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St Vincent and the Grenadines' climate

As a Caribbean destination, St Vincent and the Grenadines is blessed with lovely, mild weather all year round, although there are certainly wetter periods - hence the stunning greenery that covers much of the islands' interiors.

Temperature variations are small throughout the year and between the islands - during the warmest month it will typically be around 30 degrees Celsius during the day, while at its coldest it hits 22 degrees Celsius overnight. As a general rule, the islands in the southern Grenadines experience slightly warmer and drier weather than St Vincent.

In terms of rainfall, July is the wettest month, with rain falling for an average of 26 days during this period. The dry season is from January to May and, not surprisingly, this is the most popular among tourists.

As with all Caribbean islands, there is a risk of hurricanes between June and November, although St Vincent and the Grenadines are on the southern edge of the hurricane belt and therefore usually manage to avoid the worst of the storms.

When is the best time to travel?

As we've already mentioned, December to May are the most popular months for a holiday to St Vincent and the Grenadines, as this is when the weather is at its driest and most sunny. However, if you're keen to see the islands at their greenest, you may want to consider travelling during the wetter months of the year.

If you'd like to get active on your break, it is worth noting that the weather is more humid in July and the wetter months, so it may be more comfortable to go walking, cycling or horseback riding when it is a little drier and cooler.

Avoiding the peak season can be a good idea if you'd like to save a bit of money on your trip, as there are often excellent deals on hotels in St Vincent and the Grenadines outside of the most popular months among tourists.

It's also worth pointing out that a hurricane passing to the north of St Vincent, instead of being an unfortunate, inconvenient event on your holiday, can actually make the weather here truly stunning, because the storm system draws in all the moisture and results in wonderfully clear skies and excellent visibility in St Vincent and the Grenadines.

When to have a go at water sports

As with many Caribbean destinations, there are various water sports that you can have a go at in St Vincent and the Grenadines. The stunning coral reefs make it a natural spot for snorkelling and scuba diving, with visibility in the waters hitting around 30 metres at their clearest.

Typically, water temperatures vary from around 24 degrees Celsius between January and March, up to 27 degrees Celsius from June to October. Consistent rain can reduce visibility in the water, but the sand in the area is heavy and settles quickly, helping to keep visibility at a reasonable level.

Kite surfing is another popular water sport in the archipelago, with Union Island being one of the top spots to head to if this takes your fancy. The most consistent conditions are between December and June, when the winds regularly blow between 17 and 24 knots.

Surfing is also a possibility, although the wind direction makes the biggest difference to the surf breaks around the islands, rather than the time of year.

Public holidays in St Vincent and the Grenadines

There are several public holidays in St Vincent and the Grenadines, but undoubtedly one of the most colourful and vibrant is the carnival festivities, which take place over the course of two days every summer - either in June or July. The dates change each year, so it's worth checking when the carnival is scheduled for if you're keen to experience it.

As with many Caribbean carnivals, you can expect colourful costumes, cheerful music, delicious street food and plenty of dancing. Although the largest celebrations happen in St Vincent, there are growing carnivals all over the Grenadines.

Other important dates in St Vincent and the Grenadines' calendar include Christmas, Easter, National Heroes' Day on 14th March, Independence Day on 27th October and Emancipation Day on 1st August, which is widely commemorated across the Caribbean.

Meterological information

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Sunshine (hours) 888888788778
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