Montserrat remains warm year-round, so anytime can be a good time to visit. Because tourist arrivals are relatively low compared to other parts of the Caribbean, Montserrat does not have a truly busy tourist season. However, during the winter, there is a jump in visitation as many residential tourists (people who own villas and houses on the island) and Montserratians living abroad visit. In general, accommodations prices remain consistent throughout the year, though airfare and rental rates at villa properties climb in winter.
- high season: mid-December to mid-April
- low season: mid-April to mid-December
Average temperatures range from 76 to 88 degrees with constant breezes from the sea and mountains. Although weather is pleasant throughout the year, December through June is usually more ideal, as it has traditionally been the dry season. July through November tends to be a bit rainier and is also hurricane season.
Because Montserrat has relatively low tourist arrivals, crowding is rarely an issue. However, the island is trying to attract visitors during its major events such as St. Patrick's Week during March, Cudjoe Head Celebrations at the end of July, and Christmas and Carnival festival celebrations that run from mid-December to January 1.
Some restaurants close during July, August, and September, and some major hotels and B&Bs close in September. Other than that, most of the tourism businesses remain open year-round.
When to Save
Airfare tends to be more expensive during the winter, as well as the summer. Accommodations costs for hotels, B&Bs, and guesthouses generally remain the same year-round, but villa rates tend to increase in the winter.
When to Book
For stays in December, book airfare, accommodations, and car rentals at least two to three months in advance to get the best prices and availability. For the rest of the year, booking at the last-minute would not adversely affect vacation costs, although it is always advisable to book flights in advance.
Information provided by the Montserrat Tourist Board.