Averages for St. Kitts in October
October is the wettest month of the year in St. Kitts, one of the two islands that make up the federal country of St. Kitts and Nevis in the Caribbean. The total amount of rainfall is 140mm, which is spread out over 14 days with rainfall. Even though it might be the wettest month, October is by no means exceptionally wet, particularly when compared with other tropical destinations during their wet season. The chance of rain is only 20% this month. This is, however, also the hurricane season, ...
October is the wettest month of the year in St. Kitts, one of the two islands that make up the federal country of St. Kitts and Nevis in the Caribbean. The total amount of rainfall is 140mm, which is spread out over 14 days with rainfall. Even though it might be the wettest month, October is by no means exceptionally wet, particularly when compared with other tropical destinations during their wet season. The chance of rain is only 20% this month. This is, however, also the hurricane season, which might pose an inconvenience of an entirely different kind. Caribbean hurricanes and tropical storms are notoriously violent when they hit land, but luckily, that doesn’t happen all too often. In fact, often, many years pass between hurricanes in St. Kitts. People visiting the island in October are advised to keep an eye on the weather forecast. Most likely, everything will be fine.
Besides the chance of hurricanes and the occasional tropical storms, the weather isn’t too bad this time of year. There is still a lot of sunshine on a daily basis—8 hours of sunshine on average per day. The chance of sunny days is 80%, which almost guarantees a sunny vacation, even though this is the wet season.
Not only the amount of sunshine is high; the temperatures are too. The overall average temperature is 28°C, which it has been for several months—during the entire wet season, really. The afternoons are hot rather than just warm with their average high temperatures of 31°C. At night, visitors can still spend all their time outside and enjoy the 24°C nighttime temperatures. The sea temperature, too, is very high, averaging 28°C. Because of the occasional storms and strong winds, however, this isn’t the ideal time for snorkelling or scuba diving.
Where to Stay
Located in the heart of the tourist district in Frigate Bay, Silver Reef is a great condominium resort boasting two swimming pools, lush tropical gardens, private parking and fine views over the Royal St. Kitts Golf Course. It offers accommodation in one-bedroom and two-bedroom apartments and lies just a few minutes’ walk from the best beaches, restaurants and bars on the island.
You might also want to consider Timothy Beach Resort & Hotel as your base during your vacation in October. This excellent resort is located at one of the greatest beaches on the island, offering direct access to the soft golden sand and crystal-clear water of the Caribbean Sea. In addition to its private beach, the resort also features a swimming pool, a café and a restaurant. Popular things to do nearby range from snorkelling and other water sports to rainforest hikes and golfing.
A downright extraordinary resort in St. Kitts is Ottley’s Plantation Inn, a restored 18th-century sugar plantation house set within beautiful gardens and surrounded by sprawling lawns. As one of the top resorts on the island, Ottley’s amenities include a tennis court and croquet field, the Mango Orchard Spa, a large pool, free Wi-Fi, a gift shop, and a complimentary shuttle service to the nearby beaches, golf course and Basseterre, the island’s capital.
Hit the Beach
Even though this is the wettest month of the year, October also has 9 hours of sunshine per day and sea temperatures of 28°C. There is plenty of time to hit the island’s beaches, in other words. Pump Bay is located in the historic town of Sandy Point and is an excellent spot to learn how to dive and snorkel. The waters are calm; the beach is made up of shiny black sand, and a major highlight behind the beach is the Brimstone Hill Fortress.
Eating and Drinking Out
Located in the middle of Frigate Bay, Rock Lobster Restaurant serves some of the most delicious seafood dishes in the area. This popular and absolutely recommended bar and grill focuses on—as its name implies—lobster dishes.
Another inviting, laidback place to grab a bite to eat is El Fredo’s Restaurant and Bar. Located in Basseterre, this is a popular restaurant for lunch, its menu featuring only local dishes, such as stewed conch, fried snapper, goat water stew, pigtail soup and jerk chicken. With reggae music playing in the background and locals enjoying an after-lunch glass of rum, it is impossible not to feel relaxed at this amazing restaurant.
Also definitely take the time to check out Boozies on the Beach, located on the Strip in Frigate Bay. This is a great place for casual drinks and afternoon snacks, to watch a sports game, or listen to one of the local DJs.
Things to Do
With 140mm of rainfall, October is the wettest month of the year. Although there is still more than enough time to hit the beaches, it is guaranteed that it will rain during your holiday. When it does, consider visiting one of the island’s superb spas for a revitalising treatment. One of the best spas and wellness centres in St. Kitts is the Emerald Mist Spa, a 15,000-foot spa featuring aroma steam rooms, hot whirlpools, cold plunge pools, saunas and healing water areas. Additionally, there are nine rooms for face and body treatments, two shower rooms, two suites for couples and a beach cabana. If you’re looking for a place to relax, this is probably what you’re after.
Another suggestion for when it rains is shopping. St. Kitts’ capital city of Basseterre is dotted with beautiful boutiques, duty-free shops and two fun malls—the TDC Mall and the Pelican Mall. There are also several art galleries that sell locally made art. Definitely check out the Craft House, which showcases the work of local craftspeople.