Curacao is a warm, tropical destination year-round. The most popular time to visit is December through April, when the weather is colder in the north and people are more likely to seek a warm-weather escape. Plus, there are many U.S. holidays during this time—Christmas, New Year's, Presidents Day, and March school breaks—when people have time off from school and work.
The rest of the year tends to be less popular. However, the rainy season isn't as much a factor in Curacao as other parts of the Caribbean because the island is located outside the hurricane belt. Plus, prices during this time are much lower.
- high season: mid-December to mid-April
- low season: mid-April to mid-December
Located in the tropics, just 12 degrees north of the Equator, Curacao's climate remains warm and sunny year-round. Annual temperatures average between 80 and 85 degrees, while easterly trade winds cool the island, particularly once spring hits. October through February is considered the wet season; however rains are usually short and fall at night, while days remain sunny. Also, Curacao is located outside the traditional hurricane belt, so storms are rarely an issue.
In general, the winter season is busier than the summer. Carnival season, from January through February, brings in considerable crowds.
Some hotels, shops, and other venues close down on national holidays, such as Christmas and Easter, and during the official Carnival holiday (the two days right before Ash Wednesday).
When to Save
May and September are the best times to go cost-wise.
When to Book
In general, it's best to book early, especially during the high season when flights and hotels tend to fill up quickly. This rule is especially important for travel over Christmas and during February, particularly around Presidents Day weekend. During the low season, there is more leeway. Oftentimes, there are cheaper last-minute airfares and hotel prices, and special packages and deals are available.
Information provided by the Curacao Tourist Board.