When to visit Antigua and Barbuda

by SmarterTravel Staff

The most popular months to visit Antigua and Barbuda are November through April, when it's colder in North America and Europe. The months of June through September are generally the least visited, with some exceptions, but they are also the hottest time of the year. July and August tend to be busier than other summer months due to Carnival. Additionally, Antigua's popular sailing week happens every April, and that tends to be a busy time.

  • high season: November to April
  • low season: June to September
  • shoulder season: May, October

Weather Information

From November through March, Antigua and Barbuda's weather averages a mild 80 degrees during the day and 60 to 70 degrees in the evenings. The summer months usually see highs in the low 90s during the day and low 80s at night. The cooling trade winds are present throughout the year.

Crowd Information

The biggest event of the year is Carnival, which coincides with the islands' Emancipation Day that marks the abolishment of slavery. Emancipation Day is always the first Monday of August. Carnival starts about one week beforehand and ends on the holiday.

Closure Information

Most attractions, hotels, and shops remain open year-round; however, a few properties may temporarily close for renovations from May through October.

When to Save

Summers, particularly the months of June and September, are the best time to visit Antigua and Barbuda on a budget.

When to Book

It's best to book at least a few months in advance for the winter high season. The summer Carnival and spring sailing week in April also require advance planning to secure accommodations.

Information provided by the Antigua and Barbuda Department of Tourism.

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