CLIMATE The climate is tropical, with temperatures ranging from the mid-seventies to the mid-eighties 25 to 30 Celsius. During the hottest time of the year, from June to August, temperatures can reach the mid-nineties 32 Celsius. Things are kept pretty cool, however, by the constant trade-winds. Average rainfall ranges from 60 inches in the coastal regions to 160 inches in the interior rain forests. The rainy season is from June to October.
BEWARE Incidents of violent crime, including murder tend to occur within the local community but can sometimes affect tourists. Muggings and thefts from hotels, yachts or holiday homes do occur, and are occasionally accompanied by violence, and there have been a number of serious assaults involving tourists and residents in recent years. There have been armed robberies at waterfalls in the Anse La Raye area in the past and these sites should be avoided. Take particular care at popular late night street parties and "jump-ups". Be extremely cautious about accepting lifts and use only licensed taxis. Do not carry large amounts of cash and jewellery. Valuables and travel documents should be left, where possible, in safety deposit boxes or hotel safes. If staying in a residential/holiday villa, take precautions to secure your valuables, and lock doors and windows. There are regular mini bus services, which provide relatively cheap, but sometimes dangerously fast, travel between all main towns. Standard taxi fares exist for most destinations but you should clarify the fare with the driver before the beginning of the journey. There are severe penalties for all drug offences. A number of British nationals have been arrested for trafficking of cocaine. Pack all luggage yourself and do not carry anything through customs for anyone else. It is an offence for anyone, including children, to dress in camouflage clothing.