The southern Atlantic high-pressure system and constant trade winds make Bahamian
consistent throughout the year, with temperatures averaging 24A?C (75A?F) during the dry winter season from December to May, and 5-8 degrees warmer in the summer rainy season. Just as a steady cooling breeze moderates the hottest hours of the day, nights in the Bahamas are temperate and, in the northern islands, even cool. Late summer and fall comprise
, delivering the occasional menacing tempest as well as less destructive tropical storms. Luckily, the Bahamas are rarely in the direct paths of hurricanes, which usually bypass the islands to the south before hitting mainland North America directly.
is a major draw, with December-to-May prices as much as 25 percent higher than during the rest of the year.
early summer travel
are popular with bargain hunters, divers, and anglers and sailors drawn by the summer round of fishing tournaments and regattas. Travelling during the Christmas
can be bustling and wearisome, with tourists thick on the ground and many locals taking trips to the North American mainland. Likewise, college students often crowd the major resorts during Spring Break in February and March, while other travellers escape to the Bahamas during
to enjoy a respite in that relatively tranquil period, the odd hurricane notwithstanding.
Other useful information
for tourists (each section contains more specific sub-sections):