When is the best time to visit Nicaragua?
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 in 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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Nicaragua Climate Guide
|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|
|Ometepe Island||31°C 15mm||32°C 7mm||33°C 3mm||34°C 8mm||33°C 150mm||31°C 222mm||31°C 128mm||31°C 172mm||31°C 322mm||31°C 264mm||31°C 90mm||31°C 36mm|
|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|
|Solentiname Islands||30°C 82mm||31°C 30mm||32°C 22mm||33°C 32mm||32°C 116mm||30°C 241mm||30°C 268mm||30°C 253mm||30°C 244mm||30°C 262mm||30°C 181mm||30°C 93mm|
Month-by-month guide to travelling in Nicaragua
Visiting Nicaragua in November - April
Nicaragua’s dry season begins in November and brings dry, sunny days the majority of places. These bright days and mild temperatures make it ideal for exploring the colonial cities, beaches, volcanoes and nature reserves the country is so famous for. Christmas, New Year and Easter are peak areas which see the beach areas in particular becoming busy with Nicaraguan holidaymakers.
Events & Festivals
- Holy Week in Nicaragua sees colourful religious processions in the city of Granada, and smaller events in the rest of the country.
- The ‘Purisima’ festivities honouring the Immaculate Conception culminate in early December with processions and singing in the streets, and fireworks displays in some places.
- An annual week-long surfing competition in late November sees some of Latin America’s best surfers converging on the beaches around San Juan del Sur Read more
Visiting Nicaragua in May - June
Although May marks the beginning of the rainy season, this usually only manifests itself predominantly in higher temperatures. Showers generally fall in the afternoon or overnight, and rarely last more than a couple of hours at a time. This time of year is particularly recommended for snorkelling and bird-watching.
Visiting Nicaragua in July - October
The wettest time of year to visit Nicaragua, though the weather still does not reach the extremes seen on Caribbean islands. The months of September and October are best avoided as the heaviest rains can cause disruption to travel, particularly in rural areas.
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