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When is the best time to visit Central America?

With balmy, tropical weather year-round and significant regional variety in climate, it can be hard to pinpoint a single best time to visit Central America. However, as a rule of thumb, December to April is the dry season in most of the region.

The exception is Costa Rica’s Caribbean coast, which is drier from May to September, with rains falling across the region between about May and November. Although rain is heavy, it usually only lasts a few hours, and the wet season can be much quieter and offer better deals, though higher humidity can make it feel very hot.

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Costa Rica climate guide ›

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Cuba climate guide ›

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Guatemala climate guide ›

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Honduras climate guide ›

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Mexico climate guide ›

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Nicaragua climate guide ›

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Panama climate guide ›

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Month-by-month guide to travelling in Central America

Relaxation on the Belize coast

Visiting Central America in January

The height of the dry season across the region, January is one of the best times to visit Central America. The weather is hot and sunny, and conditions are good for beach and temple visits, jungle treks, adventure activities and spotting whales in Baja California. Book well in advance, however.

Events & Festivals

  • Havana’s Jazz Festival (mid-late January): This is a big event in the city, with formal concerts taking over many venues, though the odd impromptu performance can also be found.

Central America trip ideas and travel guides