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Best time is april to october. It is getting hot in June till August
Batibou in the north of Dominica is a hidden gem and difficult to find. That's why it's not crowded, regardless of the season and month. It's a rough road to the beach even more difficult to drive after heavy rainfall in the wet season.
Climate and Enviroment:
Best months are during the dry season from December until April. This is also the peak tourist season on Dominica. However, Batibou Beach won't be crowded even in high season. May is also possible: Less tourists on the island in general but also very hot and humid. Rainy season is from June to November with the possibilities of hurricanes and flash floods.
The park is open from mid-May until mid-October but still accessible in off-season (see main text below) and an amazing experience. However, the place is usually swarmed with tourists.
Tip: Make sure to check our '17 Must-Know Tips for Hopewell Rocks' at the end of this article!
Avoiding Tourist Crowds
Time of Day: Go very early at sunrise. It's even quieter before they open (9 am / 8 am) or visit after the park is closed. Check the tide table first: Hopewell Rocks Tide Tables Please be careful: Outside of operating hours there is no staff to advise you regarding safety and you visit at your own risk. However, all other safety measures like cables and signs are in place regardless of the time of day. The only exception is during off-season from mid-October until mid-May: The safety measures are not in place during these months.
Season/Months: Peak tourist season with heavy crowds is from mid-June/July till August. In September it thins out a little but still can be busy as it is the preferred travel month for seniors. SWEET SPOT months with mild weather and less crowds are END OF MAY, BEGINNING OF JUNE and END OF SEPTEMBER until OCTOBER. You might even visit in the winter and enjoy real solitude. But please keep in mind that a walk can be very slippery and icy. Plus, the safety measures are not in place and it can become dangerous.
Official Opening Hours 2019
- May 17 – June 21: From 9:00 – 17:00 (9 am – 5 pm)
- June 22 – August 16: 8:00 – 20:00 (8 am – 8 pm)
- August 17 – September 2: 9:00 – 19:00 (9 am – 7 pm)
- September 3 – October 14: 9:00 – 17:00 (9 am – 5 pm)
*You may also enter the park outside opening hours (read above and below)
October to March is the best time to visit.
Monsoon season from June to September. There are rains throughout the year and very torrential ones too but it has lots of sunshine as well. The climate is equatorial - hot & humid. Avoid too much fish or meat in that kind of weather.
Gets crowded at Indian school holidays in December and January.
Very crowded! Try to be there as early as possible or later in the evening for a walk. Crowds are even worse in the high season.