First and foremost beaches are associated with swimming and sunbathing. Quite a few of them are scenic or outstanding at a special time. Share your favorite beach which you already experienced.
Sweet spot months without the heavy crowds and a high chance of good weather during wet season: MAY and OCTOBER. Both months usually bring warm and sunny conditions with brief rain showers only. Often in the afternoon or late evening. October is also much less humid than during the previous months. However, keep in mind that it's already/still rainy season and the weather can become unpredictable.
December - April (Dry Season)
If you want almost perfect weather visit between January and March: calm seas, clear blue sky, moderate temperatures. However, it's high season and very busy (read below: Tourist Crowds)
May - November (Rainy Season)
Wet season with high humidity. The highest rainfall occurs in September. During rainy season everything can happen: Typical are days with 1-2 brief showers. You might even get two weeks of perfect dry weather or sometimes almost a week of straight rain. If you don't like crowds at all and can deal with unpredictable weather and rain this is your season. Preferably not September, which is the wettest month. In the rainy season, no tourist crowds spoil the experience. It’s also the green season when beautiful fauna comes to life. Helpful weather overview: Krabi Monthly Weather
High season is from November/December until April. Expect massive crowds here and almost every else in Krabi. Accommodation rates start climbing in November.
Tips for Boat Trips (during high season)
Go at a different time than most others. Either very early by taking the very first boat or book sunset trips. Another alternative is to go out on a diving or fishing boat. It's more expensive but they are more comfortable and usually welcome non-divers as well as non-fishing passengers. They also take less travelled routes and visit less busy locations which are excellent for snorkeling.
At high tide, you may get wet feet when reaching the beach.
Coromandel is a year-round destination with a mild climate. The rainfall on the Coromandel peninsula is sometimes significant even in summer. The weather is influenced by the mountain range and the sea. The "driest" months are from January to April. The warmest months are December to March mostly between 20 and 25 degrees, April is a bit cooler but still pleasant. Most rainfall in winter with its peak in July. This is also the coldest month. The winter temperature can be 10-12 degrees and drop to 6-8 degrees. Frost is not common. Due to the remote location, not accessible by car, it's still a hidden gem.
Cathedral Cove and the Coromandel Peninsula are one of the most popular places on the north island of New Zealand. During the summer the most important thing is avoiding the crowds at Cathedral Cove. To enjoy the rock arch with very few people come here at sunrise. The rest of the year watch the tides and the weather forecast first for the perfect experience. You get the best shot between high and low tide. Low tide is nice as well, and it's dry inside the cave/rock arch. At high tide, you may not be able to walk through it. Tide times Cathedral Cove Coromandel
Don't miss the nearby Hot Water Beach two hours either side of low tide! Read on for more information about this amazing beach.
Coromandel is a year-round destination with a mild climate. The rainfall on the Coromandel peninsula is sometimes significant even in summer. The weather is influenced by the mountain range and the sea. The "driest" months are from December to April. The summer around Hahei has a mean daily temperature of 24°C and can be up to 30. In autumn the temperature is getting cooler, but weather can be excellent even for swimming until the end of April. Most precipitation in winter with its peak in June. This is also the coldest month but still pleasant temps. The winter temperature can be 12-14°C and drop to 6-8°C.
The beach and the car park are crowded in the summer. From December to March the parking fills up soon. The reason that there is a second parking with free shuttle offered. Continue reading to figure out where to park your car or van.
Before sunset, most of the people already left the beach. It's less busy in the early morning and the evening.
The famous and popular Figure 8 Pools are safely accessible around low tide only! The tides and swell must have a low level without strong wind to enjoy the amazing pools without an accident. Many people got injured by sudden waves just for a perfect selfie.
Helpful Links (before you go)
To get to the Garrawarra Farm car park it’s a long drive through the park on sealed roads, only 1.5 km is gravel.
Space is limited, and you are not allowed to park the car somewhere else. The entrance fee is 12 $ per car if you don’t have a multi or annual park pass for NSW. The gate closes at 8.30 pm and opens at 7:00 am. The hike to Figure 8 takes a maximum of 1½ hours, and the trail is 3.5 km long one way. No worries the trail is well marked, and there is no need for a map.
The park is mostly super busy during the summer holidays and weekends as well. There is a lot of traffic, and the car parks fill up soon.
The area around Sydney experiences hot summers with average daytime temps of almost 30°C and mild winters with an average daytime temp of about 20°C. There isn’t a wet or dry season, but droughts happen more often nowadays. On average rain occurs the whole year with more precipitation from January to June with its peak in March.
- From May to November you may spot whales along the coast.
- The Visitor Center at Audley is open daily from 8.30 am to 4.30 pm.
From July to November more than 700 different plants are in bloom on the plateau.
The State Park is popular for the 2 miles long beach but not crowded due to a one-mile walk to get there. The gate is open from sunrise until half an hour after sunset.
The entire 2 miles beach is only accessible at low tide. Watch the tide and don’t get trapped between rocky outcrops.
The summer is the foggiest season. Clearer skies and the best time for a visit are September and October followed by April and May.
It’s a moderate cool coastal climate with moist air. The average temperature is between 50 to 65°F year-round. Most of the precipitation occurs from October to April with up to 50 inch / 1270 mm. Fog happens between May and October usually from evening until late morning. If it’s hot in the backcountry, the fog might stay until the afternoon.
The gray whales migrate from Alaska to Baja California and can be spotted during mid- December and February. And again on their northward migration with their new born calves from February to May.
The spectacular coastline, the beach, and hikes are worth for several stops year-round. The summer is the foggiest season. Clearer skies and the best time for a visit are September and October followed by April and May.
Spring (special season):
An amazing time when colorful wildflower carpets cover most of the coastal area.
If visiting the beach, the best time is low tide. At high tide, parts may be inaccessible especially during strong surf. Tide times for Garrapata Beach
The Garrapata State Park is underestimated therefore less busy than other parks.
It’s a moderate cool coastal climate with moist air. The average temperature is between 50 to 65°F year-round. Most of the precipitation occurs from October to April with up to 50 inches / 1270 mm. Fog happens between May and October usually from evening until late morning. If it’s hot in the backcountry, the fog might stay until the afternoon. It provides moisture for the redwoods along the coast in the dry summer months.
Where to Stay (bookmark the link)
Most people experience the Garrapata State Park by accident along the HWY 1 although it's worth to stay here for one or two days. It's one of the most beautiful parks along the Highway 1. The benefit; this park is not crowded. The best-located hotel with spectacular views is the Resort Hyatt Carmel Highlands.