Seasons in Bahamas

The Bahamas are known as “Paradise on Earth” for a reason. Of course azure ocean water, white sand and palm trees matters but main reason is in annual availability of vacation. Caribbean hurricanes almost always pass this location and most of the year is blessed sunny time.

However there are periods of tourists’ influx to the islands. So called “high season” is at period between November and March. Rest of year is calmer. Summer is hot and humid with temperature that may reach 33 °C (91 °F) but it never drops below 17 °C (63 °F) so literally any time will be good to travel to the Bahamas.


Weather and Climate

Spring in Bahamas

Vacation in Bahamas at spring is time when you are able to loose count days that were spent in wandering on spectacular nature and night of parties. In addition there are some remarkable festivities that held at spring.

In terms of weather conditions spring in the Bahamas means increasing of temperature of air to about 27 °C (81 °F) as well as humidity levels. Thus you would want to pack as much sun protection as you can. Also planning should have paragraph of islands to visit. Each of available islands has its features. One are completely dedicated to parties and other for quiet meditative isolation.

The climate of the spring months

(Nassau)

March
Max average t°: +26 °C (79 °F)
Min average t°: +19 °C (66 °F)
Water t°: +24 °C (75 °F)
Sundial in the day: 6.5 hours
Rainy days: 1 day
Precipitation: 25 mm (1.0")
April
Max average t°: +27 °C (81 °F)
Min average t°: +20.5 °C (69 °F)
Water t°: +25.5 °C (78 °F)
Sundial in the day: 7.5 hours
Rainy days: 4 days
Precipitation: 51 mm (2.0")
May
Max average t°: +29 °C (84 °F)
Min average t°: +22 °C (71 °F)
Water t°: +26.5 °C (80 °F)
Sundial in the day: 8 hours
Rainy days: 7 days
Precipitation: 92 mm (3.6")

Spring holidays

March-April – Easter celebrations with variable dates.
March – Festival of the legacy of James Cistern.

April – annual National Youth Choir Concert in Nassau.
Last week of April – The Bahamas Family Islands Regatta in Georgetown.

May – Caribbean Music Fest.
Numerous fishing contests and regattas.

Summer in Bahamas

Summer brings showers to the islands. They are typically heavy and fast but have pronounced tendency to occur at night. Many visitors consider them as one of features of Bahamian charm. Yet there is actual concern about probability of hurricanes driven by trade-winds. Probability is tiny but nevertheless it is.

Some tourists may find blending of heat (33 °C; 91 °F) and almost 100% humidity as completely unbearable. In that case (for example having health conditions) they should choose another time to visit the Bahamas. As a benefit vacations on the Bahamas are 30% at summer than at the middle of autumn.

The climate of the summer months

(Nassau)

June
Max average t°: +30 °C (87 °F)
Min average t°: +23 °C (74 °F)
Water t°: +28 °C (82 °F)
Sundial in the day: 8.5 hours
Rainy days: 4 days
Precipitation: 71 mm (2.8")
July
Max average t°: +31 °C (88 °F)
Min average t°: +24 °C (75 °F)
Water t°: +29 °C (84 °F)
Sundial in the day: 9 hours
Rainy days: 6 days
Precipitation: 77 mm (3.0")
August
Max average t°: +32 °C (89 °F)
Min average t°: +24.5 °C (76 °F)
Water t°: +30 °C (86 °F)
Sundial in the day: 8.5 hours
Rainy days: 6 days
Precipitation:152 mm (6.0")


Summer holidays

First Friday of June – Labor Day.
Beginning of June – Eleuthera pineapple festival.

Beginning of July – Festival of Aboriginal Bimini.
July 10 – Independence Day.

August 5 – Emancipation Day.

Autumn in Bahamas

Autumn is the most pleasant season on the Bahamas. Heat decreases to about 29 °C (84 °F) and rains have pass. Equatorial winds with Gulf Stream create these wonderful weather conditions. Autumn is the best time for quiet family vacation on the Bahamas.

September may be rather hot month so voyage should be assigned on one of latter months. October is a bit cooler and provides all fishermen with ability to catch blue marlin. November is even milder in terms of weather conditions. Also it means beginning of “high season” so prices will be higher comparing to another months.

The climate of the autumn months

(Nassau)

September
Max average t°: +31 °C (88 °F)
Min average t°: +24 °C (75 °F)
Water t°: +29.5 °C (85 °F)
Sundial in the day: 8.5 hours
Rainy days: 9 days
Precipitation: 101 mm (4.0")
October
Max average t°: +29 °C (84 °F)
Min average t°: +22.5 °C (73 °F)
Water t°: +28.5 °C (83 °F)
Sundial in the day: 8 hours
Rainy days: 7 days
Precipitation: 137 mm (5.4")
November
Max average t°: +27 °C (80 °F)
Min average t°: +21 °C (69 °F)
Water t°: +26.5 °C (79 °F)
Sundial in the day: 7 hours
Rainy days: 4 days
Precipitation: 44 mm (1.7")

Autumn holidays

September – Bahamian Culinary and Winemaking Festival.

October 12 – National Heroes' Day.

November – The Bahamian Music Festival and the Heritage Festival (Nassau).

Winter in Bahamas

Three winter months are the best time to go to the Bahamas. Tropical air masses tend to change their flow at winter but weather is wonderful anyway. Altitude of the islands is low so winter may seem a bit windy. But there are no frequent rains or raging storms and humidity is moderate so overall state of weather is pleasant.

December in Bahamas is great time to combine seaside vacation with visiting numerous nature reserves with variety of unique Bahamian Flora and Fauna. January is the coolest month of a year with about 25 °C (77 °F). At February all activities are still at disposal of visitors but nights are cool so you would want to pack some light sweaters.

The climate of the winter months

(Nassau)

December
Max average t°: +25 °C (78 °F)
Min average t°: +19 °C (66 °F)
Water t°: +25 °C (77 °F)
Sundial in the day: 5.5 hours
Rainy days: 2 days
Precipitation: 42 mm (1.65")
January
Max average t°: +24 °C (76 °F)
Min average t°: +18 °C (64 °F)
Water t°: +24 °C (75 °F)
Sundial in the day: 6 hours
Rainy days: 3 days
Precipitation: 51 mm (2.0")
February
Max average t°: +25 °C (77 °F)
Min average t°: +18 °C (64 °F)
Water t°: +24 °C (75 °F)
Sundial in the day: 6.5 hours
Rainy days: 1 day
Precipitation: 22 mm (0.9")

Winter holidays

December - annual competition in catching a wahoo.
Christmas Eve – Regatta Nassau and Noel Festival (Grand Bahama).
December 25 – Christmas Day.
December 26 – Boxing Day.

January 1 – New Year's Day.
Middle of January – the annual golf championship of Jimmy Garvin.
January 10 – Majority Rule Day.
January 30 - Kachite-Avards Ceremony.