The islands that make up Trinidad and Tobago are the southernmost of the West Indies, and with the territory stretching down towards the equator you can be sure to get plenty of sun no matter when you visit. The climate is typical tropical, and there is very little variation in temperature from season to season—tradewinds from the northeast keep the things from getting too steamy, with days generally remaining in the mid-80s and nights cooling down to a comfortable 70-or-so.

What does vary, however, is the amount of precipitation. Trinidad has two seasons: the wet season, June to December, and the dry season which lasts from January to May. Though rainfall isn’t too bad during the rainy season, with 40 inches falling most in short, intense bursts, the dry season is the tourist season for a reason—blue skies and cooling breezes, as well as fewer bugs, which tend to become more active during the damper times. The fact that Carnival, the island’s wild, colorful international celebration, also occurs during the dry season (it’s in March) tips the scales even more toward the dry times.