The Bahamas are a heavenly archipelago located in the Atlantic Ocean, which extends vertically, from east Florida to northwestern Haiti. It consists of more than 700 islands, some totally uninhabited, others full of hotels and resorts. A paradise that many dream of, made up of white beaches and crystal clear waters.
But there is one thing to be very careful about: these islands are located on the trajectory of hurricanes, active from June to October, with the period of maximum activity going from August to October!
To allow you to organize your trip in the best possible way, without any nasty surprises, here is some information on what is the hurricane period in the Bahamas, statistics and periods to avoid.
- Period and seasons to avoid: when not to go to the Bahamas
- Hurricanes in the Bahamas: forecasts, statistics and months to avoid
- When to go: The best time to visit the Bahamas
- User questions and comments
Period and seasons to avoid: when not to go to the Bahamas
The period to be absolutely avoided is from August to October, as it corresponds to the period of maximum activity of hurricanes.
The Bahamas, in fact, are located in trajectory of hurricanes, which come into operation from June to October, with the highest probability peak between August and October, especially in the last month. However, if you decide to organize a trip during this period, you will have to consult sites such as the Farnesina and keep yourself constantly updated on the current situation.
Hurricanes in the Bahamas: forecasts, statistics and months to avoid
Hurricane Dorian that struck the archipelago in September 2019 was classified as a Category 5 hurricane. A hurricane is indeed classified according to its intensity on the basis of the Saffir-Simpson scale, which includes 5 levels. Those of category 4/5 are the most devastating and cause the loss of human life and the complete destruction of inhabited centers.
- Last hurricane occurred: Dorian, September 2019, Category 5 hurricane
- Number of hurricanes in the past 10 years: Irene (2011, category 3), Sandy (2012, category 3), Joaquin (2015, category 4), Matthew (2016, category 5), Irma (2017, category 5), Dorian (2019, category 5)
- Months most at risk: August, September, October
- Alert level in the risk period: 10/10
When to go: The best time to visit the Bahamas
It is recommended to organize a trip to the Bahamas during the dry season, therefore from November to April, avoiding the rainy season, from May to October. However, the rains are mainly in the evening and at night, so they will not ruin your holiday and you can head to the archipelago, especially to the south, even in the summer months, especially in July, when the rains are really scarce.
From an economic point of view, the month in which to organize a trip spending less is certainly November, the low season of the archipelago, a month that also coincides with the beginning of the dry season.
Climate, average temperatures and rainfall
Il tropical climate it has a sultry and rainy season, from May to October, and a cooler season, from November to April. The sea water, on the other hand, is warm all year round and temperatures vary from 24 ° to 29 ° as you move towards the southern islands.
Being an archipelago that stretches vertically, from east Florida to northwestern Haiti, the northern islands will have slightly different climatic characteristics from those found in the southeast.
The winter season presents differences from the point of view of temperatures, in fact the further south you go, the higher the temperatures, rising from an average of 20 ° in Nassau, the capital of the Bahamas, up to an average of 25 ° in Matthew Town, in the southernmost island, Inagua.
instead, what differentiates the two areas in the summer season is the rainfall: in the north, from 1.100 to 1.500 mm per year fall, while in the south from 650 to 800 mm per year. As for the temperatures of this period, these are the same all over the island, with an average of 28 °.
Average Temperatures and Precipitation - North Islands (Nassau, Freeport)
The islands in the north of the archipelago, where the capital Nassau is also located, are cooler in winter and rainier in summer: in the "coldest" months, i.e. January and February, the average temperature is around 20 °; as regards rainfall, between 1.100 and 1.500 mm per year fall; summer, on the other hand, remains hot and sultry throughout the archipelago, with a daily average of 28 °.
Recommended period: from November to April, with maximum temperatures reaching 26 ° and an average of 8 rainy days; it is possible to go also in the months of May and June; absolutely avoid August, September and October due to hurricane danger
Average Temperatures and Precipitation - South Islands (Abrahams Bay, Matthew Town)
The islands in the south of the archipelago, including the southernmost island of Inagua, where Matthew Town is located, are warmer in winter and rainfall is scarcer in summer: in the "coldest" months, i.e. January and February, the average temperature is around 25 °; as regards rainfall, 650 to 800 mm per year fall; summer remains hot and muggy throughout the archipelago, with a daily average of 28 °
Recommended period: from mid-November to July, as the temperatures are always pleasant and the rains scarce; absolutely avoid August, September and October due to hurricane danger
Where it is
The Bahamas archipelago is located inAtlantic Ocean, at the height of Central America. They develop vertically, with the capital Nassau, on the island of New Providence, located on the same latitude as Miami, in Florida, and the island of Inagua, the southernmost of the archipelago, not far from the coasts of the islands of Cuba. and Haiti.
The total area is 13.939 sq km and, due to their position, they are characterized by a tropical climate, which has a sultry and rainy season, from May to October, and a cooler season, from November to April.
From Italy, taking the capital Rome as a reference point, the Bahamas are 8.175 kilometers away. To reach them from Italy you will necessarily have to make a stopover at a European or American airport, usually Miami, and it will take from 14 or more hours of flight (depending on the number of stopovers) to reach the destination.
How to reach us
- From the main European capitals: the only direct connection from Europe is from London to the capital Nassau, with a direct flight of just under 9 hours carried out by British Airways; from other European capitals there is always at least one stopover