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#58132 - 10/19/02 06:37 AM Weather Confusion  
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PalmLovinCouple Offline
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I have read every archived post on weather I could find. I understand the high season seems to end around May, but am curious as to all the reports of high winds in March. My wife & I plan on doing many charters via a boat, like fishing, diving, & snorkeling. With so many reports of strong northern winds in March, should we opt for April or May for calmer waters? So many folks spoke of boat charters being cancelled due to the wind in March. So if the winds are so bad in March, why would this be the high season? Can anyone help clear up our confusion? what is the best month to go for several boat charters & calm water?

Thanks for any & all help.

#58133 - 10/20/02 08:55 AM Re: Weather Confusion  
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Marty Offline
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I wouldn't say March is super windy. I sure wouldn't not go during March for that reason.... there were a few windy days this last March, but it was just a few days, and just by chance, and nothing you can schedule around...

#58134 - 10/20/02 10:29 AM Re: Weather Confusion  
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To add to what Marty said, San Pedro enjoys prevailing breezes from the water most of the year, though the direction shifts somewhat and the strength of the wind changes over the year. Really, these prevailing winds are what make the island so pleasant, as they cool things down and keep the bugs away. In late summer, especially August and September, there are usually calm periods when the breezes die down, and THEN it really gets hot, humid and buggy.

January through April is the time the winds are strongest (except of course during hurricanes), and they can be up to 15 to 20 knots on many days. Sometimes they are strong enough to make snorkeling and fishing trips difficult or inadvisable, but just wait a day or two and you will have some nice weather for what you want to do.

March is high season throughout the Caribbean because it's when much of the U.S.and Canada is freezing.

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