A once unexplored destination, Haiti is now claiming its rightful place among tourists. It is still an underappreciated holiday spot, especially since it gets a lot of competition from its Caribbean neighbors. The country has an incredibly rich and interesting French - Creole culture, and some beautiful works of art that will definitely stun you on your first, or your twenty-first visit. Governments often issue a number of warnings about traveling in Haiti, especially since weather in Haiti can get rather unpredictable. It is wise for you to look up the best time to travel in Haiti beforehand, so that you can plan your travels accordingly.
- High Season: November - March
- Low Season: August - October
- All Seasons: November - March (spring), April - July (summer), August - October (monsoons)
- November - March is summer time and the high season. There are a lot of activities for you to engage in, and the weather is dry and beautiful. This is the best time to travel the south, as it would be quite dry.
- April - June is a good time to travel the north, as the rains would have ceased. The south will be incredibly wet - May is the wettest month in Port Au Prince.
- August - October is peak hurricane season, and there are frequent showers, even when there are no storms. This is the low season, so accommodation is rather cheap.
- The temperature remains rather high throughout the year.
If you are wondering when to visit Haiti, you should know that the country is blessed with a tropical climate, which means it stays warm throughout the year. If you are trying to escape the winter colds, you can visit when the weather in Haiti is at its best. Between November and March, the weather is warm, and dry, meaning you can enjoy all the indoor and outdoor activities Haiti has to offer, making this the best time to visit Haiti.
This is the ideal time for you to explore the beautiful Creole architecture on offer in Port au Prince, or explore the beautiful art sold in Pétionville. The beaches down south will be rather warm, and ideal for a swim as well. Port-Salut, on the south coast, is an isolated beach where you can enjoy a calm and relaxing vacation in Haiti.
The second best time to visit Haiti is between April and July. These months would be rather wet in the south - so the southern beaches and cities like Port au Prince would see a lot of rain. If the rain doesn’t bother you, this is a good time to visit, as the accommodation prices would be lower, and the high season crowds would have left. The rains would have ceased in the north, so if you want to visit the historical towns of the north, like Citadelle, Limonade, Bois Caiman, or head to the northern beaches of St Michel or Beli to enjoy some Haitian cuisine and beats, this is the best time to visit Haiti for you.
November to March — Spring / High Season
This is springtime, and the weather in Haiti is rather comfortable. Except for the northern parts, there is little to no rain elsewhere, so you will definitely be able to enjoy some beach fun. The weather will be rather warm, so make sure you pack enough sunscreen.
- Avg. Temperature: 87 – 89° F / 31 – 32° C (in Port Au Prince)
- Rainfall: 33 – 86 mm
- Season: Spring
- Highlights: This is the best time to visit Haiti for a lot of reasons. The lack of rains makes this the perfect season for you to hit the southern beaches, like Port Salut, Les Cayes, Gelee Beach, etc. You can also explore the best of nature at the Bassin Bleu and Saut-Mathurine waterfalls. Port au Prince will see a lot of tourist footfall in this season, but all the tourist spots will be fully open. Enjoy shopping at the Iron Market, or buying Haiti’s unique art in Pétionville. The Port-au-Prince Carnival is celebrated in February, as a celebration leading up to Mardi Gras, and in March, the country wide Feast of the Dead, or Fete Gédé Vodou is celebrated.
April to July — Summer / Good Season
The peak travel season would have ended around this time, and the weather in Haiti, especially towards the south, starts to get rather wet. May is the wettest month in Port at Prince as well, so if you don’t like the rains, you should not travel to the capital city during these months. The weather will get rather hot and humid in these areas, due to the high temperature and the rains. However, this is the best time to visit the north.
- Avg. Temperature: 89 – 94° F / 32 – 34° C (in Port Au Prince)
- Rainfall: 73 – 231 mm
- Season: Summer
- Highlights: This is the best time to visit Haiti, but mostly only the northern part of the country. The north has some incredibly rich historical locations for you - including Citadelle Laferriere, Sans-Souci Palace, Site des Ramiers, etc. You can even enjoy a calming beach vacation at Kokoye Beach, or Labadee. Gelee Beach hosts the Fete Notre Dame festival, a celebration with great Haitian food, music, and dancers, in June.
August to October — Monsoon / Low Season
This is the low season, as this is the hurricane season. Rainfall is steadily high throughout the entire country, and the weather in Haiti will be hot and humid. This is when to visit Haiti if you’re on a budget and want to save the most money - however, you will have to keep an eye out for weather warnings, as the country is prone to hurricanes.
- Avg. Temperature: 90 – 93° F / 32 – 34° C (in Port Au Prince)
- Rainfall: 144 – 175 mm
- Season: Monsoon
- Highlights: Even when there are no hurricanes, the storms can get rather intense. This is a good time to travel to Haiti if you want to save money - but it is advised you stick to the bigger cities, as the smaller towns might have the tourist attractions closed.