Nicaragua is a destination that can be enjoyed almost year-round, with only September and October to be avoided. The country’s dry season runs from November through to May, and sees plenty of sunny days and warm sunshine in the majority of the country; with the exception of the Caribbean coastline, where you may experience a tropical shower at any time of year. Nicaragua’s wet season officially begins at the end of May, but it is still possible to enjoy the country’s many beautiful attractions with minimal disruption right through until the end of August.

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Month-by-month guide to travelling in Nicaragua

Visiting Nicaragua in November - April

Nicaragua’s dry season begins in November, when the majority of places enjoy dry, sunny days and mild temperatures. This makes it the ideal time for exploring the colonial cities, beaches, volcanoes and nature reserves the country is so famous for. Christmas, New Year and Easter are peak times which see the beach areas in particular becoming busy with Nicaraguan holidaymakers.

Granada, Nicaragua

Events & Festivals

  • Holy Week (March/April): Holy Week in Nicaragua sees colourful religious processions in the city of Granada, and smaller events around the rest of the country.
  • Purisima festivities (early December): The ‘Purisima’ festivities, honouring the Immaculate Conception, comprise of processions, singing in the streets and fireworks displays in some places.
  • Week-long surfing competition (late November): An annual week-long surfing competition sees some of Latin America’s best surfers converging on the beaches around San Juan del Sur; competing against each other and the waves.

Nicaragua Climate

Place Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
Granada 32°C 6mm 33°C 2mm 34°C 4mm 34°C 16mm 34°C 146mm 32°C 276mm 31°C 158mm 32°C 168mm 32°C 275mm 31°C 283mm 31°C 69mm 31°C 20mm
León & Northern Nicaragua 32°C 1mm 33°C 1mm 34°C 0mm 35°C 9mm 34°C 177mm 32°C 272mm 32°C 129mm 32°C 172mm 31°C 333mm 31°C 342mm 31°C 80mm 32°C 10mm
San Juan del Sur 32°C 17mm 33°C 5mm 34°C 1mm 34°C 15mm 33°C 126mm 31°C 272mm 31°C 160mm 31°C 173mm 31°C 238mm 30°C 378mm 30°C 112mm 31°C 30mm

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December in Nicaragua sees the country in bloom after the rainy season and temperatures are perfect for exploring the country’s cultural and natural attractions. I highly recommend it for a winter getaway if you have left planning a little late (unlike neighbouring Costa Rica, for example, which gets fully booked for December many months in advance).

Simon, Latin America Specialist
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