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Weather and Climate – Roatan Island

Weather and climate Roatan Island

Roatan’s climate on average and in general is warm all year round with a 10-degree variation in temperature which makes for travel year-round.  To help you understand and to better clarify the difference between weather and climate. Climate is what you expect, while the weather is what you get. Climate is the average of the weather in a specific location.

Little Farm by the Sea in Palmetto Bay


The warm and cold season


The warm season in general runs from the middle of July through the middle of October with the average temperatures in the high 80’s. The cold season lasts from the middle of November to the middle of February.



Generally speaking, winds blow from the south side of Roatan Island. While the island does have an East-West orientation the winds travel across the island in a North-South direction. In the rainy season, we have what is called Northerners. When the Northerns visit, the calm waters of the north shore turn into rough waters where Sea vessels can be destroyed as well as docks, piers, and marinas.


Palms bending in the winds @ Palmetto Bay – North Coast of Roatan





 Roatan experiences mild humidity when temperatures reach 90°F. The dew point (muggy)is a better indicator of comfort. All tropical climates bring a level of humidity it is part of life in the Caribbean. January to August are the dryer months and tend to have less humidity.

Individuals traveling from  North America will be thrilled to know that the temperatures vary only about 10 degrees throughout the entire year. Roatan’s tropical rainforest climate is consistent and ideal for land and sea adventurers.


Swim-up to floating Platform – The Resort Community of Palmetto Bay

Rainy Season

The months from September through January are considered the rainy season with downpours of rain followed by sunshine.  By contrast, the month of September records similar rainfall, but the rain comes by way of scattered showers.

Seasonal Stream Beds in The Resort at Palmetto Bay

Hurricane Zone.

The island of Roatan is located outside of the energy corridor, and not in the Hurricane Zone and too far west to be affected by most of the annual hurricanes. The last hurricane in the year 1998, a category 5 named Mitch where most of the damage was located on Roatan sister island Guanaja. Last year major Tropical storms caused major damage to mainland Honduras while Roatan had major rain but was left unharmed.

The Sea is calling – Year-round travel – Located outside of the energy corridor, and not in the Hurricane Zone



Year-Round Travel

The dry season for Roatan lasts from February to June. It is generally the best time to visit, with the coolest time of the year being the months from November to February. Travel is easier during the dry season, especially for scuba diving and trips.

Roatan Weather allows for year-round travel. With an average Temperature of 89.6°F (32°C), from June to September.

The average lows come in January reaching 77°F (25°C). Most prefer to visit Roatan between March and August. Offshore trade-winds, rain, and overcast are all part of the tropical landscape. However, no need to worry, just as fast as the clouds roll in, that’s how fast the sunshine can reappear.

The best time of year to visit Roatan is anytime!

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