What is the best time of year to visit the Cayman Islands?
March to August are the best months to visit Grand Cayman, Cayman Islands. Hotels & flights are less expensive (except for March & April), and the weather is slightly warmer; it is also less windy during these months compared to winter months. Read our full article below to learn when you should vacation in Grand Cayman.
The Cayman Islands is made up of three islands: Grand Cayman, Cayman Brac & Little Cayman.
In this article, I will focus on Grand Cayman because this is the main island where 99% of tourists visit.
There is no bad time to visit Grand Cayman; it is warm and sunny year-round; however, there are some months that are slightly better than others.
January – February:
January to February is moderately busy for tourism in Grand Cayman.
It is not peak high season during these months, but it’s still busy. The main issue with January & February is that it is usually more windy than other months.
If it is too windy, then certain water sports activities like parasailing and Stingray City can be cancelled. There is about a 20% to 30% increase in water based activities being cancelled in January & February due to the wind.
If you vacation in Grand Cayman during these months, then you will most likely have no issues regarding the wind, but the risk is there.
If you don’t like water based activities, then this is an issue that you can completely ignore. If you plan to relax on Seven Mile Beach for the majority of your vacation, then the wind isn’t a problem.
March – April:
March and April are probably the busiest months in Grand Cayman for tourism.
It is “spring break” in the US, meaning that there are a lot of families vacationing. Hotels & flights will be more expensive during these months.
It is less windy during this time of year, and slightly warmer than the previous few months. This is great for people trying to escape the cold weather up north.
May – August:
May to August is considered to be the “summer months” in Grand Cayman.
It is technically the “rainy season” during these months, but the reality is that it still rarely rains. Maybe there is a 10% increase in rain activity during these months compared to the winter months. In general, it rarely rains in the Cayman Islands.
May & August are slightly less busy for tourism compared to June & July. June & July are very busy since a lot of families are vacationing during this time.
It is slightly warmer during these months compared to the winter months; the sea is also slightly warmer.
Hurricane season is from June to November each year, but this shouldn’t be a major concern as Grand Cayman hasn’t been hit by a hurricane since 2004.
September – November:
This is considered to be “slow-season” in Grand Cayman.
Tourism arrivals are about 25% of what they are during the rest of the year.
Hotels and flights are much cheaper during these months. The main issue with vacationing in Grand Cayman during these months is that a lot of stuff is not open.
Certain hotels & restaurants close down for a few weeks; tour operators might not be offering tours as they usually do.
I recommend that you contact the companies that you want to spend money with before booking your flights to make sure that they will still be operating during these months.
The first half of December is moderately busy. Then it becomes significantly more busy regarding tourism in the second half of December.
Due to Christmas and New Years, the second half of December is one of the busiest and most expensive times of the year in Grand Cayman.
Hotel prices will be at their peak during these weeks. However, for a lot of families, they still like to vacation during this time.
Grand Cayman is a great place to vacation to year-round.
It is warm and sunny all year-long, and even in slow season, most hotels, restaurants and activities are still operating.
The main thing that should determine when you vacation in Grand Cayman is your own personal schedule, and not any external factors.
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