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Rain Season In Puerto Rico?

rain seasonWhen I tell people we’re planning on retiring in the Caribbean or Central America, the most common reactions I get from folks are these:

“I could never do that, it’s too damn hot over there”

“Rain season is a killer over there”

“I don’t think I could stand the humidity, especially in the summer”

“Oh, it’s way too humid for me, and I wouldn’t like all the rain in rain season”

So, let’s look at this realistically:

  • We live in Michigan, where humidity in the summer is a way of life
  • Our summers are hot too – although not this summer, it has been a weird one.
  • We get tons of rain in Michigan in the summer too

Here is a side-by-side comparison for this week’s forecast for Michigan and Puerto Rico – Surprise!

Rain season
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Really not that different, is it? OK, yeah, there is a flood watch but we had major floods here last week, see State officials ask drivers to avoid Metro Detroit freeways as massive flooding persists.

Now don’t get me wrong, they do have tropical storms and heavy rains but I’ve traveled to the Caribbean in “rain season” enough to know that those are usually fast and furious, they pass quickly and the sun comes and it’s beautiful again.

I remember when I was going to a conference in Florida in July a few years back, I got the same types of comments but when I got to Florida the reality was no different than in Michigan – no more humid than here and no hotter.

So, I don’t understand where these misconceptions come from, especially from folks that live in the Great Lakes.

Just sayin’…


About Joanna

is a Polish American living in Arizona with her husband Tim. She is a founding partner of JTR Tech and she is proud to be a professional geek. She had dreamt of living abroad for many years. So, she and Tim created AbroadDreams.com to document the process of making their dream of moving abroad come true. They spent 2 years in Puerto Rico and several months in Spain and Poland. Now they are exploring the American Southwest.

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  1. 88 degrees = Hot….That’s cute. LOL as I sit here in 97 degrees in September (and considering myself to be pretty darn lucky it’s only 97). As a Southerner, temps in the 80s in the summer would be an interesting change.

  2. Joanna-
    I’m so excited to find your blog via your comment on LifeTransplanet. My husband and I are in the beginning stages of what we call our 2020 vision to move to Puerto Rico and semi retire.
    We are from the lower mid-west (KS) and have heat and humidity already. I’m sure I can take it better with the view of the ocean!

  3. We are new expats living in Lake Chapala, Mexico and are in our first rainy season. For us, the rain is normally at night leaving us with daytime sunshine and cooler tempts. The biggest difference between here and Puerto Rico is the humidity. Did you notice on the weather example you showed the “feels like” tempt. was 92 degrees? BTW – We are from Grand Rapids, MI.

    Thanks for your site and all the great information!

    • Hi Larry,
      What a small world. I spent many years in Grand Rapids (went to high school there). Yep, the “feels like” can be murder but I also picked a coastal Caribbean town to compare it to. It can be much cooler, and less humid in the mountains in PR – it just depends on where one wants to live. How do you like living in Mexico? We love it there but have some concerns about moving there permanently- like visas, police corruption, etc. I would love to swap info with you.

      • Hola Joanna,
        It sure is a small world! We lived in GR for 5 years and loved it for lots of reasons. We lived in a number of different cities and GR was one of our favorites.

        We researched extensively and traveled around the globe in preparation for early retirement. Most every vacation for almost a decade was linked to visiting a potential retirement country. Then when we finally achieved our financial target and had enough to retire we selected Lake Chapala. Reason – Easiest place to start. It is 45 minutes south of Guadalajara so close to international airport and quality medical; weather is fantastic (eternal spring like); largest expat community so plenty of people to help us learn the ropes along with a strong social and support network.

        I would like to stay in touch and can be reached at: blocked

        Best regards,