Dominica is a great destination all year-round, combining a tropical climate with gentle trade winds. The air tends to feel somewhat fresher than some of the other islands, with average temperatures ranging between 24°C to 30°C across the year. Cooler temperatures also exist in more mountainous areas.
April is the driest month with only around 10 rainy days, in comparison to August where the rainfall more than doubles. The rainy season generally lasts until October, coinciding with the hurricane season peaking in August and September.
However, Dominica is most popular with travellers between the months of February and June, the driest period across the 12 months with a more manageable humidity for most.
Carnival (February/March): Taking place over the course of the two days before Lent begins, Mas Domnik brings together African and French traditions. A variety of celebrations are held during the month leading up to lent, including parades, pageants and parades. This culminates on Carnival Monday and Tuesday, known as ‘Jump Up’, when islanders take to the streets in Roseau and other villages for music, dancing and masquerading.
Nature Island Literary Festival & Book Fair (early August): A three day event which features poetry readings, storytelling, interviews, a book fair and workshops.
World Creole Music Festival (late October): A three day celebration of Creole music and culture, featuring performers from across the Caribbean, Africa and North America.
Jazz ‘n Creole Festival (Mid May): A one day event which is a fusion of jazz and creole music alongside food and cultural events, held at Fort Shirley in the Cabrits National Park.
Dive Fest (July): Run by the Dominica Watersports Association, this festival consists of a series of events over the course of ten days including different dives which are suitable for children, beginners and certified divers. There is also a family fun day, dining events and whale watching excursions.
Dominica Festival of Arts (May): A celebration of Dominica’s art and culture featuring dance performances, music concerts, plays and traditional games.