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The Best Times to Visit the Bahamas

A Seasonal Guide to the Bahamas Weather

If you are planning a vacation to the Bahamas, you may be wondering when is the best time to visit the Bahamas. The great new is, there is no bad time to visit the Bahamas- year round, it is always delightfully warm.

Use the buttons to easily navigate to your ideal cruise month or keep scrolling to learn Bahamas year round averages.

The Best Times to Visit Bahamas

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The Best Weather in Bahamas

When you plan a Bahamas vacation, it is likely because you want to enjoy some fun in the sun. With an average of 300 days of sun each year, odds are in your favor that even if you travel during the off-season, most, if not all, of your days will be hot and sunny. If you don’t enjoy high humidity, visit during the off-season, but if you enjoy the heat, travel June thru September.

One thing you must remember when looking at the average daily or monthly temperatures in the Bahamas is the peak daytime humidity can make the weather feel 10 or 20 degrees warmer than the actual temperature.

While everyone who travels to the Bahamas is in search of tropical weather, you want to plan your vacation during the time of year that offers the temperatures you find most appealing.

 

What to Pack for a Bahamas Cruise

While there are basic staples you should pack, regardless of the month you are traveling to the Bahamas, you may be wondering what to wear during your specific month of travel.

Year-round staples include a hat, sunscreen, sunglasses, flip-flops or sandals, walking shoes, swimsuits (at least 2), cover-up shorts, tank tops, t-shirt, and sundresses. Also, bring your own backpack or beach bag for toiletries, water, sunscreen, and a change of shoes and clothes (especially while on excursions).

Your bag can also reduce trips back to your cabin while onboard, and provides you with ample room to carry souvenirs. The ship provides beach blankets, but you can bring one of your own if you wish.

Cruise Ship Attire

Most cruise ships require semi-formal/business casual attire when dining in the main dining room, where you will have an assigned dining table and dining time. If you make reservations in the formal dining room, formal or black tie attire is required. Feel free to repeat your semi-formal/formal dinner attire.

Remember, you don’t have to dress up for dinner—and can instead order room service or eat at one of the many casual dining spots, where dress code is a non-issue.

Attire will also vary, depending on your onboard activities and port excursions. Even if you haven’t selected all of your excursions before you arrive, consider what you will do beforehand, so that you can pack accordingly. For example, sandals are not sufficient for a day hike.

Bonus Packing Tip

When you board the ship, you can only bring a small handheld carry-on with you, and your larger luggage will be delivered to your room. So you can get right into vacation-mode (after the required cruise safety drill), pack your essentials in your carry-on. This includes your basic toiletries, prescription medications, swimsuit, and in case your luggage takes a while to arrive, maybe even your dinner clothing.

On the first day of the cruise, the dinner attire is often lax, because luggage can take several hours before being delivered to all cabins.

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Bahamas Weather in January

Bahamas Weather in January

Pros of Traveling to Bahamas in January

For those who want to enjoy a tropical vacation, but don’t enjoy extreme heat or humidity, January is the perfect month to travel. The high is 78F, and the low is 63F. With humidity, daytime temperatures will feel like 84F. The likelihood of rain is low.

Cons of Traveling to Bahamas in January

Morning and evening hours can get chilly, meaning you will need to pack both summer and lightweight pants and jackets. While it may feel warm, some days may be fully or partially cloudy.

What to pack for a Bahamas cruise in January

A Bahamas cruise is an excellent way to ring in the New Year. The average daytime temperature is 78F, but the morning and evening temperatures can drop into the 60s.

Pack the staples mentioned above, but also pack at least one pair of casual pants. Pants that zip off at the knee, transforming from pants to shorts, are perfect for excursions that start in the morning when it is chilly, and continue on into the peak temperature of the day. Leggings are also perfect to slip on under sundresses. Also, pack a lightweight jacket, a sweater or cardigan, socks, and at least one pair of enclosed shoes.

Don’t forget to pack excursion-specific attire and attire for the dining room dress code. Feel free to repeat your dining attire. Make sure you have an outfit that can be worn to the semi-formal onboard activities. For example, if you want to go to the art exhibit or English Tea time, a sundress would be ok—but not your swimsuit and shorts.

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Bahamas Weather in February

Bahamas Weather in February

 

Pros of Traveling to Bahamas in February

For those who want to enjoy a tropical vacation, but don’t enjoy extreme heat or humidity, February is another perfect month to travel. The high is 78F, and the low is 63F. With humidity, daytime temperatures will feel like 83F. The likelihood of rain is low.

Cons of Traveling to Bahamas in February

Morning and evening hours can get chilly, meaning you will need to pack both summer and lightweight tops and bottoms. While it may feel warm, some days may be fully or partially cloudy.

 

What to pack for a Bahamas cruise in February

February is the perfect time to head on a cruise and escape the winter weather. The average daytime temperature is 78F, but the morning and evening temperatures can drop into the 60s.

Pack the staples mentioned above, but also pack at least one pair of casual pants. Pants that zip off at the knee, transforming from pants to shorts, are versatile and perfect for excursions that start in the morning when it is chilly, and continue into the peak temperature of the day. Leggings are also perfect to slip on under sundresses. Also, pack a lightweight jacket, a sweater or cardigan, socks, and at least one pair of enclosed shoes.

Don’t forget to pack excursion-specific attire and attire for the dining room dress code. Feel free to repeat your dining attire. Make sure you have an outfit that can be worn to the semi-formal onboard activities. For example, if you want to go to the art exhibit or English Tea time, a sundress would be ok—but not your swimsuit and shorts.

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Bahamas Weather in March

Bahamas Weather in March

 

Pros of Traveling to Bahamas in March

For those who want to enjoy a tropical vacation, but don’t enjoy extreme heat or humidity, March is one of the coolest months to travel to the Bahamas. The high is 80F, and the low is 64F. With humidity, daytime temperatures will feel like 83F. The likelihood of rain is low.

Cons of Traveling to Bahamas in March

Morning and evening hours can get chilly, meaning you will need to pack both summer and lightweight tops and bottoms. While it may feel warm, some days during the month will be cloudy.

What to pack for a Bahamas cruise in March

March is a great time to cruise, because it is typically neither too hot nor too cool. The average daytime temperature is 80F, but the morning and evening temperatures can drop into the upper 60s.

With the added humidity, you may never feel a chill. Pack the staples mentioned above, but also pack at least one pair of casual pants for the cooler evening or morning hours. Just in case, pack a lightweight jacket and one pair of enclosed shoes for excursions. Mostly, you will be in your beach attire—shorts, tank, t-shirt, sandals/flip-flops.

Don’t forget to pack excursion-specific attire and attire for the dining room dress code. Feel free to repeat your dining attire. Make sure you have an outfit that can be worn to the semi-formal onboard activities. For example, if you want to go to the art exhibit or English Tea time, a sundress would be ok—but not your swimsuit and shorts.

The beauty of the Bahamas in May–besides, of course, the blue waters and soothing sands–is the consistency of the weather. Now, mind you, it’s not spectacular all the time, but the odds are in your favor that you’ll have warmth and sun. And that makes it truly a terrific destination—particularly if you’re from a part of the country where the summers are short and the winters seem to last forever.

Diana Greenberg // Musing About Cruising

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Bahamas Weather in April

Bahamas Weather in April

 

Pros of Traveling to Bahamas in April

The humidity will increase in April. The high is 82F, and the low is 67F. With humidity, daytime temperatures will feel like 88F. The likelihood of rain is low.

Cons of Traveling to Bahamas in April

Morning and evening hours can still get cool. You may need to pack lightweight layers. Temperatures can vary greatly from one day to the next, as this is a transition month into the warmer season; however, all days are likely to reach at least 80F.

 

What to pack for a Bahamas cruise in April

April is another month when the temperatures are neither too hot nor too chilly. The average daytime temperature is 82F, but the morning and evening temperatures can drop into the upper 60s or lower 70s.

With the added humidity, you may never feel a chill. Pack the staples mentioned above, but also pack at least one pair of casual pants for the cooler evening or morning hours. Just in case, pack a lightweight jacket and one pair of enclosed shoes for excursions. Mostly, you will be in your beach attire—shorts, tank, t-shirt, sandals/flip-flops.

Don’t forget to pack excursion-specific attire and attire for the dining room dress code. Feel free to repeat your dining attire. Make sure you have an outfit that can be worn to the semi-formal onboard activities. For example, if you want to go to the art exhibit or English Tea time, a sundress would be ok—but not your swimsuit and shorts.

 

We [husband and I] went to Guana Cay in April, and it seemed to be the perfect time [of year]. We had amazing weather our entire trip! Most of the islands are pretty low key as far as attire goes, and Guana was even more casual than I expected.

The Bahamas quickly became one of my favorite places on earth to really kick back and relax. I wore swimsuit coverups, tanks, shorts, and easy dresses the entire time I was there. Could have packed much less than I did!

Meg Biram // Lifestyle Blogger of MegBiram.com

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Bahamas Weather in May

Bahamas Weather in May

 

Pros of Traveling to Bahamas in May

May marks the start of the warm season. The high is 86F, and the low is 71F. With humidity, daytime temperatures will feel like 99F.

Cons of Traveling to Bahamas in May

For those who do not enjoy extreme heat or humidity, May might be too warm. May also marks the official start of the rainy season; however, rainfall in May is often low.

 

What to pack for a Bahamas cruise in May

Beginning in May, the weather gets more tropical. The average daytime temperature is 86F, with morning and evening temperatures in the low 70s. The official rainy season is May thru November. While it probably will not rain more than a day or two (or not at all), pack an umbrella or lightweight waterproof jacket.

With the added humidity, you may never feel a chill. Pack the staples mentioned above, but also pack at least one pair of casual pants for the cooler evening or morning hours. Just in case, pack a lightweight jacket or pashmina and one pair of enclosed shoes for excursions. Mostly, you will be in your beach attire—shorts, tank, t-shirt, sandals/flip-flops.

Don’t forget to pack excursion-specific attire and attire for the dining room dress code. Feel free to repeat your dining attire. Make sure you have an outfit that can be worn to the semi-formal onboard activities. For example, if you want to go to the art exhibit or English Tea time, a sundress would be ok—but not your swimsuit and shorts.

May was a great time to be there, great consistent fair weather, a couple days winds gusting 25+ knots but no extreme weather / storms. Most bad weather occurs around June-August, late afternoon thunderstorms everyday, and then of course hurricane season.

Wes // Wicked Salty

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Bahamas Weather in June

Bahamas Weather in June

Pros of Traveling to Bahamas in June

June is the month that temperature and humidity spike. The high is 88F, and the low is 74F. With humidity, daytime temperatures will feel like 106F.

Cons of Traveling to Bahamas in June

As the humidity increases, the likelihood of rain increases. However, it probably will not rain all day, and it is unlikely you will have multiple days of rain. The official hurricane season in the Bahamas is June thru November, but hurricanes are infrequent. The mainland has far more hurricanes than the Bahamas.

 

What to pack for a Bahamas cruise in June

June marks the start of the busy season in the Bahamas. The average daytime temperature is 88F, with morning and evening temperatures in the mid-70s. The official rainy season is May thru November. While it probably will not rain more than a day or two (or not at all), pack an umbrella or lightweight waterproof jacket.

With added humidity, it is likely to feel like it is in the 90s to low 100s, so summer attire will be your daily staples. Pack the staples mentioned above and at least one pair of casual pants and one long-sleeved shirt or lightweight cover-up—pashmina, sweatshirt, light jacket.

Don’t forget to pack excursion-specific attire and attire for the dining room dress code. Feel free to repeat your dining attire. Make sure you have an outfit that can be worn to the semi-formal onboard activities. For example, if you want to go to the art exhibit or English Tea time, a sundress would be ok—but not your swimsuit and shorts.

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Bahamas Weather in July

Bahamas Weather in July

 

Pros of Traveling to Bahamas in July

July is typically the second warmest month in the Bahamas. The high is 90F, and the low is 75F. With humidity, daytime temperatures will feel like 112F.

Cons of Traveling to Bahamas in July

As the humidity increases, the likelihood of rain increases. However, it probably will not rain all day, and it is unlikely you will have multiple days of rain. The official hurricane season in the Bahamas is June thru November, but hurricanes are infrequent. The mainland has far more hurricanes than the Bahamas.

 

What to pack for a Bahamas cruise in July

July is one of the warmest months in the Bahamas. The average daytime temperature is 90F, with morning and evening temperatures in the mid-70s. The official rainy season is May thru November. While it probably will not rain more than a day or two (or not at all), pack an umbrella or lightweight waterproof jacket.

With added humidity, it is likely to feel like it is in the 90s to low 100s, so summer attire will be your daily staples. Since it will be exceedingly warm, packing more than 2 swimsuits is suggested. Pack the staples mentioned above and at least one pair of casual pants and one long-sleeved shirt or lightweight cover-up—pashmina, sweatshirt, light jacket.

Don’t forget to pack excursion-specific attire and attire for the dining room dress code. Feel free to repeat your dining attire. Make sure you have an outfit that can be worn to the semi-formal onboard activities. For example, if you want to go to the art exhibit or English Tea time, a sundress would be ok—but not your swimsuit and shorts.

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Bahamas Weather in August

Bahamas Weather in August

Pros of Traveling to Bahamas in August

August is typically the warmest month in the Bahamas. The high is 90F, and the low is 75F. With humidity, daytime temperatures will feel like 113F.

Cons of Traveling to Bahamas in August

As the humidity increases, the likelihood of rain increases. However, it probably will not rain all day, and it is unlikely you will have multiple days of rain. The official hurricane season in the Bahamas is June thru November, but hurricanes are infrequent. The mainland has far more hurricanes than the Bahamas.

 

What to pack for a Bahamas cruise in August

August is one of the warmest months in the Bahamas. The average daytime temperature is 90F, with morning and evening temperatures in the mid-70s. The official rainy season is May thru November. While it probably will not rain more than a day or two (or not at all), pack an umbrella or lightweight waterproof jacket.

With added humidity, it is likely to feel like it is in the 90s or low-100s. Summer attire will be your daily staples—shorts, tanks, and swimwear. Since it will be exceedingly warm, packing more than 2 swimsuits is suggested. Pack the staples mentioned above, but it is always a good idea to pack at least one pair of casual pants and one super lightweight upper cover-up—a long sleeved shirt or pashmina will do.

Don’t forget to pack excursion-specific attire and attire for the dining room dress code. Feel free to repeat your dining attire. Make sure you have an outfit that can be worn to the semi-formal onboard activities. For example, if you want to go to the art exhibit or English Tea time, a sundress would be ok—but not your swimsuit and shorts.

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Bahamas Weather in September

Bahamas Weather in September

Pros of Traveling to Bahamas in September

September is typically the third warmest month in the Bahamas. The high is 89F, and the low is 75F. With humidity, daytime temperatures will feel like 110F.

Cons of Traveling to Bahamas in September

As the humidity increases, the likelihood of rain increases. However, it probably will not rain all day, and it is unlikely you will have multiple days of rain. The official hurricane season in the Bahamas is June thru November, but hurricanes are infrequent. The mainland has far more hurricanes than the Bahamas.

 

What to pack for a Bahamas cruise in September

September is the second hottest month in the Bahamas. The average daytime temperature is 89F, with morning and evening temperatures in the mid 75s. The official rainy season is May thru November. While it probably will not rain more than a day or two (or not at all), pack an umbrella or lightweight waterproof jacket.

With added humidity, it is likely to feel like it is in the 90s or low-100s. Summer attire will be your daily staples—shorts, tanks, and swimwear. Since it will be exceedingly warm, packing more than 2 swimsuits is suggested. Pack the staples mentioned above, but it is always a good idea to pack at least one pair of casual pants and one super lightweight cover-up—a long sleeved shirt or pashmina will do.

Don’t forget to pack excursion-specific attire and attire for the dining room dress code. Feel free to repeat your dining attire. Make sure you have an outfit that can be worn to the semi-formal onboard activities. For example, if you want to go to the art exhibit or English Tea time, a sundress would be ok—but not your swimsuit and shorts.

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Bahamas Weather in October

Bahamas Weather in October

Pros of Traveling to Bahamas in October

October is typically the last month of the year where humidity reaches the upper 90s or reaches 100F. The high is 86F, and the low is 73F. With humidity, daytime temperatures will feel like 100F.

Cons of Traveling to Bahamas in October

With high humidity, rain is still somewhat common. However, it probably will not rain all day, and it is unlikely you will have multiple days of rain. The official hurricane season in the Bahamas is June thru November, but hurricanes are infrequent. The mainland has far more hurricanes than the Bahamas.

 

What to pack for a Bahamas cruise in October

October is one of the warmer months in the Bahamas. The average daytime temperature is 86F, with morning and evening temperatures in the low-70s. The official rainy season is May thru November. While it probably will not rain more than a day or two (or not at all), pack an umbrella or lightweight waterproof jacket.

With added humidity, it is likely to feel like it is in the 90s or low-100s. Summer attire will be your daily staples—shorts, tanks, and swimwear. Since it will be exceedingly warm, packing more than 2 swimsuits is suggested. It is always a good idea to pack at least one pair of casual pants and one super lightweight cover-up—a long sleeved shirt or pashmina will do.

Don’t forget to pack excursion-specific attire and attire for the dining room dress code. Feel free to repeat your dining attire. Make sure you have an outfit that can be worn to the semi-formal onboard activities. For example, if you want to go to the art exhibit or English Tea time, a sundress would be ok—but not your swimsuit and shorts.

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Bahamas Weather in November

Bahamas Weather in November

Pros of Traveling to Bahamas in November

November is a month when the temperatures will drop, but are still comfortably warm. The high is 82F, and the low is 69F. With humidity, daytime temperatures will feel like 89F.

Cons of Traveling to Bahamas in November

This is the last month of the year where chances of rain are fair. The official hurricane season in the Bahamas is June thru November, but hurricanes are infrequent. The mainland has far more hurricanes than the Bahamas. Morning and evening hours may be on the cooler side—low to mid-70s.

 

What to pack for a Bahamas cruise in November

November is one of the warmer months in the Bahamas. The average daytime temperature is 82F, with morning and evening temperatures in the upper-60s. The official rainy season is May thru November. While it probably will not rain more than a day or two (or not at all), pack an umbrella or lightweight waterproof jacket.

With added humidity, it is likely to feel like it is in the 80s and 90s. Summer attire will be your daily staples—shorts, tanks, and swimwear. Since it will be exceedingly warm, packing more than 2 swimsuits is suggested. It is always a good idea to pack at least one pair of casual pants and one super lightweight cover-up—a long sleeved shirt or pashmina will do.

Don’t forget to pack excursion-specific attire and attire for the dining room dress code. Feel free to repeat your dining attire. Make sure you have an outfit that can be worn to the semi-formal onboard activities. For example, if you want to go to the art exhibit or English Tea time, a sundress would be ok—but not your swimsuit and shorts.

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Bahamas Weather in December

Bahamas Weather in December

 

Pros of Traveling to Bahamas in December

December is a popular month to cruise for the holidays and escape the winter weather. It is a cooler month in the Bahamas, but a warmer month, compared to most states. The high is 79F, and the low is 65F. With humidity, daytime temperatures will feel like 84F. Rain is unlikely.

Cons of Traveling to Bahamas in December

Morning and evening hours may be cooler—upper 60s to mid-70s. This means you will have to pack both summer and lightweight attire.

 

What to pack for a Bahamas cruise in December

A Bahamas cruise is an excellent way to mix things up for the holiday season. The average daytime temperature is 79F, but the morning and evening temperatures can drop into the upper-60s.

Pack the staples mentioned above, but also pack at least one pair of casual pants. Pants that zip off at the knee, transforming from pants to shorts, are perfect for excursions that start in the morning when it is chilly and continue on into the peak temperature of the day. Leggings are also perfect to slip on under sundresses. Also, pack a lightweight jacket, a sweater or cardigan, socks, and at least one pair of enclosed shoes.

There are holiday festivities while onboard, so consider some festive attire.
Don’t forget to pack excursion-specific attire and attire for the dining room dress code. Feel free to repeat your dining attire. Make sure you have an outfit that can be worn to the semi-formal onboard activities. For example, if you want to go to the art exhibit or English Tea time, a sundress would be ok—but not your swimsuit and shorts.

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The Busy Season in The Bahamas

From December to May, the average daytime temperatures in the Bahamas are between the high 70s and low 80s, but keep in mind, the humidity can make it feel like it is much warmer. The busy season is June thru September, which is due to both the warm weather and to the Bahamas being an ideal vacation location for family and kids on summer break.

Expect tourist attractions to be bustling during the busy season. It is also important to book your excursions well ahead of time, because they fill up quickly. However, if you are traveling by cruise, this is less of a concern, because the cruise has secured their bookings with local excursion companies and attractions.

Events December- May

Junkanoo Winter Festival (Dec. 26, Jan. 1)

Bahamas Billfish Championship (April)

The Off Season in The Bahamas

The official “off-season” in the Bahamas is between May and November, which is also the rainy season. The average temperatures in the Bahamas, during the off-season, are still in the 70s, with few days dipping into the 60s. However, evenings and morning hours may be in the mid to low 60s.

Are There Hurricanes in The Bahamas?

The official hurricane season in the Bahamas is June thru November, but hurricanes are infrequent. In fact, the mainland has far more hurricanes than the Bahamas.

Crowds will be greatly reduced during the off-season and excursions much easier to book. In fact, you may find that you are able to access the best prices on hotel, cruises, excursions, and all travel packages during the off-season.

Off-Season Perks

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