Hurricane season is in full force the Caribbean in October, but while the odds of your vacation being affected by a tropical storm or hurricane are exceeded only by August and September during this month, the overall danger is small.
October temperatures typically range from about 77ºF to 87ºF, and summer humidity levels are still present on many islands. Average days with rain in October: about 12.
Visiting the Caribbean in October: Pros
Many travelers don't realize that even though the leaves are falling up north, the fall is still low season in the Caribbean, with rates spiking only in mid-December. Plus, warm, mid-summer temperatures remain throughout the region even as things begin to cool in the northern latitudes. This is a great time to travel if you don't want to share your resort with kids.
Visiting the Caribbean in October: Cons
Tropical storms and hurricanes are the biggest negative about traveling to the Caribbean this month, although you can hedge by traveling to the Dutch "ABC" islands (Aruba, Bonaire, and Curacao) or Trinidad and Tobago, the southernmost destinations in the Caribbean and generally considered outside the hurricane belt.
What to Wear and What to Pack
Loose-fitting cotton layers will keep you cool during the day, especially on islands where the climate is more tropical and humidity can be an issue. Don’t forget a swimsuit, plenty of sunscreen, a hat and sunglasses. It also would be wise to pack some rain gear, just in case.
You’ll want dressier clothes for visiting nice restaurants or clubs -- and bring more formal footwear than just flip-flops and sneakers.
October Events and Festivals
Not much happening in the Caribbean during October, but there are a few good choices, especially if you like to fish. For more details, check out my article on Top October Caribbean Events.