Puerto Rico is beautiful year-round.
However, December to June is the best time to visit the island.
I’ve lived in Puerto Rico for over 20 years, so I can tell you about the pros and cons of each season.
In this article, I’ll help you decide when to visit Puerto Rico.
Winter is my favorite time of the year on the island.
December falls right in the middle of Puerto Rico’s extended holiday season.
The weather is cool, and Christmas decorations make the island an even prettier place.
January has Three Kings Day, a cultural celebration you can’t miss.
Las Octavitas are 15 extra days of a holiday celebration, full of music and delicious food.
February is the perfect month for couples to make a romantic trip down to the island.
Warmer weather in March marks the beginning of spring makes it the perfect month for discovering nature.
Keep an eye out for Puerto Rico’s national flower, Flor de Maga.
Winter is also the best time to visit Puerto Rico’s Bioluminescent bays!
The dry weather helps the glowing algae sit undisturbed so it’s easier to see.
You can read all about these unique places in our article Bioluminescent Bays Puerto Rico or explore 15 Romantic Things To Do In Puerto Rico For Couples for your Valentine’s Day Trip.
Here are the pros and cons of the winter season:
April has great weather but isn’t the best choice if you have allergies.
This is also peak time for spring break, so prices go up and beaches are usually full.
Puerto Rico starts to heat up in May. Beaches are crowded as kids finish school, and travel costs stay high.
Places like Old San Juan are usually crowded, but there are lots of shops and restaurants to relax in the A/C.
Here are the pros and cons of the Spring season:
These summer months are perfect for beach lovers.
June is the hottest month of the year in Puerto Rico. Sunscreen, shaded areas, and lots of water are must-haves.
July is a close second with high temperatures. Beaches are still very full, but there are plenty of activities to choose from.
Kayaking is a great option if you like the beach but want to avoid crowds.
August in Puerto Rico is warm, but it’s not too bad.
People of all ages can enjoy outdoor activities with less risk of heat stroke or dehydration.
I recommend Paseo de la Princesa in Old San Juan. This spot has lots of shade, seating, and nearby restaurants to enjoy.
Summer trips are popular with families, so check out our 17 Things To Do With Kids In Puerto Rico for some fun ideas! You can also read our article on What To Pack For Puerto Rico to prepare for the weather.
Here are the pros and cons of the Summer season:
I do not recommend visiting Puerto Rico in September.
On one hand, flights and hotels are the cheapest during this month.
On the other hand, September is the top month for hurricanes and tropical storms.
These can cause supply shortages and power outages, so being a visitor isn’t ideal.
October is still inside the hurricane season.
Visitors should research possible storms before making any bookings. Safety first!
If you’re all set with a safe visit, take advantage of the cooler weather to do some hiking and exploring!
November marks the beginning of the long holiday season in Puerto Rico!
Keep an eye on the weather channel, but enjoy everything the island has to offer.
The video below shows the holiday fun starting on the island:
Here are our 45 Best Things To Do In Puerto Rico if you’re looking for ideas.
Here are the pros and cons of the Fall season:
March is the best month to visit Puerto Rico. The weather is nice, and all tourism attractions are ready to enjoy!
September is the riskiest month to visit Puerto Rico. Most hurricanes happen at or around this month, so avoiding a visit would be best.
Spring is the best time to visit Puerto Rico. It’s the sweet spot between the heat of Summer and the rains of Fall.
December to June is the best time to visit Puerto Rico.
There’s warm weather, clear skies and blooming nature. There are also no hurricanes during this period, and the bioluminescent bays glow brightest during these months.
If you’re looking to take a trip to the island, check out our article How To Spend a Week In Puerto Rico.
We also answer all of your budgeting questions in our article How Much Does It Cost To Visit Puerto Rico.
Writer at PuertoRico.com. I am a writer, editor, and freelancer. I was born and raised in San Germán, Puerto Rico, where I experienced the best landscapes, local eateries, and shops the region has to offer. Sharing the rich culture and history of Puerto Rico’s Southwest gives me the perfect reason to keep exploring!About the author