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The best time to visit Nicaragua is between November and May — the country’s dry season. You’ll see plenty of sunny days, with temperatures sitting between 25 to 28°C in the majority of the country. You may experience a tropical shower along the Caribbean coastline.

Nicaragua’s wet season officially begins at the end of May, but it’s still possible to enjoy the country’s many beautiful attractions with minimal disruption right through until the end of August. In fact, the only time to avoid visiting is in September and October, when the heaviest rains can disrupt travel.

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Month-by-month guide for travelling in Nicaragua

Granada, 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.

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 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.
Great egrets, Juan Venado Island

Visiting Nicaragua in May - June

Although May marks the beginning of the rainy season, this usually only manifests itself 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 birdwatching.

View from Volcan Maderas over Ometepe Island

Visiting Nicaragua in July - October

The wettest time of year to visit Nicaragua, though the weather still doesn't 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.

Nicaragua Climate Guide

Destination 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
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
The Corn Islands 28°C 149mm 28°C 75mm 30°C 49mm 31°C 67mm 30°C 208mm 29°C 457mm 29°C 572mm 29°C 466mm 29°C 321mm 29°C 362mm 28°C 261mm 28°C 206mm

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Practical tips for travelling to Nicaragua, from social protocols to guidance on money matters, with a link to the latest FCDO travel advice.

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