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.
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.
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.
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
|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|
Trip ideas and travel guides to exploring Nicaragua
Simon, Latin America Specialist
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).