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11. Posted by p4e (Budding Member 4 posts) 2w Star this if you like it!

I'd love to research more about Roatan, but I read different information of rain season starting October/November while dry season starts in April. Many climate charts and replies on TripAdvisor confirm this, while some other climate diagrams state that November is start of the dry season. Example for wet season in November:

https://www.timeanddate.com/weather/honduras/roatan/climate

Where can I get reliable data from?

As for Mexico: we both want to go to a country we have never been to before. Hawaii sounds awesome, but belongs to the US as well and we have been there last year.

Vietnam might be worth a look also.

Philippines should be one destination, 2 at most. And a airport nearby that is connected to Singapore for example, we don't want to have more than one stopover. Is there a place with resorts or places with towns with at least a bit going on at night where you can walk through the town and just let yourself be dragged into the atmosphere?

India is something I will look into as well, if there might be a place with beautiful beaches, good snorkel opportunities and no rain season (on average at least).

Thank you very much for all your contributions :-)

12. Posted by greatgrandmaR (Travel Guru 1161 posts) 2w Star this if you like it!

I have been to that area several times including in November and in August. I can say without any equivocation that the dry season is the winter.

THink about it. THe GREEN season is the same as the hurricane season. It is in the summer.

13. Posted by road to roam (Travel Guru 321 posts) 2w Star this if you like it!

Quoting p4e

I'd love to research more about Roatan, but I read different information of rain season starting October/November while dry season starts in April. Many climate charts and replies on TripAdvisor confirm this, while some other climate diagrams state that November is start of the dry season. Example for wet season in November:

https://www.timeanddate.com/weather/honduras/roatan/climate

Where can I get reliable data from?

You were certainly correct earlier about the rain in November on the Bay Islands. On average, November sees plenty of precipitation on the Bay Islands of Honduras. You'll likely see more precipitation days in November; see the link below:

https://discoverroatan.net/roatan-weather-climate/

Although the rain there is not heavy in November, the frequency (on average) of moderate rainfall to light rainfall to drizzle is much higher in November than, say, March or April.

I like to look at historical reports from a city or region to base an idea on what the climate and weather may be like during a particular month.

I've included a link to weatherunderground.com below: the link is for the history of a weather station at the airport on Roatan Island. All you need to do is select a particular month and year from the past from the drop-down box to easily be shown what one could expect there, based on data from the past. Just know what you find on average will in no way predict what you may experience in a given month in the future.

https://www.wunderground.com/history/daily/hn/roat%C3%A1n/MHRO/date/2019-8-6

I hope that helps you.

[ Edit: Edited on 06-Aug-2019, 19:25 GMT by road to roam ]

14. Posted by greatgrandmaR (Travel Guru 1161 posts) 2w Star this if you like it!

If you are snorkeling or diving, it does not matter whether it is raining. You are going to be wet. Even in the Green season, it doesn't rain all the time.

I was in Costa Rica in August. In the middle of the Green season. On the Caribbean coast, we got rain, pretty heavy at night and early in the a.m. (like 6 am). The rest of the time it was fine. On the west coast we got hardly any rain.

I don't know about Honduras, but I have been to the Virgin Islands, St Maartin, Grand Turk, Santa Marta, Columbia, Panama, and the DR in November. It rained one of the days in Panama.

15. Posted by Andrew Mack (Travel Guru 996 posts) 2w Star this if you like it!

Quoting p4e

Where can I get reliable data from?

There is no such thing as 'reliable data' when it comes to the weather.
It can only be a general idea of what the weather is like at any time of year.
Especially when it comes to 'when the wet season starts/finishes'.
It may start a month late and/or finish a month early.
It could be tropical heavy rain for 24hours per day for a month and be dry for the other months, or (more usually) heavy for an hour+/- per day for the full season.
Sorry. It's all a gamble where the weather is involved.

16. Posted by Andrew Mack (Travel Guru 996 posts) 2w Star this if you like it!

Quoting greatgrandmaR

If you are snorkeling or diving, it does not matter whether it is raining. You are going to be wet.
Even in the Green season, it doesn't rain all the time.

I'm told that it makes the water cloudy/murky and reduces the visibility, possibly down to pretty much zero.
Although I'd guess that depends on how close to shore and the run-off in that area.

17. Posted by BeateR (Budding Member 111 posts) 2w Star this if you like it!

Quoting Andrew Mack

I'm told that it makes the water cloudy/murky and reduces the visibility, possibly down to pretty much zero.

Yes, you were told right. Water gets claudy during and after rain. The more it rains the worse is the visibility.

18. Posted by road to roam (Travel Guru 321 posts) 2w Star this if you like it!

Quoting greatgrandmaR

If you are snorkeling or diving, it does not matter whether it is raining. You are going to be wet.

Often, vessels will not take divers out when it rains; seas are often rough due to inclement tropical weather in November. And there is the turbidity of the water, as others already mentioned.

Although direct hits from hurricanes are very rare in the Bay Islands, I believe the entire month of November is hurricane season, when 95% of hurricane activity occurs in the Atlantic and Caribbean. The coast of Maine (and beyond into the Maritime Provinces of Canada) sees very rough seas (albeit 2 days later) even if a hurricane is impacting the east coast of Florida or North Carolina, for example.

Besides, who wants it to rain on vacation, even if you're (maybe) going swimming, diving or snorkeling some of the time?

[ Edit: Edited on 06-Aug-2019, 22:24 GMT by road to roam ]

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