April is an ideal time to visit the Caribbean, the crowds are smaller than the height of the peak season, and the weather is just as beautiful. With warm, dry days and clear skies, April is the perfect time to get out into the heat of the Caribbean, before the wettest month, May, rolls in. Prices are also lower in April than the peak months, meaning you’ll get more for your money and can find some excellent deals, especially towards the quieter end of the month. You’ll get the best of the fun from high seasons, such as festivals and great places to eat and drink, with less of the hassle from other visitors filling up your favourite attractions.
Caribbean Weather in April
Temperatures are a little cooler in the Caribbean in April. From December to April you can avoid much of the roasting hot weather, and instead you’ll enjoy all that the Caribbean has to offer in comfort. The average temperature of the Caribbean sits at 28°C in April, and with twelve hours of sunlight, you can soak up the sun without having to seek the shade too often. The southern islands are hotter than their northern counterparts, as they are closer to the equator. Islands such as Aruba and Barbados are warmer than most of the Caribbean, but the hottest place in the Caribbean in April is Trinidad, which is situated closely next to Venezuela, South America. If you’re looking for something milder, then Jamaica or the Dominican Republic may satisfy you with slightly lower temperatures, while still keeping high lows. Rainfall in April is low throughout all of the Caribbean, there is, of course, some variation, mountainous islands like St Lucia will receive more rainfall than lower elevated isles.
The Caribbean can be prone to hurricanes and other tropical storms, however, most of the storms happen during “Hurricane Season,” which starts in June and lasts until November. These storms are now well predicted by meteorological experts, but by travelling to the Caribbean in April, you’ll be far outside of the hurricane season.
Visiting the Caribbean in April
There are many things you should look at when choosing what time of year to take a trip to the Caribbean, such as the price, availability, and the weather, to name a few. Peak Caribbean travelling season is from December to mid-April, so it’s a bit busier in early April as you catch the last of the crowds. Some people don’t like the masses, but the increased number of tourists does have its benefits too. For one, it ensures that all your favourite attractions will be open and available to visit. Some businesses that thrive on visitors, such as bars and cafes, are closed from November to early December, so by travelling in April, you’ll be sure to have the full range of options for eating and drinking.
April is still widely considered part of the high season, so it can cost 20-50% more than during the lower season. However, if you’re looking for something a little cheaper and a little less busy but still with the benefits of peak season, booking towards the end of April can save you money and as it is the start of the “shoulder season” there will be fewer crowds to bother you. You’ll also avoid the last of the Spring Breakers. It is also worth seeking out the quieter Caribbean destinations such as Barbuda, which is relatively safe by Caribbean standards, and open to independent exploring away from the crowds.
The Caribbean as a whole has a huge festival culture, with festivals taking place all year round. The peak times for festivals are in August and during Lent (February to March). This means that if you’re visiting the Caribbean in April, you’ll miss out on some iconic festivals. However, there are there are plenty of other festivals in April with some great hidden gems.
April Events and Festivals
When it comes to things to do in the Caribbean in April, there are plenty of options to choose from. From relaxing at the beach to drinking at a favourite bar, there’s always something to do. If you’re looking for something to dive into the culture, look no further than the events and festivals running all year round.
The Bacchanal Road Parade
The Bacchanal Road Parade in Jamaica is a prime example of the fun, glamour, and freedom of festivals in the Caribbean. With many people in beautiful, colourful costumes, drums pounding, and locals and travellers marching and dancing to the rhythm, this is a brilliant way to dive in and experience a powerful, celebratory display of Caribbean culture. See the official website for more information: www.bacchanaljamaica.com
Barbados Reggae Festival – April 22nd-29th
The Barbados Reggae Festival was created in 2005 and has proven so popular that it has been split into four different nights, for four different tastes in reggae. From the relaxing Reggae Beach Party to Reggae on the Hill, there’s a mood for everyone at this event. Talented local, regional, and international, reggae artists play at this festival, with big names such as Luciano, Anthony B, and Capleton playing at the festival in the past. Whether you are reggae curious or a reggae enthusiast, the mix of great vibes and even greater music makes for a great experience that you’ll never forget. See official website for ticket information: www.thebarbadosreggaefestival.com