When is the best time to visit Roatan resorts?
This is one of the most common questions we receive from prospective guests at our Roatan vacation rentals. It makes sense. After all, vacation time is precious, and you want to make the most of it. So, if you are among the lucky group of travelers with the flexibility to travel almost any time of the year (i.e., without kids at home!), there are a couple of key considerations:
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Assuming, like most, that your preference is 1) no crowds, 2) low prices and 3) awesome weather, we can quickly help you identify some particularly intersting times to take your Roatan vacation.
Roatan Resort Prices = Crowds
I suppose it goes without saying that prices on Roatan are higher when more people visit the island. Capitalism is alive and well on Roatan island. Most lodging options on Roatan define high season from early- to mid-December until after Easter (which varies from year to year - see our post on Easter here.) That's when the Cruise ships are coming to the island most frequently, weather in North America is worst and airlines have the greatest variety of direct flights from the US and Canada. The months of May, June, July and August typically represent a mid- or shoulder season, and then the rest of the year to early December is priced at some form of low season rate.
Roatan Island Weather
As you would expect from a tropical island, Roatan has very nice weather. Temperatures only vary by eight degrees on average throughout the year, and fifteen degrees separates average highs from average lows. So as you can see in the following chart, from a temperature perspective, there is not a bad time to visit Roatan.
The main thing to consider from a weather perspective is the rainy season. I am often asked if the rainy season means quick, hard downpours but lots of sun, or if it means days of rain with almost no sun. As you can see in the chart below, the answer to that question depends on the month.
Take February, for example. On average, the month of February gets roughly six inches of rain over roughly 10 days. That is to say, 18-19 days in February typically have no rain while about six inches fall variously over 10 days with some rain. By contrast, the month of September gets the same amount of rain as February, but over 16 or so days.
As you move into October, November and the first part of December, not only does the number of days with rain stay the same at roughly half the month, but the amount goes up dramatically as well. Not surprisingly, this correlates with rates and crowds, and it's why the last four months of the year up to the Holidays are typically considered the low season.
So, when is the best time for a Roatan vacation?
For my money, you have two options: May and September. Here's the difference: May is a lock on weather and less expensive than the high season, while September can be gorgeous and will always cost even less than May but runs the risk of some rainy days. The same is true of October and November with equal number of rainy days buy heavier amounts. It's a meaningful risk. You can lose the better part of a vacation to rainy days in the fall and early winter, but on the other hand, everything (occupancy rates, lodging rates, prices in general) adjusts accordingly.
Whatever your choice, we hope this data helps you plan your next Roatan vacation, and we look forward to seeing you on the island soon.