When you're planning a trip to Puerto Rico — whether it's for its beaches, bioluminescent bays or steamy forests — the weather is always in the back of your mind. Even during the island's hurricane season, from June to November, island life continues on and residents prepare their homes in case a tropical storm or hurricane makes landfall.
Every year, low-pressure disturbances develop in the Atlantic Ocean and, if they gain enough strength with a sustained wind speed of over 74 mph, become a named tropical storm or hurricane. That's the point at which they begin to impact Puerto Rico and other islands in the Caribbean.
While the risk of a hurricane is real, it's important to remember that Puerto Rico is not as susceptible to these massive storms as other Caribbean destinations. Its mountains shield the island from many of these powerful systems, and the weather is typically very calm when a storm hits.
If you want to avoid the crowds, the shoulder season from April to June is a great time to visit. It's still warm and sunny but hotel rates are much lower than they are during the winter high season. You'll also be able to roam the island's uncrowded beaches, old forts and forested trails without having to elbow your way past other vacationers. And, of course, it's never too cold for a swim in the island's warm waters.