June in the Caribbean: Weather, What to Pack, and What to See

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In June, even the northern islands of the Caribbean experience mid-summer temperatures this time of year, making it the perfect time to hit one of the many beaches—even northerly destinations like the Bahamas and Bermuda. Plus, the beaches are typically empty, there are fewer tourists at resorts and clubs, and you'll be able to get around much faster during this quieter time of the summer.

However, as a result, some destinations may feel a bit "dead" at this time of year, and not every attraction may be open. Tropical storms and hurricanes begin to become a concern, but not a big one, and there are certain destinations where you can almost guarantee rainfall. Fortunately, there's still plenty to do in the Caribbean this time of year, so don't let the threat of bad weather scare you off from enjoying some fun in the sun.

Caribbean Hurricane Season

June is the official start of hurricane season in the Caribbean but your chances of getting blown away are slim, so don't let the big storms scare you off from an island adventure to start your summer vacation. In fact, there have only been 28 hurricanes in the Caribbean during the month of June between 1851 and 2006, compared to 319 during the month of September. Even if there are hurricanes, the chances of one hitting land are incredibly slim.

June Weather in the Caribbean

Across the islands, June temperatures typically range from about 78 to 87 degrees Fahrenheit (27 to 31 degrees Celsius) in the day and 70 to 80 at night. Meanwhile, the Caribbean Sea temperature ranges from about 81 to 82 Fahrenheit  (27 to 28 Celsius) in June.

  • Average high: 83 degrees Fahrenheit (28 degrees Celsius)
  • Average low: 75 degrees Fahrenheit (24 degrees Celsius)
  • Average sea temperature: 81.5 degrees Fahrenheit (26 degrees Celsius)

Summer humidity levels begin to pick up on many islands during June, and on average, about 10 days will see some rain this month. The rainiest weather is found in the more northern islands, including Cuba and the Bahamas, while the driest islands will be in the southern region—Aruba, Bonaire, and Curacao—at the end of the dry season.

What to Pack

When you pack for your Caribbean vacation, remember to bring loose-fitting cotton layers that will keep you cool during the day, especially on islands where the climate is more tropical and humidity can be an issue. Don’t forget a swimsuit, sunscreen, a hat, and sunglasses. Though most places will provide poolside towels, you may also want to pack your own beach towel if you have a preference in size. Also, depending on the weather, a light jacket may or may not be needed at night, and a rain jacket might also be a good choice.

 

You’ll want dressier clothes for visiting nice restaurants or clubs. Some places require a sports coat, some require a collared shirt, and some are completely fine with you eating as long as you're wearing a shirt and shoes. Bring more formal footwear than just flip-flops and sneakers.

Caribbean Events in June

While there aren't any big, signature Caribbean events in June, a number of islands celebrate Labor Day this month, while those with English heritage honor the birthday of Queen Elizabeth II. Keep an eye out for weekly events going on at your resort or hotel. Even if there are no island-specific events, there is almost always some kind of entertainment happening every night, from cover bands to dance clubs and limbo contests.

  • Crop Over: This five-week-long festival in Barbados is the largest Carnival celebration in the region, filled with music, dance, drinks, and plenty of cultural events and performances throughout the summer in celebration of the harvest.
  • Carnival: Although most of the other islands celebrate this event in early spring or late summer, Bermuda starts the festivities in June over Heroes' Weekend and continue the celebrations into July.
  • Caribbean Fashion Week: Usually taking place in mid-June, this weeklong fashion event is held at the National Arena in Kingston, Jamaica, each year.
  • Local Island Parties: Almost every island in the Caribbean will be hosting local parties and special events at restaurants, bars, and clubs in major cities. Check out your favorite venues to see what performances, concerts, and one-night-only events are in June before you go.

June Travel Tips

  • Because many schools in the United States are still in session for half the month, destinations in the islands are still offering low-season rates, which are the biggest attraction for vacationers on a budget.
  • Although the Caribbean is home to a number of great beaches, the best ones to visit in June include Turks and Caicos for snorkeling; Jamaica for cheap, all-inclusive resorts; Bonaire for scuba diving; and Grand Cayman Island and swimming with stingrays.
  • Labor Day is a great time to book a Caribbean cruise because many cruise lines offer discount packages for families hoping to take advantage of the long weekend to kick off their summer.
  • Check the weather daily before leaving your accommodations as sudden storms can develop at any time. 
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