A tropical Caribbean climate makes Martinique a great year-round getaway destination. However, crowds tend to swell during the dry season, from December until May. The rainy season lasts from June until November (peaking in September), with heavy—albeit brief—rain showers most days. August is often overshadowed by the threat of hurricanes, and prices fall accordingly. Note that the French flock to Martinique in droves during their holidays, which drives hotel prices up.