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.
All year round, beach and nature exploring. Best time to visit during the dry season Nov./Dec. until April. Avoid weekends it is a popular beach for the locals. Shoulder season May and June, showers may occur. July and August are the Cuban school holiday.
De Hoop is a year-round destination. From October until March it is great to swim in tide pools at low tide. Summer is also the time with little rainfall. The chance of increasing precipitation starts in May and lasts until September with its peak in August. It has a Mediterranean climate with hot summer, mild winter and most rain occurs in the winter time.
Best at low tide; perfect for swimming in summer.
Steamers Beach is a marvelous and popular beach.
Expect more visitors in summer from December until February and during weekends. March is a good month still warm, less crowded and a bath in the sea is possible. Water temperature more than 20 degrees from December to April. Most precipitation in winter.
Don't miss the beautiful Piha Beach north of Karekare. If you visit the Karekare Beach famous from the 1993 "The Piano" Movie. The Piha Beach is even more spectacular at low tide. You can walk to a hidden beach (in front of Taitomo Island) or climb to the top of Lion Rock. The trail is pretty steep, but the view is awesome. Tide times
Hidden Beach at Piha; accessible at low tide only
Weather and Crowds
November until April is the most pleasant time with temps often above 20°C. Coldest months in winter from June to August. Anyhow, day temps are often mild around 15°C though expect in the night one digit temps. Most precipitation in winter but expect already more rain in May with its peak in July. Driest months are during summer from December to February/March. The best months for a bath are January until March with a sea temperature below 20°C. Best months for a vacation are December to February/March; the peak season. Weekends are more crowded due to local beach visitors. If you like to avoid crowds, November and April are a better choice.
When visiting the Pancake Rocks, you should not miss this walk to the gorgeous Truman Beach. It's overshaded by the Pancake Rocks but in our opinion a must. There are many photo ops. which are best late afternoon to evening when the sun is shining into the bay. Schedule an hour to 1 1/2 for the walk and the exploring. A waterfall occurs most of the time but not in the drier summer. The access to the beach is safe around low tide only. Tide times Westport
Usually, the summer is pleasant and the winter mild. The day temps in summer are around 25°C/77°F, in spring and fall up to 17°C/63°F. A high amount of precipitation throughout the year on average each month more than 200 mm except February which is usually a little drier. Spring is the wettest season influenced by the winds from the Tasman Sea. The rain increases quickly closer to the mountains. A local saying “go deep, go steep, get wet”. Check conditions for hiking and the tides at the visitor center first.