Understanding a little more about the advantages and disadvantages of each season can help travelers make sure they pick the perfect time for their own Puerto Rico vacation.
The weather in Puerto Rico doesn't vary much from season to season. The average annual temperature is 82 degrees Fahrenheit (28 degrees Celsius). Winter sees an average temperature that hovers around 75 degrees Fahrenheit (24 degrees Celsius). Most people visit in winter, in an effort to get away from the freezing temperatures of their home towns in North America.
Summer brings hotter weather and humidity, and the chance of rain is greater in summer and fall. The hurricane season officially lasts from June 1 to November 30 but is no cause to worry. More hurricanes hit the U.S. mainland than Puerto Rico, and with today's meteorological technology, there is almost always more than enough warning to take proper precautions.
Visiting Puerto Rico in the high season of tourism means that all of the popular tourist areas are filled with hustling, bustling vacationers from all over the world, reveling in the beautiful weather and the Caribbean experience. Hotels, shops, and restaurants offer their best service in order to lure customers away from their competitors. The crowds can be exciting and exhilarating, but also a little daunting.
Everything is more competitive in the high season. Accommodations and flights should be booked at least two or three months in advance to ensure you have a spot on the island.
With fewer crowds making the rounds during the low-season in Puerto Rico, vacationers get to enjoy the unhurried and laid back nature of the island that is more indicative of the country's true nature. While mid-day temperatures can soar to sometimes uncomfortable levels, trade winds help to keep things comfortable. Reduced rates are common during this time of year, but so are renovations, so inquiring about this possibility is always a good idea.
Traveling in the off-season can be much more affordable. Hotels cut rates from 20 percent to 60 percent, and tours and shops often cut prices to remain competitive. Visitors will find easier access to public transportation, tee times and golf courses, tennis courts, water sports, and other enjoyable activities. Flights and accommodations often are easier to book during the low season. You may even be able to walk into a nice restaurant off the street and eat without a reservation.
Many vacationers come to Puerto Rico for a special event or festivals, drawing heavier crowds and higher prices but more action and activities. The annual Casals Festival in late February or early March is the Caribbean's most celebrated cultural and musical event. It draws a long list of international guest conductors, orchestras, and soloists to San Juan's Performing Arts Center to honor the memory of Pablo Casals, a renowned Puerto Rican cellist. The week leading up to Ash Wednesday is when the island's Carnival takes place. It features float parades, dancing, and street parties all week, and in Ponce, the event is accented with masqueraders wearing brightly colored masks. For 4 days in June, Puerto Rico is host to what has become the premier jazz event in the Caribbean when the Heineken Jazz Fest swings into town.
Other carnivals, festivals, events, and holidays also take place in Puerto Rico throughout the year, making any time a good time to visit.
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