The high season in the Caribbean is undoubtedly when the winter chill begins for most of the central and northern United States. That being said, unlike the temperatures, costs rise at this time of year, so planning a trip between late November and March can prove to be incredibly expensive.
If you still want a tropical getaway, consider visiting in April, when March's lingering blizzards and cold weather can make early spring feel like more like the dead of winter, but not as you move closer to the equator. If you visit later in the month, not only will you receive discounted (non-high season) rates on TripAdvisor, but you'll also, and more importantly, be outside of the much-feared hurricane season.
Typical Weather Patterns
Depending on the island, April temperatures in the Caribbean vary from daytime highs in the upper 80s F to evening lows in the 70s F. No matter which island or country, it rains, on average 7.4 days of the month with total rainfall of about 2.7 inches, a very promising forecast for travelers hoping for sunny skies.
If you want to beat the heat, the coolest temperatures can be found in the Bahamas, while heat seekers should head to Trinidad and Tobago for the best chance of a scorcher.
The Pros of Visiting This Month
As far as weather goes, April is a fantastic time to travel to the Caribbean. You’ll have mostly sunny days and comfortable, moderate temperatures. If you can wait until the end of the month, known as the “shoulder season” to book your trip. You’ll not only save money this time of year, but you will avoid the loud and sometimes obnoxious Spring Break crowds, particularly the Dominican Republic, Jamaica, Puerto Rico, and the Bahamas.
The Cons of Visiting This Month
The high season can linger until mid-April, so if you are visiting early in the month, you can expect to be a little crowded at popular destinations, but it is a welcome respite from the much higher volume period in December, January, February, and March.
What to Wear and What to Pack
When packing for your Caribbean trip, you will want to bring a bathing suit, of course, as well as loose-fitting cotton or linen layers to keep you cool during the day. Flip-flops are also a must, and in case you want to do adventure activities, you will need sneakers, socks, and athletic clothing. Above all, do not forget to bring plenty of sunscreen, a hat, and sunglasses, as these items are marked up significantly in hotels and local shops.
For more casual evenings, pack a light sweater and long pants or comfortable maxi dress. You will also want dressier clothes if you plan on visiting a nice restaurant or exploring the nightlife, as many have dress codes. For nights you plan on going out, you will need more formal footwear such as nice, heeled sandals or pumps for ladies, and closed toe dress shoes for men.
Important Events and Festivals
Though any month you choose will feel like a celebration in the Caribbean, in April you will find Easter celebrations in the Dominican Republic and Jamaica, festive Carnival parties and parades in Trinidad and Tobago, and Martinique, boat races (regattas) in St. Barth and the British Virgin Islands, sporting events, and much more.