The best time to go to Nicaragua depends on your priorities: places visited, weather, availability, preferred activities, local seasonality, local festivals and wildlife activity. The busiest period for tourist visits is Dec - Mar.
Situated well within the tropics, Nicaragua has a typical tropical climate with high temperatures all year round at low altitudes. There’s a risk of tropical storms Jul-Nov.
- Temperatures are significantly modified by altitude – higher up it can be very cool at night. May-Nov is rainy season, but places on the Pacific coast are drier than those on the Caribbean Sea and on the rainforest-fringed Rio San Juan.
- Matagalpa and the north have a typical tropical climate with high temperatures (30°C upwards) all year round. May - Oct is rainy season, but the countryside looks its best then.
- The balmy Caribbean Corn Islands have a typical tropical climate with high temperatures all year round. The sunniest and driest months are Feb - Apr. Easter and Christmas holidays are busy.
- Fiesta lovers will find a choice of events throughout the year. During Holy Week (Easter) there are celebrations throughout the country with Processions inspired by biblical stories. Popular traditions include the donkey procession on Palm Sunday; a procession of pilgrim carts that come from all parts of Nicaragua and gather in Granada; and San Juan del Sur’s beach party celebration on the Pacific coast. There are three months worth of festivals in Masaya on Sundays with parades and tamarindo music from Sep-Dec.