When to Go to Florida

Hammocks on a beach in Florida

With its subtropical climate, Florida has only two seasons: the rainy season, lasting from May to October, when over 70% of the state’s rain falls, and the dry season between November and April. While the dry season is the best time to holiday in Florida weather-wise, there are good deals to be had in the rainy season, which features plenty of dry days too.

Dry Season: November - April

As the humidity disperses and cool sea breezes come in, air conditioners are turned off and bright, sunny days arrive. Temperatures still hit highs of 25°C, especially in Miami, while in Orlando they can fall below 10°C, making this a very pleasant time of year to visit. Christmas time is very popular with visitors looking to escape the colder temperatures further north.

What to see during the dry season:

  • Manatees: Florida’s manatee season runs from October to March, when the loveable sea cows head to the constant temperatures of freshwater springs, allowing you to see them close up.
  • Art Deco Weekend: held on Ocean Drive on Miami Beach, this celebration of the city’s historic buildings includes a street fair, 1920s style dancing and a classic car show.

Rainy season: May - October

From May, temperatures across Florida begin to rise and humidity levels increase, with days averaging around 32°C by July and August. Humidity builds during the day, leading to afternoon showers and occasional thunderstorms, although these rarely last long. It’s best to stick to the beaches of Miami and the Florida Keys at this time, as the cool sea breezes offer relief from the heat.

What to see during the wet season:

  • Nesting turtles: from March to October, head to the beach and look out for roped off areas protecting the sea turtles, which come ashore to lay their eggs.
  • Key West Lobsterfest: kicking off the lobster season is this seafood themed extravaganza, held in the Florida Keys. Come for fresh lobster sandwiches, buttered lobster and lobster mayonnaise.