Nassau is warm and muggy year round; temperatures from September through May average in the mid-70s. However, like elsewhere in the Caribbean, hurricane season runs its course from June through November. As a result, many hotels and resorts shutter their doors in late summer and early fall; this closing period usually lasts from the end of August through mid-October.
Thanksgiving kicks off the most popular travel time in the Bahamas, which begins with a Battle 4 Atlantis NCAA college pre-season basketball tournament, followed by Bahamas Speed Revival Week and the annual Bahamas International Film Festival. High season continues through Christmas and January and February, when travelers in the United States need to escape the cold winter months, and lasts through the end of spring break period in April.
The most celebrated occasion in the islands, Junkanoo falls the day after Christmas each year. Junkanoo is the national celebration of the Bahamas and is one colorful soiree that originated during the days of slavery and includes African dance, music, and costumes galore.