which island has the best weather

Oct 1st, 2018, 12:08 PM
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which island has the best weather

Hi,
We are trying to plan a Caribbean vacation for the 2nd week of December for about 8 days. Rain seems to follow us so I am trying to determine which island where we will have the best chance for warmth and little to no rain.
While we anticipate lounging on the beach or at the pool, we prefer an island that is green, has beautiful beaches, isn't overrun with tourists, has some hiking or other nature type activities and perhaps some other sightseeing activities.
Islands being considered are St. Lucia, Antigua, Anguilla and maybe Grenada. We are coming from the NY area and prefer an island that is relatively easy to go to (a shorter trip is preferable but won't eliminate an option)

Any suggestions are welcome .
Thanks for the help.
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Oct 1st, 2018, 12:37 PM
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Any island from Puerto Rico and south will have warm weather in December. As for rain, thatís like asking about rain in NY. Thereís absolutely no way to predict or guarantee if it will or will not rain wherever you go. None of the islands will be overrun with tourists during the 2nd week in December as peak season doesnít really begin until the week before Christmas.

Of the islands you mentioned St. Lucia will be the lushest, followed by Grenada then Antigua as they are all mountainous or hilly islands. Anguilla is a flat arid island so it will be scrubby. Anguilla will have the best white sand beaches. Antigua has plenty (they advertise 365 different ones) of golden sand beaches but many are small, still there are plenty of good size beaches. Grenada has few beaches but some are quite nice. For the most part St. Lucia has small dark sand beaches.

St. Lucia will have the most hiking options followed closely by Grenada. Antigua has some decent hiking. Because Anguilla is relatively flat and scrubby hiking isnít going to be as satisfying, at least from a scenic point of view.

From NY (you doní Say whether itís NYC or some outlying upstate area) youíll probably find it easiest to get to St.Lucia as there are non-stops from NYC area airports. Anguilla will require that you first go to St. Martin then fly or ferry to Anguilla or fly to San Juan and connect to a island hopper flight to the Island. You may be able to reach Antigua non-stop from NYC area airports. If not youíll probably get a connecting flight via Miami or San Juan. Grenada will most likely require a connecting flight via Miami or San Juan.
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Oct 1st, 2018, 01:27 PM
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You can get to Guadeloupe on a direct flight from JFK with Norwegian, fares are really cheap beginning December. Guadeloupe has everything, beautiful white sand beaches and great hiking, nature trails, waterfalls, volcano, lots of sightseeing, trips to nearby islands etc. Some French is needed though.

https://www.tripadvisor.co.uk/Attrac...uadeloupe.html
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Oct 1st, 2018, 07:37 PM
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Islands that are green are because it rains!

No one can predict weather, nor change it. For ex, East Coast has been overcast and rainy all year!

So pick for other reasons and just go!
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Oct 5th, 2018, 09:59 PM
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Of the islands you've mentioned from your list, the best one is St. Lucia when it comes to weather and not overrun by tourists
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Oct 6th, 2018, 07:47 AM
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St Kitts & Nevis would be a great choice for you. United has flights to St Kitts that takes about 6 1/2 hours. Most Caribbean countries are usually sunny and full of greenery.
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Oct 11th, 2018, 04:13 AM
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Really all of you except for Roam can predict the weather? Amazing!

hilly islands in general attract the clouds and rain, flat islands tend to be scrubby and dry, and storms last less because no hills to absorb.

But all the hurricanes brewing lately, who knows?

so pick whichever island appeals to you and just go with the flow
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Nov 18th, 2018, 02:18 AM
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The driest Islands are in the south: Aruba, Bonaire, Curacao.
There are direct flights from Newark to Oranjestad (United, Delta, Jetblue).
Jetblue has some flights from JFK to Willemstad
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Nov 19th, 2018, 07:47 AM
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Originally Posted by blamona View Post
Really all of you except for Roam can predict the weather? Amazing!

hilly islands in general attract the clouds and rain, flat islands tend to be scrubby and dry, and storms last less because no hills to absorb.

But all the hurricanes brewing lately, who knows?

so pick whichever island appeals to you and just go with the flow
Hurricanes in the Atlantic Basin as well as the southwest Caribbean at this time of year are extremely rare given the usual upper-level prevailing weather patterns
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