October is an excellent month to cruise the Caribbean Sea. Generally, winds are light to moderate coming primarily from the east and averaging 7-16 knots with the risk for encountering gale force or higher winds are 1 percent or less. Gales, when they do occur, are associated with hurricanes which can and do occur this month, mostly over the western Caribbean, eastern Gulf of Mexico and the waters east of Florida and near the Bahamas. Overall, the risk for encountering rough seas (over 12 feet) is generally 10 % or less.
During the month of October, the most active area for tropical cyclones is the northwestern Caribbean Sea, the eastern Gulf of Mexico and the waters east of Florida to the Bahamas. In these areas there is a risk of 30-40% of having a tropical cyclone pass over at least once during the month. Over the eastern Caribbean Sea the risk is 15% or less.
Air temperatures remain warm, averaging 27-28 C (80-83 F) while sea temperatures average 28-29 C (82-84 F).