decision when best to travel there is a tough one. You can plan a trip all year round, however there are some months that are a bit more suitable than others. Puerto Rico’s tourist season is divided into two parts – peak (December to May) and off-peak (June to November). We’ll take a closer look at these two seasons to explain further when the best time is to travel to the beautiful island.
The peak season runs from December to May. In winter, many North Americans travel to Puerto Rico to escape the cold. December to March are the coolest and least rainy months of the year and these months are also outside of the hurricane season. This time brings warm, sunny days with minimal rain and cool trade winds. Consequently, these good weather conditions mean that this is the most crowded and expensive time to visit. If you intend to travel to Puerto Rico at Christmas, New Year or Easter, you should book well in advance, best a minimum of two to three months before the start of your trip.
The off-peak season lasts from June to November. However, there is a second high season that takes place in July when most Puerto Ricans go on vacation. June to November are the months that lay within Puerto Rico’s rainy season that lasts from May to October which seems like a long time. However, the showers usually don’t last longer than 30 minutes. The sun still shines for around nine hours a day and the ocean waters are almost always the perfect swimming temperature. The off-peak season is when the risk for Hurricanes is the highest. It officially lasts from June 1 to November 30. This doesn’t mean that you shouldn’t go to Puerto Rico during that time, satellite forecasts normally give adequate warnings so that precautions can be taken.
Off-peak season is definitely cheaper, so if you’re trying to take an affordable trip to Puerto Rico, these months are a good time to go. It also means that you can visit the best places in Puerto Rico with fewer crowds which might be more enjoyable.
Other Off-peak Season Advantages
Although during off-peak season Puerto Rico may appear not as attractive as during peak-season due to the weather conditions, there are actually many advantages which can make your trip much more enjoyable:
After the crowds have left, the life on Puerto Rico is way more laid back and you will have a better chance to appreciate the food, culture and local customs. Beaches and swimming pools will be less crowded and year-round activities like snorkelling and scuba diving are often offered at reduced prices. This also counts for resort boutiques which often sell items for reduced prices, hoping to clear the merchandise they didn’t sell before. Another advantage is that you will often be able to go to a restaurant without reservation and get a table for dinner that would have required a reservation during peak-season. The chance to be served quickly is also higher as there won’t be as many people as in the peak-season.
When you want to avoid the crowds and go on an affordable trip, you should consider going in the off-peak season. The best time to visit Puerto Rico is often said to be from mid-April to June, right after the busy winter season which is basically the merge of off-peak and peak season.
However, the best time to visit Puerto Rico really depends on your personal interests and how important it is for you to have good weather and less crowds. Whether you visit Puerto Rico for music, food, drink, relaxation, beaches, wildlife or tourist attractions, these interests will help you to plan your travels, especially because there are many festivals celebrated throughout the year and you might not want to miss some of them.