People usually travel for pleasure because they want to get away from the cold and damp city they live in. We want a warmer location for our vacation. We want the sun, sand and the beach! Moreover, we enjoy fantastic city tours and a cultural experience like no other. We want to stuff our faces with exquisite cuisines from foreign countries. But all of that gets washed away, quite literally, with unforgiving heavy rain in our chosen destination. This list is of popular destinations, capital cities, and some remote areas that rain showers visit the most. Cities where packing an umbrella is a necessity and bringing that new pair of shoes is a no-no.
Updated by Gabriel Kirellos, November 9th, 2021: Heavy rain can be a blessing or a curse for any city in the world. However, one cannot live without water. Several cities in the world receive the most extensive amounts of rainfall every year. This list was updated to include additional cities considered among the rainiest places worldwide, including the town of Tutunendo in Columbia and San Antonio de Ureca in Equatorial Guinea.
12 Mawsynram and Cherrapunji
When it comes to the highest rainfall a city gets on average, the winning cities are in India. There are two places in the country's northeast where rain is embraced as just another tourist attraction.
A visitor can brag about it to their friends after staying in the villages of Mawsynram and Cherrapunji because they've been to the wettest place on Earth! Cherrapunji holds the Guinness World Record for the highest monthly rainfall. For tourist spots, check out the Mawjymbuin Caves and Krem Dam in Mawsynram and the impressive Nohkalikai Waterfalls in Cherrapunji. These two villages are close to each other, so two birds, one stone, right?!
11 Debundscha, Cameroon
Mount Cameroon is an active volcano and the highest peak in Central Africa. At the foot of the mountain is a small town called Debundscha. This place is one of the areas in the world with the highest volume of rain. Located in southwest Cameroon, the rainy village faces the South Atlantic Ocean.
Although India holds the Guinness World Record, the average annual rainfall in Debundscha is 394 inches, with Mawsynram at 375 inches and 392 inches for Cherrapunji. A tourist can visit the historic German lighthouse in the little city rumored to be haunted, and it's been standing there since 1904.
10 Copenhagen, Denmark
Denmark is a European country located north of Germany and south of Norway. Copenhagen is the capital city of Denmark, it's also known to be a city always visited by rain. Copenhagen is a famous tourist destination mainly because of the Tivoli Gardens and Hans Christian Andersen's The Little Mermaid statue.
The average annual rainfall in the city is 46 inches, and the least rainy months, if you're thinking of having the driest possible visit, in February and March. If it's a clear day and planning to visit the City Hall Square or the Stroget, be cautious and still bring an umbrella.
Singapore locals would always advise their visiting tourist friends to bring an umbrella with them. The city has only two seasons, wet and dry, where the dry season is still riddled with rainfall. The average rainfall in Lion City is 94 inches, but a lot of rain never stops the hordes of tourists that visit the city every year.
Upon landing here, you'd already be in a tourist spot, the world-class Changi Airport. Take selfies with the Merlion statue in Merlion Park with a nice view of the famous Marina Bay Sands Hotel. Then before going home, get to enjoy the #1 airport in the world once again.
8 Monrovia, Liberia
Monrovia is Liberia's capital city, a country bordered by Sierra Leone, Guinea, Côte d'Ivoire, and the Atlantic Ocean in West Africa. Apart from being Liberia's capital, Monrovia is also known as the wettest capital city globally, with an annual average rainfall of 179 inches. There's also plenty of tourist attractions in the town, probably not more than the rainfall we'll experience when we're there. Have a West African cultural tour in the Liberian National Museum, visit the abandoned and creepy Hotel Ducor, and take a wildlife trip to the UNESCO World Heritage site Mount Nimba Strict Nature Reserve.
7 Podgorica, Montenegro
Montenegro is a country in Europe that faces the Adriatic Sea in the west and looks to Italy on the far horizon. Podgorica is the capital city of Montenegro, and it's located in the southern part of the country, near the northern border of Albania.
With a 64 inches average annual rainfall, Podgorica is seriously wet during November and December. If we're planning a trip to Montenegro, we might want to steer clear of these months. Otherwise, it will be harder to visit Ribnica Bridge, the Center of Contemporary Art, Lake Skadar, and the Plantaze Winery.
6 Hilo, Hawaii, United States
Hilo is the rainiest city in Hawaii. It's so rainy here that it actually is the rainiest city in all of the United States. It has an unbelievable annual average rainfall of 136 inches. It's located on the upper east side of the Big Island of Hawaii and has a nice uninterrupted view of the blue waters of the North Pacific Ocean.
Must-sees in Hilo are two of the prettiest waterfalls on the planet: the Rainbow Falls and 'Akaka Falls. The kids will love the Imiloa Astronomy Center and the Panaewa Rainforest Zoo. Hilo's rainiest months are March, April, November, and December.
5 Taipei, Taiwan
Suppose the United States has a Tornado Alley that destroys properties in Texas, Oklahoma, Kansas, Nebraska, and other neighboring states. In that case, Taiwan is devastated every year because it is located in Typhoon Alley. The city of Taipei is Taiwan's capital, and it's located on the northern tip of the island. The average annual precipitation is 101 inches, and it gets hit by typhoons at an average of four every year. A notable tourist site in the city is Taipei 101, a skyscraper that towers over everything. Visit the National Palace Museum and Yangmingshan National Park for nature lovers.
4 Borongan, Philippines
If you think Taipei, Taiwan had it bad, think again. Typhoon alley swallows a big part of the Atlantic Ocean and covers Taiwan, but in the middle of typhoon alley, right in its eye, is the Philippine archipelago. The country experiences an average of 20 typhoons a year, and the capital city of the province of Eastern Samar, Borongan City, is hit almost every time.
The average annual rainfall in this city is 162 inches. Ironically, most of the tourist attractions in Borongan City are beaches and islands. So be sure to visit the place in the driest seasons, June to September.
3 Quibdó, Colombia
The equatorial line is usually the hottest part of the planet, but it is where the countries that experience a lot of rainfall and precipitation are located. One such country is Colombia, as it is right above the imaginary line. One of the cities that has it bad in terms of rainfall is Quibdó. It's located in northwest Colombia, just a little to the southwest of Pablo Escobar's hometown of Medellin. Quibdó has a whopping average annual rainfall of 289 inches. Two of the best tourist sites in Quibdó are the Malecon Quibdo and the San Francisco De Asis Cathedral.
2 Tutunendo, Colombia
Tutunendo in Colombia is located in the municipality of Quibdó. However, the town is different from the previous entry because the city of Quibdó is 8 miles away from Tutunendo. The city has an average rainfall of 463 inches every year, and it is the rainiest town in South America.
1 San Antonio de Ureca, Equatorial Guinea
San Antonio de Ureca lies on the island of Bioko in Equatorial Guinea. It is almost located on top of the Equator, which is the primary reason why the region receives such heavy rainfall. San Antonio de Ureca is the rainiest location on the African continent. The area receives around 418 inches of average rain every year.