Nothing can have more of an impact over your vacation enjoyment than the environment—especially on a tropical getaway. After all, for most, vacation time is precious and rare, so you want to make the absolute most of it.
Before you make your travel arrangements to Roatan, there are a couple of keys aspects you want to take into consideration: the weather, crowds and the cost of the trip. And, like many travele
rs seeking a tropical getaway, you may be looking for a vacation that can offer low prices, beautiful weather and limited crowds. Fortunately, a vacation to Roatan can provide all of that and more.
Here's what you can expect from the weather in Roatan
As you would expect from any Caribbean island, Roatan is well-known for its tropical climate and abundant sunshine. According to World Weather Online, temperatures only vary by 8 degrees on average throughout the year, and 15 degrees separates average highs from average lows. So as you can see in the following chart, anytime is a good time to visit Roatan—from a temperature perspective, of course.
The main thing to consider from a weather perspective is the rainy season. 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 6 inches of rain over roughly 10 days. That is to say, 18–19 days in February typically have no rain while about 6 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 rainy days stay the same at roughly half the month, but the amount goes up dramatically as well. 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.
Beat the crowds
Most lodging options define high season from early to mid December until after Easter. That's also when the cruise ships start visiting the island most frequently, when the weather in North America is less than pleasant and airlines have the greatest variety of direct flights from the U.S. and Canada. The months of May, June, July and August typically represent a mid or shoulder season—and then the rest of the year through early December is priced at some form of low-season rate.
So, when is the best time for a Roatan vacation?
May and September have proven to be some of the best months to take a vacation to Roatan. But if you are having trouble deciding, here are the major differences: May has unbeatable weather and is typically rated at a lower cost than in the high season. September can also offer gorgeous weather and is an even lower travel cost than May, though you do run the risk of seeing a few rainy days.
The same is true of October and November with equal number of rainy days, but a higher travel cost. 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, occupancy rates, lodging rates and prices in general adjust 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.