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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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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 neighboring Costa Rica, for example, which gets fully booked for December many months in advance).

Tom, Latin America Specialist

Nicaragua Climate Guide

Destination Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
Granada 90°F 0" 91°F 0" 93°F 0" 93°F 1" 93°F 6" 90°F 11" 88°F 6" 90°F 7" 90°F 11" 88°F 11" 88°F 3" 88°F 1"
León & Northern Nicaragua 90°F 0" 91°F 0" 93°F 0" 95°F 0" 93°F 7" 90°F 11" 90°F 5" 90°F 7" 88°F 13" 88°F 13" 88°F 3" 90°F 0"
Ometepe Island 88°F 1" 90°F 0" 91°F 0" 93°F 0" 91°F 6" 88°F 9" 88°F 5" 88°F 7" 88°F 13" 88°F 10" 88°F 4" 88°F 1"
San Juan del Sur 90°F 1" 91°F 0" 93°F 0" 93°F 1" 91°F 5" 88°F 11" 88°F 6" 88°F 7" 88°F 9" 86°F 15" 86°F 4" 88°F 1"
Solentiname Islands 86°F 3" 88°F 1" 90°F 1" 91°F 1" 90°F 5" 86°F 9" 86°F 11" 86°F 10" 86°F 10" 86°F 10" 86°F 7" 86°F 4"

Month-by-month guide to traveling in Nicaragua

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.

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