The Weather in Roatan offers enjoyable climate all year round with temperature between 25-32 C. Roatan’s geographical location is at 16 18’0 N latitude and 86 33’0 W longitude, which places it almost midway between Tropic of Cancer and the Equator. Tropical climates occur in the zones between the latitudes of 5/10 and 25 and in these regions the temperatures remain high during the entire year and show a wide variation in annual precipitation between the wet and dry seasons. The tropical climate brings above average humidity levels to the Bay islands and is part of life in the Caribbean. Roatan Island experiences mildly humid to very humid conditions reaching in the upper 90’s. Throughout the year most of the rainfall occurs at night or early mornings and the bulk whenever a cold front is passing over the island.
The “Hot Season” starts in April and goes all the way to September, the average high is 89.5 F (32 C), this period is the best for Sun lovers as one sunny day is followed by the next. April & May can be considered the dry season with almost no precipitation. The temperature and humidity levels climb steadily from April till September. In the warmth of the summer June till September, occasional thunderstorms bring some relief.
The “Rainy Season” is from mid-October till January and varies from year to year, most often this period is characterized by good stretches of weather with short periods, 1 to 3 days of rain. The annual lows with average temperature reaching 77 F (25 C) come in late January due to north storms bringing in cooler temperatures accompanied with strong winds and rainfall.
February and March are the “Shoulder Season” with very pleasant temperatures and humidity levels. Expect mostly Sunshine, blue skies and steady easterly trade winds but those nice days can still be mixed up by the occasional cold front coming down from Canada and the US.
The official “Hurrican Season” for the Atlantic Basin is from June 1st till November 30th but Roatan is outside the hurricane corridor and only sees a hurricane at a rate of every 26 years.
The easterly Trade Winds are present from mid December till mid September and are not only refreshing but also keep the sandflies & mosquitos in check.
January: Peak Storm Season, Bulk of Rain, lowest temperatures possible 22-25 degree.
February: Trade Winds, Sunshine, blue sky, warm, mildly humid,
March: Trade Winds, Sunshine, blue sky, warm, mildly humid, less likely to have storms and rain
April: Strong Trade Winds, Sunshine, warm, mildly humid blue sky, no rain
May: Strong Trade Winds, Sunshine, warm, very humid blue & hazy skies, no rain
June: Trade Winds, Sunshine, very humid, warm, blue & hazy skies, Thunderstorms
July: Trade Winds, Sunshine, very humid, warm, blue & hazy skies, Thunderstorms
August: Trade Winds, Sunhine, very humid, warm, blue & hazy skies, Thunderstorms
September: Sunshine, calm seas, very warm, very humid, few windy days
October: Scattered showers with Sunshine, warm, humid, grey or blue skies
November: Scattered showers with Sunshine, humid, grey or blue skies
December: Scattered showers with Sunshine, grey or blue skies
Look for accommodation which are exposed to the trade winds to keep sandflies away and have nice
Packing list essentials:
- Sun Hat or Cap
- 2 pair of board shorts
- 1 Rashguard
- 1 micro fiber towel
- 1 beach towel
- Snorkel gear
- Bug Spray
- 3-4 T-shirts
- 1-2 Tank tops
- 1-2 Shorts
- Raincoat and Longsleeve shirt (rainy season)