Waterfalls are beautiful and unique. Some of them are even more photogenic with the perfect sunlight or need a heavy rainfall to unfold its beauty.
Best months and low season are May and June - fewer people. If there isn't any cruise ship in Roseau harbour it is best from December until April, the "dry season". Avoid weekends.
The dry season last from December until April/May. This is also the peak tourist and cruise ship season. Anyway rain can always occur. Rainy season from June until November with the possibilities of hurricanes and flash floods. The climate is humid tropical. The driest month is March and the wettest is August.
Best light on the waterfall after midday. Fewer people in the morning and before closing time. Open from 9 a.m. until 5 p.m.
Best months are during the dry season from December until May. Driest months are February to May. Most sunshine in March. The rainy season last from June to November with the possibilities of hurricanes and flash floods. Wettest month is September.
During the dry season more crowded, highest rates and crowds from mid-December to March. April until May rates decrease and "fewer" tourists except Easter.
The Gorge is accessible year-round and can be visited any time. However, the real hike - starting at the big rock and logjam (see review below) - can only be done when the water is low enough and not as freezing as in winter or early spring. This is a unique hike where the river is the trail!
Weather and Water:
Hiking is almost impossible from late fall / early winter until early spring. In the winter and early spring, the water is freezing cold and even a wetsuit might not be enough. In the spring the water is also very high and streams are flowing at their strongest: That means there is a high chance of serious injury and it is indeed life threatening. Some try the hike as early as in May, which is possible. But still, the water is very cold then and will take your breath away. Temperature wise the best months are late June until mid-October.
Avoiding the Crowds:
The entrance is ridiculously crowded with Disney like queues, particularly during the extremely busy summer months. In general it’s very busy from spring until fall on weekends and on public holidays. In the summer you should avoid weekends or be there early, between 7:00 and 7:30 AM. Preferably combine both: Get up early and visit during the week. The best months to avoid crowds are September, after Labor Day (first Monday in September) until mid-October: The summer tourists are gone, the weather is pleasant and the fall foliage is just stunning. But still: Get up early for a much quieter experience.
June - August if you would like to ensure a spot on one of the boat tours, winter will bring its own stunning views if you don't mind bundling up. Snowfall in the area can come as early as mid-October. January is a good time to see the falls frozen.
Year round destination. Best in May and June when the waterfall is at its peak due to the melted snow. Temperatures are perfect for hiking. July and August crowded. September is nice as well.
any season, especially after a rainstorm.....more bugs in late Spring, though