Curaçao Weather and Climate
For a long time Curaçao was the largest Caribbean island in the Dutch Antile and is now a separate state within the Kingdom of the Netherlands.
Together with the two neighboring islands Aruba and Bonaire, Curaçao belongs to the so-called ABC islands due to the respective first letters and is home to around 150,000 inhabitants on around 440 square kilometers.
As an island under the wind and part of the southern Lesser Antilles, Curaçao already belongs to South America from a geographical point of view, it is about 60 kilometers from the coast of Venezuela.
Curaçao is a comparatively flat Caribbean island, the Sint-Christoffelberg in the northwest of the island forms the highest point in the country at around 375 meters.
Curaçao International Airport (alsoHato International Airport) is located around 10 kilometers northwest of the capital Willemstad and is served by KLM and Air Berlin, among others.
Climate on Curaçao (ABC Islands)
Curaçao is in the immediate area of influence of the so-called northeast trade winds and is still considered a comparatively dry Caribbean island with only a few, irregular rainfall. It is noticeable that there are quite different amounts of precipitation on the ABC islands compared to individual years.
It may well be that a calendar year is extremely dry and more rain falls on the Antilles in the following year. Basically, the travel destination Curaçao convinces with a year-round warm climate, the daytime temperatures are always 29 ° C and more.
Since the north-east trade wind discharges the rain in the Caribbean mainly on the “islands over the wind” in the north-east, there is no real rainy season on Curaçao. At most between mid- Octoberand in mid- December the amount of precipitation increases minimally. Especially nice for vacationers:
Curaçao is not in the risk zone for hurricanes in the Caribbean, so tropical cyclones are usually not an issue. In contrast to many other Caribbean islands, the European summer months are also very pleasant. The sea inspires all year round with warm water temperatures between 26 and 28 ° C.
When to go to Curacao
The Curaçao climate has the special characteristic that the island can be visited almost all year round without hesitation. There are also only minimal temperature differences between winter and summer: the hottest month is September with average daily temperatures of 32.3 degrees, the “coldest” month January has average daily temperatures of 29.2 ° C.
Due to the proximity to the equator, it is permanently warm and sunny in this part of the Caribbean. Our travel experts like to refer to the months of January to May as the best time to travel to Curaçao, as during this time a light wind ensures a slight, pleasant cooling and at the same time very little rain falls.
In addition, there are almost no mosquitoes on the island in spring, but nature is rather dry during this period. December is considered the best travel time for nature lovers. Nevertheless, we can actually recommend the whole year to our readers as a travel time for Curaçao, as every season has its advantages.
Temperatures, precipitation, sunshine in Willemstad (Curaçao)
|Daytime temperature||29 ° C||29 ° C||30 ° C||30 ° C||31 ° C||31 ° C||31 ° C||32 ° C||32 ° C||32 ° C||31 ° C||30 ° C|
|Night temperature||24 ° C||24 ° C||24 ° C||25 ° C||26 ° C||26 ° C||26 ° C||26 ° C||26 ° C||26 ° C||25 ° C||24 ° C|
|Water temperature||26 ° C||25 ° C||26 ° C||26 ° C||27 ° C||27 ° C||27 ° C||28 ° C||28 ° C||28 ° C||28 ° C||27 ° C|
|Precipitation in mm||46||28||15||19||25||21st||34||41||45||83||96||99|
|Hours of sunshine||8||9||9||8||8||9||9||9||9||8||8||8|
The annual average temperature in Willemstad is 27.6 ° C. For comparison: Munich reaches an average of 8.6 ° C, in Berlin it is 9.6 ° C. The warmest month is September (28.7 ° C), coldest month of January with mean values of 26.3 ° C. The maximum water temperature in Willemstad is 28 ° C. Comfortable bathing is possible at these temperatures. All months have a water temperature of at least 21 ° C and are therefore suitable for a beach holiday.
The annual precipitation is 552 mm on 71 days with precipitation. For comparison: In Munich, 967 mm, in Berlin 570 mm, precipitation is measured annually. There is no rainy season, i.e. months with more than 175 mm of precipitation. You cannot expect snow in any month in Willemstad.
As our climate table shows, August is the sunniest month with an average of 9.3 hours of sunshine per day. On average over the year, the sun shines for 8.3 hours per day. For comparison: In Munich and Berlin, the sun shines an average of 4.7 hours per day throughout the year.
Sights on Curacao
Curaçao is particularly suitable as an island for beach holidays and water sports in the Caribbean, several diving schools also bring beginners closer to the enchanting underwater world. In the two national parks on the island, mountain bike tours are possible in addition to extensive hikes.
The highlight of every Curaçao trip is undoubtedly the impressive capital Willemstad, which has been declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in the Dutch colonial style with its magnificent old town. For us, the most beautiful beaches on Curaçao are Kenepa Beach, Playa Porto Marie, Playa Cas Abou, Playa Kenepa Chiki and the small Playa Lagun.
Popular excursions lead to the uninhabited island of Little Curaçao (by catamaran). Some providers also offer Antilles island hopping with Aruba and Bonaire in the program (ABC Islands), the flight time from Aruba to Bonaire is around 40 minutes, from Bonaire to Curacao it is only 20 minutes.
Curaçao weather in March, April and May
Daily temperatures averaging 30 to 31 ° C can be expected over the next three months. The temperatures hardly fluctuate during this time.
Do you want to go on a beach holiday? The water temperatures are in March, April and May 26-27 ° C. This is great weather for a great time on the beach and in the water.
In March, at about days 3 to be expected precipitation in April at about 3 days in May at about three days.
In the period from March to May , the sun shines on average between 8 and 9 hours a day. The sunniest weather in Willemstad is in March, but with a little less sun you will have to get by in April.