What's the weather like in Antigua in September
The temperature begins to cool down in Antigua in September. At this time of year, the average temperature for the island begins at 28.5°C (made up of highs of 31°C and lows of 26°C) and gradually drops down to 27.5°C (highs of 30°C and lows of 25°C) as the month develops, making the start of the month the best time to visit if you want to holiday in Antigua when the island is at its hottest.
Even though it only occurs on an average of one in ten days, temperatures can sometimes rise above 32°C and fall below 24°C in Antigua in September. The highest temperature ever recorded on this island during this month is 36°C, whilst the coldest temperature ever registered here at this time of year is 21°C.
Because September is one of the hottest months of the year for Antigua, it is most suited to travellers who love high temperatures and sunshine. If you're not a fan of the heat, you'd be better off forgetting about visiting the island in September and planning your holiday for January instead, when the island is usually at its coolest. On the other hand, if you do choose to visit Antigua in September, remember to pack plenty of light and airy clothing, suntan cream and waterproofs to protect you from the elements.
Across this month, Antigua receives an average of 87mm/3 inches of rainfall divided between 16 rainy days that's almost 10mm more than in August. With precipitation falling on over half of days throughout this month, there is a very good chance of you experiencing a shower or two, so be prepared to get wet or spend some time in your resort. The probability of rainfall making an appearance starts off at 59% at the beginning of the month and drops down to 57% by the end. The most common forms of precipitation you can expect to see in Antigua in August are moderate rain (54%), light rain (25%) and thunderstorms (19%).
Average Sunshine Hours and Cloud Cover
Throughout September, Antigua enjoys an average of nine hours of sunshine every day that's the same as last month along with median cloud coverage which falls between 57% (partly cloudy) at the beginning of the month and 59% (partly cloudy) by the end of the month. On an average day, the sky is clear/mostly clear 20% of the time, partly cloudy 33% and mostly cloudy/overcast 25%.
Average Sea Temperature
The average sea temperature for Antigua stays warm all-year-round. In September, it's 29°C that's the same as last month which is certainly warm enough to go swimming, despite the cloud coverage.
Thanks to the island's tropical climate, Antigua also remains humid throughout the year. In September the relative humidity for the island ranges between 67% (mildly humid) and 91% (very humid), rarely falling below 61% (mildly humid) or reaching as high as 98% (very humid). The air tends to be at its driest around September 1st, when the relative humidity drops to below 71% three days out of four, whilst its often at its most humid around September 28th, when it rises above 87% (very humid) three days out of four.
Over the course of an average September, typical wind speeds in Antigua fluctuate between 2 m/s (light breeze) and 8 m/s (moderate breeze), rarely going above 10 m/s (fresh breeze). The highest average wind speed of 6 m/s (moderate breeze) occurs around September 1st, when the average daily maximum is 8 m/s, whilst the lowest average wind speed of 5 m/s (gentle breeze) happens around September 30th, when the average daily maximum is 7 m/s (moderate breeze).
Antigua Hotels in September
Grand Pineapple Beach Resort is an all-inclusive resort located on a white sandy beach which stretches on for 500m where guests can enjoy swimming, snorkelling, sailing, kayaking and windsurfing all of which is part of the all-inclusive package. Accommodation is provided in the form of 200 rooms, each of which has garden, pool or sea views. Onsite services and facilities include four restaurants which offer buffet and a la carte dining, three bars, tennis courts, fitness centre, table tennis, gift shop, WiFi access and swimming pool, with excursions available to book via reception and fitness classes held on the beach.
Halcyon Cove by Rex Resorts is another all-inclusive resort situated directly on the beach. Here guests can choose between garden, sea-view, beachfront and family rooms, each of which features satellite TV and air conditioning. The all-inclusive package includes buffet breakfast, lunch, afternoon tea, dinner, Caribbean cocktails, local beers, soft drinks, house spirits, house wines, daytime tennis, other daytime activities, evening entertainment, taxes and tips water sports at the nearby Dickenson Bay come with an additional charge. Onsite you'll find kids' clubs, babysitting services, bars, a la carte and buffet restaurants, swimming pool, gym and free WiFi access.
For something a bit cheaper, try City View. Situated within the capital St Johns, this resort is found close to loads of shops, supermarkets, cafes, bars, restaurants and attractions, making it ideal for holidaymakers who love to explore. Guests can choose between 50 tastefully-decorated rooms, each of which features air conditioning, private patio and flat-screen TV. Due to the small price tag, services and facilities are limited to onsite restaurant, free WiFi access, fitness room and gift shop, with beauty salon, cinema and casino just a short walk away.
When it comes to a modern and comfortable hostel, Inn La Galleria is a top pick. Located on the hill above Deep Bay, this hostel is made up of only 12 rooms, each of which comes with air conditioning, satellite TV and en-suite bathroom. Onsite services and facilities include free WiFi access and restaurant onsite, with two beaches, nature trails, snorkelling tennis, horse riding and water sports available just a short walk away.
Antigua Beach for September
If you're looking for a beach perfect for relaxing, it's got to be Runaway Beach. Located on the north west of the island, this beach is made up of fine white sands and calm, clear waters which remain shallow very far out making them ideal for visitors of all ages to swim. Sun loungers, parasols, changing rooms, showers and toilets are provided onsite and there's also a beach bar which serves local food and drinks.
Snorkelling enthusiasts won't want to miss the chance to visit Freeman's Bay. Stretching along the coast for 250m, this small beach is known for its coral reef located just 23m offshore, providing snorkelers and scuba divers with loads of aquatic flora and fauna to admire. On the white sandy beach you'll find sun loungers and parasols available to hire, plus a beach bar. If you get fed up of sunbathing, there are several walking trails and the Pillars of Hercules within the local area.
Bars and Restaurants
For Caribbean food in beachside surroundings, you can't beat the Bay at Nonsuch. Overlooking the Nonsuch Bay beach, this open-air restaurant is open for lunch and dinner and serves classic Caribbean dishes, such as pan-fried crab, jerk pork chop and steamed lobster. There is also a great selection of local and international wines available, most of which are only sold by the bottle. Diners can choose to pop in for one meal alone or sign up for the daily package which includes several drinks, meals and use of the beach facilities between 10am and 6pm.
Dennis Cocktail Bar & Restaurant is another eatery perfect for those who like to enjoy their meal with a view. Tucked below the peak of a hill with panoramic views of Ffryes Beach and Jolly Beach, this restaurant prides itself on Caribbean-style home-cooking, with dishes such as saltfish, curried goat, grilled lobster and island-grilled steak all appearing on the menu. On random occasions, Dennis Cocktail Bar & Restaurant hosts a huge pig roast which attracts people from all around the island. If you see this advertised and you're interested make sure you get there early before all the pork is gone!
If you're not sure what sort of food you're in the mood for, stop by Cafe Napoleon. Located in the heart of St Johns and set inside a rustic shack, this restaurant serves an eclectic mix of French Creole, European and Caribbean food, with continental breakfasts, sandwiches, salads and hot options, including fish and chops, coconut chicken curry and beef burgers appearing on the menu. The comprehensive drinks menu features an international selection of rum cocktails, coffee cocktails, beers, juices, waters and soft drinks.
Things to do in Antigua in September
Nelson's Dockyard is one of Antigua's most popular historic attractions. Here you'll find a mixture of modern and historic sites, including the Dockyard Museum which is home to model ships, English Harbour displays, prints, maps and trophies, and old buildings currently going through restoration, alongside cafes, restaurants, bars, shops and a marina full of superyachts. Because of its small size, you only need an hour or so to explore the whole area, making it suitable for families with young children who get bored easily.
If you enjoy visiting churches, check out St Peter's Church during your holiday in Antigua. Located at the harbour in Parham, this church is known for its remarkable interior design specifically the ribbed wooden ceiling and stucco walls. Even if you don't manage to time your visit so you get to experience a service, the church is always open to the public and is a beautiful thing to see, so make sure you take your camera.
When it comes to somewhere to pick up some reasonably-priced souvenirs, you can't beat Caribbean Magic Wallet. Situated on the boardwalk in Redcliff Quay, this shop is loaded with every type of souvenir you can imagine from food, jewellery and clothes to books, postcards and handicrafts. Thanks to its location amongst a wide variety of other shops, plus many cafes, bars and restaurants, there are plenty of places to grab a bite to eat when you're finished shopping, too.