The best time to visit on a Caribbean cruise is during the first half of the year. Both nations enjoy a tropical climate, largely free of major hurricanes, divided into two seasons. The dry season occupies the first half of the calendar year, while the wet season dominates the second half. Annual rainfall can vary from 45 to 90 inches (1.1 meters to 2.2 meters), while temperatures range from 70°F to 88°F (21°C to 31°C) in the dry season to 73°F to 88 °F (23°C to 31°C) in the wet season. Easterly winds serve to moderate the effects of heat and humidity.