St. Kitts and Nevis experience pleasant weather year-round, making both islands ideal vacation destinations. The most popular time to visit is during the winter when people from the north are escaping cold weather. The rest of the year sees fewer visitors and is a more cost-effective time to go, particularly in the summer.
- high season: November to May
- low season: August to September
- shoulder season: June to July, October
Both islands experience a tropical climate, with annual temperatures averaging 80 degrees. Northeast trade winds keep the weather cool and humidity low. Rain can fall anytime throughout the year, but November through May see the fewest showers. Hurricanes can occur August through October, but touchdowns are rare.
The winter high season sees the greatest numbers of visitors. Major annual events also attract crowds throughout the year. St. Kitts celebrates the St. Kitts Music Festival in June and Carnival in December, while Nevis gets busy in October with NICHE (Nevis International Culinary Heritage Exposition).
Many restaurants and hotels may close in August and September, but some remain open year-round, including major resorts.
When to Save
The late-summer low season is the cheapest time to travel, but deals can also be found during the shoulder seasons. November through May is the most expensive time to visit.
When to Book
Visitors with a set schedule should book as far in advance as possible, especially for high-season travel. For those with flexible plans, last-minute deals are also available.