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The Best Time to Visit Puerto Rico (By a Local)

The best time to visit Puerto Rico is between December and April for fresh weather, empty beaches from locals, and to catch local festivals, but it is also the high season for tourists. Summer and fall are good seasons to travel cheaper and enjoy warmer beaches, so it all comes down to the type of vacation the traveler wants.  

Puerto Rico sports warm weather all year round so it’s always a great vacation spot, but each season offers different and exciting opportunities for travelers, so the time to visit depends on what you want your vacation to be like.

Besides knowing where to stay and what to do in Puerto Rico, figuring out when to visit is one of the most important travel planning decisions most visitors make. 

As a Puerto Rico local, I love different seasons for different reasons, and I believe you should know all about them so you can also pick your favorite season too. So let’s dive deep into all the details.

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When is the Best Time to Visit Puerto Rico

In general, Puerto Rico sports the best weather between December and April, with little precipitation and fresh temperatures, making it the peak season for international travelers escaping from the winter. The best season to visit is between April and June, to get good weather without the crowds of the busy winter season.

But, as you might not be looking for the same thing as everyone else out of your vacation, let’s break down the best season to visit Puerto Rico for different types of trips: 

When to Visit for Good Weather

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So you don’t get surprised by sudden showers frequently, you can visit during the dry season that goes from December to April. During this season temperatures drop by a few grades and the weather is more pleasant.

When to Visit Puerto Rico for Cheap Prices

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If you’re wondering about the best time to travel Puerto Rico on a budget, then you should consider visiting the island between August and November. This is the low season in Puerto Rico but it’s also part of the hurricane season. During this time, you can find cheap hotel prices even in the capital city of San Juan!

When to Visit for Warm Beach Days

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The rainy summer is the high season for the locals and it sports a combination of heat and rain, with August as the rainiest month. The average daytime temperature is 89 degrees Fahrenheit and the beaches are better for swimming.

When to Visit with Family and Kids

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If you’re planning to travel with your family you should consider traveling between December and February. The winter months are full of festivals and parties that the whole family will enjoy.

When to Visit for Surfing

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The months between September and December are the best to find good waves to surf in Cabo Rojo and Rincon. In November, you can even enjoy the Rincon International Surfing Festival that takes place in Playa Domes.

When to Visit to Avoid Crowds

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To avoid the crowds of the winter and spring break, but still get great weather, you should visit between mid-April and the early summer. Although it’s the start of the rainy season, it only rains for a while during the day. The fall is another great season perfect to avoid crowds and have the San Juan’s tourist attractions to yourself.

When to Visit to Catch Local Festivals

If instead of the beach, you’re looking to enjoy the lively local culture, you’ll be glad to know that Puerto Rico sports multiple festivals during the complete year. You can visit during January to catch one of Puerto Rico’s famous festivals: La Calle San Sebastian. You can read more about these below.

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Puerto Rico Month by Month

January

January forms part of the high season and attractions in Old San Juan and the rest of the island get crowded. You can enjoy fresh temperatures in the low 80°F and some of the best local festivals if you’re staying in San Juan

Check out:

  • Three Wise Men celebrations – January 6
  • San Sebastian Street Festival – mid-January
  • Festival de la Novilla – third week of January

February 

February is great for visitors running away from the winter. The weather is fresh and the beaches warm enough to spend the day beach bumming. 

Check out:

  • Ponce’s Carnaval – a week before Ash Wednesday
  • Puerto Rico Open 
  • Maricao Coffee Festival

March

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March is the busiest month for Puerto Rico tourism. With Spring break and the Holy week, travelers flood the beaches of the island and the streets of San Juan. Prices stay on the high side of the budget, but the weather is nice to enjoy. 

Check out:

  • Feria Dulce Sueño
  • Dia Nacional de la Salsa
  • Good Friday and Easter – in March or April

April

From mid-April onwards, Puerto Rico starts its off-peak season. The winter crowds leave the island and hotels start advertising lower rates. During this month, you can visit the best beaches in Puerto Rico that sport warm and pleasant temperatures.

Check out:

  • Saborea Food Festival
  • Rincon Film Festival

May

May is a great time to avoid the crowd and get good hotel prices. Although it’s one of the rainiest months of the year, showers last shortly and you can take advantage of the warmer weather. You can try doing some of the best things in Puerto Rico like swimming in Flamenco beach, scuba diving, or snorkeling in one of Puerto Rico’s healthy coral reefs. 

Check out:

  • Campechada – Puerto Rican art festival

June, July, & August

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June and July are the peak season for locals but the off season for international travelers, as the hurricane season starts, with a brief exception in early July. It’s the season for the warmest temperatures of the year and the best beach tides. It’s also honestly the preferred beach season by Puerto Ricans!

Check out:

  • Noche de San Juan – June 23
  • Loiza Carnival
  • Aibonito Flower Festival – Late June
  • Festival del Juey
  • Fiestas de Santiago
  • Pineapple Festival
  • International Billfish Tournament August

September

September is the best month to travel on a budget as tourism in Puerto Rico plunges. Since it is the peak of the hurricane season, hotels lower the rates and you can find special deals on all kinds of activities. Just be sure to stay on top of the forecast to make sure your trip to Puerto Rico is safe!

Check out:

  • Fiesta de Nuestra Señora de la Monserrate

October 

In October, the temperatures start to feel fresher but the tides on certain beaches get stronger. The risk of bad weather is high, but you can still travel on a budget during the shoulder season.

Check out:

  • Festival del Cine Internacional de San Juan
  • Le Lo Lai Festival – Tuesdays in Fort San Cristobal
  • Halloween parties and concerts

November

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This is the last month before the high winter season hits. Historically, very few hurricanes hit the island during November and the temperatures are fresh and enjoyable. 

Check out:

  • Festival Nacional Indigena – Last week of Nov, celebrating Puerto Rico’s indigenous roots
  • Rincon Film Festival
  • Calle Loiza Culinary Fest
  • Queer FilmFest
  • Puerto Rico Discovery Day – commemoration of the arrival of Christopher Columbus to the island
  • Thanksgiving

December

Traveling during the holiday season is expensive as the high season hits, but it’s worth the price. Besides sporting fresh temperatures, December is also a month of festivities, special Christmas dinners, and local festivals with live music, ideal for visiting with family and kids. 

Check out:

  • Hatillo Masks Festival
  • Bahia Urbana Navitown
  • Plaza Las Americas Christmas activities
  • San Juan Christmas Boat Parade – mid December
  • Old San Juans White Christmas Festival
  • Christmas Eve celebrations

Puerto Rico Weather, Climate, and Hurricane Season

Puerto Rico sports warm and humid tropical weather. The average annual temperature is between the mid 80’s and 90’s degrees Fahrenheit, but humidity affects the overall heat sensation. 

It rains all year, but the driest months are between December and March

Like other Caribbean islands, Puerto Rico is affected by the Atlantic hurricane season, which runs from June to November, when tropical storms and hurricanes are a risk to the island. But, it doesn’t mean hurricanes will affect the island directly every year and, if you pay attention to the NOAA’s hurricane center, you will know with enough time to take precautions.

As always, it’s helpful to get travel insurance covering Puerto Rico. Travel Lemming loves World Nomads because they are one of the most trusted insurers globally, but be sure to compare policies. 

FAQs

What months are hurricane seasons in Puerto Rico?

The hurricane season in Puerto Rico starts in June and finishes in November. The peak of the season is between September and October. Hurricanes won’t always affect the country. The last hurricane to land on Puerto Rico was Hurricane Maria in 2017.

Is December a good time to visit Puerto Rico?

December is a good time to visit Puerto Rico if you want to enjoy the culture, the lively Christmas in Puerto Rico, and local festivals, but December is a high season for traveling, and most attractions get crowded. 

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I hope this helped you find the best season to visit Puerto Rico. Whatever your preference may be, the island is open to be your escaping paradise all year round!

👉 Before you leave, be sure to check out my guide to the top 33 Places to Visit in Puerto Rico.

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