Antigua Weather March Averages, Antigua
What's the weather like in Antigua in March
The weather begins to get warmer in Antigua in March. During this month, the average temperature for the island rises from 25.5°C in January, February and the start of March up to 26°C (created by highs of 28°C and lows of 24°C) by the end of March, making the end of the month the best time to visit if you want to go when the island is at its hottest.
Even though it only occurs on an average of 10% of days, temperatures can sometimes rise above 30°C and fall below 22°C in Antigua in March. The highest temperature ever registered in Antigua at his time of year is 32°C, whilst the lowest temperature ever recorded here during this month is 18°C.
Since this month is one of the coolest of the year for Antigua, March is a great time for holidaymakers who want to visit the island but aren't keen on high temperatures. On the other hand, if you love the heat and want to visit Antigua when temperatures are at their highest, forget about March and visit in August instead, which is usually the hottest month for the island. However, if you do decide to visit Antigua in March, make sure you take enough light and airy clothing plus some suntan lotion to avoid sunburn and heatstroke.
Across March, Antigua receives an average of 30mm/1 inch of rainfall divided between 14 rainy days that's a little bit less than last month. With some form of rainfall falling on nearly half of the month, you're almost guaranteed to see some wet weather during your holiday in Antigua, so be prepared.
The probability of precipitation making an appearance during March starts off at 52% on March 1st and falls down to 49% by March 11th, 47% by March 21st and 46% by March 31st. The most common types of precipitation you can expect to experience in Antigua in March are moderate rain (64%) and light rain (32%).
Average Sunshine Hours and Cloud Cover
Throughout the month, Antigua enjoys an average of ten hours of sunshine every day that's one hour extra every day than last month alongside median cloud coverage which ranges between 48% (partly cloudy) at the beginning of the month and 50% (partly cloudy) by the end of the month. On an average day, the sky is clear/mostly clear 31% of the time, partly cloudy 32% and mostly cloudy/overcast 17%.
Average Sea Temperature
The average sea temperature remains warm throughout the year in Antigua. In March, it's 26°C that's the same as last month which is certainly warm enough to go swimming.
Thanks to its tropical climate, Antigua also stays humid all-year-round. In March, the relative humidity for the island fluctuates between 62% (mildly humid) and 87% (very humid), rarely falling below 54% (mildly humid) or reaching as high as 97% (very humid). The air tends to be at its driest around March 1st, when the relative humidity drops below 66% (mildly humid) three days out of four, whilst it's often at its most humid around March 22nd, when it rises above 82% (humid) three days out of four.
The winds in Antigua are fairly breezy throughout the year. During March, typical wind speeds range between 4 m/s (gentle breeze) and 8 m/s (fresh breeze), rarely rising above 11 m/s. The highest average wind speed of 6m/s (moderate breeze) happens around March 1st, when the average daily maximum is 8 m/s, whilst the lowest average wind speed of 6 m/s occurs around March 28th, when the average daily maximum is 8 m/s.
Antigua Hotels in March
Families and couples looking for an all-inclusive resort in Antigua should take a look at Jumby Bay, a Rosewood Resort. Only accessible via boat, this resort is located on a private island without a single car, making it ideal for those who want to escape from the hustle and bustle of everyday life.
Within the island you'll find white sandy beaches and cycling paths, plus five international restaurants, fitness centre, two swimming pools and spa with five personal spa suites all within the hotel's ground. Accommodation is provided in the form of luxury rooms and suites, each of which features free WiFi access, Nespresso coffee, 42" flat-screen TV and in-room dining between 7am and 10pm.
For something less secluded, take a look at Curtain Bluff. This top-end resort sits on a large rock which juts out to sea, providing incredible ocean views. There is one beach on either side of the resort one of which has a calm sea, making it ideal for swimming and water sports.
Accommodation is available in the form of 72 rooms and suites, each of which features ocean views, direct or almost direct access to the beach, floor-to-ceiling windows, free WiFi access and air conditioning. Onsite facilities include championship tennis centre, water sports centre, fitness centre, squash court, spa, swimming pool, beach bars and restaurants.
Holidaymakers who want to stay close to English Harbour should consider the Admiral's Inn. Comprised of three buildings located in a quiet part of Nelson's Dockyard, this resort provides accommodation in the form of standard and superior rooms, deluxe loft suites and deluxe gunpowder suites, each of which has harbour, hillside or garden views, plus free WiFi access and air conditioning.
Onsite you'll find a restaurant which serves breakfast, lunch and dinner on an open-air terrace, swimming pool, bar-lounge and free parking. You'll find many more bars, restaurants and shops located a short walk away on the harbour.
The Catamaran Hotel is a great alternative for those looking for more affordable accommodation in English Harbour. Situated directly on the beach, this resort is made up of 14 beach-front rooms, superior view rooms, captain's cabins, suites and presidential suites, each of which comes equipped with air conditioning, complete kitchenette and free WiFi access.
Onsite services and facilities include bicycle rental, free sailing lessons, two restaurants and swimming pool, with a wealth of bars, restaurants, supermarkets, boutiques and duty-free shops available in English Harbour.
Antigua Beach for March
Found in the west of Antigua, Darkwood Beach is one of the less popular beaches, making it perfect for those in search of a relaxing day in the sun. You won't find any sun loungers or parasols here, so make sure you bring your own shade. However, there is a beach bar onsite which serves food and drink throughout the day and also has a bathroom. The calm, shallow waters create the ideal environment for swimming and since there are no water sports practised on this beach, it's totally safe for adults and children alike to play in.
For a beach with more atmosphere, check out Fort James Beach. Located within Fort Bay, this beach is popular with locals and visitors alike, which means it always has a lively, fun vibe. Various sports games, such as volleyball and cricket matches, regularly take place on the beach and are open for everyone to join in with. You'll find sun loungers and parasols available to rent on the soft white sand, as well as a beach bar and restaurant which serve local food and drinks throughout the day. The waters here are very calm and shallow, making them perfect for swimming and snorkelling.
Bars and Restaurants
For a taste of the Mediterranean during your holiday in Antigua, pop into Sheer Rocks. Open every afternoon (except Tuesdays) from midday and every evening (expect Tuesdays and Sundays) from 6pm, this restaurant is located overlooking the beach and offers an Italian-inspired tapas menu at lunchtime and a small a la carte menu on the evening with Caribbean and Italian choices. There is also a dessert menu featuring ice cream, frozen nougat and sweet tapas, as well as an extensive international wine list.
D Boat Antigua is the place to go if you're looking for a restaurant with a difference. This eatery is set inside a boat off the coast and you need to catch a ferry to get to it. Despite the hassle, the 360° ocean views you can enjoy from the restaurant definitely make it worth it. The comprehensive menu covers everything from burgers and steak wraps to grilled fish and vegetarian options all of which are freshly prepared to order and made with local ingredients.
On the other hand, if you're in the mood for Greek, stop by Akropolis Greek Restaurant. Located in Jolly Harbour, this restaurant hosts an all-you-can-eat Greek buffet every Thursday at 6pm and again at 8pm, which works out great value for money if you've got a large appetite. Every other night of the week, the restaurant offers an a la carte menu, with dishes such as fresh lobster pasta, roast lamb and grilled pork chop. You can choose to dine inside in the air-conditioned restaurant, outside on the breezy terrace or take your order back to your hotel room.
Things to do in Antigua in March
If you fancy a boat trip, check out what Boat Trips Antigua has to offer. This boat excursion company offers made-to-measure private tours onboard sailing boats and speedboats so you can tailor your trip to suit your needs perfectly. Whether you want to sail around the island, visit a certain beach, swim in the sea or have a go at snorkelling Boat Trips Antigua has got it sorted. Every excursion includes a lunch made up of lobster, grilled fish or chicken, too.
Get to know the history of Antigua by spending a few hours at Betty's Hope. This sugar plantation was established in 1674 and today has been developed into a monument and museum which tells the story of the slaves and the workers who spent their lives here. The mill is currently being restored, but the visitors' centre is still open to the public and features early estate plans, maps, pictures and artefacts from throughout Betty's Hope's history. Visitors are free to wander around the mill and other buildings on the site, but since there is no information about anything other than in the visitors' centre, you might not know what you're looking at.
When the sun and heat gets a bit much for you, seek some shade by popping into the Antigua Megaplex 8. Situated in St Johns, this cinema shows a wide range of current films across eight screens all of which are shown in English. In addition to the spacious and air-conditioned screening rooms, the Antigua Megaplex 8 also offers a very affordable concessions stand selling drinks and snacks, restaurant serving more filling main courses and drinks and various classic and modern arcade games. If you're travelling on a budget, plan to go on a Tuesday or Thursday, when tickets are discounted.