When is the best time to visit Nicaragua

Nicaragua is known as the land of lakes and volcanoes. There is no bad time to visit it. It is actually always a good time to visit Nicaragua. But you can time your visit depending on what you want to see in the country.

Nicaragua’s climate

Unlike other countries, Nicaragua only has wet and dry seasons. The temperature does not fluctuate too much. But, depending on where you are in the country, it may be drier (Pacific Coast), wetter (Caribbean Coast), or a mix of both (interior).

You can expect some rain from May to November – Rain Season

As mentioned, if you go to the Pacific Coast during this time, you may experience light and short showers throughout the day. At the Caribbean side, rains may be heavier and last longer. The temperature ranges from 26 degrees Celsius to 32 degrees Celsius during this season. As long as you are fine with the rain, this is a good time to see the lush greenery and enjoy bigger waves for surfing. The rates are also lower and there are fewer tourists around this time.

The dry season is from December to April

This is actually the most popular time to visit the country as the water is clearer, if you want to do water activities like snorkeling or fishing, the weather is great for outdoor activities. Popular activities include animal sightseeing, ziplining, hiking, surfing, kayaking, etc. Any time you want to trade the cold and snow for some warmth and sun, this is the best time to do so.

Holidays and festivals

Majority of Nicaraguans are Roman Catholic and they observe several religious holidays and feast days. They consider these days as bank holidays and public services, like public transportation, may not be available. There is almost a religious holiday every month so it is best to check their exact dates.