Any time of the year is the best time to visit and explore a new destination. But when should you go to Puerto Rico? Depending on how you travel will help you determine this.
Keep reading to decide the best time visit Puerto Rico for you.
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When is the best time to visit Puerto Rico by month?
When you visit a destination like Puerto Rico, you will want to experience sunny skies and perfect temperatures.
Generally speaking, the best time to go to Puerto Rico is between March and July. Below, we break down the expected weather for each month during this time.
March has the least amount of recorded rainfall and has a daily average temperature of 85°F (29.4°C). With water temperatures around 78°F (25.6°C), it is also the best time to visit the island for the perfect beach holiday. Not too hot and not too cold.
April is frequently mentioned as the best time to travel to Puerto Rico. The temperature rarely falls below 81°F (27.2°C), although it can get up to a whopping 90°F (32.2°C)! Nighttime temperatures are rarely below 71°F (21.7°C) at night.
Just after winter and before the summer rainy season starts, April is the best time to experience the awesome temperatures without the crowds.
While May can record a bit more rainfall than previous months, temperatures are still pleasant. The technical dry season comes to an end but the daily temperature starts going up.
May is best to be avoided with such unpredictable weather as making plans for outdoor activities can be hard. However, there are people out there who love the rain making this the best time for them to visit the Caribbean island.
Technically June is the beginning of hurricane season for the Caribbean. While not known to be as wet as May, there is still a little rain. Temperatures are an average of 89°F (31.7°C), making this the best time to go to Puerto Rico if you love the heat but hate crowds.
As rainfall starts increasing, temperatures stay the same in July. As it is less crowded this is the best time to go if you are heading there for the food and culture.
For a more guide for when is the best time to travel to Puerto Rico, take a look at these detailed charts of climate and precipitation throughout the year.
When is the best time to visit Puerto Rico by type of traveler?
Everyone knows how they travel and what they want to experience when vacationing. We know that when it comes to sunshine and fun Puerto Rico is a great destination to visit all year round, but when is the best time to go for you?
Traveling as a family
Puerto Rico is a very family-friendly destination. Try to avoid traveling with children around Spring Break, late February to March. The beaches are crowded with college students and the likes, looking to party all day and night.
The best time to visit the island as a family is in April and May. The weather is perfect, and the tourist hot spots are not as crowded. The weather is not unbearably hot, so you can still enjoy a day in the sun by the pool or down at the beach.
Even though rainy days are more common, there are still some great activities for children indoors on the islands.
If your family likes a bit more adventure check out this zipline in the El Yunque foothills
Traveling for your honeymoon
Depending on what kind of honeymoon you are dreaming of could change when you should go. Again, April is perfect for a warm and sunny vacation.
It is after Spring Break and if you are looking to avoid family travelers, there are luxury resorts with all-inclusive packages that do not allow children.
Traveling to be in nature
Puerto Rico has some of the most magnificent nature that the world has seen. The best time to visit for those who love being underwater is December to March.
As there is less rainfall during this time, the waters aren’t as murky, making it the best for snorkeling. It is also the best time to see bioluminescence. Ideally, to see those, try and time your travels with a New Moon. The skies are darker then, making them more visible.
If you love waterfalls and nature, make sure not to miss this El Yunque guided rainforest and waterfall hike.
April, June, and July have perfect water temperatures and minimal rainfall. In July, the water is especially calm and great for kayaking and boating tours. For surfing, August is the best time to go to Puerto Rico.
Traveling to party
Puerto Rico has many festivals throughout the year.
March is the best time to travel to this Caribbean island for festivals and great nightlife. With Spring Break occurring in the US towards the end of February through to March, those who love beach parties and love music will not be disappointed.
Traveling in December is the best time to visit to celebrate the festive season in style. There isn’t a city, town, or island that does not get into the spirit of Christmas that time of year.
Even though there are many celebrations specific to Puerto Rico, there is always something for everyone, no matter where you choose to vacation.
Traveling on a budget
For those who want to be warm over winter, the best time to visit Puerto Rico is in December, January, and February. Since everyone heads here for their winter break it is classed as the high season, so those traveling on a budget should avoid this time.
If you love culture and food experiences more than water and nature, then August is often the cheapest to fly. However, the weather can start becoming unpredictable as it is the end of the rainy summer.
The traditional tropical storm season starts in September to November and budget travelers can get great deals during this time. If you are traveling on a budget, then avoid holiday weekends and school vacation times too.
Overall it really does depend on the type of traveler you are to decide on the best time to visit Puerto Rico. It is a great destination to visit all year round with something to see and do for all.
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